Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Sometimes we get it wrong.We've got a lot of happy endings at our shelters. The stories and pictures make us laugh and cry. Unfortunately, despite all our follow up phone calls, all of our adoption requirements, all of our dog training classes, and all of our support, not every ending is happy:
This week we saw
1) One dog returned after two years. He was adopted as a puppy and chained in the backyard the entire time. He is now aggressive, fearful, and downright scary at this point. Not the puppy we adopted out two years ago.
2) A dog adopted in May that was dumped at a county shelter. He was scheduled to be euthanized today, but luckily, a staff person there noticed it had our microchip and asked if we wanted him back. We got him back today.
3) Two dogs adopted in late 2004 (one a puppy in September, and then another dog in November) were picked up for severe neglect and abuse. They are being housed at local city shelter pending the investigation. The city employee said one could barely walk.
4) A dog adopted just a month ago was found wandering the streets and was, again, luckily brought back to us. We haven't made contact with the owner yet. Do they notice he is missing?
Sometimes we just get it wrong.