NEW LEASH ON LIFE
Canine Foster Care Program for Special SPCA Dogs

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Read FIRE'S New Leash On Life Success Story!
This New Leash dog spent 15 months with the SPCA...and stole every heart along the way!

The SPCA Serving Erie County is in need of New Leash On Life foster homes! Can you help? Call the SPCA Behavior and Training Department at 716-629-3537, or send an email to SPCABehavior@aol.com to learn more about joining this life-saving program.


What is the NEW LEASH ON LIFE Program?
NEW LEASH ON LIFE is a foster program designed to help dogs who are incredible adoption candidates, but who have special needs or simply do not adapt well to a shelter environment.

Where do these dogs go?
SPCA staff members and volunteers are dedicated to finding new homes for these dogs, but do not want to contribute to their increased stress levels by keeping them at our shelter. Instead, a group of unique volunteers agree to house them and give them the love and attention they need while they wait for their new, permanent homes. They are still available for adoption, like any other dog…they are just available somewhere else! The SPCA even provides training equipment, leashes and collars, food dishes, toys, and more!

Come on, what's the catch? What's REALLY wrong with these dogs? 
Absolutely nothing. But an animal shelter environment, full of different sounds, scents, and sights, may make them nervous, skittish, hyper, and even reactive when they may not normally exhibit these behaviors in a quieter setting, away from hundreds of other dogs and animals. They simply have special needs that can be better met in a home environment. They may be very shy, or may require a special food program, they may be deaf, or they become too nervous or depressed in a shelter setting and need to be in a home setting to thrive mentally and emotionally. They are great dogs, every bit as adoptable as the others!


Can I become a NEW LEASH ON LIFE volunteer myself?
We are always in need of additional foster homes!  To learn more about becoming a volunteer, please contact the SPCA’s Behavior and Training Department for more information or for an application: 716-629-3537.  Applications can also be downloaded below. New Leash On Life dogs ARE available for adoption, and are listed below.

Download a New Leash On Life volunteer application
See available New Leash On Life dogs

 

Animals Currently in our NEW LEASH ON LIFE Program: