Belmont County Animal Shelter

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This is the WORST SHELTER EVER!!!!!!!!! i was looking for a dog on petfinder and saw the cutest dog so i tried calling them and they didn't answer until the 19th call so i convinced my parents to drive me down to go see her we live in pittsburgh so it took 1 and a half hours and when we got there it was dirty and smelled really bad then we went in the office and asked them about the dog and they said she was already adopted so we looked around to see if there were anyother dogs i liked and i saw a really cute and friendly dog they had told us she had only been there 5 days and noone else had an application on her so we filled out an application i was soooo excited to hear back but they didnt then after a week of waiting they called and said she was already adopted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i was so crushed i will never go there again EVER!!!!!

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This is the WORST SHELTER EVER!!!!!!!!! i was looking for a dog on petfinder and saw the cutest dog so i tried calling them and they didn't answer until the 19th call so i convinced my parents to drive me down to go see her we live in pittsburgh so it took 1 and a half hours and when we got there it was dirty and smelled really bad then we went in the office and asked them about the dog and they said she was already adopted so we looked around to see if there were anyother dogs i liked and i saw a really cute and friendly dog they had told us she had only been there 5 days and noone else had an application on her so we filled out an application i was soooo excited to hear back but they didnt then after a week of waiting they called and said she was already adopted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i was so crushed i will never go there again EVER!!!!!

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WHAT??? PEE AND POOP SMELLS AT THE ANIMAL SHELTER?? You've got to be kidding me. It is clear that Tony S. is not a nice person who is upset because he drove an hour out of his way and did not get what he wanted. He showed up at a small town animal shelter where people care more about the animals than they do about ungrateful people like Tony S. Well let me tell you something little man - Spend one day holding a perfectly healthy dog that you have cared for for months and watch it be euthanized because there is just not enough room to keep them all. Do this once, feel the heart ache and then see if you can whine and cry becasue you weren't treated like royalty. Pull the silver spoon out of your mouth or where ever else your mother put it and join the real world. This shelter is under funded and over worked like most. Many of those people around the shelter are volunteers just trying to make one day better for some of the dogs left there to die. Do us a favor, stay in your big city. They have dogs to adopt unless the only place your still welcome is over an hour drive from home. Loser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WHAT??? PEE AND POOP SMELLS AT THE ANIMAL SHELTER?? You've got to be kidding me. It is clear that Tony S. is not a nice person who is upset because he drove an hour out of his way and did not get what he wanted. He showed up at a small town animal shelter where people care more about the animals than they do about ungrateful people like Tony S. Well let me tell you something little man - Spend one day holding a perfectly healthy dog that you have cared for for months and watch it be euthanized because there is just not enough room to keep them all. Do this once, feel the heart ache and then see if you can whine and cry becasue you weren't treated like royalty. Pull the silver spoon out of your mouth or where ever else your mother put it and join the real world. This shelter is under funded and over worked like most. Many of those people around the shelter are volunteers just trying to make one day better for some of the dogs left there to die. Do us a favor, stay in your big city. They have dogs to adopt unless the only place your still welcome is over an hour drive from home. Loser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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This shelter is the absolute worst. We found a pet online via Petfinder.com, and called to inquire about the animal. We spoke with the foster dad, and we were told that someone was coming to look at the dog (Midnight) in 5 days, but that we could come down prior, on Sunday, if we were interested. We spent about 10 minutes on the phone with the foster dad asking various questions and arranged to come down the next day, Sunday, to view the dog. The foster dad advised us that he would drop off Midnight at the shelter and that they opened at 10 AM. He kept reiterating that it was important that we show up, and were we sure we would come the next day. We assured him we would show up. Well, guess what???? We drove over an hour to get there (from Pittsburgh) and no dog. No one knew what we were talking about, and the foster dad never dropped off the dog. But that is the least of the problems with this facility.

When we pulled up, we were greeted by what appeared to be a stray cat. Upon entering the office, we were greeted by an unchained barking dog and a sickly looking, drooling cat. The place reeked of urine and feces. I mean the smell was the worst thing I have ever encountered. It was unbearable. You could not even stay in the office for longer than 60 seconds at a time. The dog continued to bark, and bark, and bark, and no one appeared. We yelled "Hello!" several times with no response, though there were numerous cars in the lot. Eventually I walked around back, to see about 3 or 4 young men sitting down. A couple of them saw me, but NEVER acknowledged me! So eventually I yelled "Hello!" to be heard over the barking of the dogs. A woman came to assist us and advised us that, no, Midnight was not there, she knew nothing about it, the foster dad should have known better, Midnight was basically already promised to the other family, and finally, that we would need to submit an application and be approved prior to being able to adopt a dog. These are all things that the foster dad NEVER MENTIONED on the phone. And supposedly, he is an employee. So this was an absolutely wasted trip.

This place needs to be shut down IMMEDIATELY!!! Maybe these types of shelters work in "middle America" (the shelter is in St. Clairsville, OH), but I have lived in New York City and I currently reside in the Los Angeles area. In both locations, this shelter would be shut down on the spot. All the dogs are chained up (something I have never seen, as where I live, this is against the law) and the woman mentioned that she was having problems with sick dogs...I can see why.

We left our number for the foster dad to contact us, and we never got a return call. We had breakfast and drove back to civilization.

I notice a Treasurer posted a response. Well if this place is overseen by the county, then the county should be ashamed of themselves. This is the worst shelter I have ever stepped foot in, and gives Petfinder.com a bad name.

This is a sad state of affairs if this is a facility that is "rescuing" animals, because the conditions are bordering on abusive. Oh yeah, and like everyone else commented, the staff is rude. With the number of negative comments on this site, it is time to acknowledge the problems with the facility....after all, if numerous people say you are a Duck, then you are a damn duck. I will personally be reporting this facility to the Ohio State ASPCA.

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This shelter is the absolute worst. We found a pet online via Petfinder.com, and called to inquire about the animal. We spoke with the foster dad, and we were told that someone was coming to look at the dog (Midnight) in 5 days, but that we could come down prior, on Sunday, if we were interested. We spent about 10 minutes on the phone with the foster dad asking various questions and arranged to come down the next day, Sunday, to view the dog. The foster dad advised us that he would drop off Midnight at the shelter and that they opened at 10 AM. He kept reiterating that it was important that we show up, and were we sure we would come the next day. We assured him we would show up. Well, guess what???? We drove over an hour to get there (from Pittsburgh) and no dog. No one knew what we were talking about, and the foster dad never dropped off the dog. But that is the least of the problems with this facility.

