Each week, we summarise the tweets from my Twitter account, so anyone who’s not on Twitter can still have access to all these great resources. It’s a huge list, so make sure you get yourself a coffee and a seat for an hour so you can really enjoy all this content.
But before we get started, happy birthday to my Mac who turned 11 today!
The Tweet of the Week
When I re-home dogs, I find it really hard to not just ‘information dump’ on new owners. I have so much to tell them, it’s hard to choose the most important bits – but it’s important that I do, otherwise there is the chance of the new owner becoming ‘overwhelmed’ and just ignoring everything. Patricia McConnell (who writes the blog “The Other End of the Leash“, as well as a number of dog training books) has written a post on “The 3 Most Important Things to Say to Adopters About Their New Dog“. It really made me reconsider what I need to do when homing dogs, and also gave me some reassurance in what I’m currently doing. A good read with good advice, and I had no hesitation making it my tweet of the week.
Sheltering and Rescue
Letter: Adoption options not used enough, and then SavingPets commented on a similar issue in: “The shortage of ‘good enough’ rescue dogs in Melbourne“.
I shared a bunch of SavingPets stuff this week (like almost every other week!): “NYE ‘busy shelter’ media cross- you’re doing it right!” (I really loved this video!), “Fun with cat haters“, ”Killing pets in the face of alternatives – Greater Shepparton edition“, and “Failing Victoria’s Pets“.
An interesting study analysis by the Companion Animal Psychology blog, “Homeless Pets: A UK Study“.
Two No Kill Conferences coming up this year: Western States No Kill Conference March 20 2013 – Albuquerque, NM and No Kill Conference July 13-14 2013.
Discussion: Alternatives to death for dogs labeled aggressive (make sure you read the comments – they’re very worthwhile).
Pets Available for Adoption
Dog Bites / Dog Safety
Other Animal Stuff