- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
Everytime we are interested in a dog, it is adopted before I can get a chance to visit or put in an application!
Yesterday, we went to our local SPCA shelter, after reading a description of a dog on their website. We had wanted to go the day before, but the shelter is closed on Mondays, and has very limited hours when they are open.
Fiance had a migraine, but we went out there anyway because we really wanted to visit this dog and had been too late a couple times before with other dogs we wanted to adopt. Fiance was miserable, especially once they took us to the dog room and it was incredibly loud thanks to one dog that would not. stop. barking. and it echoed horribly in the room.
The dog we wanted to see was sleeping, had red puffy eyes, and the note on his cage said he was waiting to have a vet visit. We wondered what was wrong, but could not find anybody to ask! His cage also noted that he was available for adoption, so we hoped to start the adoption process. We had even filled out the forms and brought them with us.
We were ignored by multiple staff at the shelter, as we stood in the entrance, which is connected to 4 different halls of the building. Three of them had MANY chances to ask us if they could help us, but they kept walking past in a hurry. The receptionist took phone call after phone call and ignored everyone in the lobby. I kept trying to get the attention of the staff, to no avail. Another woman sat with her 5 year old son and filled out a form for a cat, but nobody came to help her choose one! The little boy kept trying to stick his fingers in the cages of a couple cats who were not in the room with the rest of the animals, and I was honestly worried he might get hurt!
This shelter does not offer appointments, either, so you just have to take your chances that nobody will deem you worthy of their assistence when you show up!
I called today, about an hour after they open to the public, to ask about the dog, and to get the adoption process started, and find out if he was sick, etc.
The receptionist curtly informed me that he was already adopted and hung up! WTF????
He had been adopted in the hour they were open today? Even though he appeared to be sick?
I just sent them a polite, but firm email, conveying my disappointment in how this was handled.
Have you experienced this in adopting a pet?