it is not that hard to volunteer. would you rather they spend their time at the shelter with no hand that has the time to touch them, no person that has time to step in their run and calm them, no hugs, no treats, no one to quiet their barking when people like you come to visit. I always suggest that we walk through and visitors write down the name of the dogs they are interested in. Most any dog acts much different when they are around 50 other dogs than when they are alone with people. After we have walked past them all, I bring the ones they are interested in to the office one at a time for them to meet. They are always amazed at how quiet they are in the office. If they want to see more of a particular dog we often go up the street to the local park to get the dog completely away from the shelter setting. We can do visits at home, too and sometimes we foster to adopt. I take dogs to adoption events and make notes on how they act with kids, shopping carts, older people, other pets going past and more. This info helps them get adopted. No matter how much I think I have learned about shelter pets there is always more to find out. I just took Marlon, a yellow lab mix that was going to be put down because he was considered too nervous and unadoptable, with me to California when I took our special needs cats out there to a sanctuary. I was totally blown away by how easy it was to travel with these three. Marlon never peed inside, slept in the floor between the two beds the first night in the motel(arkansas) and on the bed with me the second night(new mexico). Both cats were very quiet when travelling and loved playing in the motel rooms at night. They didn't seem to be stressed by the trip. Phoenix didn't want to make friends with Marlon but she didn't antagonize him either. Marci thought Marlon was the best toy in the world and he didn't seem to mind although he looked a little amazed. These were animals that had lived in a crowded shelter for months! We had no history on any of them but they were awesome. Marlon was adopted by a man in Colorado who has nothing but great things to say about him.
All this from a shelter pet!
There are small dogs at shelters. They are often adopted/fostered before the bigger ones. We are full on dogs and cats. Please consider adopting from us or tell others you know about us.
here is my latest plea for our animals.
I have posted before with pleas to rescue our cats. We are currently full on dogs and face the prospect of having to euthanize for only the third time this year. No one wants to PTS at Christmas. We have only one empty dog run and our fosters are full. Please consider pulling dogs from our shelter. We work regularly with several rescues and they are doing all they can to move our dogs they had previously taken so they can save others from being put down. We have had so many intakes.
we are the grayson county humane societywww.graysoncountyhumanesociety.petfinder.com
please see our home page if you are interested in adopting as we have received a donation from an estate but it was guided with restricitions on how it could be used. They wanted to donate only to reduce dog adoption fees by $50 for the next 30 dogs.
We are also still full on cats even though some were sent to barns. Our shelter was designed with one small room for cats and it is filled with 23 cages. We have 43 cats in the cat room.
Our cat adoptions have been reduced by $5 during our home for the holidays period. They are $40 for one cat and $60 for two.
I will post pics as I can.
Our longest term residents will be the ones that are considered for euthanasia first. There is nothing wrong with them other than they don't have the look that most rescues want.
Trapper, Sandy(puppies went to rescue but she was left behind), Chelsea, Dodger, Spalding, Jodi(so beautiful), Buttterbean, Chuck, Rajah, Peking and more have been waiting there a very long time.
please feel free to call, email, pm.