Weeee'reeee baaaack! That's right folks, after a 2+ year hiatus What's Up Dog! L.A. (WUDLA) is back with a new (and we think improved) mission.
Our mission is simple: Humane Sheltering. As Los Angeles continues to work towards "No Kill" status, the dogs are being sheltered longer and it’s our responsibility to think about what these sheltered dogs’ lives look like and to ensure Humane Sheltering conditions are met.
Ask yourself, “what does a day look like for a small fluffy dog in the shelter? Week? Month?” And then ask yourself, “what does a day look like for a larger short-haired muscular dog? Week? Month? 6 months? Year?”
Per the ASPCA Five Freedoms:
The welfare of an animal includes its physical and mental state and we consider that good animal welfare implies both fitness and a sense of well-being. Any animal kept by man, must at least, be protected from unnecessary suffering.
1. FREEDOM FROM HUNGER AND THIRST by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigor.
2. FREEDOM FROM DISCOMFORT by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
3. FREEDOM FROM PAIN, INJURY OR DISEASE by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
4. FREEDOM TO EXPRESS NORMAL BEHAVIOR by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
5. FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND DISTRESS by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
Per the HSUS: Dogs confined in cages should be exercised in runs at least 4 feet by 10 feet twice daily or walked on a leash for at least 20 minutes twice daily.
Take a walk through the South L.A. Animal Shelter and decide for yourself which of these standards we’re meeting. We’re falling tragically short of these basic Humane Sheltering standards and the large breed dogs in our care are suffering. We can and we must do better.
The simple fact is, adoption alone cannot solve our shelter overpopulation problem. Yet successful adoption is still our goal for dogs in the shelters and that's exactly where the work needs to begin.
We’ve created The Humane Sheltering Project to help implement Humane Sheltering tactics within our shelters. Through this program, we aim to focus on :
1. Efficient Volunteering for greater dog enrichment
2. Growing Foster Homes & Foster Home Management
3. Effective Adoption Counseling & Dog Matching
4. Post-Adoption Support & Adoption Retention including an online visual learning center
In order for The Humane Sheltering Project to succeed, we need to supplement programs currently missing or underutilized at the shelters by offering hands-on educational/training and online knowledge centers. And WE NEED YOUR HELP! Humane Sheltering may not offer the glitz or immediate satisfaction of rescuing, but for every dog that's rescued, a program like ours will make a big difference to MANY shelter dogs, improving the quality of their lives and increasing the likelihood of adoption success.
Please donate to our cause today and help be the change!
What's Up Dog! LA and The Humane Sheltering Project