We're going to adopt our dog from a local animal shelter. Yesterday I decided to visit so we could figure out the process before taking the girls there. I'm really glad I did.
I walked out overwhelmed and sad. The shelter is large, and it's filled. When I walked in there were small animals (kittens, bunnies, etc.) stacked throughout the lobby. The smell made my stomach turn. The constant animal noises didn't even make the employees' heads turn.
There was one desk just for people relinquishing their animals and dropping off "found" or hurt animals. It was open all day. Another desk was just for adoptions. It was open fewer hours. I guess more people want to relinquish their animals than adopt pets.
I found the information I needed, but didn't feel good about it. I felt like I needed a bit of time to process the reality of how many animals need homes.
The people who work in such shelters really must believe in their mission and love animals. I was in awe of the staff when I left.
I'm glad I did the advance work on the shelter. We're better prepared to explain what is going to happen to the girls, and I have a bit of time to figure out how to help them when they actually see the shelter.