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CASPCA Hosts Nationwide, Week-Long Apprenticeship

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The week-long apprenticeship draws people from across the country The week-long apprenticeship draws people from across the country
The attendees' goal is to save more adult dogs through foster care The attendees' goal is to save more adult dogs through foster care
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

People from across the United States are convening in Albemarle County for an apprenticeship to help dogs in shelters.

The program is happening over the week of October 8 at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and it’s made possible by a $60,000 grant from Maddie's Fund.

The Field Trip and Sleepover Foster Apprenticeship will help organizations revamp their programs.

The apprenticeship is aimed at helping dogs that have been in shelters for 30 or more days.

The CASPCA says simple things like taking dogs for a hike, getting them out in the community, or staying with families can help them transition better from a shelter to a home when they get adopted.

“We have over 20 folks from across the country, and the dogs are limitless with how many we have that have been in the shelter for over 30 days,” Angie Gunter, the executive director of the CASPCA, said. “So I think right now we personally have like 20-plus dogs that have been in the shelters for over 30 days.”

The CASPCA says all of the attendees and organizations it represents share a common goal to save more adult dogs through foster care.

Although the CASPCA is already taking measures to help dogs that stay in the shelter for more than 30 days, it says the community will see them doing more for its longer-staying dogs.