10 Things Animal Shelter Workers Will Never Tell You

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It's not all smiles and playtime all the time.

Some people probably think working at a shelter is super fun! I mean, you get to cuddle with cute puppies all day, right? What you might not realize is that this job can also be really emotional and sometimes difficult at times when dealing with animals in need. Here are some things you might not have realized about working at an animal shelter.

1. They Cry, A Lot.

Shelters often take in animals who have been neglected or abused. It can be downright heartbreaking at times to see how much these animals have suffered. What's important, though, is the compassion these workers have in restoring the happiness in these animals' lives.

2. However, With All The Pain, There’s Also A Lot Of Joy

Like seeing an animal become more social and open up more. Or when an animal is able to stand up and walk after a terrible leg injury.


3. Owner-Surrenders Happen More Often Than You Think

Pet owners have the option to surrender their pets to an animal shelter, and they do- for a multitude of reasons.

4. All Those Cages. Such A Cruel Environment, Right?

Not really. For some animals at the shelter, their situations in the shelter are far better than they were beforehand. It can be baffling thinking about and see what some people do to these animals.


5. Shelter Workers Get Emotionally Attached

And how can they not? They devote so much of their time to make sure these animals are cared for. It's only natural that they would develop and emotional attachment to their animals.

6. They're Constantly Busy Balancing Their Job Duties

From feedings and walkings to doing meet and greets with potential adopters, there's a delicate balance that shelter workers have to find between caring for the animals and assisting the public.


7. Adoption Is Central To Their Mission

The fact is, there are so many cats and dogs in animal shelters. If every person who was looking for a pet went to a shelter to adopt instead of shopping at a pet store, then the number of animals in these shelters would significantly decrease.

8. Volunteers Are Essential

Shelters are non-profit organizations. Donations of both time and money are key aspects of keeping an animal shelter fully functional. Shelters normally can't afford to hire full-time staff to care for and walk every single animal. That's where volunteers step in. They are able to socialize the animals, spend time with them, walk them and even help clean their cages or feed them.


9. Spaying/Neutering Makes A Huge Difference

It's really easy to spay or neuter your animal, and it can seriously help with the overcrowding of shelters. There is nothing worse than finding a box full of puppies on the side of the road or tied up somewhere.

10. The Real Reward Is When An Animal Finds Its Home

This always makes shelter workers remember why they do what they do. It's an amazing feeling, and can give them the strength to carry on their work.


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