Everyone out there needs a place where they can feel safe and secure, a place where they can open up and truly be themselves. But, it's a sad fact for many pets that live in the loud, chaotic confines of animal shelters, that coziness and serenity like that are very hard to come by.

Incredibly, one shelter in Ohio has found a way to provide their adoptable pups with the one thing that they so desperately long for- the experience of a normal life.

Dogs that live at the Toledo Area Humane Society are now being given the opportunity to escape from their cramped kennel and spend some time in the facility's new "Real Life Room," an area that was designed to look and feel just like a forever home.

"We basically took an office here and turned it into a living room," said one shelter staffer. "We have a recliner, a rug, some pillows and a TV. One of the best things is the lamp we put in there.

That means we can turn off the florescent lights and have a more soothing lighting in the room."

The idea is incredibly simple, but it can make a huge difference for those animals who may be having a hard time coping with life behind bars - particularly those who've been having a little bit more trouble than others at finding a real home of their own.

"It gives the dogs a nice break from being in the kennels, where it's noisy and they don't have very much space. They can go in there and relax by themselves or with a volunteer," said the staffer, noting one other benefit.

"We get a better picture of how these dogs will actually act in a home. That gives us a better sense of the type of personality the dog has."

This isn't the first shelter to have added a room like this for the benefit of its lonely pets- and that's because it works like a charm.

It hasn't even been two weeks since the Real Life Room was added to the Toledo Area Humane Society's new facility, but in that short time, it's already being hailed a success when it comes to helping dogs find real forever homes.

"We've had several animals that had just been in there, then got adopted shortly after walking out," said the staffer. "It's amazing. We're so happy to have this room."

Wouldn't it be wonderful if this concept caught on all over the country? Until then, though, there are still many other ways that people can help lonely shelter dogs feel loved. The best way ever? Adopt, don't shop!

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