Thundershirts ease animal stress

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Thundershirt Company, of Durham, N.C., has awarded a grant of Thundershirts to Haven of the Ozarks to help reduce animal stress and anxiety in shelter dogs.

The company has partnered with Foundation to donate Thundershirts to adoption organizations across the country. Nearly 80 percent of dogs that wear Thundershirts are relieved of fear, separation and travel anxiety, hyperactivity, leash pulling and more. The garments use gentle pressure to calm dogs and ease their anxiety.

Similar to swaddling a newborn or using pressure therapy with autistic patients, Thundershirts provide gentle pressure on the nervous system to aid in the release of hormones such as endorphins or oxytocins,

"Since Thundershirt was founded in 2009, we've committed to helping local shelters and rescue groups nationwide," said Phil Blizzard, founder of Thundershirt Company. "The Foundation does incredible work, and we are proud of this partnership as we continue our mission of bringing relief to the millions of dogs affected by anxiety and fear issues."

The Foundation, a non-profit 501 ( c ) 3 public charity, helps homeless pets by saving lives through adoptions, helping shelters prepare for and recover from disaster and working to make sure animal welfare organizations across the country are more sustainable. Its mission is to ensure no adoptable pet is euthanized for lack of a home.

Since 2003, the foundation has provided over $20 million in grants to animal welfare organizations and member shelters and rescue groups.

Thundershirts are also available for cats, eliminating the need for calming drugs or medications.

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