Foster homes allow Jasmine’s House to rescue dogs from a variety of situations by providing temporary care until they are adopted. We couldn’t help these dogs without the kindness of people opening their homes to fosters in need. It is an undeniably selfless and rewarding experience and it doesn’t come without its challenges, but we are here for any support that our foster homes need.
Read more about the foster program here.
Every Sunday in Mt Airy, and Wednesday evenings in Westminister we hold dog training classes for our fosters. With Meghan Longhurst we work through the basic commands and skills for the dogs to receive their Canine Life Skills 1 Certification. We are also working on Canine Good Citizen Certification for some of our dogs. These dogs will train for 6 weeks and then take the CGC exam. CGC is the first step to a life as a therapy dog.
PROGRAMS IN DEVELOPMENT
We’ve been thinking for months, and working for a few weeks now to develop an urban youth outreach program. With the help of a friend of ours, Heidi, who works as a psychologist in a city school, we’re spearheading an initiative that will attempt to reach at-risk city youth. The premise of the program will be to allow 4th and 5th graders to interact with some of our highly social, lovable dogs, and with some of their positive pit bull-owning community members. We hope that the program we’re developing will allow them to experience some empathy in a safe space, and subsequently teach them to care for animals without actually telling them that they should do so. Heidi will work to define curriculum based on our input and intuitions, and will administer pre and post measures of learning and empathy. Beyond the pilot program this year we hope to write for grants and expand the program, and the overarching goal is that if we can reach enough of the youth community and make a difference for them, they will begin to act as advocates among their peers.
The Jasmine’s House Capital Campaign
In the coming months, Jasmine’s House will launch a formal Capital Campaign in an effort to raise funds for a center. This center won’t simply house pit bulls for adoption, but will be a state-of-the-art facility offering a home-like environment to its residents and free education and training to the pit bull community. The center will also include animal-related retail businesses that will provide revenue to the core facility. Those business may include training, socialization, daycare or grooming. We will post information in phases as the plans roll out.