Shelter Dogs: You Can Make a Difference I created this video to raise awareness about the growing number of dogs in pounds, shelter and rescues across the United States. “Four million cats and dogs—about one every eight seconds—are put down in US shelters each year. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets. Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, ensuring that every pet has a family to love them.” –Humane Dogs are being surrendered to pounds at an alarming rate. Dogs are being abandoned for trivial reasons such as house soiling, chewing, barking or moving. The arrival of a new baby or the misconception that dogs behave “just like the dogs from the movies” adds to the number of dogs surrendered to pounds each year. The dogs are the ones who ultimately suffer at the hand of human ignorance and irresponsibleness. Too often certain individuals fail to realize that they are the ones who brought the dog into their home. The dog didn’t choose to come live in their house. You can make a difference: Adopt Volunteer Donate Foster Rescue Spay/Neuter your pets Don’t settle for anything less than reputable breeding Support and spread positive dog training methods Special thanks to Josh Woodward for the songs, “Private Hurricane,” “Afterglow,” and On Brevity.”

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25 thoughts on “Shelter Dogs: You Can Make a Difference

  1. mariswithdogs

    Thanks for sharing this video. It really made me sad, but everything in this video is true. Me and my friend walk the dogs in shelter and we play with them and I train them too. After watching this video I sent a message to this shelter where we offered us as volunteers. I really want to help all these dogs in a shelter and I will neuter my dog in the future either(I don’t have a dog yet). Anyway very well made video, you and Heather are just wonderful persons. Your dogs are one lucky dogs!:)

  2. justjesse198

    this is amazing. you guys are so inspirering, and im always going to adopt shelter dogs. you are amazing and soo helpful, and i bet all of the dogs you help/save are soo grateful 🙂

  3. Krys1304

    Same picture here in the UK. Cuddly puppies with a fine pedigree are lovely, but to rescue a dog, particularly an older dog, that is changing a life, changing his universe for the better. That’s gotta be worth working through some behavioural baggage or phobias for…

  4. ChillyAndClover

    Thanks so much for creating and sharing this video. Makes me sad and angry at the same time. I’ve been fostering for over two years now and the condition of the dogs brought to me is appalling. However, the love of a dog can never been underestimated. Their capability to trust and love people again is amazing.

  5. SpotSwims

    About 4 million cats and dogs are put down in U.S. shelters each year. Did you also know that puppy mills sell about 4 million puppies and kittens in the U.S each year? Even if you don’t rescue, please buy from a reputable breeder.

  6. justjesse198

    lovely video, very touching 🙂 do you mind me asking, what kind of camera do you use? they are spectacular!

  7. supernaturalbc2009

    Excellent! Loved your photo and videos of the dogs! I want to take all of them home!
    Jessie was one such pound puppy but now is a well-loved family member!

  8. hunkymonkeykaine

    @supernaturalbc2009 Thank you:). You have done amazing training with Jessie:). She is a beautiful dog with the confidence to match:).

  9. hunkymonkeykaine

    @justjesse198 Thanks:). I currently use a Kodak Easy Share Z1012 IS with 10.1 mega pixels and 12 optical zoom.

  10. kikopup

    Beautiful video! That must have taken you forever to make. It really shows the editing is amazing! You should make the tricks at the end a video in themselves too 🙂

  11. tranerladee

    excellent.. very touching.
    I am working locally to help our community get a better shelter.. in honor of my rescue dog that just passed away..
    please check out misselliesmission (.com) and donate if you can.. even a dollar goes along way.. if you love animals help make a difference in the lives of 5,000 animals that pass through our shelter each year!

  12. pamelamarxsen

    Oh Ashley! What a wonderful video to bring awareness to these sweet dogs! It just breaks my heart! I love watching you work with them, play with them, train them, love them, and the work you are doing is going to save so many lives! LOVE those Foster dogs! Keep up the AWESOME work!

  13. cgazmommyof3

    Wonderful video, thank you so much for putting it together! Slider was a pound puppy, now she’s one of my kids. 🙂

  14. zsianz1

    wonderful WONDERFUL video! this is a favourite for me straight away! so many great tips and a really important message. this video must have been really hard work to make but really worth it!

  15. ParadiseDogs

    gosh, i almost cryed ;( . Thats so sad.. I wish that i could adopted,if i could i would bring all the animals to my home =)..When i get older, i’m gonna help the animals who has been abused and find a great home for them. They deserve a great life ,like the people..How can people do that to these amazing animals!! , and how can people just adopted one when everyone is hope that they are going to a home now..And the next day the other dog is put to sleep ;'(
    STOP ANIMAL ABUSE! Go and adopte NOW=)

  16. SkilledShiloh

    Very touching video.
    I am a volunteer at DogsTrust and I’m constantly fostering, but there’s 102 dogs at the shelter right now. And 4 people fostering,, including me!
    I am doing my bit, where is everybody else?
    It’s a great thing you made this!
    You do a fantastic job at the shelter.
    Although remember it isn’t just the usa, it’s everywhere.
    Eg. I live in england.

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