Sunday, September 25, 2005
Another Day In The LifeThe shelter is packed with dogs. Adoptions is full. Receiving Kennels are full. Surgery Kennels are full. Big Iso (short for Isolation) has dogs. Small Iso has dogs. Even two kennels in the Grooming area (which is used for housing cats) harbors a pair of small, mostly-naked poodles. Surrenders, returns, foster drop-offs and hurricane Katrina have all converged in a collection of events that leave us with more canines in house than we've had for months.
Another series of events has left us short-staffed. Naturally. Such things very commonly go together in shelter work.
And somehow, we always manage to pull it off. Katrina animals are heading out to foster. The dogs in our back kennels are going through their temperament evaluations and compulsories. The dogs up front are getting matched with new homes. Kennel space is gradually becoming available again. I am amazed at how smoothly everything is going, despite the unexpected.
When I talk to non-shelter friends on the phone and they ask me what's new at work, I find myself saying something like "Oh, you know. Same old, same old."
And it's true.