(Closed) We Want to Adopt, but…

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
6741 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Wow, no I have not.  I imagine that they’re very busy and short staffed, but when I adopted my kittens we did not have this problem (6 years ago, but still.. and not from the ASPCA, but from the North Short Animal League).  They were busy and it did take time for us to get someone, but they did help.  It also took about 3 hours to complete the adoption process.  They don’t tell you if someone else has their papers in and are just waiting for approval, so that may have happened.  I suggest going when the both of you are feeling better and picking a dog when you’re there instead of looking on the sites which probably aren’t updated as frequently.  Sorry that you’re going through this! 

Post # 4
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m sorry you’re having such a bad experience!  We have never had problems like this.  We adopted our most recent dog from a shelter about an hour away.  We found him at a thing one of our local shelters does once a month called “mingle with the mutts” where a bunch of shelters bring out dogs for you to visit with a potentially adopt.  Are there other shelters nearby?  It’s sad to hear that their staff treats customers like that.

Post # 5
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

They sounded short staffed and overwhelmed!  Please don’t give up and go buy from a breeder!!!

Not all animal groups are like this.  You can try another group, maybe a rescue not a shelter.  You can be persistent with this one.  You can search the web for adoption events near you to attend. 

More organized places would assign you an adoption counselor.  They would help pick an animal for you that meets your lifestyle needs.  Like a match maker.


That is actually my job as a volunteer with my local group.  We are internet based as our shelter is not set up for visiting, so most of the work is done online.  Then when I have some potential pets for you, we make an appointment and you meet them all, including others I may not have thought of.

Post # 8
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Wow, I’ve never had that problem and I’ve adopted lots of dogs (or 5).  I would check with your local PetSmart or PetCo and see if they’re doing adoption days.  Many weekends you can go meet a dog and do the application and all that day.  We’ve gotten 4 of our dogs from shelters and one from a foster working with the SPCA, which is another option.  I would look elsewhere and not bother with this shelter.  Hopefully, not everyone is treated the way you are, or a lot of dogs are missing out on homes.

Post # 9
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had a similar problem with our local humane society. So we adopted our cat through a different (independent) non-profit called Purrfect Pals. It was more expensive, but I didn’t like the conditions of the cats at the humane society. I figured what we spent in adoption fees countered what me might have spent in vet bills on a humane society cat. AND the lady who was our contact at the day-of adoption when we got our kitty? She EMAILED us a few weeks later to make sure we were all adjusting. Bonus points.


Also, I found that those that are out on adoption days are in much better condition that the ones at the shelter. Not sure what that says about some shelters… 🙁

Post # 10
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Shelters are chronically understaffed or staffed by non-knowledgeable people. 

My suggestion as someone who is an adoption counselor for dogs? Find a resuce with a small number of dogs or ones where their dogs are in foster homes. It will most likely take longer to adopt the dog to you fully, but it is worth it. And their fosters will know all about their personality, health, behavior, preferences, etc. You’re more likely to find a better fit with a dog coming straight from a foster home than you are one that’s at a shelter where they are street or relinquished dogs with unknown histories or behaviors. 

Post # 11
1359 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I haven’t been treated like that, but I have had two dogs get adopted before I could get down to meet them. Cute, young dogs always go fast. But that’s just kinda the way it is. I would be perturbed too though. You should find a shelter you can trust. I’m sure there are others in your area.

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