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#1 Old 06-30-2005, 03:24 PM
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I just got this and thought I'd post it . . .





"My Animals Need A Loving Home! - A True Story" by Patty Adjamine http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/P...5418/home.html



The man walked into the lobby of the animal shelter. Behind him, two dogs followed faithfully, without leashes. Both dogs were calm, obedient and apparently well-trained Chow mixes. Their guardian was distraught.



The man waited nervously on a line of other people surrendering animals to the pound. His eyes were desperate as the two dogs stood quietly beside him. He frantically looked around the lobby.



He spotted me with two cats in carriers as I was taking papers from a shelter worker and preparing to leave. He quickly sensed a rescue situation and begged me if I could also take his dogs. "My dogs are wonderful," he told me. "They are well trained, gentle, affectionate, good with kids. They are only two-years-old. I am moving and cannot take them with me. My animals need a loving home!"



I could see his dogs were nice dogs. One of them licked my hand when I petted him. But, I could not take them.



I explained to the desperate man that while I could not immediately take his dogs, I would get their intake numbers and let him know what was happening with the animals. I promised, if possible I would try to find a placement situation for them. He gave me his pager number as he did not yet have a phone. He then reluctantly signed his dogs over to the shelter. When a shelter worker came to take the animals away, both dogs tried desperately pulling back towards their formerowner. The former guardian fought back tears and then forced himself to look the other way

-- and exit the shelter doors.



That evening I called the shelter to check on the status of the dogs.



One had already been "put to sleep."



I was told that both dogs behaved "aggressively" in the shelter. One had been euthanized because he had attempted to bite a shelter worker. The other was being held for another day or two for a "reevaluation." I asked if I could see the surviving dog and was told I could.



I raced to the shelter to see the dog who still was alive. From the back of the cage, this formerly friendly and loving dog was now snarling and assumed a defensive/aggressive posture. The same dog who earlier licked my hand, now threatened to lunge at me. I dared not attempt to pet him.

He was terrified.



Upon arriving home, I immediately called the former owner's pager number. Less than five minutes later he called me back. I told him what happened and about his surviving dog. "If you want this dog to live, you need to get to the shelter and reclaim him immediately! He is not going into adoptions."



The man started screaming hysterically on the phone. "THEY KILLED MY DOG??!!"



I tried to explain that his sweet, loving dogs had become fearful and stressed in the shelter. There was no way the shelter could have placed them, but the man was no longer listening to me.



The next day the Director of the Shelter called to admonish me for giving the man the information. "The man caused a scene in the shelter!

We had to return the dog to him. We cannot have this kind of chaos!" I told him he should be happy that his shelter had one less dog to kill.



This true event happened several years ago. Since then I have witnessed hundreds of formerly loved and loving pets suddenly undergo drastic personality changes when subjected to the stresses, depression and fears associated with abandonment and being thrust into unfamiliar and frightening surroundings. Sadly, most of these pets die.



The lesson to be learned is that the acquisition of animals is a responsibility. When one's bond to a pet is broken for whatever reason, too often, there is no one else to "pick up the pieces" of that broken commitment. Shelters and rescue groups are not the "solution." We are merely a stopgap for SOME animals. But, quite literally millions fall through the cracks. The real solution is in human responsibility:



YOU ARE YOUR ANIMALS' "LOVING HOME."
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#2 Old 06-30-2005, 03:28 PM
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That story makes me want to



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That's very sad.I had to give up one of my cats.I was pregnant and he was crapping everywhere and making me very sick.I spent 6 weeks trying to find him a home,but had no luck.I took him to the pound.I cried the entire way there and for the next two weeks.I vowed that I would never ever ever bring home another animal that I could not make a lifetime commitment to.They told me he had been adopted.I called every day for two weeks because if he was going to be put to sleep i wanted to come get him.I just hope they weren't lying.
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If he'd really wanted a "loving home" for them and couldn't keep them himself he'd have found homes for them himself and not just dumped them at the pound.

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Oh my god thats so sad. I cant imagine trying to do the right thing & then it totally back firing. I have 5 cats & where I live we are only allowed 2 I will move before I give any of them up. I could never abandon them...ever they are my babies
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That's the second time tonight I've cried over a dog. How sad. And I agree with you Min. I'd live out of my car and eat dirt before I'd drop any of my furbabies at the pound.
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That's the second time tonight I've cried over a dog. How sad. And I agree with you Min. I'd live out of my car and eat dirt before I'd drop any of my furbabies at the pound.





