Wednesday afternoons are not the optimum time to visit the shelter. The lobby and adoption center are closed, so visitors are not able to get inside to see the dogs and cats available for adoption - that means the animals have little or no human interaction for the majority of the day as the staff and volunteers work to clean and improve the facility.
The ladies at the shelter are good enough to allow me to do my walk-through on Wednesdays when I have no other option, but it can be extremely depressing. While the dogs and cats are always in need of attention, and immensely appreciative of any affection they receive, it is all the more evident on days when no one has had the opportunity to pay them a visit. Walking through the kennels and cat condos on a Wednesday afternoon can leave you with a very empty feeling inside.
It can also motivate you to try and do more for these animals in need.
If you get the chance, please visit the prospective pets at your local or regional animal shelter. There are so many wonderful animals in need of homes and love, and the overwhelming majority these dogs and cats have arrived here, behind the locked door of a kennel or cage, for absolutely no fault of their own. They just need your love, attention, and a warm place to call home.
If you can make that happen, please do.
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.