Like most people, this year has been difficult for us here at Harmony. In addition to having to close our lobby to protect the staff (which has reduced adoptions and donations) as well as continue to live with the uncertainty of the future of our sister for-profit business that supports the rescue, we have had several sicknesses and deaths of family members and close friends. With this, we, like many people, are re-evaluating our priorities, policies, and selves. It is time for an overhaul. It is time to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.
The shelter dogs we work with become our family. We know they are enriched and are living the best life a shelter dog can: with love, security, and stability. We know this because we take the time to get to know each soul and have encouraged an environment of communication. When working with dogs, it can be stressful and exhausting. This is why we work hard to create a culture within the staff and volunteers of love, self-care, and positivity. Now we have decided to extend that culture outside of the animal caretakers to the people who are wanting to adopt our furry Harmony family.
Because we develop a loving relationship with each shelter dog, we want to ensure the love, patience, and fun continues with the deserving dog on their walk with a volunteer and even to the forever life with a new family. Because life is too short and uncertain, we at Harmony are making a stronger, conscious effort to surround ourselves with life-givers instead of life-drainers. We choose to not work with chronic complainers, doubtful dog-searchers, and those who just don’t give us the warm fuzzy feelings. Our priorities have always been dogs first, staff second, and customers third. As harsh as it sounds, we are confident this will help us live the best life and be able to give the rescue dogs the best life while they are with us and beyond.
Harmony is multiple pitches that, when played in unison, gives music life, depth, and color. We create a space at Harmony for each dog to thrive and be who they are so we can best match them with their perfect complimenting person(s). Since we spend a lot of time with each shelter dog, we know (more or less) how they will react once they are at home and settled down. It’s near impossible to judge a dog by the first meeting. We like to get to know any potential adopters and suggest dogs that would be a good fit. Everyone deserves to adopt a dog if they have the best intentions and every dog definitely deserves a forever home. Our mission will remain saving as many lives as possible- but we are going to choose who we work with and who gets the opportunity to live in Harmony with one of our rescue dogs. Life is too short to not live in Harmony.