The day Blue arrived at BDAR, there was a lot going on.
Our adoption center is small, the main room smaller than most living rooms in people's homes. And in it, there are half a dozen collapsible crates and kennels, two larger ones designed for use as outdoor runs bolted to the wall. There's a two story cat condo- all of these cages face each other as they are pressed up to the walls around the room's perimeter.
Blue is shy, and small, and he'd just been transferred from another shelter where he'd spent months hoping for adoption. Now he's come to BDAR with the idea that a foster home, a more natural environment with a soft bed and a yard to run in, will help boost his confidence and make him feel better about meeting new people. Maybe the next time he does, he won't be so stressed and overwhelmed that he can't make a connection.
But Blue's going to have to wait just a little bit longer for that comfort. Because, like most of BDAR's adoptable pets, a stop at the adoption center before moving to the foster home is in order. He needs a physical exam, he needs a file created, he needs pictures taken so people will find him online and maybe fall in love.
But, amid all of the hustle, and combined with several other new arrivals, Blue cowers in the back of his wire crate. It's covered with a blanket to help reduce the noise and activity - but it's not enough. These crates and kennels, purchased at retail stores with products designed for private in-home use, just aren't enough to make him feel safe. They are flimsy, the dogs before him chewed the metal so the door is bent and jerks the kennel around when it opens and closes. The plastic tray shifts beneath his feet. The blanket does nothing to dampen the noise.
Ultimately, Blue refused to even come out of the kennel. His photos had to be taken with him still hiding inside.
We need your help to ensure the pets who come to BDAR get the most comfort and security possible, even as their stay in the adoption center is short-lived. Our kennels are not designed for heavy use, sometimes as many as 40 dogs per week.
We're asking for your help in making this stop at the adoption center more secure, less overwhelming, by donating to help us buy commercial kennels instead. These kennels will offer noise and visual stimulus barriers. They'll withstand the heavy use and remain stable and safe after many, many animals come and go.
The kennels are $5,000 for each 2-kennel unit. We are hoping to install 2 units onsite. To donate, click here and indicate in the comments that you are supporting our kennel fund.
Blue has moved onto his foster home already. But we want to make sure that this experience isn't repeated for the other animals who come here looking for safety and love.
Please, donate now.