ABOVE: As visitors enter the lobby of the
adoption center, a volunteer greeter (Alan Berger,
center) often asks what kind of animal they
want to see and if they want to adopt that day or
sometime soon. Then they’re directed to the front
desk to sign in and complete a questionnaire
while they’re looking at animals. The center does
not conduct home visits, but all adults in the
family are required to meet the animal before
an adoption can be ;nalized, and staff members
encourage potential owners to introduce the
animal to any other pets they have.
LEFT: A 7-year-old girl peers in on Bonnie and
Clyde, two Yorkshire terriers she was looking at
with her grandmother. Within the hour, the dogs
were adopted by a woman from Rockville, and
the young girl was in tears in the lobby. When
an application is submitted, staff members
try to mark the cage card with an “adoption in
progress” sticker as quickly as possible to avoid
disappointments, but that doesn’t always happen
when it’s busy, center director Tom Koenig says.
Visitors are encouraged to look at more than one
animal, as the status of an adoption can be ;uid.