Shelter Dogs- What Is Your Attachment Level?
I know most people get attached to the dogs in shelter especially if the particular dog(s) have been at the shelter for a while. Do you find that you get really attached to the dogs or do you have a loose attachment?
When I first started volunteering a few years ago,I would always get attached to the dogs.I knew that they would be leaving(hopefully adopted),but it was always hard.However this started to affect my health especially when there was a dog that was really awesome,but never got adopted. So now I still have an attachment,but it's very loose. I will be nice to them,but I don't try to treat them the same as I do my dogs at home.
In the beginning I would always bring special treats (such as smoked butcher meaty bones for dogs) and toys for EACH dog at the shelter. As the staff got to know me,some would go on field trips to get out of the shelter for a while.
It's pretty normal for a certain level of attachment to take place,but I think it's important to keep it under control.