Have you ever been inside of a shelter? They usually house a room or rooms of chain linked cages with cement floors, barking dogs, and they smell like a wet dog rolled in gloom. Needless to say, for many cats and dogs, they are a nightmare. If not for the exhaustion of being hypersensitive to every sound, smell and dog around, definitely for the sense of the unknown. Though many of these animals come into shelters having lived much more horrible conditions, it is still a very overwhelming experience that can create anxiety.
Volunteers are the lifeline of these pups in transition. They work tirelessly to help ease and socialize shelter animals. It is always a labor of love. Jeff Molenda is one of those selfless volunteers at the Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden, Colorado. After spending years around shelter animals, he saw the need to calm these poor angels was so great that he started the Animal Tranquility Project.
The Animal Tranquility Project uses a network of speakers to play soothing music to the shelter animals, and it works! Through a series of trial and error, Jeff found that Classical Music was the most soothing to the shelter residents and saw a noticeable change in their levels of anxiety.
Calmer animals lead to more forever homes, and that’s the ultimate goal. Kudos to Jeff for pushing the envelope and being so EXTRA! Maybe you should try this at home with your pets. Currently, I am working to The Nutcracker and my pup, Dexter, is dreaming about belly rubs and chasing butterflies.