There’s nothing quite like putting your feet up and relaxing in an overstuffed lounge chair.
If you’re a pet owner, your furry friends probably stake their claim on the comfiest spot in the house, which is often the couch or recliner, but unfortunately, shelter animals aren’t as lucky. Instead, they’re forced to stay in cramped cages or kennels, on cold, hard floors waiting for their “furever” family to pick them.
The Knox County Humane Society in Galesburg, Illinois, decided to change that.
Buster Brown is the resident front-desk dog at the Knox County Humane Society. The staff love having him there, but like most dogs, he craves attention… and comfy spots.
Since he’s been at the shelter for so long, director Erin Buckmaster decided he needed to have his own chair — instead of stealing the desk chairs.
Last year, a local mechanic donated some office chairs to the outfit, including a big, red leather one. Employees decided it had Buster Brown’s name written all over it. Naturally, Buster took an instant liking to it.
Then “we thought it would be a good idea if they all got a chair,” Erin said. In an effort to get more chairs for all their longstanding residents, the shelter put a call out on social media.
The video featured three other shelter dogs chilling in their own chairs. They’re all clearly thrilled to have a little taste of what home might feel like.
That video quickly went viral and has since resulted in a flood of unwanted armchairs from as far away as California! Because if you have an overstuffed chair you don’t want, but it would make a shelter animal’s day, why wouldn’t you donate it?
According to Erin, having chairs in their kennels provides more of a home-like setting for the dogs while they wait for their families: “It’s especially helped one of our dogs, Mickey, with his stress levels. He’s been here about a year — the longest out of everyone. It’s given him a lot more security.”
As far as spreading fleas and diseases, the shelter stresses that the chairs are disinfected daily and aren’t shared among the dogs. When they get too ratty, they’re simply thrown away.
The idea’s proved so popular that other shelters are jumping on the bandwagon, including the West Valley Humane Society in Caldwell, Idaho. And, of course, animal lovers everywhere are applauding the concept and hope that it spreads everywhere:
Share to spread some love for these super-deserving shelter pups. We’re so glad that they get to rest easy until their furever families show up!