Etowah Valley Humane Society

★★★☆☆
  • 36 Ladds Mountain Rd Sw

    Cartersville, GA 30120

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  • 770-383-3338

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Wed - Thu, noon - 6:00pm; Fri, noon - 5:00pm; Sat, 10:00am - 4:00pm; Sun, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Pets & Animals

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There has been a complete change in personnel there!! The new director, Bryan Canty, is the nicest guy you will ever meet! He will greet you with a smile and a hug every time he sees you, and will answer any and every question that you have!! The shelter and organization of the internal workings of the shelter had seemed to have fallen apart before Bryan took over, but he is working on fixing it, but he can't do it alone! It's almost as if he is working from the ground up again to make the shelter the best it can be, but he can't do it without some help! My mother and I have recently become more and more involved with this shelter after jumping in at an adoption at the Acworth Petco this summer. The personnel there are grateful for whatever effort you put forth because every little bit counts, and the feeling of being able to help these animals is priceless.

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★★★★★

There has been a complete change in personnel there!! The new director, Bryan Canty, is the nicest guy you will ever meet! He will greet you with a smile and a hug every time he sees you, and will answer any and every question that you have!! The shelter and organization of the internal workings of the shelter had seemed to have fallen apart before Bryan took over, but he is working on fixing it, but he can't do it alone! It's almost as if he is working from the ground up again to make the shelter the best it can be, but he can't do it without some help! My mother and I have recently become more and more involved with this shelter after jumping in at an adoption at the Acworth Petco this summer. The personnel there are grateful for whatever effort you put forth because every little bit counts, and the feeling of being able to help these animals is priceless.

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I see, and concur, with the negative comments on this site about the personnel at the Etowah Valley Humane Society. HOWEVER, please be aware that there has been a complete personnel change. If you had a negative experience in the past, please revisit them, I think you will be extemely impressed with the new director and staff. There has been a 180 degree turn from the way it was run in the past and the character of the personnel there. Changes were needed, and they were made this past summer (2010)..
Let's get on board and give our support to this fine organization and the very devoted and hard-working people now there. Mistakes were made in the past in personnel selection. That's been corrected, so let's move on and turn our attention to the animals, where it should be.

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★★★★☆

I see, and concur, with the negative comments on this site about the personnel at the Etowah Valley Humane Society. HOWEVER, please be aware that there has been a complete personnel change. If you had a negative experience in the past, please revisit them, I think you will be extemely impressed with the new director and staff. There has been a 180 degree turn from the way it was run in the past and the character of the personnel there. Changes were needed, and they were made this past summer (2010)..
Let's get on board and give our support to this fine organization and the very devoted and hard-working people now there. Mistakes were made in the past in personnel selection. That's been corrected, so let's move on and turn our attention to the animals, where it should be.

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We were so excited about finding a dog at this shelter, he fit right into our family. The process was easy, but... they are supposed to spay and neuture the animals before leaving. They told us they had fixed our dog, even though we questioned it because he still had all the outside workings in tact. They assured us he was fixed. Well now we have rott/mastiff mix puppies on the way and they are refusing to abort them or take them when born, they say it is not their fault and they we should have had our female spayed. We wer in the process of getting that done. They have been no help and even yelled at me when I tried to explain why they should be responsible. My donations will never go back to this society again, also makes me wonder if they gave my dog the shots he was supposed to get.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were so excited about finding a dog at this shelter, he fit right into our family. The process was easy, but... they are supposed to spay and neuture the animals before leaving. They told us they had fixed our dog, even though we questioned it because he still had all the outside workings in tact. They assured us he was fixed. Well now we have rott/mastiff mix puppies on the way and they are refusing to abort them or take them when born, they say it is not their fault and they we should have had our female spayed. We wer in the process of getting that done. They have been no help and even yelled at me when I tried to explain why they should be responsible. My donations will never go back to this society again, also makes me wonder if they gave my dog the shots he was supposed to get.

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I volunteer at the shelter as my schedule allows. While the reception area may not be the cleanest, the dogs and cats are very well cared for. The director, Dorothy, can be rude and a bit brusque at times. She does try very hard to find good homes for all of the dogs and cats that come through the facility. I tried my darndest to adopt a dog from EVHS, but every time I saw a small dog that met my requirements, it was already spoken for. I recently adopted my dog from another rescue organization. If you need a medium-large size dog, please consider the animals at this shelter.

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★★★☆☆

I volunteer at the shelter as my schedule allows. While the reception area may not be the cleanest, the dogs and cats are very well cared for. The director, Dorothy, can be rude and a bit brusque at times. She does try very hard to find good homes for all of the dogs and cats that come through the facility. I tried my darndest to adopt a dog from EVHS, but every time I saw a small dog that met my requirements, it was already spoken for. I recently adopted my dog from another rescue organization. If you need a medium-large size dog, please consider the animals at this shelter.

