Earlier in the month was the US National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. This is where people show their appreciation to their local shelters and companies show it as well. Two companies have come together to aid in just this very thing. Petfinder.com and Thundershirts have joined forces. Thundershirts is donating 5,000 Thundershirts through a grant program with the Petfinder.com Foundation.
Thundershirts is the leading manufacture of anxiety-reducing dog products. It basically provides constant pressure on the dog to provide a calming effect for most dogs. 80% of 2,000 dog owners that were surveyed after purchasing the products said the Thundershirts helped to improve the symptoms their dog was displaying. The Thundershirts have been proven to help reduce stress from the following:
- Noise anxiety from thunder or fireworks
- Separation anxiety
- Travel anxiety
- Crate training
- Problematic barking
- Leash pulling
Thundershirts is providing these shirts to Petfinder so they can provide them to waiting shelters. This will help to ready anxious dogs for their new furever homes. Petfinder.com states there are estimated six to eight million adoptable animals in shelters and rescues. The Petfinder.com site supports more than 13,500 shelters and rescue groups. They try to make sure everyone has an outlet for displaying pets in need of homes. The Thundershirt grant program will help inaugural grantees including 32 shelters and rescue groups with nearly 2,300 Thundershirts. The rest will be provided as needed to various shelters and rescues throughout the US.
In a recent press release: “We recently put a Thundershirt on an unsocialized 5-month-old puppy that hadn’t stopped shaking since he arrived days ago. He was a big time shaker and scared of everything. We put the Thundershirt on and instantly, in the blink of an eye, he was a new dog! Unbelievable!” exclaimed Nicky Ratliff, executive director, the Humane Society of Carroll County Inc. and Petfinder.com Foundation member.
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