The animals receive much stimulation throughout the day: the staff starts cleaning kennels at 6 a.m., different volunteers socialize with and walk the dogs, and potential adopters meet and interact with the animals.
“If you think about your cat at home, how much your cat sleeps, our animals have about 12 hours of interrupted time throughout the day and I would say my cat sleeps at least that much,” said WVHS Development Officer Renee Parkins. “This is a great way to kind of get them that time to just recharge, kind of bring that stimulation level down and get that peaceful feeling so that they can…be on their best behavior because we’re finding it can make them sick, it can make them agitated, it can make them just not their best self and we want them to not only be their best self but also just have that emotional downtime for them.”
Quiet Time hours are 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Although Animal Care & Control is still available by phone the lobbies are shut down so that the staff can train and catch up on paperwork while the animals rest.