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This shelter was filthy and the staff are beyond rude. We looked at several dogs and the staff just let us take the dog outside without asking for any ID or without signing in, as if they wanted people to just take the dog, not caring what kind of home the dog would go to. This practice is completely in conflict with what their application requires. Very very disappointed. Staff needs customer service training ASAP. In addition, clean up your mess where visitors can spend time with the animal in a decent environment. Will not ever be back and we do not recommend this place at all.

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★☆☆☆☆

This shelter was filthy and the staff are beyond rude. We looked at several dogs and the staff just let us take the dog outside without asking for any ID or without signing in, as if they wanted people to just take the dog, not caring what kind of home the dog would go to. This practice is completely in conflict with what their application requires. Very very disappointed. Staff needs customer service training ASAP. In addition, clean up your mess where visitors can spend time with the animal in a decent environment. Will not ever be back and we do not recommend this place at all.

Pros: None - Do not adopt here

Cons: Filthy Visiting Area & Rude Staff

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I am not only a volunteer at this location, but I also give rather large donations for this location as well. The shelter director Dorothy Wissler is very discourteous and brash. On more than one occasion she had ran people off with her behavior, yelling at them for petting animals already outside of their cages in the safe arms of one of the volunteers. Of course after she blew up thinking these people took them out of the cages, she realized she was wrong. One couple did the right thing, after Dorothy yelled at them, then apologized, the wife wanted to take the two children home and go else were, but the Husband said it would be unfair to the animals if they were to leave and did what was right; They adopted two kittens that day. The one thing you think of when talking about any Humane Society is compassion, love and understanding, but this location is by far the worst I have seen in my life. To further dissect this location, the young girl at the sign in desk when you walk in is always either on facebook.com, or playing games and looks like she is sleeping all the time. She should be working considering she is getting paid to be there (can you say a waste of donated money?). Now this may disturb some people but it??s unfortunately the truth. Certain animals come in battered, abused and sometimes really poor condition, this obviously is not a secret, but they are left in that state until someone comes to take a look at them a week later. For example: If a dog or cat comes in bleeding, matted hair, or filled with fleas and skin irritation, do not leave them like that. I could not leave them like that for one more day, or one more second and had to bathe them and take things into my own hands on several occasions. Furthermore the people that come in the mornings for community service are mostly disgusting, some of them are okay, but others are vicious and should not be around animals, ever. If you do not love animals, please do not step foot in any of the Humane Societies. In closing, I am not discouraging you from coming in to adopt any animals, that would be unjustifiably wrong. I am just saying do not get discouraged from the attitude you may face while trying to save a life. And please, if any of you out there have any stories to tell about your experiences at this location please tell them. And lets all hope they find someone better then the eccentric Dorothy Wissler to take over the Etowah Valley Humane Society.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am not only a volunteer at this location, but I also give rather large donations for this location as well. The shelter director Dorothy Wissler is very discourteous and brash. On more than one occasion she had ran people off with her behavior, yelling at them for petting animals already outside of their cages in the safe arms of one of the volunteers. Of course after she blew up thinking these people took them out of the cages, she realized she was wrong. One couple did the right thing, after Dorothy yelled at them, then apologized, the wife wanted to take the two children home and go else were, but the Husband said it would be unfair to the animals if they were to leave and did what was right; They adopted two kittens that day. The one thing you think of when talking about any Humane Society is compassion, love and understanding, but this location is by far the worst I have seen in my life. To further dissect this location, the young girl at the sign in desk when you walk in is always either on facebook.com, or playing games and looks like she is sleeping all the time. She should be working considering she is getting paid to be there (can you say a waste of donated money?). Now this may disturb some people but it??s unfortunately the truth. Certain animals come in battered, abused and sometimes really poor condition, this obviously is not a secret, but they are left in that state until someone comes to take a look at them a week later. For example: If a dog or cat comes in bleeding, matted hair, or filled with fleas and skin irritation, do not leave them like that. I could not leave them like that for one more day, or one more second and had to bathe them and take things into my own hands on several occasions. Furthermore the people that come in the mornings for community service are mostly disgusting, some of them are okay, but others are vicious and should not be around animals, ever. If you do not love animals, please do not step foot in any of the Humane Societies. In closing, I am not discouraging you from coming in to adopt any animals, that would be unjustifiably wrong. I am just saying do not get discouraged from the attitude you may face while trying to save a life. And please, if any of you out there have any stories to tell about your experiences at this location please tell them. And lets all hope they find someone better then the eccentric Dorothy Wissler to take over the Etowah Valley Humane Society.

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We came in contact with this organization when looking for a pet to adopt. Although I have not been on-site to see their facilities, they did seem very thorough when deciding if we would be a good family for adoption. They microchip the pets upon adoption and request that if you ever have to give your pet up, you give them first option.

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★★★★☆

We came in contact with this organization when looking for a pet to adopt. Although I have not been on-site to see their facilities, they did seem very thorough when deciding if we would be a good family for adoption. They microchip the pets upon adoption and request that if you ever have to give your pet up, you give them first option.

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