This Rescue is Building Tiny Homes for Shelter Dogs

The shelter environment can be incredibly overwhelming for any dog. There are strange sights, smells, and sounds, and the presence of unfamiliar animals and people can be constantly changing. Some pets adapt more quickly than others, while some struggle with the frenetic surroundings.

One animal shelter in Texas is building tiny houses as a solution for those anxious dogs that need a calmer place to stay. The non-profit rescue Austin Pets Alive! is creating two small cabins on their shelter grounds complete with heating and air conditioning, dog-friendly furniture, and their own private yards. The cabins will also provide workspaces for staff and volunteers.

The tiny homes should be ready for their first guests later this month.

“The idea is to provide more of a home-like environment for the unique population of dogs Austin Pets Alive! cares for as the safety net for shelter animals who need us most —

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Homeward Trails Comes To The Rescue Of Homeless Dogs And Cats

FAIRFAX STATION, VA — Since Sue Bell founded Homeward Trails Animal Rescue in 2002, it has grown to become the largest private shelter in Northern Virginia. Last year, it took in 3,116 animals, making it 11th among the more than 400 shelters and rescues in Virginia.

“Our mission mostly is just to provide temporary and permanent homes for homeless dogs and cats in the D.C. region,” she said. “However, in the last five or six years we have also expanded our mission to do work and advocacy and legislation to promote more humane animal welfare policies and laws locally and throughout the state of Virginia.”

Unlike publicly run shelters in places like Fairfax County and Arlington, HTAR is completely financed by private funding. About half of its revenue comes from its adoptions, with the remaining support coming from donations by individuals, corporations and events.

“The public shelters usually have a

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