In rural northeast Alabama, a small group works to help shelter dogs become more adoptable. It’s a simple concept, but in this part of the country animal shelters have little time or money to help dogs with behavioral issues. Encore Enrichment Center for Shelter Dogs was established to do just that.
In 2017 Julie Madden, a certified nose work instructor, and her husband Tom were looking for a place to start teaching K9 Nose Work®, and they stumbled onto the former United Cerebral Palsy of East Central Alabama building. It had been vacant for three years and UCP was anxious to sell it. Although it was much bigger than what they needed for nose work classes, they were struck at just how perfect the facility was to bring in shelter dogs and provide enrichment activities.