FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Humane Society of Broward County (HSBC), in conjunction with the ASPCA, is pleased to announce an exciting new program to help more dogs find forever homes, but its success depends on the active involvement of pet lovers in the community.
The shelter's new Adoption Ambassador program is similar to foster care, but goes a step further. Adoption Ambassadors will provide temporary homes for select dogs, which will be spayed or neutered and given their preliminary vaccinations before arriving in their temporary homes. But unlike foster families, Ambassadors will help maximize their dogs' availability and exposure to potential adopters by wearing bright orange "Adopt Me" vests while walking their companions in parks and other pet-friendly, highly visible public venues.
Adoption Ambassadors will also raise the profiles and availability of their canine charges through other creative means, such as social media, homemade signs and by alerting their contacts in their professional and community networks. Once they have found the perfect home for their dog, they will process the paperwork and present the adopting family with their new loving companion. As a further reward, they'll know that as a result of their efforts, the dog will not have to spend another day at the shelter.
The majority of dogs at the shelter have been surrendered by families who can no longer care for them. Since they know what it's like to live in a nurturing home, some dogs find it hard to adapt to animal shelter life and often become depressed. With the introduction of the Adoption Ambassador program, the HSBC can now offer these dogs a much better alternative. Sometimes all it takes is removing the dog from the shelter and placing it in a home environment – similar to what they are accustomed to – in order to ease the transition and help ease their recovery.
If you or someone you know are interested in helping an HSBC dog find a forever home, please plan to attend an upcoming Adoption Ambassador informational session and orientation. To arrange, please contact Linda Sanders at 954-266-6839 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Becoming an Adoption Ambassador is a wonderful opportunity for animal lovers to give back to the community, and help even more dogs find the loving families they deserve.
The Humane Society of Broward County is a private, non-profit organization supported by donations from companies and people who want to help us help the homeless animals. Visit www.humanebroward.com today to find out how you can help.
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