What did the Humane Society do to put a good taste in the mouth of that West
Jordan woman? You didn’t say anything in the article about doing
something, so I am willing to bet you did nothing. Am I right? You
said in the article, "We want to do adoptions but we want to make sure they go
to the home that is the right fit for them." Can you be more
specific? What does that mean, “right fit?” Why wouldn’t a
homeless kitten needing a home be the “right fit” for a woman who
takes really good care of her, already owned, cat? The news story said that her
neighbors thought that her cat was the most spoiled cat in her neighborhood. Is
your statement implying that owners who spoil their cats aren’t good
people to adopt kitten to? I don’t understand, maybe you can
“logically” or “statistically” explain your reasoning to
me? It appears as though that is how you justify the way you treat people.
This is the point and I hope you pay attention! It’s not so much about the
process or the policy as it is how everyone treated the woman. Your staff said
things to her to make her feel like a bad cat owner and objurgated her for the
way she was raising her, already owned, cat. The article said “she left in
tears.” Wasn’t this on her birthday? What a birthday gift, to hear
some peon tell you how horrible of a person you are. Is this the way the Humane
Society treats people? I can’t imagine how it treats the animals in there?
Maybe the Humane Society should be investigated for cruelty to animals?I’m curious; did you even call that West Jordan woman to apologize to
her for the way she was treated? You said in the article, "We're always sad and
sorry if someone comes away with feeling like they had a bad experience. That's
not what we want to have happen.” So what did you do to rectify the
situation? Did you call her? Did you give her the option to adopt another kitten
at no cost?
“And the woman in this case was offered the chance to adopt one of our
"outdoor cats."”I’m confused, everything I’ve seen
on the news and read in the story talk about how the West Jordan woman was
treated, yet you keep talking about statistics and policies. I think you are
missing the point! This is what the West Jordan woman said, "She
said (the Humane Society worker), nope, you can't have the cat, he could get run
over, naming all these horrible things, making me feel like I'm a bad cat owner.
It kind of put a sour taste in my mouth, wanting to do a good deed and then
having my hand slapped because I let my cat outside.”
Hey Carl, let me break it down…“If anyone wishes to contact me
about this case they can at 506-2416. I doubt anyone will.” I
don’t know what that means. Why did you give your number out if you
don’t think anyone will contact you? “Just for the
record, HSU adopted out nearly 8,000 animals in 2009 and we are ahead of that
pace this year. That's 4 times as many as a similar shelter in San Diego, twice
as many as San Francisco.”What does that have anything to do
with the story? Does that mean that if you adopt out 16,000 animals in 2010, you
can treat people twice as badly when they attempt to adopt a, soon to be,
euthanized kitty at the Humane Society?
It could be worse. The foster family could have required the adoptive owners to
provide daily pedicures, hot stone massages, poached salmon thrice daily, and a
kitty Wii with a 52" flat screen TV. Then what?
When someone buys an animal another one dies ? Are you kidding me ? So... since I decided to get a dog from a breeder, non-papered, another dog
was killed.... I call Bull-feathers.
I'm Carl Arky, Director of Communications for the Humane Society of Utah. If
anyone wishes to contact me about this case they can at 506-2416. I doubt
anyone will. It's much easier to judge from afar rather than volunteer to be a
foster pet parent or to come to the shelter and take care of the animals. Just
for the record, HSU adopted out nearly 8,000 animals in 2009 and we are ahead of
that pace this year. That's 4 times as many as a similar shelter in San Diego,
twice as many as San Francisco. Part of our success is due to the selfless
foster care families who help us save so many animals. Had a foster family not
nurtured the kitten in this case, it may not have survived long up to ever be
put up for adoption. It was placed in another home. And the woman in this case
was offered the chance to adopt one of our "outdoor cats." I invite more people
to come volunteer, foster, and find out what goes on. Then you can reach an
informed judgement. FYI, when someone buys an animal, another one dies.
There's always the county animal shelters. When we were looking for a dog to
adopt we found the Humane Society a bit harsh for adopting animals. We went to
the Salt Lake County Animal Shelter and were treated very nicely by everyone
there. We have had that puppy for 14 years. I'd go there again to get another
No it's not more good reason to get animals from a pet shop or breeder.
More good reasons to get your pet from a pet shop or a breeder.
I can understand the right to refuse IF the reason was suspicion of high
potential abuse BUT this case is uncalled for. This is a case of an
quasi-government institution having too high of an opinion of itself. All my
pets for decades have come from shelters and fortunately I have never been
refused an adoption request but if I did ever get a refusal I would fight it
with everything I have. Sometime employees, managers, and even voluteers have
too high of an opinion of themselves. Often times government and
quasi-government agencies think they know what is best for society when they
really have just lost sight of their mission.
Interesting that the Humane Society is able to put restrictions on pet adoptions
yet adoption agencies have been sued for refusing to allow babies to be adopted
into certain situations. What a world.