I spent some time yesterday visiting dogs in two humane shelters: one in Sedona and our own humane shelter here in Flagstaff. The Sedona facility is bright and welcoming. There is a large, sunny lobby for both intake and adoption procedures. The kennels are large enough to accommodate the biggest of breeds, and each kennel has a dog door to a fenced outdoor area. There is a central common play area and several cheerful meet and greet rooms. Even in a shelter setting, the quality of life of the animals is high.
Our own shelter is dark and gloomy. The kennels are small, and any dog over medium-sized barely has room to turn around. The kennels do not have outside access.
It is obvious that Flagstaff is a dog-loving community, but we are not doing enough for those dogs who, for one reason or another, have lost their homes. A Coconino County facility may not have access to the level of private and foundation funding available in Sedona, but we can certainly improve on what we have now. We owe it to our companion animal friends.