Rescue SPOTlight: Alliston & District Humane Society

This week’s rescue SPOTlight is on Alliston & District Humane Society of Ontario, CANADA, an organization that is helping Up For Pups, our sister non-profit organization, to create a Rescue Best Practices Manual:

• Mission: The ADHS attempts to provide shelter for stray and unwanted animals with priority given to abused and neglected animals.
• Date founded: 1988
• Types of animals you take in: Dogs, Cats, Small animals, Farm animals (in foster homes).
• Size of Rescue (Small=less than 50 animals, Mid=51-200 animals, Large=201+ animals): Large

• Your name: Emily Day
• Your position in the rescue: Secretary, Board of Directors
• How long you’ve been with the rescue: 5+ years
• What you like best about animal rescue: Working directly with the animals.
• What you think is hardest about animal rescue: Saying goodbye.
• Share one quick story about a rescue experience: There are so many … We currently have a 7 month old male Beagle puppy, Charlie. He is a bundle of energy but hasn’t had a very nice beginning. He was found in a cardboard box on the side of the road – covered in mange. After being treated for mange, the people who found him decided that he had too much energy for them, and they did not want him anymore. They gave him away for free to a friend. This friend had the pup for a week and decided that he was chasing the cat too much and had to go. Charlie ended up in our care. He is a friendly enough guy, but he has some wicked separation and abandonment issues. He is rambunctious and has a LOT of energy. He mouths. He jumps. He tugs on the leash. He cries. He screams. He is a DRAMA QUEEN. Our volunteers are working with him to overcome these and many other issues he came in with. Charlie will stay with us until a new home is found or a suitable foster home is located.

One thought on “Rescue SPOTlight: Alliston & District Humane Society

  • March 31, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Our family adopted Charlie on March 23rd! After losing beloved dog Abbey to kidney failure, we visited the Alliston Humane Society. Charlie, and his story, captured our hearts.

    He is a little bugger. We joke that he has hot paws. If he can fit it in his mouth, he will steal it. Charlie’s favourite item is shoes.

    As Emily states, Charlie has some wicked abandonment issues. He is slowly getting better as the days go by.

    He is a ball of energy. He loves to run. Lucky for him, his new home is a 100 acre farm with lots of fenced in fields for him to explore. His favourite is going for a walk in the forest though. Here he can smell the animal tracks, play with sticks (more like branches!) and jump across the small stream.

    With training Charlie’s behaviour is improving. Charlie is a great dog. He is very friendly, and loves to curl up to someone for his mid morning nap. He’s smart, and learns very quickly.

    Charlie has finally found his permanent home.

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