What happens when a homeless animal is dumped into a shelter?
Homeless dogs and cats come from a variety of situations. Some are abused, abandoned, sick or dying. They are miserable, frightened and lonely. They sit and sleep on hard, cold cement floors, cowering in corners, shivering in dingy cages with steel bars 24 hours a day. The cats sit in cramped wired cages with just newspapers beneath them.
The only problem is that they don't have the needed comfort items to alleviate the stress created when an animal is isolated and confined. A soft item keeps them off the ground, insulating them from drafty, cold floors, while cushioning joints and providing each animal its own space. Even well-adjusted animals are stressed in a shelter. And if caged for any length of time, a once happy, well-adjusted animal spirals down into depression, anxiety, despair and dejection, making them a poor candidate for adoption.
What could it mean? In some instances, life or death.
Most homeless animals have been traumatized. Sadly, once inside a shelter or rescue facility, their trauma may not easily subside. Dogs may end up sleeping on cold, hard cement floors; cats may end up confined in wire cages. At overcrowded shelters, animals live in outdoor kennels, exposed to the elements. In these environments, animals are typically stressed, which can compromise their immune systems.
Studies show and experts agree that shelter animals with blankets and comfort items make them calm, feel safe and secure, warm and comfortable and are happier. The potential adopter can picture them in their home. This increases their chance for adoption which helps to save lives!!
How are your donations used?
Blankets and Comforters
To provide warmth, a sense of safety and security, giving the animals the ability to be comfortable and relax.
To keep the animals off the floor, insulating them from drafty, cold floors, while cushioning joints and providing each animal its own space.
Animal Control officers wrap donated blankets around abused or sick stray animals for transportation to shelters.
Comforters are used for sick or injured animals, before and after surgery.
Bedding and in crates
Birthing moms and their babies (puppies and kittens)
Wiping down kennels and medical equipment
Toys help lonely and bored animals get through the day .
You can make a difference in the hearts of many!
No homeless person should have their pets taken away because they can’t afford the necessary supplies for their pets’ survival. No pets should go hungry, be uncomfortable, or suffer. That is what SEF is successfully working to alleviate, reaching out on a weekly basis in locations with high homelessness rates.
and other critical supplies to keep pets of the homeless happy and healthy, thus allowing them to stay with their loving, human companions rather than being relinquished to overpopulated shelters with high euthanasia rates.