roject POOCH, Inc,® has successfully paired youths incarcerated at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon, with homeless shelter dogs since 1993.
Youths (guided by professionals) learn to train the dogs, groom them, and find them new adoptive "forever homes." The dogs leave the program ready to be great pets, while their trainers re-enter the community with new job and personal skills and increased compassion and respect for all life.
Project POOCH, Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, Tax ID # 93-1252054 – your donation is tax-deductible.
Summer safety tips for your pooch
Summer is a great time to get outside with your dog as long as you take the necessary precautions to protect him/her from some of the not-so-safe aspects of this beautiful season.
4th of July is a day for celebrating. However, what is fun for humans isn’t always a good time for our four-legged friends. The loud noises of firecrackers, fireworks, and screaming can make for a very stressful day for your dog. Some steps we recommend you take in advance are to be sure your dog is wearing a collar with ID that includes your dog’s name and your phone #. If microchipped (we recommend all dogs are), verify with your microchip company now that your dog is registered with your current address and contact information. The day of, celebrate, but please leave your dog in the safety and comfort of your home if you plan to enjoy fireworks. Boarding your dog is also a safe option. (If you’re a POOCH adopter, remember your dog’s microchip information is on the front of your POOCH file folder.)
Summer heat can be deadly. It only takes a short time for the temperature in your car to reach lethal levels. Dogs don’t sweat. They cool off by panting, breathing in cool air. When the surrounding air temperature is high, all the panting does is make your dog hotter. Please don’t take any chances. Unless you’re going on an adventure with your buddy and your buddy will be outside of the car with you, leave her home.
Traveling with your dog should be fun and safe for you both. Follow these tips offered by the ASPCA*
- Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. There are a variety of wire mesh, hard plastic and soft-sided carriers available. Whatever you choose, make sure it's large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. And please be sure to always secure the crate so it won't slide or shift in the event of a quick stop. P.S., it's smart to get your pet used to the carrier in the comfort of your home before your trip. Crate fans are also available online or at many pet stores.
- Your pet's travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure. Don't feed your furry friend in a moving vehicle—even if it is a long drive. If your dog gets car sick, have clean-up items handy.
- Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop. In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
- What's in your pet's traveling kit? In addition to ID, travel papers, food, bowl, fresh water, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and a pet first-aid kit, pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity.
- Make sure your pet's collar also has a temporary travel tag with your cell phone, destination phone number and any other relevant contact information. Canines should wear flat (never choke!) collars, please.
- Don't allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window. He could be injured by flying objects. And please keep him in the back seat in his crate or with a harness attached to a seat buckle.
- Traveling across state lines? Bring along your pet's rabies vaccination record, as some states requires this proof at certain interstate crossings. While this generally isn't a problem, it's always smart to be on the safe side.
- When it comes to H2O, we say BYO. Opt for bottled water or tap water stored in plastic jugs. Drinking water from an area he's not used to could result in tummy upset for your pet.
* Excerpted from http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/car-travel-tips.
Additional tips provided by Project POOCH, Inc.
We are so proud of our POOCH alums, whether they go on to be the beloved family pet, hike mountains, become experts at agility, or help bring calm to and build trust in those going through difficult times. We love sharing their stories and are thrilled to announce our new Happy Tails! page on our Web site.
Jet found a home!
We wanted to share the awesome news about Jet. In case you hadn't heard, after 9 months, Jet finally found his forever home! During his time at Project POOCH, he and his youth trainer worked to master his basic commands like sit, stay, and come, and successfully pass his Canine Good Citizen test. Every day, Jet received the love, socialization, time, attention, and training he needed to keep him happy and healthy and ready for when that magic moment came. Last month, it finally did when the perfect human companion for him found him online and came to visit. As his new mom, Adana, said: "He's a fine canine!" A fine canine indeed…
all 85 goofy, loving, and playful pounds of him!
Jet's story is a reminder of how hard the youth work to successfully adopt out the dogs in their care. They never give up hope that a dog will find their forever home, just like we don't give up hope on the youth building a better life.
Jet's leaving was bittersweet for his trainer. After all, they spent 9 months bonding, growing, learning, and being friends. We are so proud of his efforts and his patience. Thanks to his personal commitment and love for Jet, Jet is now happily enjoying life in a loving home.