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Everything posted by sambrit10

  1. I have been involved with dog shelters for many years, both here and in the US, and I am just so FED UP with people who have done little themselves to deal with the unwanted pet situation but are full of criticism for those that do! I invite those of you who apparently know it all to start their own shelters and show everyone how it's done. Until then please keep your negative opinions to yourselves. Mtn Mama, your posts are full of wisdom -- and also with much more patience than I have for these people. Every shelter has the right to make its own decisions about what dogs to take. Here at Lakeside, they aren't government funded agencies. They're private non-profits with VOLUNTEER staff working hard to make life better for Lakeside animals. The different shelters have different philosophies but I can safely say that all of them make their decisions based on what they feel is best for the animal population. I have a friend whose friend worked in an animal shelter in Texas. It was a city pound, and the city council voted that the shelter MUST take every animal left there and MUST NOT euthanize except for extreme medical or behavior issues. Within six months the shelter was full of unadoptable animals. Leaving no place for adoptable animals to be left, to be able to find new homes. It had become a warehouse for unadoptable animals. Needless to say, the city council changed the policy. Everywhere, there are way more unwanted animals than there are homes for them. Tough decisions simply must be made, and I give full credit and kudos to the people who don't shy away from making them.
  2. Tomas, unless you are willing to take this dog (and the next one after that, and the next one after that...) into your home until an owner is found, you have no right to judge the people who dedicate hours and hours of effort each week to animal rescue. Shelters have to draw a line somewhere. Without ALL the lovely rescue shelters in the area we would be overrun with sick and starving and sometimes dangerous dogs. Unfortunately, there just aren't places for all of them. In the USA, shelters euthanize 1.5 million dogs a year, the vast majority due to human irresponsibility. Nobody should "rescue" a dog unless they are willing to keep that dog until the owner or a new home can be found, in case the shelters can't take the dog. The shelters can't do it all and some of the rescues are, as mentioned before, simply free-range dogs.
  3. Yes, it did. Maybe Chamanelo does know something significant. But it is NEVER any help when someone says something vague like "I've heard some bad things about so-and-so." Much better to PM directly to the person who asked for the info and give specifics of the issues. Of course we want to know if something is really wrong, but I hate the way that reputations can be trashed on the Internet with just a bit of innuendo. I also worry a bit that people can get their wires crossed on names and accuse the wrong person, or that they can interpret one bad personal experience, possibly with extenuating circumstances, as an indictment on the other person.
  4. I haven't tried paying online because it warns that you will lose any discounts and since we have managed to stay under the DAC I wouldn't want to lose the subsidy. Also I suspect they do want a Mexican card. Some rental agencies will pay the bill for you. Don't know if they charge a fee. You might try looking them up online and contacting them. I would think your best bet is to go ahead and register online if you haven't already, then get a friend to print the bill and take it down and pay it. You can use Xoom or Popmoney to pay the friend back and throw in a little extra for their trouble.
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