The ARL has a number of dogs that have been waiting longer than others for an adoptive home. These dogs are loving, healthy, and smart dogs who just need extra help getting adopted. ARL also has many dogs who have treatable behavioral issues, or may display depression or kennel stress, that could be resolved with dedicated volunteer attention. The Kennel Companions program aims to improve the quality of life for these dogs and increase their adoptability.
Volunteers at the ARL are essential partners in providing enrichment for the dogs in the shelter. While walking the dogs is fun for the dogs, the Kennel Companions program allows volunteers to focus on the specific needs of a particular dog. Kennel Companions volunteers are committed individuals working with their KC dog until it is adopted or can be placed in a foster home.
We would like to have 10-15 dogs in the program at any given time. This goal is dependent upon the number of committed Kennel Companions we have in the program. Your commitment to the dogs here at the shelter is essential to making our program successful. We can’t do it without you!
Process for Selecting a Kennel Companion Dog
Process for Assigning Kennel Companion Dogs
Kennel Companions Program Goals
Expectations for and Responsibilities of Kennel Companions Volunteers
Expectations for Ending the Kennel Companions Relationship
When a Kennel Companions dog’s behavior declines and it is determined by ARL staff that the dog is no longer safe for adoption, or there is not space at the shelter to continue to work on behavior modification for that dog, the Kennel Companion volunteer will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator. Whenever possible Kennel Companions will be given a time frame/deadline for a last promotion push for finding foster/rescue/adoption for the dog. This time frame will vary, and cannot be guaranteed.
If you have any questions regarding participation in the program at any time, please contact either the Volunteer Coordinator at the shelter at 610-373-8830 x120. You can also email any questions to Hope Poliansky.