How the Humane Society For Greater Nashua Serves the People of Our Community (Part 2)
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Another way that we at the Humane Society serve the community is by offering counseling and training. Perhaps someone comes into the shelter knowing that they want a pet at some point in the future, but they do not feel ready or prepared to take one home today. Our adoption counselors all share a wealth of knowledge and will happily sit down with someone to talk to them about what it’s like and what is necessary to care for the species of pet they are interested in. They will leave here with a better understanding of the pros, cons, and benefits of owning a pet and will be armed with resources to go home and do some research until they feel confident that they are ready to take the next step and bring an animal home.
Our dog training classes are a great way to help new owners, or even experienced owners with a dog who they are facing new challenges with. With our manager of behavior and training they will be in an intimate class setting where they will really understand why positive reinforcement in training is so important, especially in a healthy trust and bond between owner and dog. They will leave our class feeling more confident in their ability to care for and work with their dog.
Then we have our Community Clinics which assist people with keeping their pets healthy. An exam and routine vaccinations at the vet can be quite costly, especially for somebody who is on a fixed or low income. In addition to get a pet spayed or neutered is another large cost for pet owners to have to take on. But with our program, folks are able to save on those costs and use their money for things like keeping their home warm in the winter and purchasing food for themselves and their pet.
We also have the Proctor Pet Cemetery part of our shelter. We do offer low cost euthanasia services to people so that they may humanely help their pet when it is time. There is also the option of cremation services or burial services. We know that this is a very painful experience, so we do our best to make it as smooth and seamless for the pet owner as possible.
Then we have our Safety Net program that assists people with pet food and resources, veterinary care, and temporary fostering if someone unexpectedly needs to be hospitalized or is going through transitional housing. This way, their pet is safe and well cared for and they know that in the end they will be reunited.
The heart behind our organization is to educate and serve all members of our community and to do so to the best of our ability. This has been our purpose for the past 120 years, and will continue to be for the next 120.
-This blog post was written by K.C. Decastro