Life in the Fast Lane
Shifting the most in-demand pets into high gear sends shelter systems revving
When it comes to good outcomes in sheltering, time is of the essence.
The moment an animal enters a shelter, the clock is ticking—not so much in terms of euthanasia, although that’s a factor in many shelters—but in the sense that while most shelters are good temporary places for pets who need homes, shelters were never meant to become home.
The longer an animal stays in a shelter, the greater the chance she’ll pick up a transmissible disease and suffer from stress, and stress often brings on deterioration of behavior, reducing her chances at adoption.
Not only that, but as her length of stay increases, it takes a toll on the shelter and its other animals, tying up cage space, staff time, and money to fund her food, housing, and other needs. Nobody benefits when an animal spends even one unnecessary day in the shelter.