Imagine with us the following scenario:
You've made the big decision to adopt a pet. Excited by your decision, you walk into your local animal shelter. The first thing you notice, even before you enter the building, is the noise. The incessant barking of panicked dogs sounds horribly ominous, but you decide to keep going.
Once you enter, the surprises keep coming. You realize the building you've entered is really just an old converted garage. Expecting to find neat rows of pets, you're shocked by the sheer number of small crates stacked on top of one another. Inside those crates are large dogs, mostly pit bulls and other bully breeds, all jam packed into small spaces.
You begin walking by each animal. Most of them are extremely anxious. In fact, some even appear to be aggressive. You begin to question your decision. Am I ready for this you ask? Are any of these animals going to make a good pet? Discouraged, you decide that you need to think about your decision, and you leave.
Tragically, the above story is all too real, and happens at hundreds of shelters across the country on a daily basis.
Animal shelters are often woefully underfunded, under-resourced, understaffed. It's not their fault. They need our help.
At iHeartDogs we're passionate about providing shelter animals with full bellies and forever homes. So we've partnered with an organization called RescueRebuild for their largest project yet, rebuilding Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City.
LHS was built out of necessity after the city dropped its existing Humane Society when it uncovered abuse and neglect.
The only space Jersey City could provide was a converted garage. They are desperately in need of more space. The dog area uses smaller stacked cages, and most dogs taken in by the group are large bully breeds. (see this video to view the shelter)
The result? The dogs and cats are scared. Hearing noises above them, below them, and all around, they end up barking a lot – adopters perceive them as aggressive, and adoptions don’t happen as often as they should.
Look at the difference between Spanky in his kennel, and outside with a volunteer. Which would you adopt?
Together we will be creating a new room with large indoor/outdoor kennels for the dogs, updated with sound baffling, and laid out in a way that keeps the dogs as relaxed as possible when meeting new adopters. We’ll also build outside exercise runs and meet and greet areas.
We want adopters coming in to get a real sense of these sweet animals’ personalities, and not be wary of the perception that bully breeds are aggressive, when really they are just scared in their current environment.
Each bracelet purchased will bring us one step closer to our goal of rebuilding this shelter.
The bracelet beads are crafted from red rosewood, which represents the building materials that will be used for this project. The square brick paw charm is made of copper alloy. Carry with you a reminder of the work you did supporting this cause!