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    Posted by Janine Allen at Friday, May 15th, 2009.

    From the day of its inception, Rescue Me Dog has been vigilant in its efforts to arouse public interest in adopting shelter dogs. Thwarting the stigma placed on these dogs by poor representation in sad photos and television ads, we have always focused on the potential that each and every shelter dog has to offer. From clever text for dog adoption flyers, to prose written from a dogs point of view, to our popular television commercial showing shelter dogs outside the bars and in a dog show ring, we have always focused on a dog’s future as a loving family companion.

    It is exciting for us to see that others are following suit. The Humane Society and Ad Council have pooled funds for a campaign targeting those who have never considered adopting a shelter dog. They have even conducted research that proves what we have said all along: that most people focus on a dog’s assumed troubled past rather than a positive future and that a shelter experience may be as gloomy as a prison visit. Read more here.

    Will your next dog come from a shelter? We’d love to hear your comments.



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    Written by Janine Allen CPDT, Rescue Me Dog's professional dog trainer. Janine's passion is working with people and their dogs. She provides demonstrations for those who have adopted shelter dogs, lends email support to adopted dog owners that need information beyond our Training Support Pages, and aids shelter staff and volunteers in understanding dog behavior to increase their adoptability. Copyright 2018 Rescue Me Dog; www.rescuemedog.org

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    3 Responses to “New perspective on shelter dogs”

    1. Lisa Says:

      Hi Janine – great blog.. I love that you are bringing awareness to rescuing shelter dogs. I have two cats rescued from a local shelter and I’m all about doing the same for all pets. It’s wonderful that you are shedding light on the subject!

    2. Toni Says:

      Hi Janine! I just found your site and wanted to say thank you so much for spreading the word on the hidden jems that shelter dogs are! My parents adopted “Harley” a black lab/?? mix from a shelter a little over a year ago and he is the most wonderful dog ever. They got him just in time too because he was scheduled to be put down that day. In the shelter Harley was afraid and just hid in his house all day. Once home he came out of his shell. He is GREAT WITH CATS and gets along great with their other dog too. Harley is super smart and a fast learner. He is a total people dog always ready to follow you around or just lay at your side while you work. I myself have a shelter chow chow and 2 cats both from shelters. Thanks!

    3. molly Says:

      Thanks for voting for Tigger Too! She is hoping to help out pet rescue groups if she wins! And take a look at how cute she is! http://www.cutestdogcompetition.com/vote.cfm?h=1C63CEF23EF0779A6151C4E1C8388BA2

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