A handful of dogs, spread around the grassy expanse of a far East Austin park, sit patiently at the end of their leashes. Some wait for cues from their owners. Most, however, are there with trainers from a new Austin nonprofit, Dogs Out Loud, that aims to find the dogs permanent homes away from area animal shelters.
It’s harder for these dogs, often more than 30 pounds and healthy, to get adopted in part because they don’t handle being cooped up in a shelter very well, and they react by being withdrawn, frustrated or anxious. That can lead to jumping, barking and other behaviors that turn off potential owners.
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Dogs Out Loud
Established: 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2012.
Online: Read more about their mission to save medium-to-large dogs with behavior challenges, part of the ‘last 10 percent’ in the no-kill movement, on the group’s website, www.dogsoutloud.org. Twitter @DogsOutLoud.
Needs: Space for their center is a priority. A wish list, including items such as Kongs, toys, dog food and martingale collars, is on the website. They primarily work with dogs from Austin Animal Center and Austin Pets Alive, and adopters and fosters are always welcome.
Fun fact: The Dogs Out Loud logo is a drawing by artist Lili Chin of Cupcake, an Austin Pets Alive dog who is pretty much the original Dog Out Loud.
Quote: “You will find no talk of broken dogs here. At Dogs Out Loud, we are canine bravery and resilience in partnership with human leadership and ingenuity.”
This story is part of an occasional series of profiles of Central Texas shelters and rescue groups. If you have a group to suggest, email email@example.com. For more of our pet coverage, go to statesman.com/pets.