Sunday, February 27, 2011
Individuals Amid the Mass
So I thought I'd post some of the other personalities currently renting a room at South. Cats in particular go through in the hundreds. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the numbers, but probably one of the most important things in rescue is to remember each animal is an individual.
Up top is Nixie, who has been waiting for months and months, finally got adopted, and then got dumped in a box in a park by the adopter. Poor Nixie, she's a sweetheart, but she's back now, waiting for a non-moron to adopt her.
Fern, a favourite of mine. This poor girl has been waiting for ever, but unlike Nixie, I can see why. She is a shy, bashful sweetheart, although she has come out of her shell massively since arriving. She languished in a cage environment, gaining lots of weight and getting very depressed, but since we moved her to a window room, she's become playful and active and slimmed down considerably!
Dane Judy Dench (haha, she's been with us over a month and her name still make me laugh). She's a Great Dane and an impressive sight indeed. Judy was rescued from a puppy mill a few hours away from Toronto, where she was used as a breeder. This sweet girl has a lot of fans at the shelter, I'm sure whatever home takes her will be very carefully screened.
Every one of these guys is just one of hundreds that pass through South all the time. But what's great about that shelter is that the staff and volunteers really care - Camille will find a foster home, Fern got moved to a window room to brighten her spirits, everyone says "hello" to Judy when they walk past her room.
As long as someone makes the effort to treat each animal as an individual at some point, their chances start to go up in this crazy shelter system.