7 December 2019
In This Article…
- The Cat Porch and Small Animal Zone
- The Dog Area: Meet Your Potential Furry Friend
- Highlight on Pit Bulls: Misunderstood Breeds
- The Medical Facility: Healing and Care
- Adoption vs Buying: A Crucial Discussion
- The Role of Volunteers: Lending a Helping Hand
- Additional Resources
The Babylon Animal Shelter in Amityville, New York is a relatively new facility that opened its doors on October 1st, 2018. Recently, Chris Elton, the director of the shelter, gave a tour of the facility to provide a behind-the-scenes look at what happens at the shelter and how the adoption process works.
The Cat Porch and Small Animal Zone
The tour begins with a visit to the cat porch, a space where cats can come in and out freely, like a baby gate. Elton points out that the shelter has a relatively high number of cats and encourages viewers to consider adopting a feline friend. He then shows off a few guinea pigs that were recently captured from the wild, explaining that the shelter not only takes in animals that are brought in by people, but also actively seeks out animals that need help.
The Dog Area: Meet Your Potential Furry Friend
Moving on to the dog area, Elton explains that the shelter is always looking for adoptions and encourages viewers to consider adopting a dog. The shelter has a special corridor where dogs can be introduced to potential adopters, and Elton emphasizes the importance of getting to know a dog before adopting them.
Highlight on Pit Bulls: Misunderstood Breeds
The outdoor kennels are also showcased, where pit bull-type dogs are kept. Elton notes that these dogs are often misunderstood and encourages viewers to consider adopting a pit bull or other misunderstood breed.
The Medical Facility: Healing and Care
The medical facility is also highlighted, where shelter staff takes care of animals in need of medical attention. Elton mentions that the shelter relies on donations of toys and leashes to help take care of the animals. He also points out the surrender corridor, where people can bring in animals they can no longer care for. However, he emphasizes that it is important to call ahead and make sure the shelter can accommodate the animal before bringing them in.
Adoption vs Buying: A Crucial Discussion
Throughout the tour, Elton emphasizes the importance of adopting animals from the shelter rather than buying from a breeder or pet store. Not only does adopting help give a loving home to animals in need, but it also helps prevent overcrowding in shelters and reduces the demand for breeding.
The Role of Volunteers: Lending a Helping Hand
In addition to adoption, Elton discusses the role of volunteers at the shelter. While volunteers must be 18 or older, he encourages anyone interested in helping out to contact the shelter and learn more about volunteer opportunities.
Overall, the tour provides a fascinating look into the world of animal shelters and the work that goes into helping animals in need. For anyone interested in adopting a new pet or volunteering their time to help out, the Babylon Animal Shelter is a great place to start.