The Importance of Story Time


sweet time with a sweet dog

Peace, Love & Fostering

Okay, not actual story time – just simple quiet time is what I’ll be talking about today, but it’s the same idea. Quiet time with people can be just as important for shelter dogs as getting out of their runs and exercising.

Stress in animals can be gauged by measuring levels of the glucocorticoid cortisol. Cortisol is released by animals in times of stress, meant to be used as a body’s way to combat sudden environmental changes and other stress-inducing situations. Prolonged exposure to stress, however, causes elevated levels of cortisol over long periods of time, which begins to have a negative impact on the body. Prolonged elevated cortisol levels in animals can lead to illness, behavior changes, depression and more.

It’s no secret that the shelter environment is stressful for dogs. That is why progressive shelters these days are doing so much to try to combat the…

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Pet of the Week – Reiley (A198848)


Good luck Reiley!

Anchorage Animal Care and Control

UPDATE 8/17:  Reiley has been adopted!

Here is the Mix 103.1 Pet of the Week:

Please meet Reiley, an adult, male, Chow mix.  This younger, bright eyed boy is very sweet, though he can be a little timid at first.  He has the adorable, fluffy Chow face with a grin to match!  He already knows how to sit on command and takes his treats gently.  He has a small area of hair loss on his back end that may need some veterinary follow up, but otherwise seem active and healthy.  Reiley can be adopted for $152, which includes his neuter deposit, MOA dog license, vaccinations, and microchip.

A198848 Reiley2

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