|Barked: Sat Apr 22, '06 5:18pm PST |
|I agree with Cairo. Abandoning an animal somewhere is more dangerous. And the fact is that there are any number of scenarios where someone who finds an abandoned animal can't keep it overnight. Since we've moved to our current home we've rescued 3 abandoned dogs in our neighborhood. We are lucky to have a fenced in yard where we can keep them overnight. Then Dad takes them to the Durham APS where all three had their 5 day waiting periods. Then they all ended up on the website and were adopted. Well, one was adopted so fast that they didn't have time to put him on the website.
We happen to be familiar with the Wake County SPCA. My mom rescued a dog in Wake County, and with the help of police, got it into the hands of the SPCA. This was on a Sunday when the shelter was closed for business. But the drop off cages are routinely checked, even when the shelter is closed to the public. And once locked cannot be opened from the outside. They also have plenty of food and water in them.
The story you posted on the Wake County box involves a sicko who said the dogs had distemper. This is not the shelter's fault is it? Maybe they should have tested them, but they may not have the means, or were not willing to risk infecting all the other animals. You can't blame the shelter for not thinking that a deranged person falsely tagged the animals. Most people that drop animals are trying to do what they think is the right thing.
Regarding the practices of North Carolina shelters that take surrendered animals; in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties surrendered animals are given the same opportunities to be adopted as all other animals. I should know. I was surrendered. My picture was put up on the APS website, and I found my forever home. This practice is followed by every NC shelter we know of.
Oh, and the dog my mom turned in? She was diagnosed with heartworm but the Wake County SPCA still managed to place Andi in a loving home with a family that was willing to get her treated. She is very happy now.
Many years ago Mom rescued several dogs and cats in Orange County and placed them in drop boxes just like the ones Wake County has. She had a dog at home and couldn't take the animals back with her. All were taken in, and all were adopted.
Get your facts before you see something on a website and accept it as truth.
Sorry if I'm coming across a bit agitated. It's just that I know these people, how hard they work, and how much they care about the animals that come to them.
Edited by author Sat Apr 22, '06 7:01pm PST
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