Friends of CITY DOGS Cleveland provides financial support for the CITY DOGS Adoption and Volunteer Program at Cleveland Animal Care and Control.
Friends of CITY DOGS Cleveland provides funding for:
Rosca and Copernicus enjoy a quick dip in the pool during one of their playgroup sessions.
The CITY DOGS Runners program was founded in December of 2016. Run group helps some of the most stressed out dogs at CITY DOGS have an outlet to let off some steam by getting extra exercise. Run group is famous for turning the most stressed out knucklehead into a cuddle puddle of love after logging a few miles. Run group has been known to get upwards of 15 dogs out for a run on any given weekend day. Some dedicated volunteers are known for running three dogs back to back! Run group volunteers get to know what truly lies behind the stress of a dog in the kennel, a good, loving dog just waiting for their chance to shine in a home. Run group saves the lives of countless dogs at the kennel by giving them an outlet to channel their stress in a more appropriate way.
Much like most things lately, runs look a little different during the pandemic with fewer group runs and more solo adventures, this program is essential to keeping the dogs happy and healthy. Friends’ supports the run program by providing waist leashes, harnesses, cooling vests, jackets, water belts, and other safety supplies like air horns and mushers secret. Rain or shine, you can find CITY DOGS out on the trails or hitting the streets for a run!
The hiking program at CITY DOGS was founded in January of 2017, since then volunteers organize a monthly hike to get the dogs some time out and about on the beautiful Ohio trails. These hikes allow volunteers and staff to get to know the dogs a little better so they can better find their perfect furever home.
While the CITY DOGS hikes look a little different during the pandemic with volunteers frequently going solo or in pairs rather than multiple pods of 5-6, this program is essential to keeping the dogs happy and healthy. Friends’ supports the hike program efforts by providing leashes, harnesses, cooling vests, jackets, and other safety supplies like air horns, mushers secret paw protectant, and first aid kits. Rain or shine, you can find CITY DOGS out on the trails!
What makes the dogs wiggle their butts and lick their chops? Seeing the KONG cart rolling down the hall! The CITY DOGS KONG Team was started in December of 2015. KONGS are a type of food puzzle that are super durable which makes them a great option for in kennel enrichment. The KONG Team spends their time stuffing KONGs with yummy snacks like peanut butter, cheese, and small crunchy biscuits. A frozen KONG keeps the dogs busy licking away for a nice long lasting treat. Fun fact: licking is a calming behavior for dogs, so spending time licking treats from a KONG helps calm a stressed out pup!
Thankfully, the pandemic has not had a major impact on this essential program. KONG Team helps year round and is vital on those bone cold or scorching hot days when the weather is too dangerous for dogs to spend much time outside. Friends’ supports the KONG program by providing peanut butter, spray cheese, treats, cleaning supplies, and of course KONGS!
KONG Team can always use donations of peanut butter, spray cheese, and small treats to keep the KONGs coming! KONG items can be found on the kennel wish list here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3UWDGVPIHUIHX
Where can you find a CITY DOG romping around for some fun? In playgroup, of course! Playgroups started in Spring of 2016 after training sessions with Dogs Playing for Life. DPFL has a motto, “every dog, every day!” Simply put, the goal is to get every dog out for meaningful time out of the kennel every single day. Kennels can be extremely isolating, this leads to declines in the mental health of dogs waiting their turn for a home. With playgroups, the dogs at CACC are able to socialize, play, and learn how to dog while getting some meaningful exercise. Did you know 20 minutes in playgroup can burn as much energy as a 2 hour leash walk with a human.
Thankfully, the pandemic has not had a major impact on this vital program. The dogs still get to play thanks to the two wonderful enrichment staff members who run the daily playgroups! Watching the dogs romp around in the yard together is such a delight, and this program helps maintain the dogs overall health and wellness while getting quality socialization. Friends of CITY DOGS Cleveland helps to support playgroups by providing safety supplies like air horns, break sticks, leashes, muzzles, and more!
Sit back, relax, take a deep breath and get ready for our next installment in the “what is Enrichment?” series. Aromatherapy and music! Music has been a part of CACC for awhile now, but the new kennel building with smaller pods allows dogs to hear it much better than before. The dogs favorite station is, of course, the spa mix! To add a little something extra, the wonderful vet staff at CACC use dog friendly essential oils to diffuse in the pods. Since not all essential oils are dog friendly, the vet staff takes care of the aromatherapy aspect of enrichment, Friends of CITY DOGS Cleveland loves this addition to the dogs daily routine. Thank you to the wonderful vet staff who provides such a great addition to keep the dogs happy and healthy!
It’s National Sleep Day! What better time to introduce our next installment in the “what is Enrichment?” series? Sleep overs! Despite the pandemic, more volunteers had the opportunity to take a dog home for some much needed rest, thanks to stay at home orders early in the year. We are so grateful for the volunteers and staff who bring dogs home for a little TLC and rest away from the chaos of the kennel. Thank you to all those who offer these great dogs a break until they can find their furever home. The kennel can be a very stressful place for a dog. Studies show that even 24 hour away from the kennel environment can greatly reduce the cortisol level of shelter pets. When volunteers and staff at CACC notice a dog getting too stressed, they know just what to do. Trained volunteers at CITY DOGS are able to take a dog home for a sleepover at their home for a little rest and relaxation. Not only does this give the dog a break from the stress of the kennel, it also provides vital information to potential adopters about how the dog behaves in a home. Most often we see the best side of a dog while they are away from all the stress of the kennel and we get to know the dog on a more personal level. This information helps place the dog in their most ideal home!