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Welcome to Shelter Life at the East Bay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

We began as the Oakland SPCA in 1874. Today, the East Bay SPCA includes two animal shelters and three clinics in our community.

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Heartbeats

It's only a few minutes between a dog whose home is the shelter and a dog whose home is a home. If you get down to the nitty-gritty, it's really only a few seconds. Those few little words "we'd like to adopt this pet" can be the major turning point of the day.

Sometimes it's a long term pet whose adoption, while hoped for, still felt so unexpected that an SPCA-wide e-mail declaring the news is warranted. Sometimes its a puppy who (hopefully) will become one of the four out of five dogs that manages to live in a single household their entire life.

It goes the other way too. It's only a moment between when we think a cat has successfully settled into her new home and when we see a familiar face with a cardboard cat carrier in tow, ready to return the pet for an unanticipated reason. Between a dog sitting warm and snug in his owner's car and finding himself tied to a pole in an unfamiliar courtyard.

Between "unavailable for adoption" and "available".

Between "has kennel cough" and "ready to move out of isolation".

Between "waiting for foster" and "in foster".

As a shelter worker, you do you best to plan ahead, but you very quickly learn that the meat of your day is moment to moment.

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