Spot Visits for Wet Nose Wednesday
Spot the cat visited with Andy Rent as he talked about her on the Andy in the Morning show for Wet Nose Wednesday.
Jennie, from the Humane Society of West Michigan, brought Spot into the studios.Spot is an 4-month-old male domestic shorthair. Jennie said Spot was recently brought back from foster and is ready to find his new home!
Speaking of fostering pets, the Humane Society is currently in need fosters for cats/kittens with all supplies provided.
Jennie also talked about the Always Ask Campaign, that focuses on how humans approach dogs.
The first step is Always Ask - Always Ask the Owner if it’s okay to approach and meet their dog. Dogs have boundaries too, just like humans. Some dogs need their space or don't want to interact, and this is okay!
This Campaign is to respect the dog's need, not our own. Tuning into dog's reactions should govern our human behavior.
Other steps to the Always Ask program include:
Avoid eye contact - for humans eye contact gains trust but in a dog's world, that can signal aggression.
Side up to the dog if the owner says it's okay. This is better than facing the animal - side by side mimics dogs behavior with one another. That will make the dog feel safer with you.
Don't crouch over the dog - that's threatening to them. Squat, or stand up straight. Let the dog come to you. Walking straight toward a dog can look like an attack for a dog.
Don't pat the dog's head or back end. If the dog is open to touching, touch the dog with your open hand on his shoulder, neck or chest.
Stop when the dog wants to stop. The dog will let you know by changing his position.
You can get all the information on the Humane Society website or call (616) 453-8900.