Originally Posted by Tsila
A coworker of mine volunteers at one of our local SPCA shelters. She told me that the most absurd thing she's ever encountered was when an adult and child brought in their old lab mix and the child became fascinated with a puppy and his parent inquired about adopting the puppy. They were relinquishing the family pooch to the shelter and trying to adopt cuteness during the same visit. It's pretty heartbreaking the way some people view their animal companions.
OMG! This is a job for the
Seriously, this is another example of pervasive "child worship" in our society. We treat children like little gods giving them everything their little bratty hearts desire. As a society we need to stop worshipping childhood and start being adults. It makes me sick to my stomach to know that "cute puppy" was probably returned to the shelter as a big mean dog because the family "couldn't handle" the dog anymore.
In July my husband and I adopted our sweet little kitty. We overlooked all the cute kittens and choose a 2 year old cat. I can't believe someone dumped such a loving animal companion. I'm more than happy to be living testimony of someone who happily adopted and adult animal.
I'm sorry to totally go off the original post, but the fact there are people out there that STUPID makes me want to go out and slap someone.
As a matter of fact, I think I was the person in the shoes of the person working at the shelter, I would have happily pointed out thier "ignernce"
Back to Pezhead,
My best advice would be to use your time and energy to help get a "no kill" policy put in place. It sounds like you have potential to put a bug in the right persons ear. Out of curiosity, what is your board of directors like? Are they rigid or are they willing to listen? They can be your biggest allie or adversary. Until then, give these animals the best you can for what time they have left, many of these animals have seen very few kind humans. Offer them peace and let them know that someone does care about them.
Does your shelter have a fostering system? Would you be willing to start one? While I never volunteered at a shelter, I fostered small animals that came to the humane society in the town I went to college in. I fostered gerbils, rabbits, snakes, iguanas, hamsters, ferrets and even a couple of sugar gliders. It always hurt to see them go, but I felt like I owed it to these little creatures to help them.