While it's always interesting (and funny) to see people act like a dog or a cat, how about seeing someone actually live like one?
Rob Morlino, strategic outreach coordinator at New Mexico's Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society, spent 48 hours straight living in the shelter's kennel, beginning on Wednesday. Morlino broadcasted his entire experience on Facebook Live to raise $10,000 for the shelter and to raise awareness about the plight of homeless pets.
"Rob's a great sport who is really passionate about saving homeless animals," Evelyn Viechec, the shelter's director of growth, told the Santa Fe New Mexican. "Not many people would be willing to go to such lengths to tell our story or to humiliate himself in such a way."
During his 48 hours living in the kennel, Morlino shared his space with some of the dogs and went on walks with them. He also conducted more human-like activities, including interviews with shelter workers.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), about 7.6 million animals enter shelters every year. Only 2.7 million animals are adopted every year, however, which is why Morlino's campaign is so important.
The shelter reached the $10,000 donation goal at around noon on Friday.
"Everyone's been so generous and the experience has restored our faith in humanity," a representative from the shelter emailed A Plus. "Our faith in animals has never faltered. Thank you all so much."
As for Morlino, he left the shelter in good spirits knowing that his odd 48-hour stint in a kennel made a big difference.