Meet Lucy. Lucy was surrendered to us on February 9th, 2023. Understandably, Lucy was incredibly nervous when she came into our care. However, our staff and volunteers are not easily deterred and are used to animals like Lucy who take time to warm up. With time and patience we started to see Lucy’s big heart and quirky, playful personality shine through.
We knew that we needed an adopter who would be patient with Lucy’s progress. Days, weeks and eventually months would go by without any interest in adoption, until one day, a couple came into the shelter looking specifically for Lucy. They were committed to understanding her behaviour and gaining her trust. And after 181 days in our care, they filled out the adoption forms! The shelter staff and volunteers cried happy tears watching her leave the shelter with her new family.
Lucy is one case of many. At HSLM, we often receive animals who need training and extra patience. Today, we are limited in what we can offer. Our new home will offer more space, and more resources for our team to best support animals like Lucy. Which will not only improve the shelter experience for these animals, but will also help happy tails happen sooner!