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New Shelter Enrichment Program at Humane Society

The sounds of barking--- and classical music. The Washington County Humane Society has a new enrichment program to help their four-legged residents feel more at home.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - The sounds of barking--- and classical music. The Humane Society of Washington County has a new enrichment program to help their four-legged residents feel more at home.

They started just two weeks ago and one of the new techniques is leaving soothing music on, day and night, in the dog kennels.

"It calms them down. When you go into a room anymore, our dog kennels, there's no barking or screaming like it used to be,” said Dane Livers. He’s helping implement the new program.

And the cats have humidifiers to keep them more comfortable, and healthier. Livers said it helps protect their noses and prevents URI’s.

"It makes the air quality better for them, so they're not so sick all the time," he said.

Both the cat and dog rooms have special wall plug in's, just not like what we're used to at home.

"We have pheromones that we use….For cats it's like pheromones like when they rub up against you, that's the pheromone they're trying to be calmer for them, so we have that plug in for them,” Livers said. “And then for the dogs, it's what the mother gives off for her puppies, so it just gives them a more calm area for them."

And Livers said they've seen a difference in the animals since they implemented the enrichment program. They're hoping to continue and expand the program, that’s funded almost completely through donations, as time goes on.

Officials with the Humane Society of Washington County also said potential adopters are also seeing more positive results because of the new enrichment program. Animals are more likely to be adopted out if they're calmer and happier.
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