Shelters & Rescue Groups

Oakville & Milton Humane Society

Oakville & Milton Humane Society

The  is a high intake, no kill shelter. We are very lucky to have a dog behaviour department with two full time trainers, both big believers in using Thunder Shirts to help dogs cope with generalized anxiety.  Because of our trainers we are able to say “yes!” to many dogs that most shelters would have to sadly say “no” to us. Many of our special dogs have been outdoor stray dogs, former puppy mill breeder dogs and dogs that have been removed from homes where they were abused and neglected. As a result of their horrible start in life, most if not all have anxiety issues and many will be part of our shelter family for a year or more as they learn to trust and love people again.
The Thunder Shirts you donated to our shelter a few years ago have made an incredible difference in the length of stay for our dogs and for their success in their “forever” homes!  We have literally  worn out the shirts that you generously donated. Our trainers always highly recommend your Thundershirt at adoption appointments and many of the new families have remarked on how the shirts have helped the dogs transition to their new homes.
One such dog was “Walter” a little beagle who was so “shut down” he would not make eye contact with anyone. He came in as a stray and given the time of year we assumed that he might have been a hunting dog that had become lost.  The trainers decided to try the Thunder Shirt on Walter because he was so clearly anxious all of the time…what a difference! The warm hug of the Thunder Shirt relaxed this sweet little boy and soon he was interacting with staff and volunteers. If Walter was wearing his Thunder Shirt we could go for a walk or out to our fenced field to play…the transformation was truly remarkable! Today, Walter is very well loved and lives a quiet life with his new family…who make sure he always has a Thunder Shirt at the ready :)
We have many more stories like Walter’s, including that of Gordo the German Shepherd who was so anxious in his run that he began to spin with dire consequences for his tail. Gordo would spin so fast that he would rip the skin on his body, especially his tail. We actually had to amputate a great portion of his tail as it was constantly getting cuts along the tail from where it would brush the sides of his run.  We began having Gordo wear a Thunder Shirt and in very little time these negative behaviors stopped and we was ready for a forever home.  Gordo’s big day came when  woman stopped by our shelter. She had recently lost her German Shepherd and fell for Gordo and he fell for her back! Today, Gordo is a very happy big lug of a German Shepherd who has a very close relationship with his new family!
Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center

Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center

“I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the Thundershirts. I immediately placed the XS Thundershirt on one of our very scared, timid, under socialized chihuahuas (Vanessa) at our shelter. Before the shirt, she was very nervous, cowards, and submissive. Since putting the shirt on she came out of her shell. She is approaching people with confidence and she is becoming one social little butterfly. We saw IMMEDIATE changes in her once placing the shirt on her. Thank you for supporting shelters and rescues! Because of your generous donation, you allowed a once nervous dog to be more confident and hopefully adopted soon.”

Sarah O’Shea
ABCDT certified dog trainer
TJO Training and Enrichment Coordinator

C.A.R.E. Dog: Katie

C.A.R.E. Dog: Katie

“The Thundershirt is one of the best products ever invented. It has changed Katie’s life and mine – For the better! She sleeps through storms and fireworks. I have been able to substitute her Thundershirt for sedatives! Again, we cannot thank you enough for this wonderful product!”

Jeanine Caraway
Program Development Director
C.A.R.E. (Community Animal Rescue Effort)

Strawn, Texas

Wet Nose Rescue, PA

Wet Nose Rescue, PA

“Wet Nose was invited to come to the Trenton Thunder Ball game this past Monday to be a part of the Dog of the Day. We elected to bring Patrick a 9 month old Shepherd mix who has been in foster care for almost 3 months now. Patrick is a fairly nervous, high energy boy so we started using a Thundershirt on him soon after we received our donation. Patrick arrived at the ballpark wearing his shirt and although he was still a little nervous, which was to be expected in this situation he definitely was better able to handle the night with his Thundershirt, to the extent he was able to respond to commands and walk the bases on the field with no problem.”

