Shelter on the Hill, A Humane Society
Early on in my efforts to help SOTH build a local shelter for lost
and abandoned animals in the Frazier Mountain area I was fortunate
to meet Sue Sternberg, one of the first to promote behavior
evaluation of shelter dogs. Sue's knowledge and experience helped
shape my view of what a shelter should provide.
So here is Sue's "Minimum Requirements for Dogs in
Shelters" with a few additions:
A Bed. No matter how he treats it, chews on it, poops or
pees on it or pushes it out of the way, every dog deserves
something soft and dry to lie on.
Toys. The shelter is high stress environment, especially
for puppies and adolescents. Shelter dogs should be saturated
with things to chew on and play with.
A Name. A dog can learn a new name within a few days.
Shelter dogs deserve to be identified by name and not by a number
- and the public is less intimidated by a shelter filled with
animals with names as opposed to case numbers.
To Be Petted and Have Human Physical Contact Daily. Most
dogs are in a shelter because of behaviors their previous owner
could not deal with. It is incumbent on caregivers to teach
acceptable house manners in order to place him in a forever home.
To Be Clean & Dry and Well-Fed. Enough said.
To Have the Lights Off at Night. Sleep deprivation lowers
the stress threshold and plays a critical role in thinking and
learning. Even Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise had a
simulated nighttime in outer space. Animals also need a few
peaceful hours to sleep deeply and uninterrupted.
Anything Less is Just Warehousing Animals.
Shelter on the Hill, a Humane Society
Shelter on the Hill continues to strive to meet the needs
identified by residents nearly 20 years ago: to RESCUE companion
animals from the dangers of the street, REUNITE lost pets with
their loved ones, and REHOME adoptable animals to a new and
Shelter on the Hill: A Humane Society, (SOTH), is a private,
non-profit, donor supported, organization whose purpose is to
operate a haven to rescue, reunite and re-home lost and abandoned
companion animals in the Frazier Mountain area of California.
Dedicated to promoting humane treatment and quality of life,
SOTH accepts all animals in need of care, provides appropriate
medical and behavioral intervention, rehabilitation, socialization,
and adoption efforts to save the lives of as many adoptable animals
and remains committed to the welfare of these animals beyond the
adoption process to the extent of its resources - and offers
community support through a myriad of services including but not
limited to, lost and found, sheltering, adoption, foster care,
behavior and training, humane education, pet assistance for people
in need, and inter-agency networking.
Cat of the Month
Spiffy is a spayed six-month old fluffy girl. She is a very soft
and cuddly black and white medium hair cat. She is playful, likes
other cats/kittens, kids and adults too.
Dog of the Month
Enzo Caruso is an approximately seven year old neutered male. He is
affectionate, alert and anxious to be your lap dog. An older boy
who enjoys his daily quiet walks. Gets along with other equally
mild mannered dogs. He would enjoy older quiet children or adults!
Overall just a very calm demeanor, housebroken and loveable.
See Enzo on YouTube
Last edited 23 November 2014 2000 PDT