‘Clean Start’ system gives grooming to rescued dogs

On May well 26, five rescued poodles shrunk to half their size immediately after groomers shaved off various lbs . of matted fur. Unrecognizable ahead of the shavings, the dogs ended up introduced in to be groomed after their owner died.

Several other canine now also have a prospect for a new start. Scenthound, a wellness-centered grooming company, launched a partnership with the Humane Culture of North Central Florida on July 1. They will assist groom and treatment for rescued puppies, such as taking treatment of overall health concerns these kinds of as matted fur, which is when overgrown fur results in being knotted and tangled.

Kathryn Pizzurro, the co-operator of Scenthound Gainesville, explained the ‘Clean Start’ software presents 1 free grooming to each individual puppy adopted from the Humane Culture, as properly as totally free grooming expert services to pet dogs that have been rescued and await adoption. The company contains a bathtub, ear cleaning, nail trimming and teeth brushing.

“The Cleanse Start out program in essence functions as a reward or a ‘thank you’ for adopting a pet dog,” she mentioned.

Humane Society kennel technician Sally Ross adopted her beagle, Bessie, four months back and advocates for adoptions from the no-kill shelter. She believes the new partnership will motivate folks to undertake extra dogs.

“It is a wonderful company due to the fact it presents you the possibility to introduce your pet dog to a new groomer with out realizing everything [about grooming],” she mentioned. “It opens that doorway to you.”

Margot DeConna, the director of progression at the Humane Society of North Central Florida, reported the Pizzurros arrived at out to them in March asking about forming a partnership, and the Humane Modern society was thrilled at the opportunity.

Scenthound co-operator Joseph Pizzurro stated the thought for the partnership came from  Scenthound’s South Florida branches, which partnered with the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, a different adoption services for dogs.

“We have a whole lot of alignment in our mission statements… so a partnership produced a whole lot of feeling,” Joseph Pizzurro said.

Laur’en Cocozello, a 21-year-outdated UF finance senior, adopted a Labrador Pitbull blend named Dasani from the Humane Society during her freshman 12 months. She is hopeful the new partnership will maximize adoption prices.

“Seeing how some of people canine display up there, they ought to have almost nothing but excellent remedy and whatsoever they want,” Cocozello stated. “It’s really nice that you can go and get them taken treatment of and groomed.”

Whilst Scenthound and the Humane Modern society are psyched about the new partnership, the two hope this new initiative will lead to a lot more partnerships in the long term.

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“If this partnership allows to take out some of the limitations to the dogs currently being adopted and for their right wellness and care immediately after they are adopted, then everyone rewards in the end,” Joseph Pizzurro said.

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