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From 'fur-lough' to forever home

Posted: 7:25 PM, Apr 04, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-05 01:25:25Z

A Ft. Collins animal clinic is using playdates to help homeless pets find families.

“Even if it is just for a few hours, it really helps them relax and get all that energy out,” said Jennae Miler, kennel manager at Aspen Grove Veterinary Care.

Miller teamed up with the Larimer Humane Society to launch the “ Aspen Grove Fur-lough Program .” Several days a week, dogs are taken from the shelter to a puppy paradise.

“Their personalities come out so much more when they're around other dogs and different people,” she said, “It’s hard for dogs in the shelter to really put their best personality forward.”

Miler says just a few hours of socialization can help reduce stress and separation anxiety, and even strengthen a dog's immune systems.

According to Aspen Grove, dogs in the Fur-lough Program are fully vaccinated and parasite-free (fleas, ticks, roundworms, etc.). They have been spayed or neutered and have undergone personality and behavioral assessments by the staff of both the Larimer Humane Society and Aspen Grove to ensure they are friendly, sociable and adoptable.

The program has only been around for a few weeks, but Miler says five shelter dogs have already found their forever homes thanks to the happy pictures posted to their Facebook page. 

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