|I have to admit we were caught off guard our first trip there. Not only is it hard to see all the animals in kennels, we were also side by side with female inmates from the local jail which was a first for us. |
|We felt validated at the animal shelter. we were doing the right thing. We have two rescues at home, and loved getting the sweet dogs out for some play time. And, who gives up their dog?|
But many years had passed, and I was quick to judge the owner surrenders I witnessed.
Several visits later to the animal shelter, we were walking the dogs outside for some time in their chain link fence pens. The male inmates in the jail next door were given their “outside” time in their much larger chain link kennel. My girls were quite uncomfortable by the all the inmates in uniform. They chose to stay inside in the puppy room and avoid seeing the inmates. I was uncomfortable too. I was envisioning cat calls and chose to avoid the dog run areas which were close to the inmates.