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Old 04-26-2013, 01:44 AM   #201
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Rosebud has a, for her, huge yard and lunges and runs every day, several times a day. Husband walks her a few times a week. Once weather hits reasonably warm temps, I will as well, but the hip has made me lazy. But she thinks she's killed several animals a day (no, she just chases a feral cat, numerous birds and squirrels), and runs her little patootie off. She's only gained that one pound since going on ph, and our vet just says to watch it, not that she is overweight at this point. It is funny, just like our previous animals, we're more careful about their weight than we are our own.
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:54 PM   #202
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CWS, there is a place in our hearts for anyone who helps to take what should have been a beloved pet to its maker. I have a friend who cannot do it for her own pets when the time comes. My husband and I bawl our eyes out, but stand by them, holding and loving. I know you helped me with Rosebud.

I don't know how else to say it. Adopt an appropriate pet when you are looking. Don't adopt a pet that you, in your heart, know that you cannot truly care for.

There is no such thing as a "free" pet. I paid $200 for my shelter dog. When I thought we couldn't keep her, I'd have given up that money with no problem. I was bawling my eyes out when I thought she couldn't live with the elderly and child friends I have. I cried and cried and cried. I'd signed an agreement with the shelter that I'd give her back and they could keep the money.

If you cannot afford medical care for your pet, don't get one. Period. You're endangering neighborhood pets, your children, etc.

Larger animals mean larger vet bills. So if your genitals are proportionate to your dog, look to the vet bills.

It took me several months, and advice from many DC and local column readers to get Rosebud to be a lover-ly doggie, but she is only 23 lbs. If I had to do it with an 80 pounder, someone would be in deep kimchee. At 17 lbs and 8 mos old, we could start a training regime. She is not, by far,a well-trained dog. But within the first year we had her, she cavorted with a German shepherd, two teenaged boys with problems, and a two-year old child. But it took work.

I don't believe anyone should take on a dog who isn't going to be dedicated to it.

I just started reading this thread & I came across this post. I became unglued with Penny the other week & did you what did....I signed those darn papers. Here is my fiasco with the local shelter. They are horrible people who have done a lot of wrong. They have a lawsuit pending (May 8) that I may be called into to testify. Here's my letter that I have been sending out & trying to get the paper to print. Sorry it's a little long.....

Have you ever made a mistake? I made my mistake on April 9, 2013

Have you ever made a mistake? Well I admit it, I made a horrible mistake that ate me up inside to the point where my conscious was making me physically ill. I gave up a little dog to the Hillside SPCA after rescuing her a month before. I allowed my patience to become rundown & I simply gave up on her. I felt defeated.

Her name is Penny & she was rescued by me and my husband from a hoarder who kept her in a crate most of her young life. So after we thought we couldn't take it anymore we made the hard decision to hand her over to see if they could find a better home with someone who had more patience than we did.

I went there, broken down & in tears, and handed her over to Barb along with a $100.00 donation. Barb promised me that they would find her a good home but she also knew I was very torn over giving Penny up so she gave me her word that if we changed our minds within a few days that we could come get Penny back and that they wouldn't do anything for a few days to make sure we made the right decision on surrendering her. Well, after realizing what I did to this sweet little girl, I called less than 48 hours later to speak with Barb about coming back up there and taking Penny back & giving her the loving home that I had promised Penny I would do the day we met.

I spoke to a shelter worker who informed me that Barb was off until Saturday so I told her my tale and how I made the biggest mistake of my life and that I wanted to come back up there right away and bring Penny back to where she belongs. The worker told me she was already adopted but the tone in her voice told me otherwise. I knew Penny was still there but I didn't know what to do about it. I figured I was stuck until Saturday when I could speak to Barb.

I called into the veterinary office that I have used for years & spoke to them about what I did & how I ended up losing Penny because she was already adopted out. I was told to stick by the phone and that they would call me right back. We quickly hung up & I sat here for a few minutes waiting to see what was happening. My phone rang & it was the vet office calling me back to tell me that they spoke to Barb & I could go up to get Penny. Why did the shelter worker tell me she was adopted already?. Didn't they want this little doggie to actually have a home. I don't know of any shelter that would think a life within shelter walls could be a better alternative than an actual home for a pet. From other horror stories I have heard & read about Hillside, I realized my experience with them was also going to be turning into one of these horror stories. At this point I wasn't only angry, I was becoming terrified.

I left within 5 minutes of speaking to the vet to go retrieve Penny. I get there and I was treated lower than dirt. I felt as if I was on trial for being a child molester, all because I made an honest mistake while being totally mentally and physically rundown. They tried giving me a difficult time over getting Penny spayed while overlooking the fact that she needs a surgery for a medical problem. Both were already on the book to be done through my vet's office. I was still forced to use their phone to make the appointment. I was told I was not allowed to call from my cell phone so I was led into a private office to be forced to use their phone. I called the vet's office & I was asked if they were making me call from their facility. I answered "yes". I was then asked if they were in the room with me, again, I answered "yes". I was then told to hand the phone over to the worker which I did right away. The rest of the phone call between the worker & my vet's office took about 30 seconds. After that it seemed to me like the stalling they were making me endure was coming to an abrupt end. It took about another 10 minutes or so until I was reluctantly handed back my Penny girl.

