For this issue’s Coffee Break, we asked you what features you would include if you were building a new animal shelter, and why you think they’re important for your community’s pets.
When we asked that question in our Coffee Break section, you filled our inbox with more responses than we could print. Read your replies in the current issue of Animal Sheltering and see even more below!
We are renovating and expanding our shelter, and because we rescue so many animals from Missouri puppy mills and hoarding situations, we decided to turn our old break room into a simulated living room, in order to help socialize these animals who have never been on a leash, climbed the stairs, or seen a couch. We believe the room will help prepare these dogs for a quicker and smoother transition into their forever homes.
—Cynthia Smith, president
Kansas City, Missouri
We need space for each dog to play, space for groups of dogs to play, and space to train them. The cats need space to play in groups, such as a cattery room with outdoor access.
—Jennelle Layne, supervisor
Winslow Animal Control
To support behavior assessment and adopter introductions, shelters need several play areas—not too large, not too small. A half dozen at least.
—Arden Allen, founder
Hi 4’s Dog Rescue
In addition to play time to allow socialization, I would also add soundproofing between the kennels and/or a quiet place for the dogs to spend time. There could even be classical music playing at a soft level. The constant loud barking in kennels with concrete floors can have a severe effect on the pups’ mental, emotional, and physical health. Everyone needs a little quiet time to relax!
—Tonya Formby, volunteer/foster parent
Two by Two Rescue