Memphis Animal Services Valentine’s Day Sleepovers
It’s that time of the year again- Valentine’s Day! This year, why not do something extra special and bring home a dog for a Valentine’s Day Sleepover? Memphis Animal Services is hosting an event where you can bring home an adoptable dog on Thursday, February 13th to love on for the entire weekend, and then bring them back Sunday, February 16th. This gives you the opportunity to have a special date for the weekend, and the dog will be so thankful for a little weekend trip. Plus, this helps Memphis Animal Services gather information on the dogs, such as how they acclimate to new homes or how they do in houses with other animals. The more information dogs have, the quicker they tend to get adopted. Interested? Check out these tips for the weekend:
Set Your Expectations
While this will hopefully be a wonderful experience for both you and the dog, don’t set your expectations too high. Dogs can react in all sorts of ways to new environments. Sometimes they may be nervous and hide under the table the entire weekend, or sometimes they could even show slight aggression towards other animals in the house. Give them their space and let them settle in. Keep other animals away, and have them sniff each other through a gate before meeting. Don’t expect to be best friends within the first hour, but hopefully by the end of the weekend you’ll have lots of fun stories to help get your new pal adopted.
Clear Out Your Calendar
If you’re only going to have a few days to get to know the dog, you should make the most out of it. Cancel any outings that aren’t super important, and don’t make plans to stay out all night Friday night. This dog likely doesn’t usually get as much love and attention as they’d like, and it’ll help MAS gather as much information as possible about each adoptable pet. Plan different activities throughout the weekend such as long walks, visits to dog-friendly patios, and maybe a trip to the park. Just be sure to keep them on a leash at all times and keep a super close eye on their interactions with other animals.
While fostering a dog can be a bit daunting, it’s important to have fun. Often these dogs have sad pasts, and they need to learn to trust people and that life can be fun! Give them a loving environment with lots of belly scratches, and they are bound to have a good time. Make sure you take lots of pictures, too! Not only will you have fond memories to look back on, you can send them to MAS to help the dog get adopted as soon as possible.
Now that you are prepared to take on fostering a dog, call Memphis Animal Services to find out more information! If you aren’t so sure, they are also taking donations for crates and kennels, as they have a super low supply. You can also visit their facebook page here to get the full scoop.