When we pulled up, we were greeted by what appeared to be a stray cat. Upon entering the office, we were greeted by an unchained barking dog and a sickly looking, drooling cat. The place reeked of urine and feces. I mean the smell was the worst thing I have ever encountered. It was unbearable. You could not even stay in the office for longer than 60 seconds at a time. The dog continued to bark, and bark, and bark, and no one appeared. We yelled "Hello!" several times with no response, though there were numerous cars in the lot. Eventually I walked around back, to see about 3 or 4 young men sitting down. A couple of them saw me, but NEVER acknowledged me! So eventually I yelled "Hello!" to be heard over the barking of the dogs. A woman came to assist us and advised us that, no, Midnight was not there, she knew nothing about it, the foster dad should have known better, Midnight was basically already promised to the other family, and finally, that we would need to submit an application and be approved prior to being able to adopt a dog. These are all things that the foster dad NEVER MENTIONED on the phone. And supposedly, he is an employee. So this was an absolutely wasted trip.

This place needs to be shut down IMMEDIATELY!!! Maybe these types of shelters work in "middle America" (the shelter is in St. Clairsville, OH), but I have lived in New York City and I currently reside in the Los Angeles area. In both locations, this shelter would be shut down on the spot. All the dogs are chained up (something I have never seen, as where I live, this is against the law) and the woman mentioned that she was having problems with sick dogs...I can see why.

We left our number for the foster dad to contact us, and we never got a return call. We had breakfast and drove back to civilization.

I notice a Treasurer posted a response. Well if this place is overseen by the county, then the county should be ashamed of themselves. This is the worst shelter I have ever stepped foot in, and gives Petfinder.com a bad name.

This is a sad state of affairs if this is a facility that is "rescuing" animals, because the conditions are bordering on abusive. Oh yeah, and like everyone else commented, the staff is rude. With the number of negative comments on this site, it is time to acknowledge the problems with the facility....after all, if numerous people say you are a Duck, then you are a damn duck. I will personally be reporting this facility to the Ohio State ASPCA.

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just rescued the best dog i ever had from this shelter.....verna and her staff were great ! i was at the shelter 4 days in row playing and walking many dogs before i made my choice, all the while the staff was friendly and helpful. i believe they really care about the animals they have to take care of. it's a terrible job, and they do it great...thank you belmont county animal shelter

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just rescued the best dog i ever had from this shelter.....verna and her staff were great ! i was at the shelter 4 days in row playing and walking many dogs before i made my choice, all the while the staff was friendly and helpful. i believe they really care about the animals they have to take care of. it's a terrible job, and they do it great...thank you belmont county animal shelter

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Our beloved dog of 14 yrs. passed on in July 2009. After several months my wife and I decided to start looking for another dog to become part of our family. We knew that we wanted to adopt a shelter pet, so we started looking at the Belmont County Animal shelter. After visiting the web site and going to the shelter to look at several of the dogs, we decided to adopt a dog that had gone through the prison training program. We submitted our application and several days later was contacted to let us know that we were approved. Our new dog has been nothing less than a total joy! She has been in our family for 2 months now and has been getting a little spoiled, but she's worth it. I actually came across this page prior to us visiting the Belmont County animal Shelter and was surprised by what I read and wanted to see for myself. Our experience with the BCAS was wonderful. Our calls and questions were answered in a timely manner and I do believe that the employees that I had contact with do care about the animals. Is this the perfect atmosphere for the animals...no, but they have taken over the responsibility that the dogs/cats previous owners should have had. The animals have food, water and shelter. I understand that some animals are dropped at the shelter due to an elderly person dying or someone that really has fell on hard times. For you people who don't have your dogs/cats fixed, don't criticise other who are trying to do good. Don't say that you don't have the money to get your pet fixed or give them proper care because you always have money for your beer and cigarettes etc.. That's a fact. In closing, please give the BCAS a chance, you'll get a great pet and save a life. Thanks for your time.

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Our beloved dog of 14 yrs. passed on in July 2009. After several months my wife and I decided to start looking for another dog to become part of our family. We knew that we wanted to adopt a shelter pet, so we started looking at the Belmont County Animal shelter. After visiting the web site and going to the shelter to look at several of the dogs, we decided to adopt a dog that had gone through the prison training program. We submitted our application and several days later was contacted to let us know that we were approved. Our new dog has been nothing less than a total joy! She has been in our family for 2 months now and has been getting a little spoiled, but she's worth it. I actually came across this page prior to us visiting the Belmont County animal Shelter and was surprised by what I read and wanted to see for myself. Our experience with the BCAS was wonderful. Our calls and questions were answered in a timely manner and I do believe that the employees that I had contact with do care about the animals. Is this the perfect atmosphere for the animals...no, but they have taken over the responsibility that the dogs/cats previous owners should have had. The animals have food, water and shelter. I understand that some animals are dropped at the shelter due to an elderly person dying or someone that really has fell on hard times. For you people who don't have your dogs/cats fixed, don't criticise other who are trying to do good. Don't say that you don't have the money to get your pet fixed or give them proper care because you always have money for your beer and cigarettes etc.. That's a fact. In closing, please give the BCAS a chance, you'll get a great pet and save a life. Thanks for your time.

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I have had a very negative experience with this shelter. I have 2 dogs one which I got from another shelter. I went to this shelter and found the people there rude and unwilling to help me. When I asked questions about the pets I was meet with eye rolls and attitude by the people that were suppose to be helping me. I do a lot of charitable walks and donate to this cause regularly but this experience has truly worried me. I have no "axe to grind "just my own experience.

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I have had a very negative experience with this shelter. I have 2 dogs one which I got from another shelter. I went to this shelter and found the people there rude and unwilling to help me. When I asked questions about the pets I was meet with eye rolls and attitude by the people that were suppose to be helping me. I do a lot of charitable walks and donate to this cause regularly but this experience has truly worried me. I have no "axe to grind "just my own experience.

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Obviously people writing negative comments have some axe to grind because they have either been cited for abuse or neglect of their own animals or they were refused as adopters because they are known to be irresponsible pet owners like the guy who works in the building nearby who wasn't allowed to "Take" a dog that had been abandoned. There are policies in place to protect against idiots being allowed to adopt. I have adopted all of my dogs from this shelter and have never experienced any of these complaints. Sure, I wouldn't eat off the floor there, but heck, I wouldn't eat off my own kitchen floor either. If a dog comes in sick, it's treated. If it can't be treated, it is humanely euthanized. If it gets sick while it's there, it is treated or euthanized. They do not allow sick dogs to contaminate the place. If the residents of Belmont County weren't so ignorant and irresponsible, this shelter would have far less animals to care for and abuse and neglect wouldn't be as a big a problem as it is. Stupid people shouldn't be allowed to breed their own offspring, never mind dogs. They shouldnt be allowed to adopt an animal and at the BCAS, they aren't. If you are refused a pet, it's for a reason.

