Has anyone had bad experiences with those folks over there with rudeness and the uncleanliness of the establishment.
They do the best they can with what they have. They are a no kill shelter and thats whats most important. I have volunteered my time there on occasion. They are overwhelmed and you might have caught them on a bad day.
Seems like that's most days
Seems like that's most days, and the no kill excuse is getting old for treating people like crap. So do something about your people's personnel skills.
Hard to really react to your comment when you gave zero details. Was this a one and only visit? Exactly what did the volunteers driven to help save animals do to you that was so abhorrent?
Could it have been just a bad day for someone (including yourself) or do you visit there regularly and this is the normal attitude in your opinion (and if so, have you shared your concerns with people who can actually take action - as opposed to anonymously on this forum).
My wife works in rescue (not this one). She tells me all about the stupid people out there who ... fill in the blank, just like I do about the things I do. She also tells me the good stories. My impression of people who work in rescue (and of course, my wife is exempted from the bad things I say about them) is that they are working from a position of moral superiority. They are working and sacrificing day and night (or at least as they see it) to save lives and sometimes something happens that doesn't jive with that. If they're smart (like my wife) they hold their tongue until they go home and vent to their spouse. Not everybody does that, though. Maybe the innocent question that the non-rescue worker asked was worded so that the rescue worker feels all their work to save lives is for nothing. That miscommunication sometimes elicits a negative response -- and ALWAYS merits a venting session at home. I've only had minimal incidental interaction with Pets and People in Yukon. I don't know what they did that gave you a bad impression of them. I can respect their actions and intent (even if it comes across as rude) since they are working to curb the stray animal population in a state that has the second highest incidence of puppy mills. Give 'em a break on this one. Their mission is good and they get their hearts broken almost every day. On their behalf, let me apologize to you. If there's something they can make right, let me know in a PM and I'll try to get in touch with them.
I would add that I believe this shelter has a pretty stringent screening process for prospective adopters and I know one of my sisters was all offended because they wanted to do a home visit and asked a bunch of personal questions.
She would probably describe that behavior as rude but being a dog and cat breeder myself and having turned away a bunch of interested families, I would regard their behavior in that particular situation as responsible.
Not saying that's what happened here, but I know I've pissed people off when I told them their home/situation was not a good fit for one of my animals, and frankly I don't care if they thought me rude. My biggest responsibility is always to the dog or cat who is completely at the mercy of their new owners.
People should keep in mind, not only do people 'vent' on forums, but those same forums also serve as first impressions for people otherwise unfamiliar with a company, person, etc.
Labrat - I'm sure that they'd love to have you as a volunteer. As the saying goes, quit cursing the darkness and go light a candle. Go make a difference.
Running a shelter is tough - they don't make a city safer, serve the public's needs any better, or make things look nicer, so they work with tiny budgets. Shelters are typically staffed by volunteers who are overseen by a city staffer who may have other duties in his/her job description. Volunteers work there because they love animals, yet they care for animals that are neglected, abandoned and/or abused, until their time is up, when the needle goes in and another dead dog or cat goes out (unless it's a no-kill shelter, of course).
They'd love your time and energy. Let us know how it works out.
We've adopted two animals from Pets and People, and had wonderful experiences each time. The shelter, each time we visited (and we visited several times before we found the right pets for our household), was clean, well-attended and well-staffed. I don't recall exactly how personable the volunteers were, but certainly personable enough for us to consider adopting from there. They also followed through beautifully after our adoption to ensure our pets were well adjusted to their new home.
Being in animal rescue is tough work. Some people may snipe, some policies may be difficult for certain potential adopters to swallow, but the rescue groups are trying to do what is in the best interest of the animal. They see too many adopted animals returned to them - or worse - dumped on the side of a road or taken to a kill shelter - simply because an adoptive family either decided the animal was too much work/trouble/cost too much, or they just didn't care. It is one of the many reasons why from time to time they may be a bit surly if a potential adopter doesn't meet their criteria. (You've still not given us details of the experience, so this is just conjecture here).
I volunteered there for a great many years and they are some of the rudest, most hateful people imaginable. I eventually realized there was no way I would be able to make any type of difference there.
