Thursday, January 10, 2013

Waiting for a forever home

Olive has been in the shelter since August 2012

One of the cute things we were going to do at Christmas this year was to send you a piece based on the Twelve Days of Christmas to highlight and profile the animals that had been patiently waiting for a forever home here at the OHS the longest.

The piece didn’t work out for a couple of reasons, but as we identified our longest residents, I have to admit I was a bit stunned to see just how long some animals had been waiting.  Among the cats, one named Midnight has been with us since February last year! Five other delightful cats have been waiting for more than six months.  Pair of budgies has been waiting to spread their wings in new homes since April.  In dogs, two-Olive and Duke have been waiting for a home since last August. 

Midnight is still waiting for her forever home
You can’t imagine how delighted we all are to give animals like Midnight, Olive, and Duke that kind of second chance.  One of the reasons, of course, that we so desperately needed  to move from our tiny and wholly inadequate shelter on Champagne to our much larger and better facility on West Hunt Club.  We needed to house more animals humanely, keep them healthy, and give them the time to find that elusive forever home.  

While the person that cares about animals rejoices, the administrator in me worries. Six months to a year is a lot of “care days”- the term we use to calculate space requirements and cost of care for a small handful of animals.  We always try to do the best for the most, and while I recognize that different animals have different needs, keeping animals for these lengths of times is costly.

Some people had expressed that, now that we have this great new building, we must not need as much support from the community.  That administrator in me continues to worry, because we need our support and the support of our whole community more than ever if we are to use this facility to achieve what it was meant to; and give Midnight, Olive, Duke, their friends and those that will follow the second chance at a new life we set out to give them.

Bruce Roney,
Executive Director



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