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Obviously people writing negative comments have some axe to grind because they have either been cited for abuse or neglect of their own animals or they were refused as adopters because they are known to be irresponsible pet owners like the guy who works in the building nearby who wasn't allowed to "Take" a dog that had been abandoned. There are policies in place to protect against idiots being allowed to adopt. I have adopted all of my dogs from this shelter and have never experienced any of these complaints. Sure, I wouldn't eat off the floor there, but heck, I wouldn't eat off my own kitchen floor either. If a dog comes in sick, it's treated. If it can't be treated, it is humanely euthanized. If it gets sick while it's there, it is treated or euthanized. They do not allow sick dogs to contaminate the place. If the residents of Belmont County weren't so ignorant and irresponsible, this shelter would have far less animals to care for and abuse and neglect wouldn't be as a big a problem as it is. Stupid people shouldn't be allowed to breed their own offspring, never mind dogs. They shouldnt be allowed to adopt an animal and at the BCAS, they aren't. If you are refused a pet, it's for a reason.

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the staff is incredibly rude and has been for years. also, over the years that i have had to deal with them, the animals' poor living conditions have not improved. they have a high percentage (probably about half) of animals that are sickly. and none of the animals are clean. they also have dogs who "live" at the facility who are allowed to run about the parking lot. i think this is very irresponsible and a very bad example to set for people. not to mention, it's inhumane to allow a dog to get run over because it believes it's territory is a parking lot with public access.

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the staff is incredibly rude and has been for years. also, over the years that i have had to deal with them, the animals' poor living conditions have not improved. they have a high percentage (probably about half) of animals that are sickly. and none of the animals are clean. they also have dogs who "live" at the facility who are allowed to run about the parking lot. i think this is very irresponsible and a very bad example to set for people. not to mention, it's inhumane to allow a dog to get run over because it believes it's territory is a parking lot with public access.

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Seriously...when I read some of the reviews below I was totally astonished! I have adopted from the Belmont County Animal Shelter, I volunteered there for a while when I had the time, I have visited when in the area just to see the pets... and I applied for a job there and did not get it so on that I could easily write a sour grapes bad review. But, I cannot!

So much of what is written below is laughable and I would be willing to bet is posted by someone(s) seeking revenge for some reason, as the animal shelter also enforces laws for animal issues in the county... and I have heard, and seen, some real pet owner (ie abuser) horror stories!

- The shelter building is small, especially the walkways for human passage. So, stories of urine all over the place is simply impossible,,, especially on the linoleum floors where people would be slipping and falling constantly.
- The people who work there are friendly and courteous... I have never seen them even approach being rude to anyone.
- Do they walk around with prospective pet owners like an appliance salesman looking to sell a top of the line with extended warranty? No! When you go looking for a pet there you have free run of the place,,, and, to me at least, that is great.
- The libelous writings of the employees ignoring customers and talking about drinking is outrageous! All one needs to do to know this is a farce is to see the ladies who work there!

And on and on. Browse Google for other sites that review BCAS and you will see a BIG difference in the reviews... I could find no other site with even a single bad thing to say about this place! Go and see for yourself and decide.

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Seriously...when I read some of the reviews below I was totally astonished! I have adopted from the Belmont County Animal Shelter, I volunteered there for a while when I had the time, I have visited when in the area just to see the pets... and I applied for a job there and did not get it so on that I could easily write a sour grapes bad review. But, I cannot!

So much of what is written below is laughable and I would be willing to bet is posted by someone(s) seeking revenge for some reason, as the animal shelter also enforces laws for animal issues in the county... and I have heard, and seen, some real pet owner (ie abuser) horror stories!

- The shelter building is small, especially the walkways for human passage. So, stories of urine all over the place is simply impossible,,, especially on the linoleum floors where people would be slipping and falling constantly.
- The people who work there are friendly and courteous... I have never seen them even approach being rude to anyone.
- Do they walk around with prospective pet owners like an appliance salesman looking to sell a top of the line with extended warranty? No! When you go looking for a pet there you have free run of the place,,, and, to me at least, that is great.
- The libelous writings of the employees ignoring customers and talking about drinking is outrageous! All one needs to do to know this is a farce is to see the ladies who work there!

And on and on. Browse Google for other sites that review BCAS and you will see a BIG difference in the reviews... I could find no other site with even a single bad thing to say about this place! Go and see for yourself and decide.

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Animals in need of homes!!This shelter is of no use to allot of animals!We work very close to this shelter & would have taken several dogs home that were let off by someone who probably could not afford them any longer they were well kept & very friendly. One co worker wanted the blue tick but he had to finish his shift & the dog shelter picked the dog up & would not let my co-worker have the dog several hrs later, he would have taken excellent care of this animal he is an animal lover & his pets are all up with their shots. The other dog a Peek was also wanted by another co-worker the shelter would not let them have this animal either.They were told they would have to pay to adopt them & go thru an adoption that takes several days. This is insane that you would put these animals with other animals that could make these dogs sick. I will never donate money to this organization again nor will 20 other co-workers Kathy H

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Animals in need of homes!!This shelter is of no use to allot of animals!We work very close to this shelter & would have taken several dogs home that were let off by someone who probably could not afford them any longer they were well kept & very friendly. One co worker wanted the blue tick but he had to finish his shift & the dog shelter picked the dog up & would not let my co-worker have the dog several hrs later, he would have taken excellent care of this animal he is an animal lover & his pets are all up with their shots. The other dog a Peek was also wanted by another co-worker the shelter would not let them have this animal either.They were told they would have to pay to adopt them & go thru an adoption that takes several days. This is insane that you would put these animals with other animals that could make these dogs sick. I will never donate money to this organization again nor will 20 other co-workers Kathy H

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I was really surprised to read some of these negative reviews, because I adopted a wonderful, healthy dog from this shelter last month and everyone was very nice. I think the few people that are dissatisfied are more likely to complain by writing a negative review.I applied for the dog I wanted via the Belmont County Animal Rescue League website. After a few days, I got an email that the adoption was approved. The shelter staff always responded to my emails or phone calls. I adopted from out of state, and they could not have been nicer to me. I was able to pay the adoption fee, which included shots and spay, using paypal, which was very convenient. If you are considering adopting from this shelter, please don't let a few negative reviews stop you. They have so many nice dogs here in need of homes. It seemed to me that the staff really cares about the animals and wants to see them get adopted.

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I was really surprised to read some of these negative reviews, because I adopted a wonderful, healthy dog from this shelter last month and everyone was very nice. I think the few people that are dissatisfied are more likely to complain by writing a negative review.I applied for the dog I wanted via the Belmont County Animal Rescue League website. After a few days, I got an email that the adoption was approved. The shelter staff always responded to my emails or phone calls. I adopted from out of state, and they could not have been nicer to me. I was able to pay the adoption fee, which included shots and spay, using paypal, which was very convenient. If you are considering adopting from this shelter, please don't let a few negative reviews stop you. They have so many nice dogs here in need of homes. It seemed to me that the staff really cares about the animals and wants to see them get adopted.

