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Is this an officail stance?

Discussion in 'Dog Debates' started by simms, May 22, 2011.

  1. simms

    simms Good Dog


    Before You Complain About Your Local Animal Shelter
    ASPCA, National Shelter Outreach
    It is very easy to misinterpret animal shelters from the outside. It is equally possible to misunderstand what is observed happening on the inside. The following are some common complaints that can be easily misinterpreted by volunteers and visitors. On the other hand, these can also be valid complaints. In either case, before you complain take a moment to talk with the shelter management and find about more about the daily operations.

    Please Don't Misconstrue:

    No Water: Many dogs and cats tip over their water bowls on a regular basis and if their water was continuously filled they would be soaking wet. Therefore, some animals are watered on a regular basis and not provided with water 'round-the clock.

    No Food: Animals fed on a free feed basis often overeat and get diarrhea. Shelter animals are generally fed twice a day (more for sick, younger or special needs animals) so you won't necessarily see food in their cages.

    Euthanasia: Yes, animal shelters need to euthanize animals. It is not possible to build a shelter large enough to house all animals in need. Most shelters have formulated guidelines on euthanasia decision-making.

    Dirty Cages: No matter how often or how well a shelter cleans there will be some dirty cages at any one time. Cages are often at their worst first thing in the morning before the shelter staff has had a chance to throughly clean and disinfect all the animal runs and cages.

    Sick Animals: No matter how comprehensive the health program a shelter conducts there will always be some sick animals. Most animals arrive unvaccinated and many harbor contagious diseases. A good shelter isolates and treats sick animals as soon as possible.

    Adoption Refusals: No shelter has a crystal ball, they will sometimes refuse adopting to a potentially good owner or worse, adopt animals to an unsatisfactory owner. Good shelters try hard to match the right pet with the right owner and give the new owner realistic expectations about their new companion.

    Cruelty to Animal ComplaintsShelters with cruelty investigation programs can only enforce existing laws (as well as lobby for new stronger legislation). Shelters do not condone irresponsible marginal pet owners but often cannot "correct" the situation without owner cooperation. Investigators can only enforce existing (and often insufficient) laws. All too often, they witness poor conditions, but if no law is violated, agents must limit their actions to educating the owner about improving his animal's care.

    So before you complain, take a moment to talk to the shelter management and find out if your complaint is indeed valid. Give the shelter the benefit of the doubt. Is there something you can do to help with the situation?

    Take it to the Top
    If a complaint is valid and you don't think you can make a difference by working from within the organization, then you should communicate your displeasure directly with the executive director and the board of directors of the shelter. Additionally, if they have a service contract with the local municipality contact the city council as well. Finally, you may wish to contact your local Better Business Bureau and/or write a letter to the editor of your local paper.
    Last edited by a moderator: May 22, 2011
  2. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

    What do you mean?
  3. simms

    simms Good Dog

  4. AnnieC

    AnnieC Good Dog

    exemptions should not be made. If they want to make rules, then they should follow them, too. If they think it is ok to claim someone is an unfit animal owner, based solely on the fact that the dog knocks over water or isn't free fed, then why are they allowed to do it?
  5. simms

    simms Good Dog

    Annie, can you elberate please? Maybe post a artical on a case?
  6. AnnieC

    AnnieC Good Dog

    No actual case or article, but look at some of the things AC officers look at when determining to confiscate dogs. I know, for an example, that here, it is illegal to keep your animal without water. So, if I have a noey neighbor call AC cause they don't like me or my dogs, and AC comes to check things out, chances are, my dogs will be on chainspots, with no food, no tags on their collars, and depending on the dog, they may not have water. I have a dog that no matter what we do, he knocks his water bowl around. If he can't, he tries to "swim" in it, until it is empty. If they've pottied since we last cleaned up, it may be "dirty", see what I mean. Then, they might see a spring pole or flirt pole, or god knows what else, and I may loose my dogs, and be charged with god knows what. (Luckily there is no actual AC here, but unluckily, if this situation were to arise, it would be the sheriff coming out)

    I've seen the conditions at the local humane society out here, when I was younger (way younger, in high school) I volunteered there for a while. The dogs' water dishes were filled twice a day, when they were fed, and if they ran out of water, or spilled it, we were told not to give them anymore, because then they'll make more of a mess. We were also told to only clean the kennels when absolutely necessary because that was a waste of time. The dogs were taken out for 3 walks, to then end of the driveway and back, a day, no more, but less, if there wasn't enough volunteers or staff. The cats were lucky to get their boxes scooped daily.

    They can say that it is ok for them to do these things, but not ok for me or you, or anyone else, even though our reasons may be the same, or perhaps better.
  7. AnnieC

    AnnieC Good Dog

    ETA, also here, there are strict laws on how and what can and can't be used for a dog house, I'll see if I can find the state law, but if a dog is outside for ANY amount of time, they are required to have one, so even a house dog going out to potty is not exempt, from what I've been told. Again, the shelter I volunteered at had a few outdoor runs, but not a single one of them had a MN state approved (lol) dog house
  8. Zoe

    Zoe GRCH Dog

    Another fine example of bullshit in the dog world. Surprise surprise. Makes me think of all the ''sanctuaries'' that have dogs in cages for years on end, but holy hell, if *I* did that, I'd be strung up for not having my schmuppy whups on a cozy cushioned gold gilted bed. :/
  9. AnnieC

    AnnieC Good Dog

    Here is a quote of the dog house statute, that everyone but the Humane Societies have to follow:

    "Subd. 2.Building specifications. The shelter shall include a moistureproof and windproof structure of suitable size to accommodate the dog and allow retention of body heat. It shall be made of durable material with a solid, moistureproof floor or a floor raised at least two inches from the ground. Between November 1 and March 31 the structure must have a windbreak at the entrance. The structure shall be provided with a sufficient quantity of suitable bedding material consisting of hay, straw, cedar shavings, blankets, or the equivalent, to provide insulation and protection against cold and dampness and promote retention of body heat."

    It really isn't that bad of a law, yes, it does get cold as hell here, but I'm just using it as an example. The shelters, humane societies, and "animal sanctuaries" don't seem to have to follow them. Also, being a groomer, I've even heard of stories from some of my clients from being hounded by the cops or AC, and the dogs breeds range of all popular breeds. Funny how the groups getting those laws passed aren't the ones that have to follow them.
  10. simms

    simms Good Dog

  11. cliffdog

    cliffdog Good Dog

    Aw, man, I didn't know Hope's Law had been shut down :/ What a bummer.

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