19 Oct '16, 7pm

'Real life' room lets shelter dogs de-stress (and hang on the couch)

'Real life' room lets shelter dogs de-stress (and hang on the couch)

Being at an animal shelter is anything but a normal experience. Dogs and cats are often stressed from all the noises, smells and just the strange environment. And for potential adopters, it's tough to figure out a pet's personality when the dog is panting, pacing and generally anxious. One Ohio animal shelter came up with a calming solution. The Toledo Area Humane Society created what they call a Real Life Room. The out-of-the-way place has a home-like setting, filled with a comfortable recliner, a fluffy rug, a dog bed, a big box of toys and even a TV. The goal is to make dogs and owners feel like they're at home, away from all the strangeness of the shelter. Behind the closed door, the pet can relax — and the family can get a sense of what the dog or cat is really like. Sometimes the shelter also uses the room to give stressed-out shelter dogs a place to unwind for a whi...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/real-life-room-let...

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