About a year ago, my shelter decided to try an experiment. We wanted to find out what would happen if we stopped labeling our dogs. It's up to us, as advocates for shelter dogs, to start explaining to people that breed labels are subjective. The way a dog looks says nothing reliable about their behavior.
Have you ever found it difficult to connect with a pet in a dog shelter? They are loud places where lots of animals are jumping, barking and competing for your attention. That's why the Humane Society of Utah decided to give each dog its individual chance to shine in front of the lights of their staff photographer, Guinnever Shuster, to show off its unique personality.
The ASPCA's Cruelty Intervention Advocacy is a holistic intervention approach that takes into account how the societal challenges that pet owners often face -- including poverty, housing restrictions, lack of transportation, and limited resources -- profoundly affect the animals under their care. I'd like to share why this uncommon approach is so necessary to keep animals alive.