Mar 15, 2016|
AN INTERVIEW WITH TASHA, FOUNDER OF FAMILY DOG’S NEW LIFE ANIMAL SHELTER, ABOUT HOW TO ADOPT A DOG AND HOW THEIR NO-KILL SHELTER WORKS.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JOSH LEAKE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL ABOUT WHAT MOVIES WILL BE FEATURED, WORKSHOPS THAT ARE BEING OFFERED, AND NEW FEATURES FOR 2018.
AN INTERVIEW WITH BILL RUSSEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE UNION GOSPEL MISSION ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO WITH THE HOMELESS AND ABOUT THEIR SEARCH AND RESCUE PROGRAM.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN BISHOP, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OR THE OREGON STATE SHERIFF’S ASSOCIATION ABOUT THE WORK SHERIFF’S DO AROUND THE STATE.
AN INTERVIEW WITH MELISSA MILLER AND NICOLE VINCENT WITH EMPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS WITH UCP ABOUT HOW THEY HELP PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES GET JOBS AND HOW THEY HELP EMPLOYERS HIRE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.
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This is meant to scope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program. I'm Gary blocks and figure in the Portland metro area we love our pets can hear the radio station we have our own super pet lover Michelle Michaels so this time on this element to turn it over to Michelle and she's gonna tell you all about family dogs new life animal shelter. Any time that I had the opportunity to talk about animal welfare and pet rescue. I teach kids today I am so excited are going to be talking with Costa diplomats seek founder and director of Portland's no kill dog shelter. Family dogs new life Celtic Tauscher really honored to have you on the show I know firsthand just how busy you are so I appreciate you taking the time. I only laughing Q I'm happy to be able to do it. What's really done is gonna be holding its second annual fundraising gala coming up on May first when I talk a little bit more about that later on that first. I know to let tell us a little bit about when and how family dogs new life shelter love that name by the way was founded. I guess so in February. 2004. And I have my world. Orange my rule has been and well at. I another wonderful lady to be Shah who I'm we have worked with in no animal rescue percent a year I'm. You know we can. It's sort of decided that. We we wanted to be able to continue. You know helping the animal welfare actually eat. I'm in our area and you know being able to provide every story swore talks here who were struggling and conventional shelf terrorists. And you know primarily dog you just. Didn't have a lot of option. Or police and so he income late February at 2004. Found dead Stanley docs moonlight. I'm in hand. Really we had some experience working little smile or rescue group that had some really similar philosophy that we kind of fell in love well I became very passionate about. Position and I'm and and really just wanted to continue helping make that positive impact home. You know look where it would not end and now we're at it's what 121000 dogs plus adopted at this point. Yeah yeah that's very exciting like I said we'll talk a little bit more about that later when we talk about the Galen now. The area has a wealth of great pet shelters and rescue groups can tell you what makes Stanley dogs new life. Really different from the other shelters in the area. You know I eat I feel like there aren't I cute scene you know but it really make a unique. He sort of sit and turn this interest being placed in between. Shelter in and rescue so in the typically had an animal shelters and you have the facilities they. They houses where Clinton care for a large number of animal and replacing a large number animal choke. I am you know kind of that the turnover is generally pretty quickly they have a larger staff. All I'm. You know like it simply consider the larger quantity of animals that are coming through which the shelter are. You know kind of a quick return perks where then as. Rescue group that typically are. Home base they're working less and generally all volunteer based. Smaller number of dogs I don't know those dogs are aren't being cared for Ian into homes where are your parents are able to find out. I'm a lot of information about each should be stopped and I'm Il really spend some quality time with the dog and quality I am matching them up and potential adopters. And I know that process of finding and I'll. Take a little bit more time doing so. I'm an Indy you know our mission really to kind of fall in between them. Christian thing felt. Obviously we have a shelter who have a facility where we do you count all of our dogs we have staff and volunteers that are there working what trench. Each and every day. We're hoping to be able to kind of I have that balance under the quantity so there are able to really make an impact in a larger number of god but also be able Q. I am. Let's treat these stocks like they are family like they are you know in our home and that we are. Able to get to know them a bit more are in high school really learning about these docks and they need. This week and then I can hopefully that stigma with which the perfect adopt your cell. It gets kind of that balance. I'm the quantity and quality. Of police met. Between a shelter and rescue like he said that's really good way to put it. Yeah so you know when I go into a typical animal shelter when most people do they see rows and rows of channels that I know. That the Johnson the family dogs are housed a little bit differently than at a typical. Shelter and the environment can you explain how that works. He had he had the lead Q that we commonly refer to as group housing. So rather than being you know that kind of conventional and alternate dogs or how it's either individually or you know maybe she talks her kennel. I'm near setup more like. Like doggy day care