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Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:00 pm

This letter is in response to the two letters regarding the Animal Friends Connection Humane Society.

The first letter, written by Jody Baker from Acampo, expresses her dismay at the treatment she received when trying to adopt a pet on January 17, after losing her dog of 13 years on Christmas. The second letter was from Patricia Sherman, President of the Animal Friends Connection Humane Society. I could not believe the response from Animal Friends! The paragraph about the cats not allowing a human to toss them around was very amusing! What do you have for adoption there - tigers?

I think some of you are just in the "pet business" to make money. Only those who are kind, caring individuals and truly interested in assisting with adoptions of pets, should be volunteers. I would volunteer, but I am taking care of a neighborhood full of unwanted cats.

If Jody Baker was still grieving for her lost pet, so what?! She came there looking for another pet to adopt. With all the homeless animals waiting to be adopted, she should have been given every consideration. I think Jody's letter was truthful. Patricia Sherman's letter was the typical response of a manager giving excuses for someone's bad behavior.

Carlene Serra


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  • posted at 3:53 am on Tue, Mar 3, 2009.


    If you are going to name someone in a nasty letter to the editor in the local newspaper at least you should try to speak to that person IN PERSON first to deal with your complaint. But that takes some character now doesn't it.

  • posted at 1:33 pm on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    OTH; Yes, any emotional person can write a letter to the editor trying to hurt another for personal reasons. That's obvious. I happen to care more about the homeless animals than the personal agenda of others wishing to attack AFC workers and volunteers.

  • posted at 1:01 pm on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    If someone wants to write 20 letters about this, so be it.

  • posted at 12:28 pm on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    Lodian, the letter was meant as a warning to others, I did take it up with people "in Charge" they all have the same bad attitude! It seems to be a very elitist organization, they also are the most expensive in the valley to adopt from. I know when my Grandmother put her dog up for adoption they didnt like any of the people that wanted to adopt the dog. My Grandmother kept the dog at her house and they still wanted to charge a rediculous amount of money to people wanting to adopt her dog. In the end she gave it to one of her friends, which was evidentially illegal because they sent a bill for the adoption to my g-ma (who did all the work herself!) for about $150 bucks!!!! Are you serious? they said... well we have to pay for food and vet bills and such... ummm grandma had the dog the entire time and paid for all of those items herself!!! While I respect people who want to help this is not the organization to get involved with!AFC is not a friend to the community or the animals!

  • posted at 12:08 pm on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    bobbyg: If you have issues with this person then address that person rather than publicly attack the entire organization that helps homeless animals. How cold hearted can one person be?? It's selfish to write a public letter (TWO now and counting) just to hurt an organization, and it's many tireless volunteers, because there was a missing "thank you" (that claim is still in question). What exactly do you think Baker's letter was intended to do? Help the animals? I think not. Baker's letter was selfish and an attempt to make herself feel better with a public attack.

  • posted at 11:34 am on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    Lodian if you believe that then you should check around town and see what people really have to say about AFC. Check with Robinsons, Check with the Pound, Ask the people at P.A.L.S., Patricia is not well liked or respected by people outside of her organization. I think the premise behind the organization is great, however I have had issues with Patricia and know of many who also will not associate with that organiation while she is there.

  • posted at 7:02 am on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    WCPatty: Personally I suspect there was not the disrespect to Ms. Baker, as she descibed it, at the AFC adoption day at Discount Pet.

  • posted at 6:52 am on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    Carlene Serra wrote "I think some of you are just in the "pet business" to make money."You can't be serious? The care and help to foster and get abused, abandoned and unwanted animals a new home is not a money making endeavor. The people that do this heart wrenching work are there out of the kindness of the heart and desire to help these lost animals that no one wanted. They are not there because they think this kind of work will make them the big bucks. Geez, you are really ignorant of this kind of work with animals.

  • posted at 6:51 am on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    Good letter, Carlene. Sherman's response to Jody was unprofessional with her lame attempt to shift the blame onto Jody instead of taking responsibility for those in her organization.

  • posted at 4:18 am on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    Regarding the negative letters about Animal Friends Connection, I feel I must defend them. I've adopted 3 dogs from AFC over the years and each experience was excellent. ALL of the volunteers & management are ALWAYS kind & compassionate. Patricia Sherman, in particular, has always been very helpful. She always remembers me & my first adopted puppy, Shadow (formerly Sissy) even though Shadow is now 15 years old.Shadow was born deaf & because of that, she was difficult to train. AFC was with us every step of the way, even providing a teacher to show us sign language to use with her. Because of this training, Shadow is one of the best-behaved dogs I've owned.Our other two adoptions with AFC were just as excellent. Our dogs are all wonderful.Perhaps if those of you who feel you were slighted in any way by AFC would volunteer some of your time and get to know them, you would see the tremendous amount of good AFC does for this community. I used to volunteer myself-maybe it's time I did so again. Patricia, I'll be calling!


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