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Shelter Support: Rescue MP3 Project

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Dr. Pamela Fisher, DVM is the owner and holistic veterinarian at Holistic Veterinary Practice and Natural Pet Store in North Canton, OH. Dr. Fisher has practiced holistic veterinary medicine for 15 years and is a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Association, Ohio and American Veterinary Medical Associations.

What is Rescue MP3 Shelter Project?

I started a non-profit organization called The Rescue Animal MP3 Project. This project came out of my desire to help my local shelter. So, in my holistic veterinarian practice, I use therapeutic music to help the animals with their emotions, with their daily lives. So, I had the idea that I would do a compilation of music to see if that would help the sheltered animals. I have donated players to over 1230 shelters so far and rescues. We are seeing in some shelters up to 95% less barking and calmer behaviors. On average 58% of the animals are calmer and less barking.

How can a shelter sign up for the rescue MP3?

Visit the Rescue Animal MP3 Project website and fill out the application. The shelter qualifications are:

  • Non-profit Shelter with housing capacity of 10 or more animals (with active adoptions)
  • Or Government Animal Shelter or Prison Programs
  • Or Nonprofit Spay Neuter Clinics or Sanctuaries
  • A high-quality Boombox/Radio/CD player type speaker hook up (or sound system) *Must have this before Mp3 player hookup is sent out!
  • Provide a secure placement of the Mp3 player
  • Submitted application and adherence to policies

Does music help animals in shelter settings?

A study looked at 117 kenneled dogs and observed their activity levels, vocalization and body shaking while playing different music. Results suggest that classical music leads to kenneled dogs spending more time sleeping and less time vocalizing than when exposed to other music types or no music. The study suggests that playing classical music in a stressful shelter environment may help mitigate some of the stress.