By Susie Blaho
Let's talk about cage presence.
At one time or another, almost all of the animals at DuPage County Animal Care & Control (DCACC) lived in a home. They had a family. Maybe even a couch or bed.
As you can imagine, losing their family and home is devastating. Despite the animals' resilience and the excellent care DCACC's staff and volunteers provide, the animals are in a state of crisis. They need to adjust from living in a quiet, comfortable home to a caged environment.
For many animals, an animal shelter is overwhelming. Cats may hide. Dogs may bark excessively.
Please remember all of the animals on the adoption floor are sweet and friendly pets. They just may not show well in a kennel environment.
Before you think, "Geez, that dog seems crazy," or "That cat or bunny is too shy," please remember one thing: the animals are dealing with the loss of their home.
When you are viewing the animals at the shelter, take a moment to read their cage card. If you have questions, ask a staff member for details. If it sounds like the animal could be a match for you, ask to see them outside of their kennel or cage. It only takes a few minutes. Throw a ball to a dog in an outdoor enclosure. Offer your lap to that kitty or bunny.
You will never know if this animal could be your new best friend until you give them a chance to really shine.
Make a difference in the life of a homeless pet in DuPage County.
The mission of DuPage Animal Friends is to strengthen the lifesaving, compassionate and innovative initiatives at the county shelter. We partner with the shelter to understand the needs of our community's animals, providing financial resources and advocacy on their behalf.