facility. So we have both indoor and outdoor play area which. What are dogs they're able to learn to be in the single and socialize are in in Iraq. In and into groups of anywhere from eight to fifteen dot com. India you know it really helps. Relieve a lot of stress. The dogs I like it should get some really great socialization which in crew Bonner talks social skills. And it does also allow since the staff member Sheila you know be able to eat. A little bit more about each stocks and unique personality. And and again how to socialize their talks. And what sort of you know quite skilled they have. It really act. It does make things slightly challenging for a potential adopters are. You can't just cut me and interlocutor Polly couldn't be able to see each and every docket in person but. I think that it really does end up paying off because it is so much. Healthier and apply. Emotionally. Emotionally you know and be eagerly for the dunks. Absolutely you know many times when you go to a shelter if if you're to good children they'll let you know that the personality. That you're seeing in the dog when they're housed in a shelter environment. May not actually be the dog that you end up having if you adopt a dog from their because they're under so much stress in that typical shelter environment but. The plus side of what you're doing while it may be a little less convenient is that you more likely to see the dogs to personality when you adopt them as opposed to three months down the road right. Exactly yeah I mean that we we do definitely seek shelter strap you know that does in our care are still in. Crap you know in at least that's very hyper stimulation and it's you know it's not. A normal home environment that is it is still shelter that is still armed you know kind of act and new. I and confusing wait for the dogs to beat by. But we can't seem to notice that very quickly when dark come into our care action that we see that stress and anxiety diminish. That it isn't something that we're seeing. Escalates. Over time. And that it's something we see in truth that's the dog settled then and in you know start to learn the routine and don't pay the no bid for the release lunch. And he'll. Enriching and by that hasn't beaten. Include also gives you as the people assessing the dog's a more accurate portrayal of how they're going to be with other dogs and what they're stressed yours are and what their strengths and weaknesses are CU can. Better place them. When you're looking for homes. Yeah I'm still seems that the only dogs some describe themselves as is a Portland is no killed dog shelter nine know the term no kill. Is kind of controversial in some circles but what does it mean for family dogs. You sure are removed it does. It really doesn't mean you know pretty directly about it and that such you know it. Kind of turning herself for cleaning herself and no kill shelter is such. Like she said at a bit controversial rich it's something that we sort of gone. And Ford Honda Fit the necessary. You know to really experts and the dog since the no kill a child turns and it's not is something that might potentially EP. Damaging. You know to to rescue our turn. The people that vision of a sheltering our rescue animals and and for us. Eli the standards for. Locale means that you are seeding. 90% or more are almost like a net which I'm sure are that we're looking at statistics. We actually say 99 point 8% of all animal click on the car care. And that's pretty incredible considering you know you guys take in dogs that normally wouldn't stand a shot. And other shelters were talking some of the bully breeds were talking dogs in wheelchairs dogs that have special needs senior dogs that kind of think. On to tell me and that makes you very near near to my heart by the what he does love that you do that. I'm senior dogs are my personal passion I have three of Miami so. Though what are the things I wanted to ask was what are the ways that you are able to find homes for those dogs it's. Without keeping them forever never knows you have some long term residence but. Com how do you manage to get these done more difficult adoptees homes. I know I I have to say it in a lot of cases we stocks really. Speak for themselves. And and I really do feel like kids you know it's our job urged. And foremost to learn about the dog and learn what it is about each of them that makes them so special. And then kids should be able to pull that out and may pitch this terrible and showcase App Store everyone else can see still. You know we have a dot com in good order or a temple or in a wheelchair or any of the things that could typically be hurt all. Armed you know it. Top since more just now I'm really showcasing what it is that they couldn't stop unique what it is that makes them. Our special email and and what sort of poem. Might you know the dot dot might appeal to you and show. I think that when we treat these stocks like they aren't just a special and as the underdog. I'm then then potentially doctors eat that and they're able tech. You know to kind of be drawn into more than just. The stock at twelve years old or to dock at the wheel can get a leg and actually look at them at a companion. You know as a family member rapid and you know rather than act specialty. Right because they may have challenges that they probably have something just as unique and wonderful that makes them a great family pets. You know I knew that for sure when it comes to senior dogs. Hey you know how straining yeah. Rattled. A don't take the opportunity to say since we were on the subject of the special needs dogs and end the no kill moniker and so forth is that. You know we do have a lot of wonderful shelters in the Portland area our county shelters are terrific in working really hard to keep the adoption rate ties so. I did in no way want to cast aspersions on shelters that do have to have euthanasia as part of their program because. You know when you