The refuge was open today and despite the foul weather, there were a fair few volunteers to help out. This was fortunate, as it is holiday time, and in terms of employees, only Melissa and Melanie were present. Not that there were many visitors, but we needed manpower (or actually woman-power) in any case.
The afternoon started with Bones being abandoned. Strangely enough this young dog does not like being left in a garden all day, so he escapes. And although he is fine indoors, his new owner would rather abandon him than leave him inside all day. The dog gets no vote, clearly.
He is now back with his old pal, Gary, and we hope better things await.
A small baby pinscher was found somewhere between Limoux and Carcassonne. He had spent the night at the home of the gentleman who had found him, and, thanks to this we know that Sputnik, as we have named him, is good with cats. We also know that he is fine with dogs, as he played with the two dogs in the infirmary and is now in the cat house playing with Latte.
The main excitement of the day resulted in our having to call the Police due to a rather aggressive visitor. I don’t want to mention any names at this point, not even that of the dog he was trying to abandon. However I would like to thank the two young guys who were looking to adopt a cat for wading in to help us, and I would like to apologise to the family with the young child, who heard some words that children of his age should not be exposed to. Please, if you are cross with us because a dog is not perfect, take a deep breath before you launch in with all guns blazing.
A few things you need to remember: Firstly it is you who has chosen the dog. We have not forced you to adopt him or her. Secondly, we cannot possibly know if the dog is a runner. Don’t tell us that we much know this because the dog “came from the Pound”. We ARE the pound, and we do not let our dogs off the leash. Thirdly, what difference does it make if a female has had a litter? All females leave us sterilised, and I can assure you that we do not mix males and females unless one or the other is sterilised. We do not breed puppies, we get enough brought in without adding to the problem.
Finally, we do not reimburse adoption fees. We are a charity and we survive on adoption fees and donations. An animal is not a piece of furniture; you don’t take it home to find out how it suits your life and then bring it back if it does not fit. Being aggressive with us will not change our minds.
And no, we will not let you swap one dog for another. Once you have shown your lack of patience with one dog, why should we let you do so on a new one? They are living creatures, and bringing them back must cause them no end of confusion.
Just so you all know, we have had 30 dogs brought in since December 15th. Admittedly some of them have been reclaimed, but forgive us if we don’t jump at the chance to accept back an animal because you have changed your mind. There is bound to be a period of adjustment, especially with all the additional stresses of Christmas time, so please make a bit of effort.
And Baby Sputnik arrives.