Did you know that all of the AAC dogs in our program go into a foster home EVERY night and weekend. That means the AAC organizes approximately 2,500 sleepovers a year! Placing dogs in foster homes is a huge piece of our staffs daily job and we could not do it with our our list of hundreds of people willing to invite animals in need into their home. Not only do the dogs get to lead a normal life during their stay with us but we get to learn about the environment they would thrive in. Instead of spending the night in their kennel they get to go home with loving families, have playdates with friends, get the exercise they need and the love they deserve. “From reducing stress to increasing adoptability to improving behavior, foster homes provide a long list of benefits to homeless pets, executive director Carrie Boynton said.”  This model is proven to benefit nearly everyone involved including the future adopter of said dog! Check out the Jackson Hole News & Guide’s article on our foster program and sign up here!

“The Adoption Center has just launched Seniors for Seniors, a program that homes well-seasoned cats and dogs — typically 7 years and older — with people 65 and up. The shelter’s “expert matchmakers” will help seniors find a pet that fits their lifestyle and housing situation at a reduced rate of $50 for dogs and $15 for cats.” AAC staff truly believes that everyone deserves the chance to have the unconditional love of a pet. They hope that the newest adoption program, Seniors for Seniors, puts that into action for Seniors that may not want a puppy or kitten but an animal their own speed. Read more about seniors and their pets here.

DNA tests are always a hot topic in the Animal Rescue field. When dogs enter the AAC program the staff has to use their best educated guess on what the animal’s breed is based on physical features and behavior. Often times we know little to nothing about the dog and cannot guarantee the breed. Some like to do a DNA test just for the fun of it, to see what their beloved pet is made up of! Others like to do it for medical or behavioral reasons. In some cases, a DNA test can bring awareness to certain medical needs that a breed is known for or change a training plan based on what breeds the dog is made up of. Read JHN&G’s take on DNA tests and why one particular owner got one done!