A woman in La. who lost her home and everything else placed her great dane in a La. shelter until she could get on her feet and care for him again.
The La. shelter was bursting at the seams and shipped many dogs to other shelters around the country as they could not handle them all. The La. shelter shipped this great dane to N.J. in September and told the woman he would be back by the end of October.
The N.J. shelter adopeded the dog to a local N.J. family who grew very attached to this dog. In the mean time the woman in La. got back on her feet and wanted her dog back and was told it was adopted out and she has been fighting to get him back ever since.
The courts in N.J. today ruled the great dane was to be sent back to the woman in La. as the judge stated this was a very difficult decission to make, however, he hoped his decission was a small way to help the woman in La. to start to get her life back to normal.
i'm happy that she got her dog back but i'm sure it must have been very dissapointing for the other family. the shelter in LA should not have sent him to NJ i would be very mad...but at the same time i would never let my dog be sent to a shelter. but i gues she was desperate.
Since when are shelter's motel 6? I'd never assume if I placed an animal in a shelter that I would be there weeks or even months later. I am shocked that the shelter employee's would make a deal with her to take care of the dane only to give it back to her after sheltering, feeding, and possibly vaccinating/micro chip- or spay/nueter. That's how shelters pay for their services by adopting out these pets and making a small portion of what they put into the dog to make it adoptable in the first place. What an odd predicament. Sad for the adopted family also.
I can only assume that there were many pet owners who lost everything that had no choice and thought it would be in the best interst of their pet to temporarly place them in a shelter until they could get a new place to live. After all they didn't just tire of the pet like most pets in the shelter.
On the other hand, if this is what happened I could understand her situation at the time.
I live in the midst of where Katrina hit and now there are so very many people trying tofind their dogs.. Its very sad and although I agree that shelters are Motel 6...the shelters for the humans trying to run fro the hurricane wouldnt take them.... sorry ... are not motel 6
I hope I never have to be in the position of evacuation again...we didnt leave because of the dogs and it was the scariest thing I ever went through
***Edited By: colliemom on 1/27/2006 7:57:36 PM*** Reason: change
Since when are shelter's motel 6? I'd never assume if I placed an animal in a shelter that I would be there weeks or even months later. I am shocked that the shelter employee's would make a deal with her to take care of the dane only to give it back to her after sheltering, feeding, and possibly vaccinating/micro chip- or spay/nueter. That's how shelters pay for their services by adopting out these pets and making a small portion of what they put into the dog to make it adoptable in the first place. What an odd predicament. Sad for the adopted family also........
i agree im was almost going to assume it was euthanized thankfully it wasnt and she got it back but how devastating it is for the other family i feel the dog should be chipped to the new owners so if need be they can re rescue for keeps
good for that old lady!! *off topic but that reminded me of the time when i was watchin oprah do the katrina thing and when the pet part came..i bursted into tears. like really cry and my husband was like so u didnt cry for the people but u cried for dogs?? and i was like yeah well theyre like kids..they know theyre in trouble and they just dont know what to do...i mostly cried when a family had to leave their dog behind cause the officials didnt let them take any pets only the people..and they showed this old man huggin the dog and wouldnt let his pet go so he decided to stay behind with his dog until somebody else took him in..SAD!
My local shelters handled many dogs from Katrina-effected areas. All such dogs were clearly marked, and special conditions were attached to the adoptions. If you adopted a "Katrina dog," you knew that if the original owner was found, that you would need to return the dog. I think this was the best way to handle a bad situation.
i think the extenuating circumstances of the hurricane and the people losing their homes and having to give up their dogs because no place would take them with their pets would allow for the shelters to act as temporary holding facilities for peoples pets.
i cannot imagine being in that position so i dont know how i would feel if my pet were adopted out. sure i would like to have my pets back without a doubt ...... but maybe something was signed when the pets were turned over stating that adoption would be an option if a certain amount of time had passed and the owner couldnt take possesion of their pet by said date. dont know and hope i never have to know on a personal level,.