Saving lives at Humane Society

  • Article by: MARIA ELENA BACA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 7, 2011 - 8:38 PM

Effort to help people keep their pets and make it easier to adopt has resulted in 41% drop in euthanasia.

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uglystik151Aug. 7, 11 9:52 PM

I cry foul. All they have done is make it more burdensome for people to give up their animals to the Humane Society. Most of these dogs and cats are probably still being given up, only now they are just being dropped on the side of the road instead. These pets are now going to Animal Control instead.

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sundooberAug. 7, 1110:57 PM

Only a cruel owner would drop their animal by the side of the road, and I would imagine that the intake staff can tell which animals are at risk for that to happen, just by how the owner acts. At our out-state shelter, we always get people bringing in "stray" pets, "no, we don't know who owns it" pets, all so they can give up the animal without paying our surrender fee, which is a small price to pay for making sure your pet is taken care of.

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oimmigrationAug. 8, 1112:03 AM

I recently found a kitten on the side of the road, actually in the middle of the road! I hope that somebody didn't just drop it there. The kitten would have been run over by a car or truck if I didn't do something to save it. The kitten is fine now, but I don't know if I can keep it, because I already have one cat that needs daily medication for asthma. It would be a financial burden to keep the kitten because my income is low.

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oimmigrationAug. 8, 1112:33 AM

Too many people give up their pets too easily. Like when a problem comes up, or they get tired of it, or they move, or it no longer fits their lifestyle, or it inconveniences them. The throw away society.

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oimmigrationAug. 8, 1112:43 AM

Pet medicine like people medicine should not be taxed, but it is taxed. This is wrong especially for poor or low income pet owners. Complain to your elected leaders about this wrongful tax. Thank you.

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devonmacAug. 8, 1112:53 AM

I adopted my two cats from the Humane Society in 2009. They were both six years old and been there for 40+ days. In an instant, they took to me as I did to them. I cannot imagine my home without them now! I am glad that the Humane Society is now proving successful in placing more cats (& dogs) with people. We need each other (now more than ever)!

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montaguezxAug. 8, 11 1:28 AM

My wife works at a small town humane society so I get a regular update on what is happening here and in the rest of Minnesota to our dogs and cats. A lot of people come to an already overburdened facility begging to be allowed to dump their pet and of course to pay no compensation or surrender fee. The reason's given are ludicrous. I am moving and can't take my cat. I have owned my cat for 10-17 years and my asthma has kicked up, so I have to give him up. As if a cat or dog that has lived a majority of it's life with one family will adjust to such a drastic change. I redecorated my house and my pet doesn't fit the new decor. I just had a child and my pet started acting up. Oooh, it's just too much trouble for me and is causing stress. I adopted this kitten and it's just too active. (Imagine a kitten being too active) I brought this pet home (without any introduction period) and it hides from us. I got a new boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife and they just can't live with my pet because... (insert meaningless excuse here) I never got this dog fixes or trained it and for some reason, It won't listen to me and causes problems. The easy out would be to give these people a pass because the economy is bad. That is just patent nonsense. What seems to drive most surrenders as I see it is a society at large that does not value the lives of it's companion animals and jettisons them at the first sign that sacrifice might be required to keep it. I have shared my life with companion dogs and cats since I was a child. I have always looked upon them as important members of my family instead of a thing to be discarded when it becomes inconvenient. Pet's exist because we created them and they are dependent on us for survival. It's time we stopped making excuses for our failure to be responsible and do right by them.

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changeagent2010Aug. 8, 11 9:13 AM

Hurray! Finally a more humane Humane Society -- focusing more on adoptions and less on culling the overpopulation. Public & media pressure made them see how broken their previous model was and now there is a new one. Let's hope this attitude and way of fulfilling its mission is more than a temporary experiment. But folks need to support them with $$ and positive feedback and help them by adopting & by not adding to the problem. Also, not just complain when something bad gets in the news then forget about it the next news cycle.

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AmazedinighAug. 8, 1111:01 AM

While uglystick may not have made his/her point in the most diplomatic manner, it does raise an issue that I don't think the article answered. Has requiring the making of an appointment reduced the number of animals being turned over to the society? If there has been a reduction, it isn't possible to determine if those pet owners not willing to make an appointment are now doing with their animals. Unfortunately, some owners will simply let their pets loose - whether on the side of a road or somewhere away from home - so the animal will be impounded by animal control. Other posts have also pointed out the excuses people give for giving up pets, while you may not want to believe persons abandon pets it still does happen.

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KellyGeorgeAug. 8, 11 1:26 PM

Our society has become a throw away society for sure. I understand the troubles of people with losing jobs, ect. The thing I don't understand is how they feel that if they lose their job, they ditch the pet. When a person takes the responsibility of taking in a pet, they do this as a LIFELONG responsibility. There should be no doubts of feeling this way. You make it work. It's like having kids and you have troubles, you wouldn't get rid of the kids, would you? It should be looked at the same. There should be no excuses when taking in a pet. Whether financial or anything. I feel like "montaguezx". If you see all the excuses that are made when a person gives up their pet, it's crazy. There should almost be something you have to sign when you take in a pet that says I will be responsible for the life of the pet in good times and bad. There are too many poor animals (especially cats) that are given up. It's heartbreaking. People step up and be responsible. Treat your furry kids like your regular kids. No excuses!

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