Music Brings Calm to Shelter Dogs

Animal control officer and musician Chad Olds sings to dogs awaiting adoption at an animal shelter.

Chad Olds is an animal control officer in Vance County, North Carolina, but earlier in his career, he was a musician. Olds’s boss, Frankie Nobles, chief of animal services, suggested recently that Olds combine his two professions… and go sing to the dogs in the shelter.

Olds showed up the next morning with his guitar and began walking up and down the aisle in front of the cages and singing a song for them. Almost immediately, the dogs calmed down. “They just stopped barking,” Olds said. “It blew my mind.”

The first concert worked so well that the two men decided to make it a regular practice. They are also encouraging other shelters to bring music to animals awaiting adoption.

The YouTube video shown above is an updated Another Day In Paradise Acoustic cover by Chad.

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NOTE: The initial post showed this YouTube video provided by the animal lovers at The Dodo. An additional video is found at the Vance County Animal Shelter video page and provided by the Friends of Vance County Animal Shelter via Facebook.

Trebbe Johnson
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Trebbe is the author of The World Is a Waiting Lover and 101 Ways to Make Guerrilla Beauty. Her new book, Radical Joy for Hard Times: Finding Meaning and Making Beauty, will be published in Fall 2018 by North Atlantic Books. Her articles about people’s emotional and spiritual relationship with nature have appeared in Orion, Sierra, Ecopsychology, The Ecologist, The Nation, Harper’s and other magazines. She lives with her husband, Andrew Gardner, in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, a region currently under exploitation by natural gas companies.

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