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I visited this shelter back in December so I'm reading these reviews with great interest. I had a bad experience too. Before I visited, I called countless times. Of course no one called me back. I decided to come to see the dog I had been calling about, but the dog had just been euthanized because of lack of space. I understand how this works, but had one of my calls been returned, maybe I could have adopted that dog before it was put to sleep. If that wasn't bad enough, the 2 women at the front desk (Supervisor and humane officer) wouldnt acknowledge my presence--just kept talking about drinking and whatever else they were discussing. When I finally interrupted them, they acted like they were doing ME a favor by answering me. They were rude and nasty, and their tone of voice had NOTHING to do with me getting my way since all I wanted to know was where I could find the available dog I was inquiring about. So, the fact that this shelter's staff is overworked and underpaid is NO excuse for the rudeness that the people att the front desk exhibit. The staff at all shelters are overworked and underpaid. It's a hard and painful job. But the bottom line is no one is making them work there, so they shouldn't be taking it out on the public. Additionally, since it is people who are adopting the dogs they care for, wouldn't it be in the animals' best interests for them to not turn these people away with their lack of common courtesy? I ended up going to another shelter closer to my home to adopt, so at least I rescued a dog that otherwise would have been put to sleep, but how many more dogs at this shelter might be adopted if these 2 people were a bit friendlier when dealing with the people who are interested in adopting?

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I visited this shelter back in December so I'm reading these reviews with great interest. I had a bad experience too. Before I visited, I called countless times. Of course no one called me back. I decided to come to see the dog I had been calling about, but the dog had just been euthanized because of lack of space. I understand how this works, but had one of my calls been returned, maybe I could have adopted that dog before it was put to sleep. If that wasn't bad enough, the 2 women at the front desk (Supervisor and humane officer) wouldnt acknowledge my presence--just kept talking about drinking and whatever else they were discussing. When I finally interrupted them, they acted like they were doing ME a favor by answering me. They were rude and nasty, and their tone of voice had NOTHING to do with me getting my way since all I wanted to know was where I could find the available dog I was inquiring about. So, the fact that this shelter's staff is overworked and underpaid is NO excuse for the rudeness that the people att the front desk exhibit. The staff at all shelters are overworked and underpaid. It's a hard and painful job. But the bottom line is no one is making them work there, so they shouldn't be taking it out on the public. Additionally, since it is people who are adopting the dogs they care for, wouldn't it be in the animals' best interests for them to not turn these people away with their lack of common courtesy? I ended up going to another shelter closer to my home to adopt, so at least I rescued a dog that otherwise would have been put to sleep, but how many more dogs at this shelter might be adopted if these 2 people were a bit friendlier when dealing with the people who are interested in adopting?

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As a board member of the Belmont County Animal Rescue League I was disappointed to run across this web site and read some of the reviews. But considering the reviews cover a 5 year period and are relatively few in number there should be no surprise that some people have been unsatisfied with the shelter over the years. With that said I would like to say that much of what is said in the reviews is because someone did not get their own way or because of ignorance of how the shelter is funded and operated. The Belmont County Animal Shelter is an absolutely wonderful place for the animals. I have visited more than a dozen animal shelters in three different countries and several states and the citizens of Belmont County can rest assured that they have a wonderful facility. It is by no means a perfect facility but it is a wonderful place. Now that you have my opinion, let's talk about some facts.

FACT - The shelter is operated by the Belmont County Animal Rescue league under contract with the County Commissioners. The employees at the shelter work for the Board of the Belmont County Animal Rescue League.

FACT - No public funds support the operation of the shelter. The fee's paid for dog licenses and kennel licenses is the only money that is used to operate the shelter other than funds from private donations.

FACT - The vast majority (nearly 100%) of the animals at the animal shelter end up there because of irresponsible people. These irresponsible people cause the death of millions of dogs and cats every year. These irresponsible people come to the animal shelter and get indignant and make demands of the shelter staff. These irresponsible people cause the shelter staff to have to hold perfectly healthy animals and kill them because there is a limited number of resources available to take care of the homeless pets. So unfortunately some days are better than others but make no mistake the animal shelter staff loves the animals under their care.

FACT - By state law a dog only has to be held 3 days and then can be euthanized. All most all of the dogs at the Belmont County Animal Shelter have been there longer than 3 days. We keep dogs as long as we can in order to find them a good home.

FACT - The Belmont County Animal Shelter always has dozens of dogs available for adoption, no dog leaves unless it is spayed or neutered.

FACT - The funds to run the shelter that comes from the sale of licenses only covers about 2/3rds of the operating costs. The rest comes from BCARL through private donations. That was over $80,000 in private funds in 2008.

FACT - The entire shelter staff is under paid, most making little more than minimum wage. The entire shelter staff also works as volunteers and work many hours without getting paid. Some work as much as 20-30 extra hours per month and do not get paid for that time.

Again, we are not a perfect facility but I hope you might take some of the above facts into consideration the next time you visit the shelter. The negative reviews on this web site do not tell the entire picture. If you are a good person that does not add to the extreme heart ache that the irresponsible pet owner causes, then I trust that your visit to the animal shelter will be a pleasant one. If for some reason we got it wrong, I am deeply sorry if you did not get the service you deserve from our shelter staff. But know this, that shelter staff is dedicated and loves the animals under their charge. The best interests of the animals drives the decision making process at the shelter. Should you like to discuss anything in particular please feel free to contact me at bobpainter73222@gmail.com. Thanks

Sincerely,

Bob Painter
Treasurer
Belmont County Animal Rescue League

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As a board member of the Belmont County Animal Rescue League I was disappointed to run across this web site and read some of the reviews. But considering the reviews cover a 5 year period and are relatively few in number there should be no surprise that some people have been unsatisfied with the shelter over the years. With that said I would like to say that much of what is said in the reviews is because someone did not get their own way or because of ignorance of how the shelter is funded and operated. The Belmont County Animal Shelter is an absolutely wonderful place for the animals. I have visited more than a dozen animal shelters in three different countries and several states and the citizens of Belmont County can rest assured that they have a wonderful facility. It is by no means a perfect facility but it is a wonderful place. Now that you have my opinion, let's talk about some facts.

FACT - The shelter is operated by the Belmont County Animal Rescue league under contract with the County Commissioners. The employees at the shelter work for the Board of the Belmont County Animal Rescue League.

