Sometimes, it takes a radical action to get people’s attention.
Whitney Steele, Director of Volunteers and Events of Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA, came up with a brilliant idea to capture people’s attention and help find their longest staying dog a home.
Lana is a 4-year-old Bullmastiff mix. Lana was found as a stray, but it wasn’t long till she found a home. That was three years ago. Now, Lana is back in the shelter. She was happy living in her previous home, but she was returned to the shelter four months ago.
Whitney felt sorry for poor Lana. She has gotten used to having a family and now that she’s back in the shelter, it was hard for her. So Whitney thought of something radical but brilliant to catch people’s attention and help find Lana a home.
Whitney staged a sit-in. She vowed to live in Lana’s kennel for 24 hours, 7 days a week, until Lana gets adopted. This was no joke. Whitney was determined to find this poor girl a home. And by living inside the kennel, she also wants to understand what shelter dogs go through everyday.
Whitney had to do her job and hold her meetings around Lana’s kennel. And even if the shelter is closed, Whitney had to stay there and sleep in a dog bed beside Lana.
After just spending one day with Lana, Whitney realized how lonely it was for her. After not going home for a night, Whitney already missed her family, her home. Imagine just how lonely it must be for Lana who has been returned to the shelter after having a family and a home for three years.
Thankfully, a lot of people showed their support and appreciation to the cause.
Local businesses even sent Whitney and Lana some food!
Every hour that Whitney spent with Lana, the more determined she was to find Lana a forever home. She wants people to see just how amazing Lana is. She knew Lana deserved a second chance.
And after more than 24 hours of living in Lana’s kennel, a kind soul stepped forward to give Lana a forever home.
Awwww…we are so happy for you, Lana! A big thank you to Whitney for her creative thinking and determination! With that radical move of hers, she was able to find Lana a forever home! And a big thank you to this kindhearted woman who opened her heart and her home for Lana!
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