We’re back to introduce another long-term resident at Responsible Pet Care. Miss Luna. Back in October, we got a call from an Animal Control Officer that he had a dog that needed placement as soon as possible. When she arrived, there were behaviors of overstimulation, redirection, and extreme focus that were difficult to break. Initially, she was bouncing off the walls of her kennel before earning the trust of the shelter staff.

Luna has come a long way in these 5 months. We asked Rebecca with Mav & Me training, to come to RPC to do a behavioral assessment for Luna. In her notes, she stated that “she is showing signs of going ‘stir-crazy’ and overthinking while in the shelter kennel.” How could anyone blame her? As soon as Rebecca took Luna out into our yard to be worked one on one, you could see an entirely different dog. She was able to focus on her handler with slip-leash corrections, pressure add, release, and food or praise reinforcement. Luna is high energy, which may stem from a variety of causes in her current environment, according to Rebecca.

Animal Shelters are all about second chances. Luna is looking for her second chance. We have set a training plan for Luna and her future adopter which entails more one on one training, an active home, and someone with breed knowledge. Luna has shown that she can be successful in a home and society. She would benefit greatly from someone who devotes additional time and energy to her.

Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills is a no-kill, non-profit shelter and adoption center for cats and dogs, and the holding area for stray dogs for 12 towns in Oxford County. The shelter is located at 9 Swallow Road in Paris. Those interested in adopting a pet from RPC can visit the shelter on Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.; the shelter is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Most of the adoptable pets and the adoption application can be found online on the shelter’s website at

Responsible Pet Care operates a thrift shop called Pawsibilities. It is located at 132 Waterford Road in Norway, and is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations of clean, usable household items are accepted during shop hours. All the money raised at Pawsibilities supports RPC. For answers to questions about adopting or fostering a pet, or to make an inquiry about a lost animal, call RPC after noon at 743-8679.

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