Good Shepherd renames adoption facility

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

By Samantha Jones

That’s Good Shepherd Humane Society Adoption Center to you.

Cole Wakefield, director of animal operations, announced last week that Good Shepherd Humane Society Animal Shelter has changed its name to reflect the purpose behind the facility. Wakefield said the name change is in line with what’s happening at animal welfare organizations across the country.

“The idea is that we don’t want to be known as the place where you drop off your animals,” Wakefield said. “We want to be known as the place where you come get your new family member — adding a solution focus to our title and trying to broaden the idea of what people see us as.”

Wakefield said the adoption center believes in “equal opportunity” for everyone interested in adopting a cat or dog.

“Whether it’s here or elsewhere, people are always worried when they walk into some place that maybe they’re a little bit different,” Wakefield said. “There are no automatic disqualifiers here. We are not going to discourage somebody for adopting because maybe they appear to be poorer than we are, or have different beliefs.”

Wakefield continued, “Whether they’re wearing an Obama shirt or a MAGA hat, it doesn’t matter. We’re here to find a good match for the pets. I want people to feel like they can be comfortable coming in as they are … and they’re going to be judged solely on their ability to love and care for their new family member.”

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