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Welcome to Shelter Life at the East Bay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

We began as the Oakland SPCA in 1874. Today, the East Bay SPCA includes two animal shelters and three clinics in our community.

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Pictures speak better than words

We get emails all the time through our website. People asking about adopting animals, surrendering animals, helping animals, needing help, needing advice, giving advice and everything in between. We answer those emails the same day and feel good that we are able to provide this resource.

With some regularly, we get people who email who saw a dog on line or in the paper and "want to adopt" sight unseen. They ask if we can hold the animal until they can get here. And with even more regularly, these people never show up. Or if they do show up, they just like the color of the dog, but not the dog's personality. Or they like the size of the cat, but not the cat's teeth. Or something.

So when I got this email, I rolled my eyes and thought, here we go again:

My friend who lives in Oakland checked today to see if this Pointer, Alex, is still there and he is. Can the dog be held until I can get there on Saturday from Redding, CA, to pick him up? I work with Pointer rescue in the North state. "Alex" will live at my home on 54 acres with another German Shorthair Pointer that we rescued 2 years ago, along with a black Lab and a yellow Lab, not to mention 5 goats and 2 horses that all have great lives! I want to help free up space at your shelter since you have worked so hard to help take in Hurricane pets.

But...because every client that contact us, deserves a reponse, I asked the shelter manager to give her a call. I thought, after hearing our process, they would never show up.

Boy, was I surprised, when they not only showed up, but actually adopted Alex! Clients like these help me remember not to be cynical.

They sent us an update today. They say Alex is loving life, loving his home and they are loving him. But since pictures can speak better than words...here you go (that's Alex on the left):







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