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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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Saturday, March 11, 2006

It's good to be busy,

but it sure can be tiring.

Often people ask what our busiest day of the week is. That's a difficult question. Most often, it's the weekend. But there are some weekdays that can really throw you off!

This Thursday, for example. It's ironic -- we rescheduled the staff so that there are more Canine Associates in on Friday, rather than Thursday. Fridays, it was just getting too busy for only two CAs, so now, there are three on Friday, and two on Thursday. Of course, this Thursday afternoon was busy! So here I was, a Customer Care Associate, helping show dogs, and answering questions about them. Letting people spend time with the dogs, or getting them a leash to take them for a walk. And why does the shelter software have to crash on these days?

My job description is supposed to involve me staying at the front desk, guiding customers and answering the phone. Where does it say, take dogs out for customers and explain why they may not be good with kids? Fortunately, I make it a point to try and know every animal, and their personalities. I never thought I would catch my breath, running back and forth! If you ever call and hear me panting, now you know why.

When it comes time to set the timeclock to "OUT" at the end of the day, I often can't help feel a sigh of relief -- I'm ready to go home! But then, I have to think, being busy is great! That means, more adoptions, more time spent with our dogs and cats looking for homes. So, really, shouldn't I be eager for those busy days? Those chaotic hours of running back and forth, juggling three different things at once?

Today, Saturday, was another one of those busy days -- never thought we'd get a rest.
9 animals adopted at our Tri-Valley facility.
8 at our Oakland facility.

Yeah, it's worth it!

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