Everyday across this great country of ours, many dogs, and other animals for that matter, are locked down in kennel’s pondering a very uncertain future. One shelter in particular decided to highlight the loneliness that comes with being a forgotten pet living in designated space and so they decided to conduct a life changing experience for shelter patrons.
Cape Ann Animal Aid, a shelter based out of Massachusetts, decided to allow 6 participants to live inside the confines of kennel space for 24 hours, so they could begin to grasp what life is like for dogs living in shelters everyday. The aim of the experiment was to raise awareness about adoption, and from the look of things, it has had a profound impact on those who participated.
Rebecca Baylies, an executive director for the shelter said,
“We hear a lot of people say that they don’t want to visit the animal shelter because it makes them sad. We do our best to not only shelter the animals, but to also find ways to engage them mentally, physically and emotionally while they await adoption. The saddest part is that the animals don’t have families or homes of their own.”
To keep the experience true to its form, participants in the experiment kept a schedule of a dog living in the shelter, and were even brought out during various times in the day to enjoy recreational activities.
They even got to enjoy group activities, where they got to mingle with other dogs to get to know them…
…they even go to try some snacks…
And of course, enjoyed lots of downtime, which can get quite boring after a while…
One participant even got the chance to go on a coffee and donut run, just like some dogs get to do from time to time.
“Seeing the envy in the other participants helped everyone to really recognize how important those off-site visits are to the animals in our care.”
Despite the highs of the day they spent in the shelter, most participants lamented about how they felt being away from friends and family in just that short period of time. The emotional prison of kennel space is something that dogs trapped in shelter deal with in a daily basis and that is the hardest thing to overcome.
“There is a lot to do and see but at the end of the day, the animals still need homes. That was the goal — raise awareness about animal adoption while also raising funds for our animal adoption program.”
[Source Story: Fido4ever ]
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