PACC volunteers socialize scared pups

Dogs get scared too. And when they do, they may act aggressively, which makes it much harder for Pima Animal Care Center to ready them for adoption.

Enter the volunteers with PACC’s behavioral decompression program.

PACC dogsVolunteers help socialize PACC’s scared dogs by taking them on walks, focusing on playtime, reading to them, giving doggie massages and using aromatherapy like lavender sprays to help the pups relax.

"There was a need for dogs that weren't doing well socially or emotionally," says Kelly Comstock, one of the many volunteers who has helped pets overcome emotional barriers.

A recent success story is Morgan, a student who was in the decompression program the longest, and her best friend, Mouse. (They're pictured here. Mouse is the little guy.)

"Morgan was really scared, shut down and reactive to people," says Comstock.

But with the patience of volunteers, Morgan slowly began to play and become more social.
"Her inner dog came out of her a little bit," says Comstock.

Mouse was equally as shy, but when volunteers introduced them to each other they both began to open up. Comstock says that Mouse looked up to Morgan as a mentor.

Recently Mouse was adopted and Morgan left PACC with a rescue group.
More than 100 dogs like them have graduated from the decompression program.
"It's been super successful and we're really happy to be a part of it," says Comstock.

To volunteer in the behavioral decompression program, visit the PACC volunteer website.

To volunteer in the behavioral decompression program, visit http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=10658.

PACC also welcomes donations from the public of items on its Amazon Wish List
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