Monday, July 9, 2012

A Perfect Match: Adoption Counselors Help Families Find Their Perfect Companion


By: Jill Harlan, Adoption Counselor

One of our tasks here at Animal Friends is to ensure a clean living area for our dogs, cats and bunnies.  While assisting someone who was cleaning the rabbit habitats one day, I simply picked up the bunny and placed her back in her freshly cleaned kennel.  Our rabbit expert said, “You are one brave lady!” because that particular bunny does not like to be held. I had thought nothing of it, because just looking at the rabbit didn't reveal its inclination to be moody.

This situation is similar to incidents that happen with many people who do not get to spend countless hours with the animals.  I was lucky that I did not get bitten or scratched. However, my “bravery” could have led to an injury that would have been completely my fault.  As an adoption counselor, it is my responsibility to learn and understand our resident animals’ personalities.

That's why one of the most disheartening duties that I have is telling someone that an animal they have fallen in love with would not be suitable for their home.  Sometimes, people get angry or upset, making it more difficult.  That’s when I have to remind our potential adopters (as well as myself) that we are trying to make the best possible fit for a forever home.

Ultimately, the stars all align and the perfect dog, cat or bunny presents itself for a family.  This makes it all worth it.  I can remember two families distinctly: the family that adopted Melody the cat and the family that adopted Jimbo the dog.  From my perspective, I don’t think that there could have been a better fit!


So, while we always have great animals here everyday, not every animal is perfect for everybody. But with patience and perseverance, everyone can find their absolute perfect match. That’s what makes it so rewarding to be a part of the adoptions team here at Animal Friends.

Want to get to know our animals a little better?  You can always come visit us.  Or even better get to know them more personally by volunteering!

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