For 40 years, the Animal Care Society has served as a bridge between wayward dogs and cats and those animals’ forever homes.

The organization’s executive director is Jason Wetherington. He thinks some might be surprised to learn where many of the animals in the shelter’s care come from.

“Forty percent of our intakes come from owner surrenders that represent a large portion of the dogs that come through our shelter each year,” Wetherington said.

To reduce the number of dogs returned to the shelter, the Animal Care Society will offer obedience training starting on Thursday, July 11. Wetherington believes this step can address one of the root causes of the issue.

“Training is at the heart of the relationship between the pet and pet parents,” Wetherington said. “So, we want to ensure there are some established fundamentals and respect training elements to keep the dog in the home.”

Anyone can sign up for these classes, but those who adopt a dog from the Animal Care Society will get 25% off the 6-week training course.

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