The executive director of the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals plans to exchange places with a shelter dog for a day.
According to a media release, Stacie Haynes will spend Wednesday, March 3, in a kennel. Max, a dog who has been a longtime resident of the kennel, will ostensibly take Haynes’ place “at the helm” of the shelter.
The purpose of the exercise, the release said, “is to drive home to the public what an extended stay means for shelter dogs, and the importance of rehoming animals as quickly as possible.”
“March 3 marks Max’s 444th day here at our shelter,” Haynes said in the release. “Max has been living in a kennel for over a year, with no comfy couch, no home or human to call his own, and an ever-changing parade of complete strangers judging both him and his behavior. Before that, he was in a different shelter for about four months.
“Max will not be truly happy until he finds his forever home,” Haynes said.
In an effort to raise awareness of the plight of shelter dogs in general and Max in particular, Haynes will switch places with the 5-year-old pit bull terrier mix. Max will spend the day in the executive director’s office while Haynes spends 444 minutes in a concrete kennel.
According to Haynes, “Max will take care of business with the staff as I languish in his kennel by myself, with the occasional bathroom break and an enrichment toy or two, watching people and dogs pass me by throughout the day.”
“Max will enjoy the comfort and relative quiet of the front office, while Haynes is forced to try to relax amid the overstimulating distractions of kennels being cleaned, feeding time, public viewing and a lot of dogs barking,” the release said.
“My 444 minutes in a kennel is just a drop in the bucket compared to how long Max has had to wait to get out of a shelter and into a real home where he can truly relax and be himself,” Haynes said. “Our hope is that by bringing attention to Max’s story — and the plight of shelter dogs in general — we can help him make his perfect match.”