After coming home from work today, I feel I have lost all faith in the humane society. Today a young girl came into the cat hospital where i work, bringing with her her neighbour's cat. The neighbour had moved away, and abandoned the poor thing, which was very ill and in pain, and most likely near death. Trying to help the cat, she took it to the humane society. They turned her away, refusing any kind of help, and sent her directly to our hospital. The girl came in, expecting free medical care or euthanasia and for us to just take the cat. She didn't have any money, not even bus fare to get back home, and had walked very far in the cold to come to us. The humane society did not tell her we were not a charity (although we do a great deal of charity work rescuing local cats). We called the humane society to ask them why they would refuse this poor girl, who was trying to help the cat, and why on earth they would send her to us,and not our local animal services.They refused to answer. We have had enough of this! they are constantly turning away people and animals in need, and sending them to us with no warning! We do not receive funding, we are not a charity, and we cannot afford to help everyone we wish we could! I do not know their rules and regulations, but I thought the whole purpose of the humane society was to help animals in need, not just turn them out in the cold! The girl left before we could call animal services, and as a result her mother has likely tossed the cat out into the cold, which she threatened to do on the phone. Can anyone help me understand why they would do this?
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11/15/02 at 4:53pm