Many family dogs hang out with their humans. They love socializing and sitting around receiving pats and cuddles. My dog had her favorite spot to sit – right in the corner of the sofa. And God forbid anyone takes her place.
The Knox County Humane Society in Galesburg, Illinois had a great idea to make homeless dogs feel more at home and comfortable. They’re asking people to donate any unwanted chairs and furniture for the animals to lounge on in their cages.
This video that was posted on March 5th has gone viral. It’s been shared over 630,000 times and viewed over 17-million times. Other shelters are following In their footsteps, collecting furniture donations of their own. It’s increased interest in adoptions as well.
The BEST thing to do with your old chairs ❤️
Posted by The Dodo on Wednesday, March 7, 2018
The Knox County shelter houses 50 cats and dogs at one time. They now have 22 chairs for these animals to enjoy before being adopted. “They love their chairs,” Erin Buckmaster, the volunteer executive director for the Knox County Humane Society, told NBC’s “Today.” “It’s wonderful.”
The idea to start collecting chairs came about when buster, a pup was returned to the shelter after a divorce in his human family. Buster didn’t want to sit in his kennel; he preferred lounging in the staff’s chairs. If Buster loved sitting in a chair, they figured other animals would too.
The shelter posted this on Twitter:
“We have had so many wonderful donations these past couple of days! Thank you all so much! The shelter pets send many licks and purrs of appreciation!”
Sharon Ervin is a local community member who volunteered her time to collect chairs for the shelter. Ervin said the chairs are a small luxury that makes a huge difference.
“A home environment or a little comfort,” Ervin told Iowa’s KLJB-TV. “So many abused, so many homeless, so many strays. I mean there’s so many dogs in need.”