Lollypop Farm asking community to help challenged pets
FAIRPORT — In celebration of National Adopt-a-Dog Month, Lollypop Farm is seeking homes for pets facing behavioral challenges.
Common behavioral challenges for dogs coming to the shelter include separation anxiety, timidness, high energy and an inability to socialize with other pets.
Some animals brought in by Lollypop Farm’s Humane Law Enforcement suffer from abuse and or neglect, leading to a lack of human trust. For example, an animal who is not used to being pet may identify a hand as a threat instead of affection.
“Pets with behavioral challenges may not always put their best paw forward,” said Ashley Zeh, spokesperson for Lollypop Farm. “Just as people come in a variety of backgrounds and characteristics, so do animals. Not every dog is perfect for every home, but families come in all different shapes and sizes. At Lollypop Farm, it’s about helping these dogs find the home that will understand their needs and help them work through challenges together as a family.”
Although Lollypop Farm’s shelter has pets for all families, individual pet needs are used by counselors to help ensure successful adoptions. Some considerations include other pets in the home, young children in the home, loud and/or active home environment, pet training needs, energy level of the pet, and daily commitment to ongoing training.
To accommodate preparing more animals for adoption, Lollypop Farm will provide behavioral support to special needs animals at the shelter. This means community pet training classes and behavior consultations will not be offered this fall.
Lollypop Farm is partnering with Van Bortel Subaru, Subaru Loves Pets and ASPCA to waive adoption fees for select pets in October. Visit lollypop.org for information.