Life as a shelter worker involves seeing a lot of abandoned animals. Sometimes guardians can no longer financially care for their pets. Other times guardians simply did not know what they were getting into when they welcomed a companion animal into their home. Whatever reason people have for leaving their animals, shelters workers are the ones who have to deal with the situation and try to make the best of the circumstances for the sake of the animal. This could mean cuddling with lonely animals, creating a safe and comfortable space in the shelter for dogs to feel at home, or simply being present and reminding the animals that they are not alone.
When Silky, the hamster, was dropped off at Oregon Humane Society in Portland, the staff was taken aback by the animal’s appearance and quickly understood where this adorable creature got her name.
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