FACT - No public funds support the operation of the shelter. The fee's paid for dog licenses and kennel licenses is the only money that is used to operate the shelter other than funds from private donations.

FACT - The vast majority (nearly 100%) of the animals at the animal shelter end up there because of irresponsible people. These irresponsible people cause the death of millions of dogs and cats every year. These irresponsible people come to the animal shelter and get indignant and make demands of the shelter staff. These irresponsible people cause the shelter staff to have to hold perfectly healthy animals and kill them because there is a limited number of resources available to take care of the homeless pets. So unfortunately some days are better than others but make no mistake the animal shelter staff loves the animals under their care.

FACT - By state law a dog only has to be held 3 days and then can be euthanized. All most all of the dogs at the Belmont County Animal Shelter have been there longer than 3 days. We keep dogs as long as we can in order to find them a good home.

FACT - The Belmont County Animal Shelter always has dozens of dogs available for adoption, no dog leaves unless it is spayed or neutered.

FACT - The funds to run the shelter that comes from the sale of licenses only covers about 2/3rds of the operating costs. The rest comes from BCARL through private donations. That was over $80,000 in private funds in 2008.

FACT - The entire shelter staff is under paid, most making little more than minimum wage. The entire shelter staff also works as volunteers and work many hours without getting paid. Some work as much as 20-30 extra hours per month and do not get paid for that time.

Again, we are not a perfect facility but I hope you might take some of the above facts into consideration the next time you visit the shelter. The negative reviews on this web site do not tell the entire picture. If you are a good person that does not add to the extreme heart ache that the irresponsible pet owner causes, then I trust that your visit to the animal shelter will be a pleasant one. If for some reason we got it wrong, I am deeply sorry if you did not get the service you deserve from our shelter staff. But know this, that shelter staff is dedicated and loves the animals under their charge. The best interests of the animals drives the decision making process at the shelter. Should you like to discuss anything in particular please feel free to contact me at bobpainter73222@gmail.com. Thanks

Sincerely,

Bob Painter
Treasurer
Belmont County Animal Rescue League

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Id been looking for a dog to adopt for some time and would visit this animal shelter in search of one. Whenever I went in to ask a question, they rudely waived me towards the yard in the back where the dogs were without bothering to find out what I wanted.. They couldn't be bothered taking a moment from their personal conversations behind the front desk to answer me. The gray haired woman, who is the supervisor, looked hung over and the red headed woman looked out of it. There was poop everywhere, inside and out. I realize this is a shelter, but no one was making any effort to clean it up. The staff was gathered in the back where there are a number of outside cages ragging on the two at the front desk. It's a wonder the county doesn't come in and make them clean up their act...in more ways then one. Dogs were locked in the bathrooms, I could hear them barking behind the closed doors, one little dog was dragging a tumor the size of a bowling ball. It was pathetic. My question is, who do you complain to about neglect when it is the people you are supposed to complain to that are doing the abuse and neglect?

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Id been looking for a dog to adopt for some time and would visit this animal shelter in search of one. Whenever I went in to ask a question, they rudely waived me towards the yard in the back where the dogs were without bothering to find out what I wanted.. They couldn't be bothered taking a moment from their personal conversations behind the front desk to answer me. The gray haired woman, who is the supervisor, looked hung over and the red headed woman looked out of it. There was poop everywhere, inside and out. I realize this is a shelter, but no one was making any effort to clean it up. The staff was gathered in the back where there are a number of outside cages ragging on the two at the front desk. It's a wonder the county doesn't come in and make them clean up their act...in more ways then one. Dogs were locked in the bathrooms, I could hear them barking behind the closed doors, one little dog was dragging a tumor the size of a bowling ball. It was pathetic. My question is, who do you complain to about neglect when it is the people you are supposed to complain to that are doing the abuse and neglect?

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We recently adopted a 6 month old stray from belmont county animal shleter. He died exactly 1 week later after being diagnosed with Parvo. He spent the last 4 days of his life at new horizon animal hospital-we tried everything we could to save him. The shelter failed to test him or any other dog for parvo when comming to the shelter- a test that would only cost about $8 dollars. They said it was too expensive. They failed to keep him in one area/dog house-promoting the spread of any sickness to the other dogs. Everyday he was at a different dog house, meaning that whereever he had a bowel movement (parvo is spread through stool, urine, vomit), another dog would be exposed. There was stool on the floor for about 1-2 hours, without being cleaned up. The staff bring their dogs to the shelter and let them run in the fenced yard, wild, near all of the chained up dogs. There is no ventilation. A volunteer said right in front of me to one of the staff, that he found rats in the shed where they keep their food supply. But not too worry because he cut their heads off with shovels and threw them in the dumpster. They have animals running around the shelter, unleashed....I thought all animals had to be contained or on a leash!-one small dog, has a mass the size of a grapefruit, rubbing the ground, and they let him roam around! See the shelter for yourself and make a comment to them on there lack of cleanliness. We will not let this happen to one more animal-our investiagtion has only begun!

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We recently adopted a 6 month old stray from belmont county animal shleter. He died exactly 1 week later after being diagnosed with Parvo. He spent the last 4 days of his life at new horizon animal hospital-we tried everything we could to save him. The shelter failed to test him or any other dog for parvo when comming to the shelter- a test that would only cost about $8 dollars. They said it was too expensive. They failed to keep him in one area/dog house-promoting the spread of any sickness to the other dogs. Everyday he was at a different dog house, meaning that whereever he had a bowel movement (parvo is spread through stool, urine, vomit), another dog would be exposed. There was stool on the floor for about 1-2 hours, without being cleaned up. The staff bring their dogs to the shelter and let them run in the fenced yard, wild, near all of the chained up dogs. There is no ventilation. A volunteer said right in front of me to one of the staff, that he found rats in the shed where they keep their food supply. But not too worry because he cut their heads off with shovels and threw them in the dumpster. They have animals running around the shelter, unleashed....I thought all animals had to be contained or on a leash!-one small dog, has a mass the size of a grapefruit, rubbing the ground, and they let him roam around! See the shelter for yourself and make a comment to them on there lack of cleanliness. We will not let this happen to one more animal-our investiagtion has only begun!

