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Still flabergasted

Norwich, NY

#62 Apr 21, 2013
Long story short........ I fulfilled all obligations to adopt a cat......... Most of the staff was rude and condescending throughout processes ( two,three days ) I get call ......come get cat ......,bring carrier.... I arrive .......... Sorry Mrs Smith we gave the cat to someone else this morning...... No apologies..... And that is only a tidbit of this unbelievable experience !!
Been There

Cortland, NY

#64 Apr 21, 2013
DOnt Adobt or Drop wrote:
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I expected them to follow procedure. Look it up, they are supposed to monitor the dog for behavior before making the decision. Even so, they are not supposed to put a dog down without the director being there. And she wasn't.
Who says? I agree with the person who said that you should maybe volunteer some of your time. If you haven't been on the front lines, then you really have no idea what they are up against. When you have room for 20 puppies, and you have 25, guess what? A puppy with aggression issues (ESPECIALLY a breed that has potential to do huge damage) MUST go...along with the other four who had no problems at all.(These numbers are given for example and are not the actual number there at the time).

I have worked in animal shelters...when they are full, they are full. There is no time to seek rescue groups for each one of the thousands of animals that are euthanized...right here in Rome NY, every year...simply because there is no room. If you have 25 puppies and only have room for 20...I have seen the decision come down to something as simple as "well 10 of them are black" and puppies culled based on their color alone.

As far as rescues...when you have room for 20, and 10 come in every day...there is no time for rescues. The problem is not the shelters doing what they MUST do to make sure that animals are not abandoned on the street (or in the puppy pen outside to freeze to death overnite)...the problem is the people who don't help to ensure that their pets do not add to the overpopulation. I am not pointing fingers at you but looking at this thread, I bet some of the people complaining have intact animals...which there is NO excuse for because of places like the humane society providing spay/neuter programs.

I agree they should already be in their new shelter, and they should be ashamed of themselves for being so concerned with having the fanciest shelter in the state that they cannot raise the funds...but that is another issue :)
Yankee

New York, NY

#65 Apr 21, 2013
Been There wrote:
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Who says? I agree with the person who said that you should maybe volunteer some of your time. If you haven't been on the front lines, then you really have no idea what they are up against. When you have room for 20 puppies, and you have 25, guess what? A puppy with aggression issues (ESPECIALLY a breed that has potential to do huge damage) MUST go...along with the other four who had no problems at all.(These numbers are given for example and are not the actual number there at the time).
I have worked in animal shelters...when they are full, they are full. There is no time to seek rescue groups for each one of the thousands of animals that are euthanized...right here in Rome NY, every year...simply because there is no room. If you have 25 puppies and only have room for 20...I have seen the decision come down to something as simple as "well 10 of them are black" and puppies culled based on their color alone.
As far as rescues...when you have room for 20, and 10 come in every day...there is no time for rescues. The problem is not the shelters doing what they MUST do to make sure that animals are not abandoned on the street (or in the puppy pen outside to freeze to death overnite)...the problem is the people who don't help to ensure that their pets do not add to the overpopulation. I am not pointing fingers at you but looking at this thread, I bet some of the people complaining have intact animals...which there is NO excuse for because of places like the humane society providing spay/neuter programs.
I agree they should already be in their new shelter, and they should be ashamed of themselves for being so concerned with having the fanciest shelter in the state that they cannot raise the funds...but that is another issue :)
I HAVE been there. The place is a joke.

And, there have been constant begging campaigns over the past decades for money for their New Facility. What happened to the plans for the last location - and the money raised for that? This farce has gone on for way too long - but then, what else can you expect in Rome, NY? The situation stinks to high heaven, the animals are nothing more than stock to be sold in their overpriced used-pet store, somebody is raking in a PILE of $$$$$$, and nothing will be done about it.
Been There

Cortland, NY

#66 Apr 22, 2013
it is two different issues though...how the staff must work/make choices has nothing to do with fund raisers. Most of the staff wouldn't recognize members of the Board of Directors if they bumped into them on the street, aside from a select few.

I agree wholeheartedly regarding the fact that the new shelter has never been built, after YEARS. I remember when they had plans to build a 1.5 Million dollar shelter designed by Tim Rees when they could easily have purchased (probably very cheaply) and completely refurbished something when Griffis closed.

I have recently come to the conclusion that there will never be a new shelter, because without the need for fundraisers and gala charity events, the Board of Directors would lose their opportunity to show off new gowns.

My only point was that when you are talking about the staff/day to day running of the shelter/decision making (including euthanasia)it is easy to point fingers...but unless you have been elbow deep in the sh*t and the fleas and the blood, you really have no right to judge.

You may, however, judge the board as you please :)
Yankee

New York, NY

#67 Apr 23, 2013
Been There wrote:
it is two different issues though...how the staff must work/make choices has nothing to do with fund raisers. Most of the staff wouldn't recognize members of the Board of Directors if they bumped into them on the street, aside from a select few.
I agree wholeheartedly regarding the fact that the new shelter has never been built, after YEARS. I remember when they had plans to build a 1.5 Million dollar shelter designed by Tim Rees when they could easily have purchased (probably very cheaply) and completely refurbished something when Griffis closed.
I have recently come to the conclusion that there will never be a new shelter, because without the need for fundraisers and gala charity events, the Board of Directors would lose their opportunity to show off new gowns.
My only point was that when you are talking about the staff/day to day running of the shelter/decision making (including euthanasia)it is easy to point fingers...but unless you have been elbow deep in the sh*t and the fleas and the blood, you really have no right to judge.
You may, however, judge the board as you please :)
As I said, I have been there. And the place is a joke.
BEANS BURRITO

Rome, NY

#68 Apr 24, 2013
WE DON'T NEED ONE
Let the Big Dog Eat

Cantonment, FL

#69 Apr 24, 2013
i like your style, but no need to SHOUT~
BEANS BURRITO wrote:
WE DON'T NEED ONE
Positive

Roxbury, CT

#70 Apr 24, 2013
There was a very generous donation of dog food, cat food, dog treats, cat treats, dog toys, cat toys, from my deceased grandmother! My Mom and my Aunt took two car loads of stuff stuff there last week!
Garfield M Rankystanky

Cantonment, FL

#71 Apr 25, 2013
Great. Very nice.

Your dead grandma's leftovers. Mom & her sister have to clean out the old cat & dog lady's hoard. And what is "stuff stuff"?

And what have YOU done for ME, lately?
Positive wrote:
There was a very generous donation of dog food, cat food, dog treats, cat treats, dog toys, cat toys, from my deceased grandmother! My Mom and my Aunt took two car loads of stuff stuff there last week!
D - russitano

New Hartford, NY

#72 Apr 25, 2013
Garfield M Rankystanky wrote:
Great. Very nice.
Your dead grandma's leftovers. Mom & her sister have to clean out the old cat & dog lady's hoard. And what is "stuff stuff"?
And what have YOU done for ME, lately?<quoted text>
Dad stop posting under different names its so obvious. Your ruining my reputation.

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