Shelters are a stressful environment for any dog. “Playing for Life” is a progressive approach to helping shelter dogs shine.
Playgroups at Chicago Animal Care & Control
One of the biggest challenges facing animal shelters is keeping the dogs healthy and happy until they’re adopted — and to do it with minimal time and resources. Aimee Sadler developed “Playing for Life” as simple but effective solution to keeping shelter dogs happy, friendly, well socialized and, ultimately, more adoptable.
Update: Check out Aimee Sadler helping shelters save lives in Kansas City!
The program uses playgroups to let dogs interact with other dogs in a supervised setting, while working through behavioral challenges. The playgroups are open to all dogs, regardless of breed or size, and the groups are formed based on the individual dog’s play-style. In addition to maximizing resources for enrichment and training, kennel staff report that playgroups allow them to clean the kennels more efficiently — freeing up time and resources for other operations.
This approach has been the foundation of successful lifesaving programs at Longmont Humane Society (Colorado) and Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (New York), both open admission shelters that maintain live release rates in excess of 95%.
“Playing for Life” Seminar in Gainesville: April 27-28, 2013
Aimee Sadler will visit the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program in Gainesville April 27-28 to work with area veterinarians, students, shelter workers, and rescue groups. Topics will include:
- The benefits of group play for improving the behavior and socialization of shelter dogs
- Guidelines for introducing dogs into playgroups
- Effectively managing play styles
- Signs to look out for to avoid problem interactions, and strategies for addressing them when they arise
- Tips for using playgroups to make stronger adoption matches
Registration and Schedule
The two-day seminar will begin with a lecture Saturday morning at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, and then move to Alachua County Animal Services (ACAS) Saturday afternoon for hands-on demonstrations with shelter dogs. Sunday will be dedicated entirely to hands-on work at ACAS.
The seminar is open to animal welfare and veterinary professionals interested in learning about the benefits of group play, and for those interested in managing play sessions with a diverse group of dogs with different temperaments, play styles, and backgrounds.
Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Animal Farm Foundation, we are offering our shelter partners registration for only $20 per person when you use discount code SHELTERVIP, which includes lunches on both days.
Spots are limited, so reservations are required. Quetions? Please contact Kim Wolf by email or call 352-273-8660 and ask for Kim.
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|9:00 – 12:00||Lecture||UF College of Veterinary MedicineAcademic Auditorium2015 SW 16th AveGainesville, Florida|
|12:00 – 1: 30||Boxed lunches and travel to shelter|
|1:30 – 5:00||Workshop||Alachua County Animal Services3400 Northeast 53rd AvenueGainesville, FL|
|9:00 – 12:00||Workshop||Alachua County Animal Services3400 Northeast 53rd AvenueGainesville, FL|
|12:00 – 1:00||Boxed lunch|
|1:00 – 4:30||Workshop||Alachua County Animal Services3400 Northeast 53rd AvenueGainesville, FL|
About Aimee Sadler
Aimee Sadler is the Director of Behavior and Training for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) and the creator of “Playing for Life.” She is a nationally recognized trainer and speaker specializing in behavioral problems. Her techniques have been derived from 25 years of working with multiple species, from dogs to cats, from exotics to marine mammals as a private trainer, within the entertainment industry and within animal sheltering. Aimee has presented at animal welfare and professional dog training conferences in addition to teaching shelters around the country how to reduce canine euthanasia with the implementation of her “Playing for Life.”
Aimee’s training and behavior programs have been the lifesaving foundation for both Longmont Humane Society and SASF which maintain canine Live Release Rates in excess of 95% as open admission shelters. Aimee currently resides in Longmont, CO with her three sons, four rescued dogs, and two rescued cats.
- Read how “Playing for Life” has helped Chicago Animal Care & Control.