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October 16, 2011

Costly pet adoptions

I can see why the animal shelters are full of pets. I want to adopt a small dog that I would keep inside most of the time.

I called a shelter and listened to a recording for five minutes and then hung up. The recording was still talking.

I went to another place, and couldn’t even see the dogs they had until I filled out a long form.

Besides paying more than $100 for the dog, I had to buy a three- or four-month supply of heartworm medicine and have a fenced-in back yard. It would cost more than $500 for these things.

I have looked on the Internet and have found most are the same. Most people simply cannot spend this amount of money.

I know the shelters want to be sure the pets have good homes, and shelters need money to keep open. But these regulations are keeping pets from being adopted into good homes.

Linda McGee
Kansas City, Kan.



If she thinks five minutes on hold is bad, she should try calling Virgin Mobile customer service.


Dear Ms. McGee - my first two dogs here in MO had no fence. My neighbors counted the number of times I walked them. They were very socialized with humans and neighborhood dogs. I now have a fence and a hound sanctuary. I would be delighted for you to apply for one of my hounds - I currently have a very small female spayed Beagle (16#) who would be an awesome indoor dog with leash walks. I do agree chaining outside is dangerous for dogs and visitors. Please check http://silverwalkhounds.org. I have an online application. I am across the state outside of Cape Girardeau.

Kelly Lange

Linda, I do independent dog rescue work in the kansas city area. I would be happy to assist you in your search for a new family member. I am against blanket adoption policies, and have 4 dogs of my own, and we do not have a fence. Please e mail me at kellydlange@gmail.com at anytime if you would like my help. Thank you for writing this letter.


Time 4 Dogs

No, not all of us have a tremendous amount of wealth but that still doesn't mean people are entitled to free or cheap pets. As a breeder do you give away puppies?


KMK "it's a lot easier to get a Yorkie puppy at the pet store than to deal with shelters and rescues that have lengthy recorded messages....

Of course she's going to be able to buy a puppy mill yorkie from a pet store for less then $100? She still won't have a fence nor will she have a pet that's been vetted. Of course as a breeder you know that - don't you?


Actaully, Linda didn't make any reference to walking the dog - she just stated the dog would be in the house "most of the time". What does that mean - will the dog be on a chain the rest of the time or simply let out to tend it's business?

I wouldn't have approved her adoption either. The heartworm medication would be mandatory and I would suggest a trip to Home Depot where she could by a kennel run for under $200 - which is a great investment to make sure her dog is safe.


Read "Good Homes Need Not Apply" by shelter expert Nathan Winograd. (just Google and it will pop up for you). Is a dog is better off dead than living in a home that may be less than perfect?
Few among us have great amounts of disposable wealth, or are perfect caregivers. We can't even afford to care for our own children in as grand a style as we might like, yet our homes are filled with love.
A loving home is better than a cold death in an animal "shelter".


....nothing wrong with adopting a dog, kmk, nothing wrong with buying one either...if you want to adopt one from a shelter you have to abide by their requirements...if you don't want to abide, it's your choice, don't whine to the Star....

.....and it remains true that if you don't have the patience to listen to a recording,(as you are the most important person on earth, how dare they), you're probably not the right person to adopt a dog..... ..


Hey folks, you BUY a pet. You ADOPT a child. If anyone ever wanted to know why people go to pet stores or look in the newspaper to purchase a pet, read the first two comments in regard to this letter. That snotty attitude is the reason a lot of dogs and cats are euthanized at the shelter.

I am fully on Linda McGee's side. It's ridiculous to require a fenced yard for a small dog that's going to be indoors most of the time and hand-walked for exercise, or even for a larger breed that ended up in rescue or the shelter because it was an escape artist. What good is a fence for a fence jumper? The dog needs to be with someone that's active and likes to take long walks or jogs.

Private rescues and shelters that aren't funded by tax money have the luxury of using whatever criteria they choose for potential families for their animals. Just don't complain when potential pet homes don't want to play by your rules and end up at the pet store or buying a pet out of the newspaper. That's the reason all those commercial breeders exist that Proposition B aimed to put out of business - it's a lot easier to get a Yorkie puppy at the pet store than to deal with shelters and rescues that have lengthy recorded messages and ridiculously expensive criteria. It's a pet, not an infant.


The cost of a pet is always the cheapest part.
If you can't afford $100 or even $500, you shouldn't have a pet.

Pet food, vet bills, etc., are expensive. Just yesterday I had to take one of my dogs to the vet because his eye was swollen, for the office visit, dye tests on his eye, antibiotics, perscription eye drops, etc., it was nearly $200. Those unexpected vet costs are just part of responsibly owning a pet.

When you get a pet from the shelter, it's spayed/neutered, up to date on shots, etc. That stuff costs money! Feeding the pets while they're in the shelter costs money!


.....if a five minute recording leaves you frustrated maybe you're not the type of person who should adopt a dog....


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