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Dogs in St. Louis learn to play

St Louis News
08 Jun 2016, 10 GMT+10

St. Louis, Missouri (June 9, 2016) Dogs live to play, now let them play to live! Nationally acclaimed Dogs Playing for Life will visit four area this week to teach staff and volunteers live-saving enrichment techniques, emphasizing daily canine playgroups. Dogs Playing for Life has mentored over 150 shelters across the United States Every shelter visited has reported an increased quality of life for their shelter dogs.

DPFL started as a response to an overwhelming problem: underfunded and understaffed shelters desperate to do right by their frustrated and under-socialized dogs. Now, with a whole lot of help from fantastic shelters and their passionate staff, daily playgroups are becoming an industry standard. With community support, shelter staff and volunteers are learning how to fulfill their shelter dogs and increase quality of life, live release rates, and community support.

Playgroups are not just fun to watch, asserted Emily Grossheider, Director of Development, playgroups are tapping into the dogs natural desire to be a dog-which helps them maintain mental and physical health while in the adverse conditions of sheltering. Jamie Case, Executive Director for Gateway Pet Guardians, explained, We are so excited to have Aimee and her team to St. Louis to show us how to effectively run play groups at our shelter.

The DPFL team will give a presentation on Tuesday, June 14th , generously hosted by Purina Farms, before making stops at Gateway Pet Guardians, Five Acres Animal Shelter, Helping Strays of Monroe County, and Open Door Animal Sanctuary in the days following.

We are so excited to learn and implement the Dogs Playing for Life program in our shelter. We know that this will not only make the dogs more adoptable, but it will help make their stay at the shelter more enjoyable, exclaimed Becky Krueger, Executive Director from Five Acres Animal Shelter.

Deb Dubis Foster, Executive Director for Helping Strays of Monroe County added, The timing couldn't be better for Helping Strays of Monroe County to participate in this beneficial, lifesaving program. Our plan is to implement DPFL at our brand new facility right from the start, making for happier guests. We can't wait to get started.

Dogs Playing for Life provides seminars to open admission animal shelters free-of charge thanks to the incredible support of private donors and foundations, such as the Animal Farm Foundation. To find out more about the work DPFL is doing, visit or follow us on Facebook at Donations to support DPFLs efforts in St. Louis and abroad, can be made online.

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