Feasterville, PA

Best Friends Animal Society: Jason

Best Friends Animal Society: Jason

9 year old Collie mix
Found as a stray in Cedar City, UT
Arrived at Best Friends in October 2011

“Today (1/7/12) Jason got a new Thundershirt to try out. For any of you that have met Jason, you know what an anxious boy he is! He is so desperate for love and attention that he often jumps up and muzzle-punches our faces, all while barking/crying like crazy. I blocked his run mates outside while I put his Thundershirt on him for the first time, which was quite a struggle as he was jumping and rolling all over the place. Once it was securely on him though, he sat down and started to just slowly hum a bit. As I stood up to let his run mates back inside, he decided to lie down and stop humming entirely. When I turned around after letting the others in, he was already sound asleep on his bed. It was quite amazing to see! Hopefully his Thundershirt will continue to ease his anxiety!”

Best Friends Animal Society: Enzo

Best Friends Animal Society: Enzo

8 ½ year old Collie mix
Found running loose on Best Friends property when he was about 2 years old.
Arrived at Best Friends in June 2005

“Enzo is a dog with lots of anxieties. The Thundershirt, along with Drama Trauma from Black Wing Farms is tremendously comforting to Enzo during thunderstorms. Enzo’s caregivers report that when there is a storm approaching, Enzo will come inside and “ask” for his Thundershirt and Drama Trauma to be put on! In January of 2012, we started using the Thundershirt and Calm Balm by Black Wing Farms to help Enzo become more comfortable in the car, as well as visiting new places. Our hope is that soon Enzo will be comfortable enough to go on outings and sleepovers with volunteers who visit the Sanctuary.”

Best Friends Animal Society: Dru

Best Friends Animal Society: Dru

4 year old Dachshund
Transferred from another rescue who couldn’t handle her behavior.
Arrived at Best Friends in August 2011

“I am using a Thundershirt on Dru to help reduce her reactivity to other dogs and people. She has a bite history with other dogs, as well as people. We currently have only two people at Best Friends who can handle her. She really seems to like the Thundershirt (okay, she doesn’t mind it!) and I do see a decrease in her reactivity when she has the Thundershirt on. This past week Dru had to have blood drawn twice in one hour, so I put her Thundershirt on her, as well as Black Wing Farms Lavendar balm and they both really seemed to help keep her calm!”

Sandra, MisFit ResQ

“Current weather conditions here: Stormy and rainy… I recently purchased two, one for my personal Labrador, rescued a few years ago, who has had a horrific fear of rain, and debilitating with thunder; resulting in hiding under the table, couch, or wherever she could. Her Thundershirt put on today, in the rain and stormy weather has her laying in an open relaxed manner on the couch.

The other is for a 95lb Mastiff in our rescue who has managed to break through chain link fence playpens, crates of various makers, and most recently a KONG crate. Now with her Thundershirt on, shes sleeping like a baby in her crate.”

Florida

Meriden Humane Society

Meriden Humane Society

“The Meriden Humane Society in CT would like to thank Thunder Shirt for their generous donation of thunder shirts to use on our shelter animals! We LOVE these shirts and the calmness they provide to our animals is such a blessing as we LOVE our animals and want them to feel as comforted as possible while they are with us awaiting their forever homes. Their anxiety levels have been cut by 95% because of these wonderful “hugging” shirts that are always hugging them when we can’t be ourselves! We look forward to having enough thunder shirts to give to ALL our animals to make them more comfortable in our ‘home-like’ setting we provide. God Bless and again, SO MANY THANKS!! Our paws surely do appreciate your kindness!! :)

Connecticut

Akita Rescue Society of Florida, Inc

Akita Rescue Society of Florida received our Thundershirts through a grant from Thundershirt and Petfinder.

This past month, use of the product literally saved the life of a 10 year old Akita named Meko. Over the years, we’ve used Prozac, Ace, Chinese herbs, acupuncture and diet changes to deal with his anxiety. We really had come to the end of our options. I made an appointment to euthanize him. One of the large Thundershirts that we had loaned out as part of our AKITA COACH prevention program was returned after the dog passed away. So I put it on Meko as a last resort. The results were immediate! The panting stopped. The destructiveness ceased. The screaming, whining, crying that we’ve listened to for a month practically disappeared. I am amazed, and feel guilty that we didn’t use the shirt sooner. Thank you so very much for this opportunity to use your product.

Dorie Sparkman Akita Rescue Society of Florida Inc