New Shelter Model Seeks to Reduce Stress in Shelter Dogs

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My husband and I adopted our Lab mix, Rio, from an underfunded shelter in New Mexico in 2010. It was our first time visiting the facility, and the housing conditions depressed us: a few litters of puppies were crammed into chain-link cages, and adult dogs were kept alone in each small enclosure. It didn’t seem like a fun way to live. We stopped and said hello to each dog, fervently wishing we could adopt them all. So I was excited to hear about a new shelter model that could potentially reduce fear, stress, and anxiety for dogs in animal shelters while they wait for their forever homes. The traditional design has been a series of kennels with glass or chain-link doors, with one dog per kennel. Animal Humane Society, a nonprofit animal shelter with four locations in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, hopes to change that. The organization recently invested approximately $250,000 to design and build a habitat prototype at its Golden Valley location.
Reeder, J. (2021, March 23). New Shelter model seeks to reduce stress in Shelter Dogs. Fear Free Happy Homes. Retrieved December 14, 2022, from
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Topic(s): Designs that Support Good Welfare, Environment, Kennel Design, Shelter and Rescue