As the old saying goes, it takes a village to raise children. Well, in the animal shelter world, you could just as easily say that it takes a whole team to find the right homes for our furry residents!
A few weeks ago, the SPCA de l'Outaouais took in a mother and her seven little German Shepherd mix puppies. The story ended this week with the adoption of the seven puppies, who have all found their new families. And the entire team was put to work. Let us explain all that happens within our walls in situations like this one.
These seven little rascals were admitted to the shelter thanks to the prevention and protection work of our patrol team. The patrol team works on the ground with animal owners, according to the mandate of the municipalities and the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ), to ensure that the animals enjoy a quality of life that meets their needs.
Upon arrival at the shelter, the puppies are taken in by our health team, who assess their situation and determine a care plan. The puppies, once they have reached the appropriate age and after a general examination, are sterilized, vaccinated, and dewormed. They are also given a good bath before being placed for adoption!
Staying at the shelter
For the duration of their stay, each day, the puppies will be fed, have their spaces cleaned, and interact with our animal care workers. While the shelter environment is never as stimulating as a live-in household full of humans, our animal caregivers ensure that the residents do not develop unnecessary stress and that their basic needs are met, seven days a week.
Putting the puppies up for adoption
Once the puppies are deemed ready for adoption, it is the turn of the adoption team. With the help of our adoption counselors and canine behaviour specialists, they will evaluate the various requests to select the perfect families for our little furry ones.
In the case of our seven German Shepherd puppies, we received over 2,500 hits on their adoption profile, resulting in over 200 adoption interest forms within 48 hours, all of which were considered individually by the adoption services team. Finally, the seven profiles that best matched the needs of our little puppies were chosen, their candidates contacted, and adoption appointments arranged.
In one extremely exciting day for the shelter team, we saw the seven little puppies meet their new families and head off to their new homes. Seven little puppies who now have loving families, many even having a big furry brother or sister to meet for the first time.
From the patrol to the health team, from our animal care workers to our adoption team, all supported by an administrative team and customer service clerks; everyone had a role to play in the adventure of our seven little German Shepherd mix. We are proud of our team and grateful to our donors and adopters for the trust they have shown us.
The next time you see a cute puppy up for adoption, please remember the team that works behind the scenes to make sure these animals find a home and get a second chance.
And congratulations to our seven German Shepherd mix puppy adoption families! We look forward to hearing from them!