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Animal Shelter Rant
Posted 12 October 2004 - 08:47 AM
This morning I get a call from the shelter, they tell me that I can't adopt the dog because it has a RUNNY NOSE and they're PUTTING IT TO SLEEP.
I try to argue with this person...they put me on hold and then I get mysteriously disconnected. I call back, again and again. And there is no live person that can help me. I keep getting shuffled to voice mail.
So, because I have to work today, I am sending my close friend down to the shelter to speak to them in person. (Because I don't take no for an answer and she has over 15 years experience training K9 dogs so she'll know if they're passing her a line.)
Okay, I feel better now. Thanks for listening and that my friend and I can actually save this little guy.
Posted 12 October 2004 - 08:58 AM
I would put the person who said that to sleep.........
Get the US equiv of the RSPCA onto them!
Posted 12 October 2004 - 08:58 AM
I understand the need for shelters to euthanize, but I support no-kill shelters. The place where I got my cats is run by these people who are just fanatical. They track pregnant strays, trap them when they're due to deliver, and take in the kittens. They figure the mothers are too feral to be taken into a home, but they can do something with the newborns.
If you adopt from them, you have to sign a contract stating that you'll keep them indoors at all times, you'll alert the shelter if you change address, you'll return them to the shelter rather than give them to anyone else if you can't keep them for any reason, and you'll bring them back when they're six months old to be spayed/neutered.
Posted 12 October 2004 - 09:03 AM
Oh, they have a vet there but their policy is not to treat and not to adopt out an animal that is sick. What really ticks me off is that this problem could be treated with a little anti-biotics. I told those bozos that I would have no issues signing a waiver.
Posted 12 October 2004 - 09:56 AM
Interesting things have been known to happen after that....
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Posted 12 October 2004 - 10:34 AM
So I called an animal advocacy group and they're going to try to hook me up with pet rescue group. The bozos at the shelter are only giving me 24 hrs to come to a resolution (less if you consider when these people close.) If I don't have a pet rescue take the dog, it's getting killed tomorrow.
So hopefully, my friend and I can find a pet rescue group that's willing to help us and get the dog out of there by end of close today.
Posted 12 October 2004 - 11:03 AM
While you are contacting media (if you are) you might look up dog rescue organizations in your state/province/country, perhaps Akita rescue and advise them of the practices of this shelter. I find rescue organizations to be strong advocates of ethical behavior and they can help you possibly ;-)
If it ain't available...don't put it up for adoption... No?
Posted 12 October 2004 - 12:31 PM
Actually, this is what is commonly referred to as "crate-and-switch"...
But seriously: this is just insane. I would call & send letters/emails to EVERY news & animal-rights/adoption organization you can think of explaining in graphic detail what has transpired. Heck, you could even start a website to that effect (I'd gladly offer my skills to that effect).
Posted 12 October 2004 - 12:42 PM
We found an animal rescue group who is going to help us!
Basically, the animal shelter is going to release him tomorrow to animal rescue who then is going to turn the dog over to me to take directly to a vet. I've got the vet appointment setup and am picking Merlin (yes, through this I've named him) tomorrow.
See, being persistent in the face of adversity does pay off.
Posted 12 October 2004 - 01:09 PM
Maybe we can make Merlin the mascot here
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