|Barked: Thu Jan 10, '13 2:50pm PST |
|I've never heard of an animal shelter boarding private pay clients. Most are 100% non-profit and to my knowledge can't provide services like that and still retain their non-profit status. Add to that you can clearly see there is desperate need for the space as evidenced by the fact that once an a spot is vacated another pet is right there waiting to take it's place.
Also, at every shelter I've ever been to former owners are asked to fill out paperwork asking for information on their dogs routines, likes and dislikes, training, quirks etc. at the time of surrender. That information collected is invaluable when it comes to successfully rehoming a dog with a new family.
None of that is unusual in any way shape or form.
I don't understand:
1). why you waited nearly a year to finally take legal action if indeed this happened within days of you dropping her off and
2). why you didn't keep any paperwork you were given from the shelter when you dropped her of so you had record of your "boarding" agreement
I'd never hand over one of my dogs to anyone, much less a shelter, without a contract stating the situation was temporary and they would be returned to me sight unseen.
Every shelter I've adopted from and volunteered for draws a hard line between whoever surrendered the dog and it's new owners, even going to so far as to issue the pet new rabies/license tags to ensure they can't be tracked down. This is to prevent people who surrender their pets from changing their mind after the fact and trying to steal their pet back from the new owners, harass them, or from trying to claim their pet was stolen by people who have legally adopted them from shelters. I see it on Craigslist all the time, people searching for their cats and dogs they surrendered because they feel bad, begging for information from their pets new owners, venting about how the shelters won't release anything to them and that's not fair or right (even though it's something they clearly signed off on when they dropped off their animal).
I would be LIVID if Triggers old owners were given my personal information by the rescue who adopted him out. His previous owners abandoned him and we are his family now and have been for nearly 8 years now. That right to privacy and confidentiality protects the pets being adopted out and new owners.
I am sorry that things didn't work out for you, but your story just doesn't make sense in my experience.
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