For those who complain about rescuers/shelters

This is a special section for dogs needing new homes and for inspiring stories of dogs that have found their furever home through Dogster or through the love and energy of rescuers. This is also the place to discuss shelters, rescue organizations, rescue strategies, issues, solutions, etc. and how we can all help in this critical endeavor. Remember that we are all here for the love of dog! If you are posting about a dog that needs a new home, please put your location in the topic of your thread so those close by can find you! Make sure to check out Dogster's dog adoption center!

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Daisy - R.I.P.

Good Morning- Beautiful.
Barked: Thu Mar 1, '07 3:41pm PST 
A Day in the Life of Animal Rescue

-- Author Unknown --

Hello. You have reached 123-4567, Tender Hearts Rescue. Due to the
high volume of calls we 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 we are veterinarians and want free medical

Press 2 if you know we are a rescue organization but want to save
money and have us give you free, untrained medical advice anyway.

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

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

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

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

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

Press 8 if your little puppy 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 puppy who 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 dog because it doesn't fit your lifestyle.

Press 11 if you are moving TODAY and need to immediately place your
150 pound, 8-year-old dog.

Press 12 if you want an unpaid volunteer to come to your home TODAY
and pick up the dog 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

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

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

Press 16 if you are going to get angry because we are not going to
take your dog that you have had for 15 years, because it is not our

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

Press18 if you're going to get angry because the volunteers had the
audacity to go on vacation and leave the dogs in care of a trusted
volunteer who is not authorized to take your personal pet.

Press 19 if you want one of our perfectly trained, housebroken, kid
and cat friendly purebred tiny dogs that we have an abundance of.

Press 20 if you want us to take your dog that has a slight aggression
problem, i.e. has only bitten a few people and killed your neighbors'

Press 21 if you have already called once and been told we don't take
personal surrenders but thought you would get a different person this
time with a different answer.

Press 22 if you want us to use space that would go to a stray to
board your personal dog while you are on vacation, free of charge, of

Press 23 if it is Christmas Eve or Easter morning and you want me to
deliver an eight-week-old puppy to your house by 6:30 am before your
kids wake up.

Press 24 if you have bought your children a duckling, chick or baby
bunny for Easter and it is now Christmas and no longer cute.

Press 25 if you want us to take your female dog who has already had
ten litters, but we can't spay her because she is pregnant again and
it is against your religion.

Press 26 if you're lying to make one of our younger volunteers feel
bad and take your personal pet off your hands.

Press 27 if your cat is biting and not using the litter box because
it is declawed, but you are not willing to accept the responsibility
that the cat's behavior is altered because of your nice furniture.

Press 28 if your two-year-old male dog is marking all over your house
but you just haven't gotten around to having him neutered.

Press 29 if you previously had an outdoor only dog and are calling
because she is suddenly pregnant.

Press 30 if you have done "everything" to housebreak your dog and
have had no success but you don't want to crate the dog because it is

Press 31 if you didn't listen to the message asking for an evening
phone number and you left your work number when all volunteers are
also working and you are angry because no one called you back.

Press 32 if you need a puppy immediately and cannot wait because
today is your daughter's birthday and you forgot when she was born.

Press 33 if your dog's coat doesn't match your new furniture and you
need a different color or breed.

Press 34 if your new love doesn't like your dog and you are too
stupid to get rid of the new friend (who will dump you in the next
month anyway) instead of the dog.

Press 35 if you went through all these presses and didn't hear
enough. This press will connect you to the sounds of tears being shed
by one of our volunteers who is holding a discarded old dog while the
vet mercifully frees him from the grief of missing his family.

Pancho- Lopez-In- Memoriam

i must break you
Barked: Thu Mar 1, '07 4:00pm PST 
great post!!! so true!!

Don't sweat the- small stuff!
Barked: Thu Mar 1, '07 4:06pm PST 
The more people I meet the more I like my dog!cheer

Pancho- Lopez-In- Memoriam

i must break you
Barked: Thu Mar 1, '07 4:12pm PST 
how about some of these???

press 36 if you are going to be outraged at even the most minimal adoption fee. press 37 if you will try to wheedle and cajole one of our volunteers into giving you an animal for free.

press 38 if you are going to adopt our most high energy puppy, not socialise, excersise or train it, and then return it to us 1 year later as an unadoptable holy terror. press 39 if you are going to adopt out one of our young healthy dogs, then return him to us two years later fat, sick, and full of worms.

press 39 if you are desperate to get rid of your 5 year old dog because all of a sudden it is too much work, but you won't meet any of our surrender requests, wont sign a contract, and wont give a surrender donation.

press 40 if you are one of the many people calling to ask about volunteering, only to flake out on us or change your mind.
Hailee *Rest- In Peace*

Rub Muh Belly,- Pawleeze!
Barked: Thu Mar 1, '07 4:34pm PST 

Pet Me! Pet Me!- I'm- Libby!!!!!!!!
Barked: Thu Mar 1, '07 5:06pm PST 
I love it, so true!

I NEED to pass this along
Daisy - R.I.P.

Good Morning- Beautiful.
Barked: Thu Mar 1, '07 5:14pm PST 
Press41. For Complaints about the conditions of the shelter when they totally depend on donations
Press 42. To ask why workers don't know everything about every dog (animal) when the owners never told them.
Press 43. Wanting to adopt an animal for a friend or family member who don't want it and then you are turned down.
Ashley - 01/15/2005 - 06/05/201

Where's Jake?
Barked: Thu Mar 1, '07 5:20pm PST 
Ain't it the truth
Isabelle - Adopted!!

Adopt a rescue- dog!!
Barked: Thu Mar 1, '07 5:55pm PST 
So true. frown

You can get- anything if you- sit pretty!
Barked: Fri Mar 2, '07 5:42am PST 
I think I have heard every one of these!
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