ADOPT Pet Shelter in Naperville recently underwent renovations, sporting new spaces for its four-legged friends.
According to Aleksa Martinovich, volunteer coordinator at ADOPT, the facility now has the perfect arrangement to care for the 70 cats and dogs awaiting forever homes. “Before this was done some of the cats with more difficult personalities were in cages and now we are very lucky to have everyone in community rooms so they don’t have to be confined to a cage. “, said Martinovich. “We also had our kennels redone inside so they all have more room and are a little less stressed because they have more space. And our outdoor kennels have just been redone to install grass and new fences. We probably have 60 to 70 (animals) in our system right now. We have pregnant mother cats, so that number will likely increase soon.
All animals in ADOPT lead active lives. Martinovich and the rest of the volunteer staff keep them mentally and physically sharp with games in the new fenced area and long walks. “So we give them a lot of time outside,” Martinovich said. “They probably go out five or six times a day. We have pools, small kiddie pools, for the dogs when it’s hot like today so they can play and cool off. We use many different enrichment feeders. These are puzzle toys to help them tune into their hunting instincts and really use their brains to get the food.
ADOPT is always looking for more volunteers to help care for the animals, as there is a particular need now with so many people in the house. Anyone 18 or older can Register. For Martinovich, the choice to start as a volunteer four years ago is a decision she views with great emotion, as she has since played such a vital role in the lives of adopted animals. “It’s the most rewarding thing, to associate an animal with a family and to know that it will be loved for the rest of its life and that family will also receive that love for the rest of the life of its animal,” Martinovitch said. “That’s the whole point of being here, of seeing this happen, so that means everything.”
For Naperville News 17, I’m Will Payne.