I had another $100.00 in my pocket that I was going to donate because of them helping me out the way they did but after being lied to and treated as if I was the lowest form of life imaginable, I kept the money & decided that I will no longer donate anymore bags of dog food or money to them ever again. I made a mistake in more ways then one but I learned something these past few days..... the most important one being that the horror stories about their staff not being honest with people are true among other problems.

So, if you ever feel you have no choice but to surrender a pet for any reason, please, do yourself & your animal a favor and take it anywhere but there. They don't care that people are human and can (& do) make mistakes every once in a while but they will be more then happy to treat you like dirt while looking down their noses at you.

The happy part of my tale is this: Penny saw Smokey (my 8 year old dog) and Smokey saw Penny & they were so very happy. They gave chase to each other all over the house. They took a break and got a drink with one another from the same water dish at the same time & proceeded to play again. I had to give Penny a bath so after some playtime we headed upstairs to get the smell of the shelter off of her. While bathing her I had to pick off the fleas she picked up while being up there but now she smells pretty, she's all cleaned up & is flea free and in my arms taking a much needed nap while being held and loved my me and Smokey who has become Penny's foot rest.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:36 PM   #203
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Great letter. I hope they print it.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:46 PM   #204
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I was relieved that you got your Penny back. I was afraid that they possibly put her down. Our SPCA used to be bad for that.

A friend of mine ran into that. Her landlord thought she was away. He had been to her flat several times over a few days and she wasn't in when he came by. He thought her poor old cat was being neglected and took him to the SPCA. They promised to keep him for a number of days. When she got home later that day, she saw the note and phoned the SPCA immediately. They had decided he was in such poor health that they had already euthanized him. He wasn't in poor health. He was just old and fat and toothless.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:47 PM   #205
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I put my heart & soul into the letter. You wouldn't believe the stuff this shelter pulls on people. They don't return pets to their owners if they escape & become lost. If they do admit to having your dog they have tried charging 1,000.00 for you to get your dog back. They don't allow you to see the inside of the shelter at all so when people do come looking for a pet they have to wait outside & people bring the dogs out to you. Had I known then what I know now I would not have made the mistake of giving up.

I also sent the letter to the shelter & the woman who runs it, Barb, called me & tried to tell me all types of lies. She stutters when she isn't telling the truth & she back pedals. She tried to tell me that the worker I dealt with was a new employee of 3 days & that she fired her. I found an article from 2009 with the picture of the worker I had trouble with so I caught her with the truth. The stuttering then became so bad I had a hard time understanding her.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:53 PM   #206
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I was relieved that you got your Penny back. I was afraid that they possibly put her down. Our SPCA used to be bad for that.

A friend of mine ran into that. Her landlord thought she was away. He had been to her flat several times over a few days and she wasn't in when he came by. He thought her poor old cat was being neglected and took him to the SPCA. They promised to keep him for a number of days. When she got home later that day, she saw the note and phoned the SPCA immediately. They had decided he was in such poor health that they had already euthanized him. He wasn't in poor health. He was just old and fat and toothless.
Luckily the Hillside SPCA is a no kill shelter. they only do it in extreme cases.

I hope your friend went wild on that so called landlord. He would have paid for that. I couldn't imagine what she went through.
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Luckily the Hillside SPCA is a no kill shelter. they only do it in extreme cases.

I hope your friend went wild on that so called landlord. He would have paid for that. I couldn't imagine what she went through.
She was going to go wild on him, but he was so distraught and apologetic that she couldn't. He was just concerned about the cat's welfare. He was absolutely horrified when she told him what happened. "But, they promised."

I suspect he scared them at the SPCA. He was a character. I don't remember the circumstances of when she adopted him. We both knew him as a street cat. When she got him he had gum infections and gangrene on his tongue. The vet had to pull his few remaining teeth and amputate part of his tongue. He said the cat would only ever be able to eat soft food. Ha! He gummed the kibble. This cat could intimidate any other critter. My friend once had to kick him to get him off a German Shepherd that he had by the throat and was trying to gum to death.

He also looked like a tough, streetwise cat. Chunks out of his ears, skinny tail with a bend where it had been broken and didn't heal straight. But, he adored people. I saw him chasing pedestrians several times. All he wanted was to be petted, but most people just got scared.
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:24 PM   #208
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Awwwwww he sounds like he was a fun little thing, probably a bit odd looking but fun.

I have a wild cat out back that lives in the neighborhood. I feed & water him in hopes that he keeps all the other critters away from my garden this year. It's rare that I see him but I saw him tonight so I am glad to know I am feeding a cat and not a raccoon or skunk!
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:33 PM   #209
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I read your letter, and was so relieved you were able to retrieve Penny! I was sure the ending would be they had put her down, wheww! So glad it turned out well!
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Penny is mad T me for going back to work. She refuses to come into bed with me but she jumps up and sleeps with my hubby when I'm not home. Just wait until I leave to pull some OT, she's going to be very upset with me!
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