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The city of St. Clairsville mandated us to get rid of our dog because she barked to much. and had gotton loose twice in a year. in which all the times she did get loose we went looking for her. and most times failed finding her. anyways we were madated to get rid of her. we took her to THIS shelter. two weeks later we called to see if she was adopted they said no she was still there. i went there a month after giving our dog (which has been in our 4 childrens live since they were born) to them to see if someone took her...as soon as i walked in they were rude. mean looking. we looked around. the shelter was way too crowded, dogs leashed to the hallways. 6 dogs changed up write when you walk in.
I then asked one of the ladys about her i asked "has sable been adopted , she was the one with a beautiful red coat" she then sais huh? you have to give me a name..( in which i did give it to her AGAIN) then she sais we havent had a sable in months. i said what ? she was brought here a month ago she said no....then the other lady chimed in and said ai remember her. and said she wasnt up to date on her shots was she? not asking me, asking the other lady. she said no we called her vet and she wasnt...oh well we had to put her down for parvo, we couldnt treat her. i said parvo? she didnt have that when she left she must of gotten it from here. they said no she wsnt vaccinated...i was very upset!
she was perfectly healthy when we took her there, heck my husband and i rescued her from a caretaker. she was all bones had sores. had green water. covered in her own feces.and was standing on her too small of a shelter in a too tiny of a cage for her size....she wasnt the dog we were looking for..but we couldnt leave a dog in that position. we took her in and nursed her to health. and became our family. then we move to this AWEFULL town, that tells us we need to shut our windows when we leave the house because our dog is barking INSIDE our own house was disturbing neighbors...and this is plain daytime, not late night or early morning daytime! so, i know i ranted. i get upset about what they did! ive also known to other families who have gotton puppies from the Belmont county animal shelter, and the had parvo...the families treated them and they lived.

Im sorry to say this but all shelters have nice dogs, but the most of the dogs are dirty and one time we pulled 22 BIG ticks of of one dog from a shelter. and was WAY overweight. these shelters do a great service. but rubbing it in someones face that u didnt give them their up to date shot on something. when they cant even bathe or groom them is plain out ridiculous.

Y do they charge so much for a dog they cant guarentee is 100% healthy? if the didnt charge a fricken arm and a leg for a animal, they wouldnt be so crowded, and they would have more time for disinfecting the ground and shelter (cause there are ways to prevent parvo) and wats with these lengthy Applications like your purchasing a house loan? they should just be happy someone is willing to pay too much money for a dog that u dont even know the history of its characteristics.

and if anyone hasnt realized it yet all shelters' people pick and choose who they THINK deserves the animal...and will lie to you about it...but thats another story and another shelter.i think i wrote to much.the end.

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The city of St. Clairsville mandated us to get rid of our dog because she barked to much. and had gotton loose twice in a year. in which all the times she did get loose we went looking for her. and most times failed finding her. anyways we were madated to get rid of her. we took her to THIS shelter. two weeks later we called to see if she was adopted they said no she was still there. i went there a month after giving our dog (which has been in our 4 childrens live since they were born) to them to see if someone took her...as soon as i walked in they were rude. mean looking. we looked around. the shelter was way too crowded, dogs leashed to the hallways. 6 dogs changed up write when you walk in.
I then asked one of the ladys about her i asked "has sable been adopted , she was the one with a beautiful red coat" she then sais huh? you have to give me a name..( in which i did give it to her AGAIN) then she sais we havent had a sable in months. i said what ? she was brought here a month ago she said no....then the other lady chimed in and said ai remember her. and said she wasnt up to date on her shots was she? not asking me, asking the other lady. she said no we called her vet and she wasnt...oh well we had to put her down for parvo, we couldnt treat her. i said parvo? she didnt have that when she left she must of gotten it from here. they said no she wsnt vaccinated...i was very upset!
she was perfectly healthy when we took her there, heck my husband and i rescued her from a caretaker. she was all bones had sores. had green water. covered in her own feces.and was standing on her too small of a shelter in a too tiny of a cage for her size....she wasnt the dog we were looking for..but we couldnt leave a dog in that position. we took her in and nursed her to health. and became our family. then we move to this AWEFULL town, that tells us we need to shut our windows when we leave the house because our dog is barking INSIDE our own house was disturbing neighbors...and this is plain daytime, not late night or early morning daytime! so, i know i ranted. i get upset about what they did! ive also known to other families who have gotton puppies from the Belmont county animal shelter, and the had parvo...the families treated them and they lived.

Im sorry to say this but all shelters have nice dogs, but the most of the dogs are dirty and one time we pulled 22 BIG ticks of of one dog from a shelter. and was WAY overweight. these shelters do a great service. but rubbing it in someones face that u didnt give them their up to date shot on something. when they cant even bathe or groom them is plain out ridiculous.

Y do they charge so much for a dog they cant guarentee is 100% healthy? if the didnt charge a fricken arm and a leg for a animal, they wouldnt be so crowded, and they would have more time for disinfecting the ground and shelter (cause there are ways to prevent parvo) and wats with these lengthy Applications like your purchasing a house loan? they should just be happy someone is willing to pay too much money for a dog that u dont even know the history of its characteristics.

and if anyone hasnt realized it yet all shelters' people pick and choose who they THINK deserves the animal...and will lie to you about it...but thats another story and another shelter.i think i wrote to much.the end.

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I had just recently adopted a 8 week old beagle from this shelter.I noticed that the puppy was not given a bath and the floors of the kennel were covered with dog urine. Not even a day later the dog showed signs of Kennel Cough and I took it to the vet and I purchased its vaccines and it was treated for Kennel Cough (which is expected when purchasing from a kennel). Then a few days later the dog was waking in the middle of the night showing signs of the Parvo Virus (diarrhea with bloddy stool, vomiting, loss of appettite and a depressed mood). He was getting sicker by the hour and was scared for his life. So I called the shelter and asked if they could help me figure out was wrong with the puppy and possibly find a vet quickly; since i had a contract stating that within the week of the adoption if there are any complications the animal shelter would help with any medical issues. First off the shelter was hard to reach since no one answers the phones. But when they finally called me back they said that IT WAS OUR FAULT THE DOG WAS SICK and THEY WOULD NOT HELP US. They were very IGNORANT and INCONSIDERATE to us. VERY RUDE!! But as I was researching the Parvo Virus I found that it is spread especially in kennels where dog feces and urine is not properly cleaned from the floor and other animals come into contact with the infected area and that the virus can live on the infected area for up to 9 more months if the area is still not cleaned properly. It rang a bell when I remebered how gross the cage was where the puppy was stationed. So since the BELMONT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER was not any help I brought the puppy to the Animal Urgent Care unit in South Wheeling, where he was diagnosed with PARVO. Later that night he DIED as a result of the PARVO VIRUS. That same evening a woman from the shelter called to see what all the conflict was about, and I told her exactly what I stated above and she said that WE SHOULD HAVE PUT THE DOG ASLEEP AND NOT EVEN BOTHER WITH TREATMENT and she said that "WE DONT EVEN GUARANTEE ANY OF THE ANIMAL'S HEALTH HERE"!! SHE ALSO SAID THAT THEY STILL WOULDN"T HELP WITH THE EXPENSIVE DOCTOR VISIT AND TREATMENT. NOR DID SHE OFFER A REFUND OF THE ADOPTION FEE OR ANYTHING!! Not even a "SORRY". Ignorant people!! Obviously BELMONT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER is by far the WORSE shelter I have ever associated with. They gave me a paper saying that a majority of their animals get Kennel Cough but they did not notify me on that paper that a majority of their puppies get PARVO, I had to learn that from the employee over the phone. NEVER ADOPT A PET FROM BELMONT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER!! And FYI this shelter has been SUSPENDED before for simialr issues. So Think Twice When Wanting To Adopt A Pet, NEVER GO HERE!! They Have Sanitation and People Issues they need to work out!!

