Staff at Maryland SPCA
Here are more of the staff members. One of the interesting things I learnt today was that they are changing their adoptions protocol and the way I understand it, it is to make people take more responsibility for their animals which I think is a wonderful thing. I was told that now they basically run through the different options that people have to rehome their pet and work through it with the owner, so the owner doesn't feel as if the shelter is taking over the responsibility. In addition, apparently most people actually GET their pets through friends and family in the US - so that is the best way to try and rehome the animals.
One thing that Maya, the dynamic Director of Operations, whom I have had the pleasure to meet a few times now, said was she felt that people are starting to speak LESS to their neighbours here as well. She told me that there was apparently a study at Harvard that found that when more people live together and if the number is above 300 or 500, that they are less likely to be involved in each other's lives and less likely to talk to each other. That actually does make sense - and maybe explains why in Singapore it's so hard to get neighbours to speak with each other.
The Maryland SPCA is also having an event at the zoo this and next weekend because it's Halloween at the end of the month (and which is a huge event here!). They will bring animals up for adoption to the zoo and get them to perform tricks so that people are more likely to want to go to the SPCA to get a pet.