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Mod Squad

We are happy to have helped the Mod Squad at Beltrami Humane Society help these amazing dogs.

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“Our Mod Squad™ program in which volunteers work with the dogs regularly, reported Brandon Mustful, Executive Director, help modify unwanted behaviors and make them more adoptable.”

Lakeland News recently highlighted the Mod Squad™ Program at the Beltrami Humane Society in their Community Spotlight segment.  The Mod Squad™ is a volunteer-driven dog behavior modification and training program.  It is the first of its kind in the state of Minnesota.  The program was brought to the Beltrami Humane Society by Dr. Claudeen McAuliffe of the Humane Animal Welfare Society in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  Volunteers were first trained for the program in June (2014).  The program aims to make life better for shelter dogs, find them homes faster, and keep them in their homes.  To date, 6 Mod Squad™ dogs have been adopted into their permanent homes.

The Mod Squad is a volunteer-driven dog behavior modification and training program. Mod Squad volunteers work directly with shelter dogs in need of behavior intervention.

This program has several benefits to the shelter including:

  • Enriching the quality of life for kenneled dogs.
  • Attracting and retaining quality volunteers.
  • Helping dogs become more adoptable.
  • Effectively matching the right dog with the right dog owners.

Volunteers are strongly encouraged to apply. Potential applicants must have at least 50 hours of regular volunteer work to be considered for the program. Some experience with dog training is a plus but is not required. Members must be at least 16 years of age and have their own transportation.

photo (2)Ethan Larson, Dennis Grace, Danelle Grace, Sandy Comer-Moen and Teri Collyard, who donate their time and energy to help make these dogs adoptable, are the squad’s first group of volunteers. Larson also serves as program coordinator. Shiloh, a Squad dog adoptee, serves as an ambassador.

The second group of recruits are being assembled and going through orientation and extensive training at this time.

There have been 19 Mod Squad adoptions since the program has started in June 2014, including Bruiser, Scud, Sadie & Aphroditie as the most recent squad dog adoptions.