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Come meet us Today

We are all so eager to meet you! We’ll wag our tails and prance our feet and if we get really worked up, we will even start barking to say hello. But once one of us starts we all will. We don’t mean to be loud, we are just so excited that one of us may be going to our forever home.  They take really good care of us here but we would much rather be curled up In your lap, in our own bed or…if you let us,maybe in your bed with you 🙂 our adoption fees are low and they cover a lot. I promise you won’t regret taking us home. A faithful companion,guardian and friend.  Sometimes people want to help but can’t adopt us and that’s ok too. There’s lots of ways you can help even if you can’t adopt. You can come take our picture so we have a better chance of being adopted. Take us for walks, or out for training even on Saturdays or you can even just come and play with us. You will love it and so will we. You can even donate to us as well. We love treats…bacon or doggie bone treats and toys, we love toys. Tennis balls or kongs would be good 🙂 we have a play yard here as well and we get to go out and play, so we can take all the toys out there with us 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to read this and remember…Before you shop…Adopt 😀  Give us a call at 540-344-4922

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Photographer Needed for RCACP

RCACP could use a couple of dog and cat Photographers to help take Pictures. We have a drop box set up so our volunteers can share the pictures.Our current photographer can show you the ropes and help you get set up. 

*Must love taking pictures, be an animal lover, selfless and consistent. We would love to have you as part of our team 🙂

If interested, please contact RCACP to Volunteer at 540-344-4922 or email for details.

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Decompressing Rescue Dog

Decompression Phase

When adopting or fostering a rescued dog from the pound/shelter, it’s a happy time for you and a relief to the
dog. For one, you’ve taken them away from that loud, scary place. As the new owners or foster of the dog,
you’re also excited because you’re bringing in a new member of the family into your home. This new situation
is exciting for everyone with new interactions and adventures to come.

BUT WAIT! Before you go showing off your new pet to your family, friends, and resident pets, please give the
new dog time to relax for awhile. The last thing you should do at this point is rush them into a whole new
dramatic situation and making them interact that could get them into trouble if they’re not ready for it.

Think of it like this way as humans; you’ve been looking desperately for a job to support your family; you’ve
been looking for over three months, your savings is dwindling fast, and you’re worried; VERY worried. You’re
getting up everyday looking at the paper/internet, going to interviews, and finally you get a job.

First day on the job, you’re excited but nervous, and just want to feel your way around. Then, some co-worker’s
trying to make you look bad; trying to push your buttons. You want to do the right thing but if no one gives you
time to know your job and no one’s controlling the  guy harassing you, things could happen and (you’re back at
the pound) you’re fired; or, worse, in jail, depending on the reaction. This is just my interpretation as we don’t
know the feeling of being in doggie jail just because we’re a dog, but I bet I’m close. When volunteering at a
pound you see this stress all the time.

Decompress for at least 3-5 days.
Decompress for at least 3-5 days.

Dogs that have been at the pound for an especially long period of time need to decompress and get
themselves back into a calm state of mind; unlike the worrying and stressing when they were at the pound.
I had a foster dog once that seemed to be normal at the pound but wouldn’t make much eye contact. When I
got her home, her eyes seem to be darting everywhere but at me. It was odd; I thought she was “special”, or
just weird.

I knew she was still kennel-stressed from being at the pound. It took a couple weeks for her to get over that
and get back to herself and finally making eye contact.  Basically, I created a routine taking her for walks in the
morning and playing ball afterwards, then I’d put her in the crate to rest for a couple hours. I’d give her
something to do, such as a filled kong or some type of dog-friendly chew toy to get her mind working. When
she returned to being herself, I introduced basic training such as “Look”, “Sit”, “Down”, and “Come”; all the
while I kept her separate from my own dogs. Whenever I felt ready, I slowly introduced her to my own dogs by
taking them out on walks together outside the home.

