After reading recent activities on another thread, I feel obligated to write about life in the pound for dumped and stray pets.
So they arrive at the shelter and are placed in a run about 1.5 mt x 3mt. In this run is often a trampoline bed with a disposable potato sack on a trampoline frame for a bed. There is a water bowl and thats about it.
If they are lucky, they get a walk once per day.
Food is generally of pretty ordinary quality and more often than not simply dry.
Thats it for visual. Audio is another thing altogether.
The crying, the wailing, the pleading, the depth of depression is horrific. These poor animals shake, go off their food, cower in the corner, show fear aggression etc. It is a very traumatic experience to go inside the pound, especially when it is out of hours to the public and the "private" stuff is going on.
The effects of life in the pound on a dog post rescued are obvious. He is generally fearful, submissive, somewhat on guard and although grateful for escape, always under the burden of his past. Obsessive behaviours are enhanced and the worst the dog has to offer is on show. This is obvious after just 8 days let alone weeks and weeks.
Many who place their dogs in kennels for a holiday hate leaving them there, but a good kennel is safe, comfortable, and often stimulating for the dog on holiday. Still, being involved in rescue, I come across many who would not even consider kennelling their dog because of the trauma they experience.
To place your dog in the pound for a "mini break" is something a responsable owner just wouldn't consider and frankly as a rescue co-ordinator I am just floored that some would consider this an appropriate action to take with regard to their family pet.