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I one hundred percent want you to save an animal's life, and by no means want you to stop going to humane societies to find a new family friend. Their background checks are fairly good and you can be assured they will go to a good home, and you are guaranteed a good pet, considering most don't make it. By all means, please go pick up animals from the humane society.
My problem, however, is what happens if you drop off an animal.
Beware the humane society!
Though they may do good for the animals that they do sell, there are a lot that they don't advertise or tell people about.
- I found a cat; very sweet and in good health. We took it to the vet to check for a chip because it had no collar. The vet gave it a clean bill of health, though there was no chip. So we took him to the humane society to be put on the website so the owner could find it, or it could go to a good home. When I checked the website, his picture or data wasn't up. A few weeks pass and still no picture, I assumed they were just busy. Though there were only 3 cats in the shelter that week. When we called to check up on the said cat (because the owner did find us) they said it was put down. It didn't even make it on the website, I doubt it made it through the doors, even though it was sweet healthy, and had a home. Though the humane society says it's a no kill shelter, that's only for the”sellable” ones. Even if they make it to the website, they can be “sold” to pet shops or other places that could put it down.
- I work at a wildlife rehabilitation center. While the humane society does not take wild animals, they are supposed to give the public references to places that do (at least I feel they should). And if you bring one in, they will just euthanize it in the back, because they don't have time to take them to a rehab place.
- The drivers were told to bring kittens to a different shelter (that wouldn't kill them) but since they only listen to the humane society, over half the divers didn't, and the kittens would be euthanized, because there are too many or they “don't have space/time.”
- There were pictures posted of gerbils being lined up from largest to smallest after being euthanized because those specific people at the humane society thought it was funny. The public and animal lovers however did not find “a countertop FULL of dead gerbils in a row” funny; as I would like to think most people don't.
Please do not drop animals off at the humane society, unless you are prepared to end its life.