Chris Rotonda, CEO of Jordan’s Way Charity, recently spent 72 hours living in an animal shelter. Chris wanted to experience what cats and dogs experience when they’re living in one. He then wanted to give the world a real perspective of shelter life, and raise awareness.
On his first day in the shelter, the video shows Chris immediately bitten by one of the dogs, named Rita Skeeter. Joking, Chris comments that’s not the way he wanted to start their relationship. He immersed himself into the experience, telling himself maybe he would get adopted. Chris would sit in the cage with a dog and try to put himself in the dog’s place.
He said while in the cage, the constant traffic of people walking past felt a bit like rejection. Chris commented that when you’re inside the cage every day, seeing lots of people walk back and forth creates a bit of anxiety, and it’s hard to keep getting ignored. Chris, who has good self-esteem, said he struggled with feeling ok with himself at the end of the 72 hours.
In the video, Chris shows what bedtime is like in the shelter. He mentions his neighbors in the other cages, introducing us to Juliet and Cassie. He said the dogs frequently bark throughout the night. The smell inside the shelter during the night is terrible. Chris mentioned it made him mentally tired, and he understood why the dogs bark so much.
One dog, named Lacie, had been hit by a car and only had three legs. Chris was amazed by her upbeat personality and said the highlight was spending time with dogs like her.
Chris talked about how these shelters do the best they can, but any volunteer work provided makes a huge difference. Chris only spent three days inside the shelter and was amazed at how long the dogs live there. He hopes his video encourages people to get out and help shelter animals.
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