Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Selling" dogs to prospective dog owners

Sometimes the dedicated volunteers that oversee individual dogs (mostly) remind me of used-car salespeople. The volunteers express their love and fondness for dogs, for example, and compare their dogs to the dog entrusted in their care for a short time at a pet store. But in discussing the dog in their care, volunteers are more prone to emphasizing their dog's positive qualities, aka, selling that dog to prospective owners.

I'm not complaining, by any means. It's just an observation based on a number of visits to PetSmart. One person's opinion. Many customers stop by, pet the dogs and exchange information about their dogs. Other customers linger a little longer, deciding whether to commit to adopting a given dog --- or not.

I think that the biggest challenge for these volunteers is persuading a potential dog owner that a given dog is very desirable and the perfect pet for that person. But what ultimately matters is that homeless dogs get loving homes.

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