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Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 10:00 pm

I lost my dog of 13 years on Christmas. I saw that Animal Friends was having an adoption on Saturday (Jan. 17) so decided to have a look. I also thought if I did not find a new friend I would donate all my dog's food and treats to them, as I was sure they would be grateful - wrong.

I have never in my life seen such a rude lady heading this adoption. She yelled at the dogs for barking, tossed cats around like toys and just in general seemed to be annoyed with the whole thing.

When I asked if they had any large dogs, I was told "Yes, one out back," but had nothing good to say about this poor dog nor would she let me see it. I was told to look online - you can not adopt a picture.

If the food and treats had not been given to them already, I would have taken them somewhere else. I was in tears when I walked out of this place, as I felt for the animals in her care. It was the worst experience ever.

Jody Baker

Acampo

Response to Jody Baker

I would like to express my sincere sympathy for the loss of your beloved pet. The weeks and months following such a loss are often difficult.

We may think that we would like to adopt another pet when in fact we aren't quite ready. Emotions run higher when we begin that search for another pet to love.

I know the volunteers who were there that day are caring and thoughtful people. It was an exceptionally busy day with three phone lines ringing most of the day and many people going in and out, as well as other adoptions being arranged. We also had quite a few young volunteers there that day. I know that people were thanked for their donation and that it was and still is appreciated.

We like to keep our dogs inside where they get more socializing, but they sometimes bark at people coming into our facility. They also bark at the cats, so we do ask them to quiet down just as we would do in our own homes. According to the staff and volunteer on duty, that day they were asked about larger dogs.

The large dog at the office that day is not good with cats and would not do well in a home with cats, which is why she was not shown. We only shelter a few dogs at our facility. Most of them are in foster homes, which is why the public is asked to look online. If you were to see one or more dogs that you might be interested in, an appointment can be made to meet those dogs. Most of our dogs are adopted via the Internet.

As for cats being tossed around, I can't even imagine that; our cats wouldn't allow it. Is it possible that a couple of the cats jumped from one spot to another or that a cat was somewhere it shouldn't have been and was moved? Or, possibly the young volunteers that were there that day were playing with the cats with interactive cat toys and they were jumping around?

The volunteer saw someone was in tears as they left that day but thought that was because they were still grieving and noted that we felt bad for them. We would like to apologize for not realizing that more was needed from us and not seeing that we had offended anyone.

Patricia Sherman

President

Animal Friends Connection Humane Society

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