“Playgroups have encouraged change throughout our shelter. Not only is our Live Release Rate increasing but the overall morale of the shelter has improved.
Staff members and volunteers feel more comfortable getting to know the dogs and spending time with them. We have been able to start new programs like a large dog foster program, Pack Walks, and Dog Day Out due to the increased knowledge that we have of the dogs.
We also transfer in dogs from a shelter that struggles to handle more difficult dogs. Usually, after a few days of adjusting to the routine, and playgroups we see a huge change in the dogs. Usually enough change to lessen their adoption restrictions.
Playgroups are our main form of assessment for the dogs, followed by a form of a tug test for those dogs we need to learn more about. We have finally reached a point where anyone handling the dogs does a kennel routine and uses the appropriate equipment. We have done this by training our employees through playgroups. This plays a huge role in our success.”