My sister just sent me a link from USA Today about the Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, D.C.
Their shelter recently underwent a huge renovation and built a cutting edge shelter to maximize successful adoptions as well as increase positive interaction with the public.
“Whatever circumstances landed them in a shelter – whether they were strays, abandoned, turned over by terminally ill owners or rescued from inhumane conditions – was traumatic for them,” says Scotlund Haisley, the executive director who persuaded his board to support a $4 million renovation. Every detail is intended not to pamper animals but to simply respond to their basic needs during the time when they have no home, no family and no ability to see or hope beyond the present.
With the in-residence animals experiencing less stress, remarkable things have been happening.
Adoptions have tripled since the renovation. And the atmosphere is so welcoming they are finding that people from the community come during their lunch breaks just to spend time with the animals.
Stories like this make me think there is really hope for the human race!