There are two prevailing emotions that come into play when you visit an animal shelter. There is the inherent joy of seeing beautiful animals at play, and the chance to hold or pet them and see the immediate joy that comes with human contact, but there is also the sadness that comes with knowing they’re behind bars, and they’re not all going to find a loving home.
This week’s visit offered a good day at the shelter, because I met a handful of people who were there to adopt. And they weren’t just there to adopt, they were excited about being there. Very excited. And that made me feel good. That cut down the sadness factor in a big way, and I know if it made me feel better, then visits from happy people looking for new family members has to have the same effect on the good folks who work there.
And they could use the happiness.
You can visit the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter at 3411 N. Roan St., or visit online at wcjcanimalshelter.org. You can also call at 423-926-8769.