A shelter isn’t a place where you expect to find peace and tranquility. But bring in a guitar-strumming animal service officer and a concert for dogs becomes a lullaby.
Chad Olds, an animal service officer with Vance County Animal Shelter brought his guitar to an eager crowd.
The dogs got excited at first and then all the canines calmed down.
Music has a calming affect on animals.
Two years ago, veterinarian Pamela Fisher founded Rescue Animal Mp3 Project, a nonprofit organization that distributes free music-loaded Mp3 players to animal shelters across the country.
The universal language of music touches our animal friends as shown by recent scientific studies.
Specific musical compositions can help pets cope with common phobias such as thunderstorms, household noises and stress. Music can help create a harmonious environment for your animal companions while also improving their health and behavior.
Dogs detect sounds as low as the 16 to 20 Hz frequency range (compared to 20 to 70 Hz for humans) and as high as 70,000 to 100,000 Hz (compared to 20,000 Hz for humans), and in addition have a degree of ear mobility that helps them to rapidly pinpoint the exact location of a sound. Eighteen or more muscles can tilt, rotate and raise or lower a dog’s ear. Additionally, a dog can identify a sound’s location much faster than a human can, as well as hear sounds up to four times the distance that humans are able to.
Music arranged to promote relaxation and calm behavior is donated to shelters to help the animals cope with stressful housing conditions and be more inviting of loving adoptions.
Calming Pet Music has been generously donated by various artists from around the world and transcribed on to Mp3 players which are available free of charge to Non-profit and Government Animal Adoption Shelters, Sanctuaries and Spay/Neuter Clinics.
The extensive variety of music in this compilation provides soothing vibrational therapy to help relax the animals and enable potential adopters to see the pets’ more natural and loving personalities.