Volunteers are a big reason why animal shelters are able to help homeless animals recover and get adopted. A Kansas City, Mo. man took that dedication to the next level when he decided to live with a shelter dog to help her get adopted.
“For the last year, I’ve been trying to think of creative, out-of-the-box ideas,” Poore told Yahoo Lifestyle. “We couldn’t figure out why we couldn’t get Queen adopted.”
The 45-year-old quit his job in 2015 and decided to volunteer full-time. Poore visited the shelter daily and kept seeing Queen not getting adopted. Eventually Queen’s mental health started to decline after staying at the shelter for such a long period of time.
Poore decided to take matters into his own hands and moved in with Queen at the shelter and post about the experience. Great Plains SPCA CEO Tam Singer did not hesitate to give her approval.
“He has the ability to make individual dogs matter. He’s helped so many of our dogs and dogs all over Kansas,” Singer said. “More than anything, it highlights not only the plight of Queen but so many other dogs. It’s magnificent.”
Poore moved in with Queen on September 17, bringing only a few small furniture items and decorative pieces. Queens adoption pod is 8’x5′ so Poore is definitely living the minimalist lifestyle.
“Queen loves having people around. She is so lovable and affectionate,” Poore says laughing. “She gets up in the middle of the night and wants to play with the tennis ball or play tug-of-war.”
Poore has received media coverage from CNN, Fox News and thousands of views on his social media videos. He has dedicated his life to helping shelter animals.
“There’s a misconception that shelter dogs and cats are broken,” Poore says. “You may find that some of them are damaged, but they are by no means broken. They’re just not as fortunate as the dogs that we brought home as pups.”
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