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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Craigs List

Many days I read the pet postings on Craigs List. I usually end up getting upset though, because people are always looking to get rid of their pet for some reason. Reasons like "my kids aren't interested anymore", or "I'm moving and can't take the pet with me." Someone posted a really meaningful, sad but true story. I hope somebody thinking of giving up a pet will read the post!

It starts....

A Shelter Manager's Thankless Job

"I am posting this (and it is long) because I think our society needs a huge "Wake-up" call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all...a view from the inside if you will. First off, this is a forum to for adoption and/or rehoming as clearly stated in the rules. All of you breeders/sellers on craigslist should not only be flagged (and I hope the good people on craigslist will continue to do so with blind fury), but you should be made to work in the "back" of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don't even know that puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it's not a cute little puppy anymore. So how would you feel if you knew that there's about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at?

Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays", that come into my shelter are purebred dogs. The most common excuses I hear are; "We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat)." Really?
Where are you moving too that doesn't allow pets? Or they say "The dog got bigger than we thought it would". How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? "We don't have time for her". Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! "She's tearing up our yard". How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me "We just don't want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she'll get adopted, she's a good dog". Odds are your pet won't get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is?"

You can see the rest here. Some parts were hard to read, but I think this person made plenty of good points.

1 Comments:

  • At 12:13 AM, Anonymous Jeff said…

    Awe that's terrible. I posted it to Digg so hopefully more people see it.

    http://digg.com/health/craigslist_Behind_the_scenes_of_a_pet_shelter_sad_and_disturbing

     

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