Animal shelters need help, not complaints
Editor, the Advocate:
I was volunteering at a local no-kill rescue recently when we received at least four phone calls one afternoon wanting the shelter to take in strays that the callers did not want to keep. We had to inform the callers that the shelter could not take in these animals because we were full to capacity. Most callers were accepting of this response.
We had a couple come into the shelter with a beautiful black lab mix. They asked that we take him in because they found him as a stray. After being informed that we were unable to take the dog, they left. After a few minutes, the woman returned and requested the receptionist's name. The woman stated that the receptionist had been very rude. The receptionist's name was given to her.
The purpose of this letter is to inform all the animal lovers out there that it is very sad and frustrating for the shelter staff to refuse to accept any strays. However, the shelter resources/finances are very limited, and it can only take in the ones that it is able to care for. I witnessed a staff member refuse to take in a kitten; I was on the verge of tears.
If people are upset by the idea of homeless animals, then please contact your shelters and ask them what you can do to help improve this situation. You may volunteer your time, assist with fundraising or donate supplies. I can assure you that the shelters will welcome your inquiries.
It is very easy to complain; however, it offers no value nor does it help alleviate the problem.
Espy Pequeno, Victoria