I read about a woman in the area whose lab and golden both got loose and ran away. THe Golden was picked up and dropped off at the pound. A few days later she went to see if her dogs were there and she saw her dog. Unfortunately, someone had already adopted it and the lady missed the cutoff for claiming her dog. She confronted the adoptive lady and begged for her dog, offering to buy her another dog and everything. She refused to give the dog back because she said it was for her daughter. Isn't it wrong how horrible people can be?
Guys my dad did the same thing with a Samoyed.He went to the shelter to adopt a dog and he found this Samoyed and adopted it . The people that owned the dog found out he adopted it and wanted it back,he wouldn't give the dog back.This was about 5 years ago.
The actual story goes like this, as I recall. Woman looses her golden retriever. The same day the dog goes missing, it's picked up by the humane society (I think in san francisco). The humane society has a 5 day period in which people are given to come in and claim their dog. The woman actually calls up saying 'I've lost a golden retriever' but the humane society workers fail to identify her dog as the missing one (there's more than 1 golden at our shelter here in town at any given time, I'm presuming it's the same at this one). On day 6 or 7, the woman goes to the humane society after she's practically given up hope, and sees her dog. However, since it's been more than the 5 days since the dog was brought in, the humane society has already signed adoption papers to someone else for the dog, who is being given to another woman's daughter as a birthday present (apparently the humane society agreed to hold the dog until the birthday or something). As I said before, it made national news, everyone was in an uproar because the Humane society had signed a legal contract basically with the new owner, and the new owner at first said she didn't want to give up the dog. Luckily, she and the daughter changed their minds, the dog went back to it's rightful owner (and was microchipped) and the lesson there is microchip and have tags on your dog no matter what. ;)
A happy ending for everyone. Girl probably got another dog and like everyone else who saw the news learned an important lesson :) Girl happy, owner happy, dog happy and valuable information was on a widely viewed program. Now that's not bad!
How could that woman not go to the shelter to see if her dog was there on the first day it was missing. If my dog was lost I would have went right away to see if my dog was at the shelter. Even if there was more than one shelter, I would go to all of them immediately.
I know last summer when Sadie escaped from NVH ,I contacted all the local and long distance shelters,put an add in the paper about her missing ,put flyers all over the place,contacted the local and long distance police,contacted all local and long distance ac,called the shelters everyday,called ac everyday,went to every sighting,camped out at sightings,drove routes where we think she may have been ,my hubby put 1500 miles on his jeep in 3 weeks time,we set up her crate in Balmville with food and our clothes hoping she may go to it. We just couldn't catch her. I know a lot of people wont do what we did ,but you have to look and call the shelters and ac.Other wise some one else may end up with your dog,like my dad. By the way his Samoyed has a very happy and loving home.