The money is being used to continue outfitting large dogs participating in BoroughBreaks (field trips of several hours), StrayCations (overnight field trips), and even long-term foster placements with well-fitting harnesses. By ensuring dogs leave with harnesses, we enable participants to feel more secure in their ability to manage the dog they are taking into their care. This correlates to getting more large dogs outside of the ACC Care Center and into environments where they are being seen by members of the public. We also purchased treats to help clients navigate around certain behavior issues, and to help dogs focus for better photos, and will be purchasing backpacks that will help participants advertise that their dogs are available for adoption.
By fitting our animals with appropriate harnesses, and giving participants treats to keep their dogs calm, we’re seeing more large dogs leave for extended breaks. Not only does this provide extra exposure, we also receive incredible photos and information that helps match dogs with their future homes.
114 dogs have participated in BoroughBreaks and 29 in StrayCations.
Warrior 80718 participated in a StrayCation on Veteran’s Day. His BoroughBreaker said: “Hello! My husband and I had the immense pleasure of taking Warrior on a BoroughBreak today from the Manhattan ACC. While he definitely could use a little leash training, he was an absolute joy to be around: sweet as can be, loved treats, and sat all morning with us on a picnic blanket in Central Park. We noticed just in the few hours we spent with him that he became more relaxed, and our hearts went out to him after learning he was surrendered a week ago and this has probably been the most confusing few days of his life. He’s also really good at ‘sit!’ He’s just perfect. We took some photos and wanted to share. Thank you to the staff who organize this great program! We also found it ironically suiting that we were paired with ‘Warrior’ on Veteran’s Day and my husband is a vet 🙂 We hope to volunteer again!”
Warrior was adopted the next day.