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I had just recently adopted a 8 week old beagle from this shelter.I noticed that the puppy was not given a bath and the floors of the kennel were covered with dog urine. Not even a day later the dog showed signs of Kennel Cough and I took it to the vet and I purchased its vaccines and it was treated for Kennel Cough (which is expected when purchasing from a kennel). Then a few days later the dog was waking in the middle of the night showing signs of the Parvo Virus (diarrhea with bloddy stool, vomiting, loss of appettite and a depressed mood). He was getting sicker by the hour and was scared for his life. So I called the shelter and asked if they could help me figure out was wrong with the puppy and possibly find a vet quickly; since i had a contract stating that within the week of the adoption if there are any complications the animal shelter would help with any medical issues. First off the shelter was hard to reach since no one answers the phones. But when they finally called me back they said that IT WAS OUR FAULT THE DOG WAS SICK and THEY WOULD NOT HELP US. They were very IGNORANT and INCONSIDERATE to us. VERY RUDE!! But as I was researching the Parvo Virus I found that it is spread especially in kennels where dog feces and urine is not properly cleaned from the floor and other animals come into contact with the infected area and that the virus can live on the infected area for up to 9 more months if the area is still not cleaned properly. It rang a bell when I remebered how gross the cage was where the puppy was stationed. So since the BELMONT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER was not any help I brought the puppy to the Animal Urgent Care unit in South Wheeling, where he was diagnosed with PARVO. Later that night he DIED as a result of the PARVO VIRUS. That same evening a woman from the shelter called to see what all the conflict was about, and I told her exactly what I stated above and she said that WE SHOULD HAVE PUT THE DOG ASLEEP AND NOT EVEN BOTHER WITH TREATMENT and she said that "WE DONT EVEN GUARANTEE ANY OF THE ANIMAL'S HEALTH HERE"!! SHE ALSO SAID THAT THEY STILL WOULDN"T HELP WITH THE EXPENSIVE DOCTOR VISIT AND TREATMENT. NOR DID SHE OFFER A REFUND OF THE ADOPTION FEE OR ANYTHING!! Not even a "SORRY". Ignorant people!! Obviously BELMONT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER is by far the WORSE shelter I have ever associated with. They gave me a paper saying that a majority of their animals get Kennel Cough but they did not notify me on that paper that a majority of their puppies get PARVO, I had to learn that from the employee over the phone. NEVER ADOPT A PET FROM BELMONT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER!! And FYI this shelter has been SUSPENDED before for simialr issues. So Think Twice When Wanting To Adopt A Pet, NEVER GO HERE!! They Have Sanitation and People Issues they need to work out!!

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Our husky had ran away one time, and I went to the shelter to see if they had picked him up, or if someone called to have him picked up, and they told me if they had picked up a husky that they would kill him, because they just wanted to know who in this county in their right mind would want a husky, for anything....

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Our husky had ran away one time, and I went to the shelter to see if they had picked him up, or if someone called to have him picked up, and they told me if they had picked up a husky that they would kill him, because they just wanted to know who in this county in their right mind would want a husky, for anything....

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I had lost a dog and went to the shelter to see if he may have been picked up and brought there. My dog wasn't there but the staff was very unfriendly and frankly were quite rude. They gave the impression that I was wasting their time and annoyed that they had to help me. I can only hope they treat the animals better than they do people.

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I had lost a dog and went to the shelter to see if he may have been picked up and brought there. My dog wasn't there but the staff was very unfriendly and frankly were quite rude. They gave the impression that I was wasting their time and annoyed that they had to help me. I can only hope they treat the animals better than they do people.

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My dog has been missing for several months now, when my dog come up missing I did all of the things that you can think of I put a ad in the paper hung up posters all over town and contacted all the local shelters. I took pictures out to Belmont County Animal Shelter and I called them every week for months. It has now been 8 & 1/2 months since my beautiful husky came up missing. When we finally received news my nephew saw a can for donations at a restaurant in St.Clairsville for the B.C.A.S. it had a picture on it of what he swore was my dog. He told us and my husband went and looked at it we are 99.9% sure this is our dog. I contacted the animal shelter the very next day and was told that it would be nearly impossible for them to track this. That is an inexcusable answer to me they as a county agency should have to keep records. I even advised them if you adopted my dog out by mistake I can live with that as long as I know he is in a good home just let me know if he is o.k. they still could not or did not want to give me the information. I think this is a terrible way to treat the public and the very people that support your shelter. Yes I have adopted a dog from the shelter before. The dog was wonderful and still is but they the staff were not friendly to us at all. They even took the dog to the vet to have him fixed the day before I received him and the vet called me to pick him up a few hours after he had put him under it seemed he did not need surgery he was already fixed and had infected stitches in him. My point is how observant are you not to notice this on a animal that you are putting out for adoption shame on you for your past behavior and shame on you for your behavior now with my missing dog. Thank -you

PROS: Great. Wonderful Animals
CONS: Very Poor Relations to the Public

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My dog has been missing for several months now, when my dog come up missing I did all of the things that you can think of I put a ad in the paper hung up posters all over town and contacted all the local shelters. I took pictures out to Belmont County Animal Shelter and I called them every week for months. It has now been 8 & 1/2 months since my beautiful husky came up missing. When we finally received news my nephew saw a can for donations at a restaurant in St.Clairsville for the B.C.A.S. it had a picture on it of what he swore was my dog. He told us and my husband went and looked at it we are 99.9% sure this is our dog. I contacted the animal shelter the very next day and was told that it would be nearly impossible for them to track this. That is an inexcusable answer to me they as a county agency should have to keep records. I even advised them if you adopted my dog out by mistake I can live with that as long as I know he is in a good home just let me know if he is o.k. they still could not or did not want to give me the information. I think this is a terrible way to treat the public and the very people that support your shelter. Yes I have adopted a dog from the shelter before. The dog was wonderful and still is but they the staff were not friendly to us at all. They even took the dog to the vet to have him fixed the day before I received him and the vet called me to pick him up a few hours after he had put him under it seemed he did not need surgery he was already fixed and had infected stitches in him. My point is how observant are you not to notice this on a animal that you are putting out for adoption shame on you for your past behavior and shame on you for your behavior now with my missing dog. Thank -you

