You can give a shel­ter dog a night of love, cud­dles and fun

Star-Telegram - - Obituaries - BY NI­C­HOLE MANNA [email protected]­

Grab your blan­kets, stock up on some kib­bles and bits and def­i­nitely make sure to get a squeaky toy or two — it’s sleep­over time.

On Jan. 18, the Fort Worth An­i­mal Care & Con­trol en­cour­ages res­i­dents to take home one of the shel­ter’s dogs for one night of cud­dles, warmth and love. The dog can be re­turned to the shel­ter the next day.

“Stud­ies have shown even one night away from the shel­ter de­creases stress in dogs and in­creases their adopt­abil­ity,” said Jes­sica Brown, Fort Worth An­i­mal Care & Con­trol su­per­in­ten­dent. “Even when dogs are re­turned after one night, valu­able in­for­ma­tion about that dog is gained that will help us match up the dog with an adop­tive fam­ily.”

The slum­ber party will also al­low res­i­dents in­ter­ested in fos­ter­ing or own­ing dogs to ex­pe­ri­ence what own­er­ship and fos­ter­ing is like.

Slum­ber party pets can be picked up from the main shel­ter, 4900 Martin St., be­tween noon and 6 p.m. Jan. 18. The shel­ter will sup­ply fos­ter par­ents with a leash, col­lar, bag of food and overnight “re­port card” to help gain more in­for­ma­tion about the pet.

All an­i­mals are spayed/ neutered, mi­crochipped and up-to-date on vac­cines.

The pro­gram is part of the shel­ter’s Cow­town Crash­pads fos­ter pro­gram.

“Cow­town Crash­pads nor­mally helps pets that land at the shel­ter and can be sick or have other is­sues, where be­ing in a fos­ter home will pro­vide that pet the care and at­ten­tion they need un­til they can be adopted,” the shel­ter said in a news re­lease.

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