There can be as many as 20 dogs, 50 cats, birds, bunnies, and other small animals housed at the Cape Cod Adoption Center of the Animal Rescue League of Boston. From time to time, there are also chickens, horses, and other wildlife — up to 1,300 animals a year that are saved from abandonment and neglect or just need a new home. It takes a small staff and an army of volunteers to keep up with the demands of the Brewster shelter, said manager Sandra Luppi.
Luppi must contend with abused or sick animals that need constant care and training before they are adoptable. She also deals with a parade of people, some surrendering a loved pet because of economic hardship.