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Kelly Bruns earns 2018 Silver Award


At the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook, about 300 small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice, get adopted each year. However, for those families who want to bring home a new fur-ever friend, there wasn’t a lot of information on the small animals as there is on the cats and dogs. Kelly set about to make sure that small animals got their place in the spotlight too.

Kelly created a survey for the staff, volunteers, and foster families to use when caring for the small animals, helping them evaluate each animal’s behavior and activity. She also created personality cards for the small animals. Now, when the animals are ready to be adopted, each animal has a personalized evaluation card, giving prospective families an opportunity to know them better and making sure they are a right fit for their homes.