Originally Posted by HopeHacker
So you think that the "end justifies the means", right? I understand that you want to save lives at any cost, but I just don't think it's right.
When I was very young just out of high school, I wanted a German Shepard dog. A shelter convinced me that I was getting a German Shepard puppy. It turned out to be a Beagle/terrier mix in the end. I was VERY upset. I had seen many German Shepard's in my life, but I wasn't sure exactly how the puppies looked, and these people convinced me that this puppy would look different as it grew. The thing was it didn't grow up to look ANYTHING like a German Shepard. I started realizing that I was lied to not long after I got the puppy, and not long after that I went to a breeder and got a REAL German Shepard puppy. It wasn't just the LOOKS, although I do love the look of a German Shepard, but I also wanted the personality of a German Shepard. This mixed breed puppy, which probably didn't have ANY German Shepard in it's lineage ended up going to a friend of mine. She didn't go back to the pound, because I didn't want that to happen, and perhaps her life was saved, but I still think it was wrong, and I ended up not trusting the shelter over that.
I don't think it's right to lie. I can understand making a mistake, and mis-labeling, but I don't think it's right to lie.
Ah, but what hapened to you was downright disgraceful!
IMO, those people knew
the dog wasn't a GSD puppy. You do not openly lie about something like they did. Although, techically, Yes, I am lying.
Any animal that is adopted from us, the adoptees know that we cannot guarantee breeds. We cannot guarantee personality. They know that as we tell them.
Wlabel them so more people look at them & read about them. I know the most about purebred cats at the HS here & look what I know(squat).
I just spent 12 hours at the HS.....most of it unpaid as they cannot afford to pay me for all the time I just put in. In the end, we will still euthanize. There is no way around it. I honestly have a hard time feeling guilt over labeling a kitty "Maine Coon mix" & getting him noticed & placed.....when he likely would've been euthanized. Or else he would've been placed as a farm cat, strictly outdoors.
This may sound dumb, but with dogs, you often find more "breed traits" in them than in cats. Pits tend to be goofy, Labs like to fetch....but with a kitty? So many are basic moggies that there are no definitive traits. And with any mixed breed cat/dog, we cannot guarantee personality, adopters are informed of that. I think in 7 years, we've had 2 purebred cats that we were sure were purebred. Both were FeLV+ & euth'd.
ETA: Yes, I am drawn to a color. But, I am more concerned about taking in special needs kitties. Ones no one else wants. Ones that will be the first to be euthanized. That is my misson, my goal. I don't care about color or breed. They deserve a home.