When I arrived to take pictures of adoptable pets at Cocheco Valley Humane Society last Friday this two year old Straffordshire Terrier, Bella, was in the lobby wagging her tail excitedly. I presumed she was going home with the two men who were sitting nearby but they were surrendering her instead. I didn't want to pry for details because I was already heartbroken for this happy girl and for the owners who may or may not have done everything they could to keep her.
Before I left the building I stopped by to see how she was doing and although it was nice to see her still looking hopeful it broke my heart because she probably had no idea her owners left her forever. Poor girl! I hope her new owners arrive soon because she would be a lovely companion for them!
This incident made me realize that taking pictures of adoptable animals and posting them on-line as quickly as possible is the right job for me. I've often thought that working as an adoption counselor would be the perfect job for me but after witnessing Bella being surrendered at the shelter, I'm certain the adoption counselor position would be too heartbreaking. I'm sure I would go home in tears or with several animals in the back seat of my car in no time at all!
If you were a volunteer at a shelter what position would suit you? If you are an adoption counselor, what do you do to dissuade the heartbreak of seeing surrendered pets cross your path?