People spent the night in a shelter to see what life is like for dogs

Source: Cape Ann Animal Aid

Every day, 1000s of animal are locked up in shelters waiting for their forever home. We will never truly understand what a dog or cat goes through, which is why Cape Ann Animal Aid, recently held an event called a “Night Without A Family”.

During the event, six participants spent a full 24 hours living in a kennel – just as a dog or cat would do. The goal was to show people exactly what a shelter dog goes through every day, and to raise awareness for how important adoption really is.

Source: Cape Ann Animal Aid

“We hear a lot of people say that they don’t want to visit the animal shelter because it makes them sad,” Rebecca Baylies, director of development at Cape Ann Animal Aid, told The Dodo.

“We do our best to not only shelter the animals, but to also find ways to engage them mentally, physically and emotionally while they await adoption. The saddest part is that the animals don’t have families or homes of their own.”

Source: Cape Ann Animal Aid

To get the full “shelter dog” effect, every person participating in the event had their own enclosure that they lived in and were brought out at various points throughout the day for different activities.

They had group playtime where they got to interact with other participants…

Source: Cape Ann Animal Aid

Interactive snack time with special treat toys designed to help engage them…

Source: Cape Ann Animal Aid

And of course, lots of downtime…

Source: Cape Ann Animal Aid

“There is a lot to do and see but at the end of the day, the animals still need homes,” Baylies said. “That was the goal — raise awareness about animal adoption while also raising funds for our animal adoption program.”

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