talk about London the population and he gets taken in. Our county shelters and so forth have to take in every stray and so they oftentimes just don't have options because of space. We do the dogs that family dogs normally come from where do you get your population of pets. Well under our primary focus is to help dark locally though we are working with. I animal control Asian peace throughout the Portland metro area content and all across the need a sore again on as well I. At humane society throughout the armed. The pie primarily the dogs that are coming our organizational terms. Are those dogs that are struggling. In the convention on environment and dog door to cutting a tough time in the kennel setting which can't be noted that. At that and just created too much stress in the dog may be starting to play badly some undesirable behavior. I'm maybe a dog which she admitted in that environment. I'm you know there's a whole list that her recent life act out quick. I'm not succeed and cannot cannot Wear coming to a Stanley dog. Just the change of scenery you know being able she knew how can Ingle interact with other god expend some of that that physical energy. You know a lot of times just that alone can be enough to really. I turn things around search for those dogs. We also work with. Shelters. In throughout California earned it Georgia. Taken dog as far as you are clean you know leave. I've been able to take content from Korea. We also have a regular program when I. Mean Friday and mentally well. All that's wonderful I know that you were very instrumental in and actually use save the lives of two dogs that came from the OAS hoarding situation it was up and forks Washington I. Raise some money brought them up here from my Arizona where they were being housed after being rescued and you found them wonderful homes and I can't thank you enough for them for taking his two dogs and. I'm looking out my pleasure and you haven't doesn't really sound. Special box where Clinton and we'll be able to help. I do appreciate that now I wanna touch base again about your big fundraising gala and celebration coming up on May first it is called sound one of the things that you gonna be celebrating at this event is an amazing accomplishment. You've adopted a well over 121000. Dogs and you open your doors. On any seeing in particular that you do differently when it comes to marketing your dog to test on this a little bit with regard to special needs but. T do anything regularly to marketer dogs that may be is different from a conventional shelter or rescue. Evil and again and it really is just about. Showcasing that you know the uniqueness and individuality at at each park aren't aren't. And we you know and you know we have an amazing photographer. On staff and the god church and I think that that. It definitely eat you know how should drop people choose to our dogs. I have to tell you the pictures on your website is worth going there just to look at those adorable pictures of dogs there's so great even if you're not looking for that you've got to go see the pictures of family dogs website it's amazing. I. Cannot happen. It's only do you know we're trying to to write these sort of you know first Donald you'll versed person close to each of them. Aren't election against a still a little window into the dock we need to and personality. Current and then with our lab with our pebble pebble makes his we do you didn't use special video. And sit. This video. I'm in that is certainly. You know made huge impact in the number. Pebble I dot currently unable to play. And and and I think most importantly they're linked to Spain and shelter you know decreased by more than half after it started giving it video itself. That's definitely you know that really wonderful thing for pork. Well quite an accomplishment and I do you want to find out from you in addition to buying a ticket to your gala which is coming up. The ways can the community health Stanley dogs new life shelter at what do you need in terms of volunteers and and assistance in it in addition to financial assistance which I know all shelters need. I can't. I'm you know we are always looking for Foster parents should. I'm who are looking at Q you know attempt rarely. Take care then and postured our Q are you need a new homes. Can't believe we also are looking for volunteers to help went outreach events. You know pat fair street fairs. I just kind of being out in the community health spreading the word about and the dollar. Anything and always it's always easy dump walker. I'm feeling like it that our group housing. Wonderful. Environment for the docs to be able to stay in while they're in art care action but it also really important that each of our dogs get. And some one on one tie on which the people in our volunteers are really helpful. I'm in allowing the dark and be able to get out of the shelter out of the Quaker and spend some time just one on one with the person and you know commenced. Brushing up on their league skills. And basic training. It's so rewarding to volunteer to Greeley is seeing shape if you wanna be a dog walker for sure you can. Go to Stanley Doug's new life dot org if you're interested in volunteering or finding out other ways that you can help. I ask you on the what the adoption process at Stanley dogs like and how does it differ from other shelter and rescue adoptions when folks commend. I feel pretty I feel like. Our adoption process I'm really doesn't differ greatly. You know the big difference with fact is. Because TV we do not have an area we're potential adopters can walk true. And view all the dogs need to start our adoption process with such. Kind of learn in an interview so we're actually able to speak with potential adopters trying to out. What sort of dog that they are looking for are what sort of lifestyle they have. In the end it then be able to kind of determine narrowed down what dogs we have an art can actually get their