WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The animals at the Brunswick County Animal Shelter get there for many different reasons. Whether they are stray or have surrendered by their owner, they are all treated equally and have the same goal in mind.
“We’re a safe place for them to come during this time, so we want to give them all the love we can and just prepare them for their next home, whether they’re scared, nervous, or just unhealthy . That’s why we’re here, ”said Christina Tolley, Kennel Manager.
For the past two and a half years, Tolley has used her expertise as a dog trainer and former veterinary technician to get to know each and every animal.
“I can’t bring them into their real home if I don’t know their personality, preferences, comfort, favorite toys or treats. It just makes their adoption so much more successful, ”said Tolley.
The same applies to anyone who comes to the shelter in search of a pet.
“I always ask you what you are looking for in a dog. What personality, how do you imagine a dog when he comes into your house? Because they might say they want a certain breed or size, but it may not be the personality match that is best for them. So if I can figure out what the best personality is, then we can match them with the animals that are here because we know them … can bring that into play when we find their new family, “said Tolley.
As with other shelters, there are playgrounds. The Brunswick County Animal Shelter recommends bringing family members and other pets with you to make sure it fits properly. There are three different shifts of volunteers who walk the dogs and play with the cats so that they are as little as possible in their kennels.
“It’s so great; you can hang out with dogs, cats, and just about animals. We’re pretty much like a big farm here. This is a great place to be around. The energy is good. We’re like one big family, ”said Michael Lerner, volunteer at the shelter.
Seeing animals being mistreated and neglected is one of the hardest parts of the job, and the stereotype that shelters are a bad place for animals is not true.
“It’s one of the most frustrating. We do not judge you for bringing your animal with you. We’re not a bad place for them. So when things get out of hand there is no reason you can’t call. So this is so hard to see and hear … people let animals get into such bad conditions without calling us and seeing how we help and help them, “said Tolley.
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