Our volunteers for the county dog pound are some pretty awesome people. We used to have one of the highest kill rates around and a zero adoption rate. Not only do they come in twice a week to clean out crates and walk the dogs, play with the dogs, photograph the dogs to get them online for adoption.....with a whole huge group of people passing that info on, they work super hard at getting them into various rescues as well. The goal is to keep them well socialized as possible...and of course let them know someone still cares about them. Our adoption / rescue rate is soaring. Over the past year we dropped that sky high kill rate down to 10 percent of what it used to be. Our pound now has a higher adoption rate than the no kill shelter next door. (for good reasons too, those animals are usually sick) They've also worked hard to get the gas chamber, which is how dogs were once euthanized, shut down and replaced with a more humane way of putting them down. They finally were able to do so.....and it is my vets who come and humanely put those very few to sleep. So I know it is done with kindness and caring. Shoot, even Lost dogs are found at a higher rate than ever before because the pound volunteers physically pass that information on among hundreds of people while also keeping an actively look out for the missing pet. This just makes me so warm inside. All it took was a dog warden who actually cared firing up her community. And yes, I'm going out today to clean crates and walk, play, and socialize the dogs. LOL Only downer to it is that Maggie smells the other dogs on me........and she starts looking around for a new playmate like I've brought one home.