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ASPCA Funds Construction of Canine Training Yard for The Animal Support Project

RPI’s Acacia Fraternity Joins TASP on Project Funded by ASPCA

Training Yard build

Students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Acacia Fraternity provided the manpower this month, helping The Animal Support Project (TASP) erect a secure 2,000 square foot outdoor canine training yard. The yard, constructed primarily from welded steel kennel panels obtained through a grant from The American Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), will be used for humanely treating behavior in TASP program dogs through positive training and controlled behavior modification methods.

According to TASP President, Melinda Plasse, “TASP’s experience with companion animal crisis intervention indicates that problem behavior is a huge contributor to canine surrenders and euthanasia. We don’t expect to create lambs out of lions here, but of those who do have the potential, we intend to create clearer-thinking, more manageable pets who will have developed the emotional skills to live successful lives in the community. We are thrilled to have the Acacia Brothers onboard for this project, and we look forward to their further involvement during the actual operation of the yard.”

The ASPCA grant was awarded as part of a continuing commitment to Brooke, a dog rescued by TASP from ASPCA’s Hurricane Sandy Temporary Emergency Boarding Facility in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to Brooke, the training yard will offer a legacy of support to TASP program dogs needing behavioral adjustment in order to adapt to home and family life. ASPCA Behaviorists and Crawmer’s Animal Training of West Sand Lake, NY, will provide guidance to TASP volunteers operating the yard program.

For the full Press Release, please visit…   http://www.theanimalsupportproject.com/?p=662

ASPCA Grant Logo

High Fives

High Fives…….

…..to the wonderful businesses in the Capital Region who prove they care by partnering with TASP:

Animal House Dog Grooming

Aquaduct Veterinary Hospital

Benson’s Pet Centers

Bloomingrove Veterinary Hospital

Borador Animal Hospital

Brunswick Agway

Brunswick Animal Hospital

Campbell Supply

Cambridge Valley Vet

Canoe Associates Insurance Agency

Catskill Animal Hospital

Cobleskill Vet Hospital

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Crawmer’s Animal Training


Duncan & Cahill Contractors & Engineers, Inc.

Fane Construction

Fuzzybutts Grooming

General Electric

Healthy Pet Center

Higher Ground Farms

Honey Badger Farms

Hoof n’ Paw Vet Services

Hoosic Veterinary Hospital

Infinity Pet Services

In The Comfort of Home

Karen L. Marbot, Attorney at Law

Kat’s Bed n’ Biskit

LaFave, Wein and Frament, PLLC

Lifetree Pilates

Latham Animal Hospital

Lydall Corporation

Mud Hollow Farm

Oakwood Veterinary Clinic

Out of the Basement

Pet Supplies Plus

Quest Plumbing


Riverside Vet Hospital

Ross Valve

Schoharie Vet Hospital

Schopf Law

Shamrock Grooming and Dog Day Care


The Animal Hospital

Tub 64 Pet Grooming

Union Street Veterinary Hospital

Upstate Veterinary Specialties

VCA Brown Animal Hospital

West Mountain Animal Hospital

Whalen Tent

Wiley Brothers Hardware & Building Supply

WLR Embroidery

Please consider giving them your business in return for their commitment to TASP’s mission.


Pet and Child Safety Information Online

With the end of summer approaching and cooler weather setting in, we can look forward to pets and their people spending more time together indoors. Sharing the home with our pets means more opportunities for bonding but can also mean more stressful times as the space available for all the living things in the home, including the children and the pets, is navigated. We all know the importance of working with our dogs on proper social behavior around people.  We sometimes forget to actually teach our children proper behavior around dogs. Even our own dogs. Remember ALL dogs can bite when stressed or frightened.
The internet is full of helpful sites on pet and child safety.  There are far too many to list here, but the sites below will give you a good start.  They are in no particular order, nor does TASP recommend any one in particular.  Choose the information that fits best with your needs and keep exploring online.
The following sites have downloadable coloring activities to complete with your children.  This is a great interactive way to teach bite prevention and other safety tips.

  • Safe Kids Safe Dogs has a downloadable ebook on safety.  https://www.safekidssafedogs.com/index.html
  • American Kennel Club provides a 20 page workbook with games, mazes, puzzles and pictures to color, to encourage safe behavior around dogs.        http://images.akc.org/pdf/PBSAF2.pdf
  • American Veterinary Medical Association provides over 20 pages of illustrated safety tips for children to color.


  • This site has some videos to share with your family:

https://www.lovethatpet.com/dogs/training-and-behaviour/dog-safety-kids/  Along with written information, this site includes 2 short videos; The Zoom Room Guide to Dog Body Language, and Dog Consent to Pet Test.

  • For general information from a well known magazine try:

http://www.parenting.com/article/kids-and-pets-a-safety-guide general information

  • FPPEE provides specialized programs for new and expecting families with dogs.

https://www.familypaws.com/resources/ FPPE is the parent organization of two International licensed programs: Dogs & Storks® and Dogs & Toddlers™ .    
These and countless other internet sites offer you great information and activities to explore the topic of safety for children and pets.  Please share the info with your network and help make this a super safe autumn. And enjoy!