For some folks, shelters might seem like the very worst spot for an animal to end up, which might make them think abandoning their pets is a better option if they can no longer care for them. But thanks to the open hearts of shelter workers like Ireland, there, at least, they have hope.
"We offer a safe, loving environment," Cameron told The Dodo. "So many animal lovers are stuck on the idea that all shelters are sad places and that anyone who surrenders an animal has done an awful thing, but that is far from the truth for many wonderful shelters throughout the country. They are staffed by experienced, caring, compassionate people who go above and beyond to make sure the animals in their care live enriched, happy, healthy lives in the shelter until a new home can be found."
To learn how you can help needy pets in your area, visit your local animal shelter.