You know, come to think of it, I recall someone telling me they had a nightmare of an experience dealing with, I believe this animal shelter in Yukon. I was told they were questioned on their appearance whether or not they would be able to take care of the animal they were looking to adopt. Now I might come under fire for this, but, I always go to either puppy mills or small time breeders for my dogs. I always have purebreds and I have enjoyed (almost )every second of my dogs. So I have never dealt with an animal shelter and wouldn't know what to expect from them. Although I can understand the volunteers coming off as suspicious just handing away a dog they have probably cared a great deal for, some of which could have came from cruel owners.
However, I think it is always important to maintain professionalism when doing any kind of work. Better said, if I was the manager and my volunteers were treating people like crap, they wouldn't be "volunteering" there much longer. Assuming they actually were rude and the people who claimed they were weren't just being overly sensitive.
I've had two dealings with Pets & People over time. On the second occasion I found the head honcho woman irritating as all get-out, just a personality problem I suppose. I get what Dubya said about moral superiority though. I see it in rescue groups that set up in PetsMart. But at the end of the day, they're in it for the animals and we're grateful someone loves the critters more than the folks who bring them into the world just to set them free.
Now I'd like to say the Edmond Animal Welfare shelter is fabulous. The staff takes reasonable precautions to ensure the pets aren't misplaced. The shelter is very clean and organized. Volunteers regularly walk the dogs; they're the ones I really want to praise here. They were so happy for me and my newest adoptee.
Plutonic, your lack of political correctness is almost refreshing but please consider dropping support of puppy mills. Yes, those dogs need homes too, but the people behind them don't give a sheet about the scores of homeless dogs, as long as they can get $$ out of you. Most of my shelter dogs are purebreds, but I have one large useless mutt, abandoned as a tiny pup, who has so many shelter look-alikes, we ended up keeping him coz we figured he'd never get out of a shelter alive.
Geez, just check out dog classifieds and tell me why you think we need more litters of labradoodles, morkies, and so forth. (this statement is for people who want to breed their pets, just because)
I just think there is something special(a tradition) for most people including me when you take your kids to someones house whom has bred puppies(whether it be for fun once or someone who does it once a year) and you have kids pick out their favorite puppy and you take him/her home. It is just an experience that I don't think can be matched going to an animal shelter. I have nothing against animal shelters and I'm sure what I just said could be "vice versa" for some. But, I prefer young pups(2-4 weeks) that can grow on you and build on it's masters personality. Again though, I really do appreciate your services to our community.
The dog I referred to as useless has a reputation for killing nearby livestock. We had to make him an indoor dog, which he loves, and feed him enough that he doesn't feel hungry when he goes outside. He can jump any fence, actually, he leaps like a deer. Chaining him would be an option but none of us can live that way. He walked into a trap set by neighbors whose sheep were being slaghtered. Get the picture?
What we have now is a large, over-fed loveable yellow dog who stays inside except for potty breaks. Wanna adopt him?
BBatesokc- I don't necessarily owe you an explanation, I was merely asking a question. I was returning a dog and got treated outrageously rude and judging by other reviews online this shelter seem to have a problem. They also store their animals in the restrooms because there is no room and the cleanliness of the place is lacking compared to all no kill shelters I have been to around the metro. I'm not there to make friends there either, but I do expect a modicum of mutual respect. Your snarky superior attitude is exactly the kinda of thing I got from them. Yes I know there job is hard and they are volunteers, but if they are gonna be treating people like that they don't need to be there. If they can't take care of their animals better then the place doesn't need to be in operation. This dog I returned 6 months ago, she is still there, so that should tell you how unmanageable she was. she was literally eating the drywall off our walls. I could give you more details but you judge businesses on this site all the time and don't necessarily give out much details. So whats your problem?
BBatesokc- I don't neccesarilarly owe you an explanation, I was mearly asking a question. I was returning a dog and got treated outrariously rude and judging by other reviews online this shelter seeme to have a problem. They also store thier animals in the restrooms because there is no room and the cleanlinuos of the place is lacking compared to all no kill shelters I have been to around the metro. I'm not there to make friends there either, but I do expect a modicum of mutual respect. Your snarky superior attitude is exactly the kinda of thing I got from them. Yes I know there job is hard and they are volunteers, but if they are gonna be treating people like that they don't need to be there. If they can't take care of their animals better then the place doesn't need to be in operation. This dog I returned 6 months ago, she is still there, so that should tell you how unmanagable she was. she was literally eating the drywall off our walls. I could give you more details but you judge businesses on this site all the time and don't neccesarly give out much details. So whats your problem?
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