Double agree. No way I'd give up my dogs.
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ahhhh thats sad...they say that if you can no longer look after your pet, you should bring it to a shelter....but in this case it all went pear shaped. that man must've felt terrible.poor dogs i don't care what the situation was though, i could never ever give my doogie away
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If something happened to me that meant I could not take care of either of my cats there is no way in hell I'd take them to a shelter. I've actually made plans for them, should I die or become incapacitated.

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What did the guy in this story think was going to happen? There are millions of puppies and kittens out there, and even nice adult animals have a hard time being adopted. When my mother worked at a vet, random people would call them and ask if they could help them find homes for their animals. They always had some lame-ass excuse, like moving to a place that doesn't allow pets. Well, don't move there, dumb***. They tried to explain that there are thousands of people looking for "loving homes" and people ought pull their heads out of their rear-ends and take responsibility for their animals, and no, a vet isn't an animal shelter.
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I think it's time to post this again (a hypothetical answering machine message for a cat rescue group):



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Hello. You have reached Amy at 555-1201. Due to the high volume of calls I have been receiving, please listen closely to the following options and choose the one that best describes you or your situation:



Press 1 if you think I'm a veterinarian and want free medical advice.



Press 2 if you know I'm involved in cat rescue, but want to save money and have me give you free, untrained medical advice anyway.



Press 3 if you make $200,000 a year, but still want me to pay to spay the "stray" in your yard.



Press 4 if you have a 10-year-old cat and your 15-year-old son has suddenly become allergic and you need to find the cat a new home right away.



Press 5 if you have three cats, just had a baby, and want to get rid of your cats because you are the only person in the world to have a baby and cats at the same time.



Press 6 if your cat is sick and needs a vet but you need the money for your vacation.



Press 7 if you just got a brand new kitten and your old cat is having problems adjusting, so you want to get rid of the old one right away.



Press 8 if your little kitten has grown up and is no longer small and cute and you want to trade it in for a new model.



Press 9 if you are elderly and want to adopt a cute kitten that is not active and is going to outlive you.



Press 10 if your relative has died and you don't want to care for their elderly cat because it doesn't fit your lifestyle.



Press 11 if you are moving today and need to immediately place your 15-pound, 8-year-old cat.



Press 12 if you want me to come to your home today and pick up the cat you no longer want.



Press 13 if you have been feeding and caring for a "stray" for the last three years, are moving, and suddenly determine it's not your cat.



Press 14 if you are calling at 6:00 a.m. to make sure you wake me up before I have to go to work so you can drop a cat off on your way to work.



Press 15 to leave us an anonymous, garbled message letting me know you have left a cat in my yard in the middle of January, which is in fact, better than just leaving the cat with no message.



Press 16 if you are going to get angry because I'm not going to take your cat that you have had for fifteen years, because it is not my responsibility.



Press 17 if you are going to threaten to take your 10-year old cat to be euthanized because I won't take it.

Press 18 if you want one of my perfectly behaved, kids and dog friendly, purebred cats that I have an abundance of.



Press 19 if you have already called once and been told I won't help you if you're not willing to help yourself, but thought you would get a different person this time with a different answer.



Press 20 if it is Christmas Eve or Easter morning and you want me to deliver an 8-week old kitten to your house by 6:30 a.m. before your kids wake up.



Press 21 if you have bought your children a duckling, chick, or baby bunny for Easter and it is now Christmas and they are no longer cute.



Press 22 if you want me to take your female cat that has already had 5 litters, but I can't spay her because she is pregnant again, and it is against your religion.



Press 23 if your cat is biting and not using the litter box because it is declawed, but are not willing to accept the responsibility that the cat's behavior is altered because of your nice furniture.



Press 24 if your 2-year old male cat is marking all over your house but you just haven't gotten around to having him neutered.



Press 25 if you previously had an outdoor-only cat and are calling because she is suddenly pregnant.



Press 26 if you didn't listen to the message asking for an evening phone number and you left your work number when I'm also working and you are angry because I didn't call you back.



Press 27 if you need a kitten immediately and cannot wait because today is your daughter's birthday and you forgot when she was born.



Press 28 if your cat's coat doesn't match your new furniture and you need a different color or breed.



Press 29 if your new love doesn't like your cat and you are too stupid to get rid of the new love (who will dump you in the next month anyway), instead of the cat.



Press 30 if you pressed through all these 'presses' and didn't hear enough. This press will connect you to the sounds of tears being shed by me as I hold a discarded old cat while the vet mercifully frees him from the grief of missing his family.

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