PROS: Great. Wonderful Animals
CONS: Very Poor Relations to the Public

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We had just bought a house & decided we wanted to get a dog. We went to the shelter to see what they had & saw a couple of dogs that we liked but when we asked about them they were all taken. It would have been nice if they could put that info on the cages so that every time we saw a dog we liked we didn't have to go looking for them to find out if it was available . We really, really wanted a dog as the last dog we'd had for 15 years had died 9 years ago & we couldn't get a dog because of where we were living until now. Anyway, we were just getting ready to leave when the woman said they had a dog that was just bought in & hadn't been availible yet. We saw him & he was just adorable. We told the woman that we wanted him & we paid the fee. We were so excited but decided not to tell the kids yet. We were going to pick the dog up & when the kids got home from school we were going to surprise them. We knew the kids would be so happy because they had never had a dog. We bought tons of stuff for the dog(dog bed, collar, leash, treats, etc.) My sister even took the day off from work we were so excited to be getting a day. Got to the shelter & my sister went into the other room to get the dog. Came back out with a dog but it wasn't our dog! They had given us the wrong dog! When we told them that this was the wrong dog they said that they had made a mistake with the dog's name . We asked about our dog & was told it was given to someone else. Even told us that although we were first that they would have given the dog to the other family because they needed it more! If that's the case why is it when we had asked about other dogs they had told us the dogs were taken. Therefore, if someone had inquired about our dog wouldn't they have been told he was taken. We were really angry about this & even angrier when we went back a couple of weeks later to see our dog still there as the family that had really needed him didn't pick him up & he got kennel cough & had to stay

PROS: Nice Dogs
CONS: Incompetent & Unreliable

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We had just bought a house & decided we wanted to get a dog. We went to the shelter to see what they had & saw a couple of dogs that we liked but when we asked about them they were all taken. It would have been nice if they could put that info on the cages so that every time we saw a dog we liked we didn't have to go looking for them to find out if it was available . We really, really wanted a dog as the last dog we'd had for 15 years had died 9 years ago & we couldn't get a dog because of where we were living until now. Anyway, we were just getting ready to leave when the woman said they had a dog that was just bought in & hadn't been availible yet. We saw him & he was just adorable. We told the woman that we wanted him & we paid the fee. We were so excited but decided not to tell the kids yet. We were going to pick the dog up & when the kids got home from school we were going to surprise them. We knew the kids would be so happy because they had never had a dog. We bought tons of stuff for the dog(dog bed, collar, leash, treats, etc.) My sister even took the day off from work we were so excited to be getting a day. Got to the shelter & my sister went into the other room to get the dog. Came back out with a dog but it wasn't our dog! They had given us the wrong dog! When we told them that this was the wrong dog they said that they had made a mistake with the dog's name . We asked about our dog & was told it was given to someone else. Even told us that although we were first that they would have given the dog to the other family because they needed it more! If that's the case why is it when we had asked about other dogs they had told us the dogs were taken. Therefore, if someone had inquired about our dog wouldn't they have been told he was taken. We were really angry about this & even angrier when we went back a couple of weeks later to see our dog still there as the family that had really needed him didn't pick him up & he got kennel cough & had to stay

PROS: Nice Dogs
CONS: Incompetent & Unreliable

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They are very caring and have the animal's best interest at heart. Make sure the animals have a good home and lots of love. The area where the animals are kept is clean. Spay and neuter for a reasonable price.

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They are very caring and have the animal's best interest at heart. Make sure the animals have a good home and lots of love. The area where the animals are kept is clean. Spay and neuter for a reasonable price.

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Obviously, if the person writing the last review has had to deal with this shelter over the years, it's probably because he or she has been cited for neglect or abuse or something equally wrong when it comes to the treatment of animals. This shelter is overcrowded, understaffed, and underfunded. That being said, it is still a wonderful place. Visit other shelters and you'll agree. The animals here are well taken care of, loved and cared for. If an animal is sick, it is treated. If it can't be treated, it is humanely euthanized. Adoption applications are refused when someone is clearly ignorant when it comes to the treatment of animals, doesn't spay or neuter their other pets (a sign of irresponsibility), is a known animal abuser or can't provide proper care. Dogs must be inside dogs and treated like family members, not tied out in a yard and forgotten about. They can't be used for hunting or breeding purposes. Every animal is spayed or neutered before it leaves. If you don't like that, don't adopt here. The idea is to reduce the number of neglected and abandoned animals in the county, not add to it. If you've had problems with this shelter, it's most likely because you are stupid and irresponsible. This county is loaded with irresponsible pet owners. The shelter is looking to remedy that by only approving those people who will treat their pets the way they deserve to be treated.

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★★★★☆

Obviously, if the person writing the last review has had to deal with this shelter over the years, it's probably because he or she has been cited for neglect or abuse or something equally wrong when it comes to the treatment of animals. This shelter is overcrowded, understaffed, and underfunded. That being said, it is still a wonderful place. Visit other shelters and you'll agree. The animals here are well taken care of, loved and cared for. If an animal is sick, it is treated. If it can't be treated, it is humanely euthanized. Adoption applications are refused when someone is clearly ignorant when it comes to the treatment of animals, doesn't spay or neuter their other pets (a sign of irresponsibility), is a known animal abuser or can't provide proper care. Dogs must be inside dogs and treated like family members, not tied out in a yard and forgotten about. They can't be used for hunting or breeding purposes. Every animal is spayed or neutered before it leaves. If you don't like that, don't adopt here. The idea is to reduce the number of neglected and abandoned animals in the county, not add to it. If you've had problems with this shelter, it's most likely because you are stupid and irresponsible. This county is loaded with irresponsible pet owners. The shelter is looking to remedy that by only approving those people who will treat their pets the way they deserve to be treated.

Pros: Best Dogs Ever

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the staff is incredibly rude and has been for years. also, over the years that i have had to deal with them, the animals' poor living conditions have not improved. they have a high percentage (probably about half) of animals that are sickly. and none of the animals are clean. they also have dogs who "live" at the facility who are allowed to run about the parking lot. i think this is very irresponsible and a very bad example to set for people. not to mention how inhumane it is to allow a dog to get run over because it believes that it's territory is a parking lot with public access.

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★☆☆☆☆

the staff is incredibly rude and has been for years. also, over the years that i have had to deal with them, the animals' poor living conditions have not improved. they have a high percentage (probably about half) of animals that are sickly. and none of the animals are clean. they also have dogs who "live" at the facility who are allowed to run about the parking lot. i think this is very irresponsible and a very bad example to set for people. not to mention how inhumane it is to allow a dog to get run over because it believes that it's territory is a parking lot with public access.

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