I love dogs. But sometimes they frighten me.
And I felt a shiver of fear as I walked down the narrow corridor with dogs barking and lunging on each side.
Pet adoption shouldn’t be scary
Let’s just say it wasn’t the happiest way to look for a dog to adopt. And the dogs were so stressed by the noise and smells they were a bit psychotic.
I finally chose two, four-month old puppies–littermates I named Agatha and Christie. I would have liked to adopt an adult dog but finding one that wasn’t insane from kennel fever was more than I could hope for.
An easier way to adopt
Fast forward eighteen years.
The shelter is nearly silent. Instead of runs with barred doors, each dog has an “apartment” with glass doors and walls. In the apartment, each dog has a bed and toys. On the door is a description of the dog with his or her name on the door. And little bags of treats are available for feeding through “sniffer holes” in the walls.
I wrote earlier about my first introduction to the dog we would someday rename Shadow and who graces the header of my blog.
I don’t want to disrespect the PSPCA. They have a very hard job to do in a tough area with little support. And they are staffed by animal lovers who have to do things no animal lover should ever have to do.
But in 2001, the Tompkins County SPCA moved in a new direction. They became an open-admission, no-kill shelter under the leadership of their new Director, Nathan Winograd.
Having an attractive adoption center which causes less stress to animals is an important part of being able to find homes for every animal in your care. As is having lots of volunteers, including foster families.
Things aren’t perfect at our local SPCA. But if I compare it to my first experience adopting dogs, I think it’s much, much better.
A leader in the no-kill movement
Today, the Tompkins County SPCA is a resource for other shelters looking to find homes for all adoptable (and even less-adoptable animals). Best Friends Animal Society features a page of resources for other communities developed by the Tompkins County SPCA–resources that have been used all over the world.
It’s the impact the Tompkins County SPCA has already had throughout the world that encourages me to ask my friends in Blogville to support Honey and me as we participate in the March for the Animals.
Here’s why you should make a gift today:
- I will match every gift up to a total of $250.
- An anonymous donor will match $20,000 of gifts made before October 15.
- With two matches, your gift is tripled!
- The sooner I reach my fundraising goal, the sooner I’ll be able to relax and write something funny and entertaining for my faithful readers.
- Because your favorite bloggers (Kristine of Rescued Insanity, Mel of No Dog About It, Sue of Greyhounds Can Sit, and Jodi of Kol’s Notes) have already given and they’re a pretty cool pack to run with.
- BTW, did anyone notice that two of those bloggers are Canadian and one is a Kiwi? Where’s our American pride?
- Let’s face it, a $5 donation (up to $15 with the matches) to the Tompkins County SPCA will do a lot more for dogs and cats than that gigantic coffee from Megabucks will do for your waistline.
- You’re investing in a new way of sheltering homeless animals until we find an even better way to make sure every pet is loved and in a forever home.
It’s easy to give from the comfort of your laptop. So go to my fundraising site today and join team Something Wagging This Way Comes by making a secure gift to the March for the Animals.