Shelter Worker Vows To Live With Abandoned Dog In Her Kennel Until She Finds A Forever Home
We are firm believers in adopting animals from shelters and giving animals a second chance at a forever home. However, one shelter worker is really proving her dedication to this mission. Whitney Steele, director of volunteers and events at the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA, is making headlines thanks to the shelter’s newest resident, Lana.
Lana is a four-year-old bullmastiff mix. She was rescued as a puppy and was adopted into a loving home. However, four years later, the dog was sent to the shelter when her owner could no longer keep her. Obviously, going from a loving home to a shelter has been a tough transition for Lana.
Even four months later, the dog is still showing signs of depression and shelter workers wanted to do something to draw attention to Lana and find her a new home. Steele came up with a drastic idea. She would live with Lana in her kennel until the dog was adopted. Steele is living in the small enclosure 24/7, she evens eats with Lana and sleeps on a dog bed.
The stunt has gained the attention of the public, as many have stopped by to drop off food and gifts for the pair. The shelter hopes people realize just how much Lana’s life is worth.
“Whitney is learning a lot about what Lana goes through every day, and even though we have an amazing facility, it’s not a comfortable, loving home,” Michael Morefield, marketing and communications manager at the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA, told The Dodo. “Even after one night, Whitney has really taken that to heart and misses home, and Lana has been doing this every day for over four months. That was a hard realization.”
Check out this video from Buzz60 about Steele’s unique sit-in:
For more information on how you can help the Lana or the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA, give them a call at 602-273-6852 ext. 116.