|Author Stephanie Shain’s daughter Mia with Panda Bear|
Certainly these assessments describe some people all too accurately. But how many others are needlessly turned away? By painting potential adopters with a broad brush and sticking to a strict prescription for the “best” pet guardian, are some shelters turning potential supporters into enemies?
In the following essays, three HSUS staff members consider their experiences with adoptions. One, a former shelter worker, tells what happened when she went from being the person managing the adoption process to the person trying to adopt. (It wasn’t pretty.) The second writer explores why it may have happened—and why treating people well is as important as caring about other species. And our program manager for animal sheltering issues explains why the one-size-fits-all adoption policies once recommended by The HSUS no longer work.