David asked in PetsDogs · 2 months ago

Has anyone else  had felt that they were lied to be the Humane Society in their area?

The past 20 years I have mostly adopted from Humane Societies  in or near Boulder County, and every dog that I have adopted has either had behavior issues that were never mentioned during the adoption, or had major health issues, or  in the case of my most recent dog, they completely lied about the breed.   Dies anyone else feel like it's time to  start protesting the Humane Societies?

6 Answers

  • 2 months ago
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    I have to agree with what has been written already about this.   Fact is dogs find themselves Shelters for any number of reasons, some through no fault of their own (perhaps their owner dies, or is long-term hospitalised) but sadly, others because of issues with their first owners.   And for sure, dogs do behave differently in kennels to in a home.   I had to put mine into Quarantine (before Pet Passport) and they went in with 'a book' of what to expect from each of them.  Nothing applied!!

    As for what breed, it may be that the Shelter knows what the dam was, but not always the sire.   And Shelter staff are not known for getting it right!

    Major health issues should be known and prospective owners told however.

    So no, overall it's a buyer beware situation I'm afraid.   Most Humane Societies do their best for the dogs that come in.

    ps    I just noticed a comment about buying from a PET SHOP.   Never do this - chances are a puppy from that source came from a Puppy Farm, or from a BYB so you may well be buying problems.

  • Fred S
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    First of all. If you get a dog you looking forward to at least 10 years of responsibility and care. Second enlist the help of a professional dog trainer. One that is accredited.

    Training dogs is a science and should be done with the help of a dog trainer. Trying to do it yourself is a hit and miss situation. If trained right from the beginning you are looking ahead of years with great friendship with your dog.

  • 2 months ago

    Unless a dog has some kind of kennel club registration how can anyone be certain which breed it is. With behavioural and health problems the dogs are not being kept in a home situation before they are rehomed so the problems don't always come to light until they are. Why would you start protesting a charitable organisation? Are you under the impression that they are there to provide you with whatever you want? If you want a particular breed and want it to not have problems go and buy one from a breeder. Fortunately some people who adopted rescue dogs accept that there may be problems and set out to put things right.

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    I don't 'adopt' as I want a specific breed and also from specific lines and because I want to train/socialise myself, not  retrain someone elses poor or no training... and for that I need to pup at 8 weeks old as there is only a short few weeks where a pup absorbs their future behaviour.

    ANY dog anyone adopts will have 'behaviour' issues simply as when the adoptor gets them they are likely to have been in at lest three 'homes' along with 3 sets of different rules/training etc, so born to the 'breeder', sold into their first 'home' and passed onto the shelter AT LEAST..many are 'mistake pet breeding' or BYB so start off in uneducted homes, sold as 'designer breeds' to uneducted 'homes' and passed onto the shelter when they grow out of their puppy 'cuteness'.so they have all had a bad start.... many of the shelter staff are 'dog lovers' and volunteers they are not breed specialists and so know very little about even the various breeds of dog let alone mixed breeds so the shelter can only go on what they have been told, or what a dog could be a mix of and even the paid staff often haven't any extensive knowledge of breeds or their charactaristics nor do they spend the time it takes with any dog to assess this, shelters are a artifical environment for many dogs and with ALL rescues it takes a couple of weeks before their true personality is shown...eg you have 3 weeks from the day you get a pup/dog from a shelter to establish YOUR rules, impliment structured training/socialisation so the dog KNOWS the new rules and knows where its place is in it new pack and most people don't do this and because they don't and they allow the dog freedom to choose, the dog makes poor choices and that is where you establish bad behaviour issues.......

    My friend adopted a pup was told it was BC/Kelpie cross because that is what they were told...I told her it was more likely to be GSD/hound cross at 9/10 weeks old and now at 7 yrs old she is huge certainly has GSD and hound behaviour and likely she has some other 'breeds' in her background going back.....

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    I just agree with what Verulam and ? have to say on this issue.

    Also, some health issues in dogs may be hard to spot by the Society.

    If you get a dog from any sort of rescue kennels its hit and miss really

    as to how they settle into a new environment and often a new owner 

    May find the dog has quite a lot of unwanted baggage attached to it.

    AS for breed, its also hit and miss and often the society has to just

    put forward a guess as to what breed the dog may be.

    If you want more guarantees with a dog, then you need to buy from

    a reputable breeder, who will take back a pup that you find unsuitable.   

  • !
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Honestly, you should know if you're getting a pet from the humane society that they're not going to be the same as a pet you adopt directly from a breeder or pet shop. They're going to have problems, both physical and emotional, that were the reason their previous owner either surrendered the animal, or had it taken away from them. And they're not always going to be able to see all of the issues in the time they have the animal, because it will behave differently in the shelter than it will in your home. And they cant really know what the breed is, beyond what they've been told. They're doing the best they can with the resources available. Your expectations are completely unrealistic. 

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