It’s always best to introduce the dogs away from the home (such as on a walk or at a park) to get acquainted.
The next step, after they seem to get along on the walk, is to let them socialize in the backyard. When that’s
successful, then you can let both the new/foster dog into the home along with the resident dog(s)
together….but only if YOU feel comfortable with it. If you’re the least bit hesitant about it, DON’T DO IT. Dogs
can sense when you’re uncomfortable, and one or the other may feel they have to protect you or other family
members. If, at any moment, that something does happen, go back to the previous step until there’s no worry
or hesitation.

Decompression time varies with each and every dog. Some need more time than others, but it’s safe to
recommend at least one week is best for the new dog. Always treat the dog with respect and give them
guidance, exercise (dogs walks, playing), and bond with them.  If after the decompression phase, the dog
starts to show behavioral problems, start to address it with training to get him/her to listen to you and gain that
respect. If you need to consult with a dog trainer, that’s what you should do; or ask your family/friends if they’ve
had situations like this, and what they did; or look online for articles/video that may have the answers you
need. One of the top reasons dogs end up at the pound are because their owners didn’t train them, or rarely
interacted with them.

NUMBER ONE RULE: keep your new dog/foster in a crate during decompression time, and always when
you’re not home. After decompression, and everyone’s acquainted and comfortable, it’s up to you, as the
owner, to take responsibility to determine if your pet can stay free in the home, or if they should be crated.
Perish the thought you should come home and find a disastrous situation because you left your animals
unattended to make their own decisions. Not to say it can’t work, but you have to be certain it can; if not, crate

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What To Expect When Adopting a Rescued Dog

What To Expect When Adopting a Rescued Dog

Dogs that come from the city pound and/or rescues sometimes come with issues such as behavioral problems that have manifested from their previous home environment that wasn’t addressed by the previous owner. Sometimes behavioral problems can develop while they are at the pound and become great pets after leaving having time to decompress and live like a dog in a home environment.

This is the scenario most people fall in when rescuing a dog from the pound or rescue…your walking through the dog runs and suddenly you see this gorgeous dog that has locked eyes on you and making an instant connection. You are totally interested in adopting or fostering him/her. Here are a couple of things to consider, most of the dogs that have been deemed adoptable may be good pets but sometimes you wouldn’t know it by their excitement, lack of training, barking or being scared/nervous. A lot of the times these dogs just need basic training so there is a way to communicate with the dog and give them some guidance. Scared or nervous dogs need to trust again and as the new parent of the new family member its up to you to build up their confidence with lots of encouragement and gradually introduce them to new things. For the big jumpers, leash pullers and mouthy dogs regular exercise and training is in order to help with these guys.

With any dog it is the owner and/or foster parents responsibility to provide care, training and a loving home for that animal. It may be easy or difficult depending on the dog. Sometimes dogs may act perfect at the shelter and then you find out their true behavior once they get more comfortable with you.

Bringing home a rescued dog
Bringing home a rescued dog

Follow certain steps when bringing home a new pet from the pound/shelter:

  • Let the dog decompress and rest for at least a week.
  • Don’t rush him/her to interact with you by kissing, hugging or playing. Also this varies by dog because some dogs you can just tell if its an Auto Dog and its all good but don’t take this for granted.
  • Take the time to introduce your new dog to family dogs slowly. Keep the rescued dog separate from existing house dogs for at least a week so he/she can decompress and you have formed a bond, then introduce slowly. You want the new dog to transition into the pack without incident. Sometimes you can just tell that all dogs are fine with each other right away but always monitor the interaction just in case.
  • If your new dog is cat friendly, again let your new dog decompress for at least a week by him/herself then slowly…oh so slowly integrate the animals together.
  • Get your dog in a routine by walking them, play, and teaching them commands to give them direction on what you want them to do. There are always dog training classes that will help teach you as the doggie parent to teach your new dog.

Remember that you decided and made the decision to care for this animal and make them a member of your family, it is your responsibility to care and provide for them for the rest of his/her life. If it has been revealed that behavioral problems have surfaced this needs to be addressed and seek a professional to help with these issues. Help is always there if you need it.