North Country Animal Shelter

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Anonymous: I agree with Shirley M. I volunteer with a rescue group, our placements are almost 100% successful, and that is because we require: a completed application, a vet check, a phone interview, and a home visit. Nobody can just walk in and say "I want that dog, here I am, give it to me." We then follow up with the adopter for a full year, sometimes longer. The shelter's #1 concern and responsibility is to the welfare of the pet. Shelters and rescues are not commercial businesses where "The customer is always right." We have to assume that you signed yourself as "anonymous" as you knew, because of your many visits to NCAS, that your name would be recognized. Please try to consider the shelter's perspective and ask yourself why their staff were politely unresponsive to your inquiries.

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Anonymous: I agree with Shirley M. I volunteer with a rescue group, our placements are almost 100% successful, and that is because we require: a completed application, a vet check, a phone interview, and a home visit. Nobody can just walk in and say "I want that dog, here I am, give it to me." We then follow up with the adopter for a full year, sometimes longer. The shelter's #1 concern and responsibility is to the welfare of the pet. Shelters and rescues are not commercial businesses where "The customer is always right." We have to assume that you signed yourself as "anonymous" as you knew, because of your many visits to NCAS, that your name would be recognized. Please try to consider the shelter's perspective and ask yourself why their staff were politely unresponsive to your inquiries.

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This is in response to anonymous. It is apparant from your review that the shelter was trying to say in what they may of thought a kinder way, that they did not want to adopt any of their pets to you. Some thing you said or did upon your visits must have been a red flag, to turn them off to you. Any shelter where not every one gets a dog just because that person wants one or thinks they need one is to be commended. Most dogs in shelters have all ready been in bad homes they do not need to be put in another. Think about it!!!! you were being let down and out in a way for you to blame them, instead of them just out right saying sorry but we do not think you should have any of the dogs......Now that would have really made you mad RIGHT!!!! ? Why were you not willing to sign your name to your comments?

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This is in response to anonymous. It is apparant from your review that the shelter was trying to say in what they may of thought a kinder way, that they did not want to adopt any of their pets to you. Some thing you said or did upon your visits must have been a red flag, to turn them off to you. Any shelter where not every one gets a dog just because that person wants one or thinks they need one is to be commended. Most dogs in shelters have all ready been in bad homes they do not need to be put in another. Think about it!!!! you were being let down and out in a way for you to blame them, instead of them just out right saying sorry but we do not think you should have any of the dogs......Now that would have really made you mad RIGHT!!!! ? Why were you not willing to sign your name to your comments?

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I have visited this shelter numerous times in the last year in hopes of adopting a dog of my choice. On three different occasions I have found a dog that I was ready to adopt. I got nothing but the run around each and every time. It seems to me that if a dog is being shown then it is available. Since this is a private shelter they aren't interested in treating people nicely and seem to be only interested in trying to sell the smaller breeds and purebreds off to another organization. I just wish they would state this up front so I didn't have to go thru this roller coaster ride of finally thinking I've found a suitable dog to adopt only to be given the cold shoulder and some excuse as to why each dog I choose is never available.They tell me, "oh this dog is on a list, there are at least 6 people in front of you that want this dog". I ask how I can get on the list and get no reply. They then tell me that I have to fill out an online adoption form. Evidentally, whoever fills out the form first has first dibbs. This is not fair. It should be the person who first visits the dog and is there physically to adopt them providing of course that the adoptee seems like a good, responsible person. On several occasions they have told me that the first person who saw the dog picture online was scheduled to come look at the dog but missed their appointment and didn't bother to even call. A lot of people fill out online applications and then never follow thru. I was there in person and wanted the dog but they would rather wait and see if someone who clearly is already unreliable wants the dog over me. They'd rather keep the dog in the shelter waiting for someone who may never show up to come take a look. That is no guarantee that the dog will be in a good home sooner rather than later. Isn't it best for the dog to be placed into a forever home asap rather than being held in an outside shelter for months at a time. The in between period for a dog can be very traumatizing so why put them thru it? Most of these dogs are in outside shelters and it's cold here in upstate NY. Tell me how a dog could already be on a long list when the dog picture hasn't even been posted online-this has happened to me as well. A new dog comes in and magically when I want to adopt, they tell me it's on a long list, yet he's too new to even have his/her picture posted online.

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I have visited this shelter numerous times in the last year in hopes of adopting a dog of my choice. On three different occasions I have found a dog that I was ready to adopt. I got nothing but the run around each and every time. It seems to me that if a dog is being shown then it is available. Since this is a private shelter they aren't interested in treating people nicely and seem to be only interested in trying to sell the smaller breeds and purebreds off to another organization. I just wish they would state this up front so I didn't have to go thru this roller coaster ride of finally thinking I've found a suitable dog to adopt only to be given the cold shoulder and some excuse as to why each dog I choose is never available.They tell me, "oh this dog is on a list, there are at least 6 people in front of you that want this dog". I ask how I can get on the list and get no reply. They then tell me that I have to fill out an online adoption form. Evidentally, whoever fills out the form first has first dibbs. This is not fair. It should be the person who first visits the dog and is there physically to adopt them providing of course that the adoptee seems like a good, responsible person. On several occasions they have told me that the first person who saw the dog picture online was scheduled to come look at the dog but missed their appointment and didn't bother to even call. A lot of people fill out online applications and then never follow thru. I was there in person and wanted the dog but they would rather wait and see if someone who clearly is already unreliable wants the dog over me. They'd rather keep the dog in the shelter waiting for someone who may never show up to come take a look. That is no guarantee that the dog will be in a good home sooner rather than later. Isn't it best for the dog to be placed into a forever home asap rather than being held in an outside shelter for months at a time. The in between period for a dog can be very traumatizing so why put them thru it? Most of these dogs are in outside shelters and it's cold here in upstate NY. Tell me how a dog could already be on a long list when the dog picture hasn't even been posted online-this has happened to me as well. A new dog comes in and magically when I want to adopt, they tell me it's on a long list, yet he's too new to even have his/her picture posted online.

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