Shelter Staff Go Above and Beyond But There is Still No Place Like Home

Shelter Staff Go Above and Beyond But There is Still No Place Like Home
Jackie and Ginger have been at the shelter long enough to have their own mailbox. Dog photo inserts credit: Jackie Petersen

UPDATE: Jackie and Ginger have been adopted, but still...you have to look at the photos below...If you knew how many animals the staff at DuPage County Animal Shelter saw enter their doors every year (well over 3,000), you could understand it if the shelter staff got a little "been there, petted that" over the years. It IS a job, after all, and we can all get into ruts no matter what our profession. And with issues like compassion fatigue always looming large for shelter workers, you might expect some emotional distancing to happen.

But then again...

Never underestimate the power of a staff of loving and dedicated young women to be awesome.

Look at what DCACC's kennel staff did for Jackie and Ginger, a pair of senior dogs who have been waiting for homes for over 75 days at the shelter. (They found themselves homeless after their owner became unable to care for them which is why long term planning for pets is so vitally important.)

It's so cute, you can almost forget this is a kennel...

It's so cute, you can almost forget this is a county shelter...

Call this the swankiest little kennel apartment in the county. In fact, I'll bet we can safely say several counties.

Of course, the chain link wall of the 'apartment' does serve as a reminder that even the most loving of staff can't erase the fact that this is still an animal shelter.

Of course, the chain link wall of the 'apartment' does serve as a reminder that even the most loving of staff can't erase the fact that this is still an animal shelter.

So, next time you conjure up an image of what happens in local county shelters and what shelter workers are like, I hope you include this scene.

As for Jackie and Ginger, fan mail and super cute monkey welcome mat aside, no one wants to see a sweet pair of seniors living in a shelter for so long.

To help them find a home more quickly, their adoptions fees have been prepaid AND they come with 6 months of free food, courtesy of the Friends of DCACC Foundation, a nonprofit volunteer group that supports the work of the shelter through fund raising campaigns and social media support for the shelter. Not only that but they come with 2 Free Groomings for Ginger (the Shih Tzu) and 2 Free Baths for Jackie (the terrier) (then 50% off the next 2) donated by Beach for Dogs in Wheaton!

Want more info? Here's Ginger. Here's Jackie. And here are Ginger and Jackie...

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