needs. Current and don't. We knew we couldn't start the whole process off by trying to match up dark. What potential adopters I purses people coming in and just having an idea you know kind of based on that the. Or you're right I was about to say too many people choose dogs based on what they look like and they bear no resemblance or compatibility with their actual lifestyle. Right. We just did it that is the most on. In important thing that you would tell somebody who is looking for a new family pet is to. Really know their lifestyle and know the kind of dog it's gonna work best with a rather than going forward something that is. Just a yellow dog or acute terrier or something along those lines. Yeah yeah yeah like I do think that order. That emotional that heart's reaction is important and I think when people look at a dock and they each. They feel the immediate connection that the data is definitely an important part of cheating and you can't remember. But most importantly is that the dog is gonna sit in in your lifestyle. And you know really comment for us to see people who con men looking to adopt new dock and and have this idea that. Bringing a new dog and their home is is gonna change their lifestyle that's gonna make it more kids weren't as you're going through John can be gay election. Did you know that they'll become more social that the struggling to the park every day. And a lot of cases that can be sure it can you know it can really get people that little extra push that they need. But. I think that it is very important that you look at what your lifestyle actually now. I mean if you are started the couch potato he liked to hang out much collection and you know relax at home. He needed Netflix until nod. He had he need to bring home the dog it's gonna be happy Angela King and I on the couch and and and coddling you know first of the dog that go into. Be pushing you to go for the five mile jog every day. The likelihood that people being able to change their lifestyle that. Is pretty slim still. Yeah definitely trying not to sit in. You know kind of seamlessly Cadillac style burst that we're looking for adopt that that hopefully is gonna change. The way that you're currently. Well you know I had to get really clear about what kind of dog would be best for my life style just for that very reason his you know I liked to counter I must admit and as senior dogs seem to really enjoy it as well. Let me get Matt you know it'll do I have to say there's no better television Cutler then at pebble. That's been my experience anyway of course it depends on the dog he underdogs probably less so but death. You know good middle aged chubby payable on the best. Really catalytic. The back then scud alert for sure liked the blanket stick. So this is interested in getting a new family member they can go to your website take a look at the dogs that you have there and a once in Foster care resume up. A great listing of the dogs that are in Foster care too and you would advise them to fill out an application first and then you would get in touch and and set an appointment is that kind of how would damp. So actually the application process and something that comes a little bit later and actually coached. He has view the web site he docked at their housing that sort of emotional drive skewer that instant connection which. We really encourage people concerned that can email get more information about those talks with parent should sit in or just stop being an additional terror confidently and people are welcome to stop them any. Any time during our adoption hours. And we can't sort of chat with bench. You know do you apps you know that kind of casual in your view of what sort of lifestyle they have what dog they're looking for. And then to start meeting room. Start allowing them in the form potential match or I'm and then at that point is when we start our application process and kind of blue collection to act. Wonderful just want to give you the opportunity to talk a little bit about a favorite resident at the shelter right now do you have one. Can't expect a test question. I I cute you know I generally tend to be. A big dogs they and you can't own I have cable carriers and snapped as such but I think right now my money favorite shop our president. Is actually a little scarier than swing held cell. And he. He's been with our first several months nineteen minutes and I'm very special ER and a history would be. I'm Snooki. Really just took him a long time had to learn to trust and cease. He's taken neatly have been great bonds he then it's really ten. The beautiful thing so much and plots them on and PM turning and she'll. You know a loving affectionate and tracking dogs so. Yeah I think I think it'll count that's probably my. My favorite guy right now. And you can see Kelso at the Stanley dogs new life website timid dogs new life. Dot org such a thing you so much for being with us today we really appreciate having you on the show and amiga year. Gala one more plug here Stanley dogs new life sheltered gala called founded happen Sunday may first from six to 9 PM. It cast away in northwest Portland. Tickets are sixty dollar in proceeds go to support the shelter food drink music silent and live auction lots of amazing dog loving people to mean I was there last year. It was a not a sign tickets are going fasting if you're a dog lover and wanna support pole Portland's homeless animals this is one of the best ways to. For you to do that again tacit thank you so much for being with us and good luck with the gala and with all your babies at the shelter. I don't know I think it's so much. Microscope is an Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks of if you have a nonprofit or public affairs organization that you'd like to let others know about. You can email me my email address is microscope at inter com dot com remember enter concerts and eat. 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