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Animal Friends volunteers were not rude

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

In response to Patricia Sherman and Animal Friends: First, I would like to thank you for admitting that you were overwhelmed that day.

I'd also like to say that in no way was it the volunteers who were rude; it was the person heading the adoption.

I was not thanked for the donation, and I am very ready to open my heart to a new friend. You have no way to judge that in any person. You seem to have an excuse for every action that took place that day. But once again, I would like to make it very clear that your volunteers were not rude.

Jody Baker


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  • posted at 5:41 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 1:37 pm on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    Ms Baker: To me this letter looks to be just another opportunity for you to attack AFC. Have you spoken personally to the person heading the adoption? Or is your way going to be to continue this public attack in the paper? Maybe you need to have some respect and address this person personally.

  • posted at 12:00 pm on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    WCPatty wrote "Also:Sherman publicly put into question Baker's emotional state in her response in attempt to shift the blame from her organization. That was inappropriate and Baker has every right to submit a response to that."WCPatty: Sherman had every right to address Baker's emotional issues after being publicly attacked. Seriously, an adult woman (Ms. Baker) left a pet store crying and was emotional and pissed off enough to write a public letter (TWO LETTERS) because she feels she was treated rudely?? Now that is overreacting! I think it's clear to all that Baker has some personal emotional issues right now (not surprising after losing a furry friend) and she is taking it out on someone that she thinks should have catered to her better. Well, the world doesn't work that way as people aren't mind readers. Maybe Baker should have shared her loss with Sherman so Sherman could have treated her as she was hoping to be treated....with kid gloves (not a dig, but the truth). People can be emotional, even irrational, after the loss of a pet. Clearly, Ms. Baker, is still in that pain. The homeless animals should not pay the price for her emotional state.

  • posted at 11:48 am on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    WCPatty wrote "Since too many animals are in need of homes, why wouldn't you want an organization make every effort to be considerate to potential owners?"Exactly! In my opinion Ms. Baker's actions were selfish and not for the benefit of the animals.

  • posted at 10:29 am on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    Regardless of who said what, when & to whom, it does no good to continue the insults to a wonderful & humane orgainzation such as AFC. It doesn't matter what kind of organization it is, or what the track record of that orgainzation - there will ALWAYS be people who are dissatisfied for whatever reason. Like Lodian wrote, "it's time to lick your wounds" and stop criticizing AFC for what sounds to me like just a bad day. They truly are a good-hearted group of people who deserve all the respect for what they do every day.

  • posted at 8:41 am on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    Also: Sherman publicly put into question Baker's emotional state in her response in attempt to shift the blame from her organization. That was inappropriate and Baker has every right to submit a response to that.

  • posted at 8:37 am on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    Lodian; I wasn't there, were you? I don't know either woman - do you? My opinion is based on the the initial letter and and the response by Sherman. And as another poster said an earlier thread, sometimes public criticism, instead of a private phone call, is what is necessary to change problems. Since too many animals are in need of homes, why wouldn't you want an organization make every effort to be considerate to potential owners?

  • posted at 7:46 am on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    If Ms. Baker wouldn't have abruptly left the pet adoption that day at Discount Pet then maybe she would have a new family friend with her today.

  • posted at 7:44 am on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    WCPatty: Ms Baker asked for a large dog. She was told that the large dogs can be seen online. This bothered Ms. Baker tremendously and its obviously one of the things that ticked her off. I find this ridiculous. And a grown woman should not be this overly sensitive because she "says" someone didn't say, "thank you" to her. Geez, Ms. Baker has already written two attacking letters to the editor at this point. How many more must she write before she gets this out of her system? AFC is about finding homes for these animals. Lets keep this in mind. I wonder if Ms. Baker has spoken to AFC in person about this yet or she just feels these public attacks are a better way to go. Its obviously the latter. I say she may need to muster up some respect herself and make a phone call to address her issues in person like a mature adult with class and character.

  • posted at 6:59 am on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    Glad that Jody took the time to clear up who exactly was rude. And you're right, Jody - if you make a donation, the least someone can do is say "thank you". It's called common courtesy. And finally, there is no law on grief. If you can provide a good loving home for a homeless pet, one would think such an organization would make every effort to send one home with you. I mean really, do we need an okay in writing from a psychologist to adopt an animal now?

  • posted at 4:47 am on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    Ms. Baker: You obviously needed/need compassion for your lost pet, but have you considered that maybe you should offer compassion towards these AFC people that deal with loss and heartbreak as they work with unwanted and abused pets every single day?? Your continued attacks on AFC are petty and unwarranted. How many more public letters are you going to write in attack of this organization? It's time to lick your wounds and stop projecting on others that are working so hard to help all the unwanted, abused and abandoned animals. Try writing a letter to the editor about all the people that are really deserving of your attack! How about bashing the people that dump off these animals that end up with AFC! Also, have you volunteered yet?


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