The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Cattaraugus County, is a private, nonprofit, no-kill charity animal shelter founded in 1905. They are dedicated to saving the lives of animals in need, and providing adoption services for homeless and neglected animals. The SPCA in Cattaraugus County is the only shelter in the area that provides contracted intake services to the county and to several other municipalities. The SPCA in Cattaraugus County focuses on saving the lives of stray, abandoned, and neglected pets to make their lives better.
The dog population at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Cattaraugus County is usually comprised of at least 1/3 or more senior dogs, and since approximately 75% of the senior dogs display behavioral issues, the SPCA is looking to remove that obstacle of adoption for senior dogs. They have a defined behavioral program and protocols for using a strong, positive, approach in their management of these dogs who need training. Their Grey Muzzle grant will be used to provide training for their staff with an expert canine trainer who specializes in positive training for difficult dogs. He will work onsite with shelter staff to train how to identify and work with specific kinds of behavioral issues as well as provide follow up guidance to the shelter manager and the lead dog staff. Their goal is to remove barriers of senior dog adoption and place as many seniors in loving homes as possible.