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« on: June 30, 2008, 12:43:56 PM »

I am such a scatterbrain, if that's even a name, that i didn't know this until this morning.
I was getting ready to write My nasty opinion [on over population ] in this weeks paper. so, as i usually do, i called all 4 Humane societies. Asked about how many puppies and kittens were coming in, how many older had to be put down, Etc. then i asked something I had never thought of.- What is the holding period ,how long, by N.C. law, for holding these animals? I thought it was 10 days everywhere. And most of these gas the pets.
I was told 3 days. I almost dropped the phone. 3 days is not long enough for anyone to even look for a pet. Anything that is ferrall is put right down.
I'm schocked, I'm upset, i'm in tears, and this is the dumbest thing i have ever heard of. 3 days give these pets no chance at all.
I'm still too angry and upset to do anything right now. But this is ignorant.
what do you all think?
and by the way, all of them are at over capacity.
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2008, 01:13:07 PM »

It's a rotten crying shame. That's all I can say.
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2008, 01:27:43 PM »

3 days?!!!  Shocked Shocked Shocked  That's criminal!
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2008, 01:57:00 PM »

I believe there are more places that have the 3-day rule than you probably realize.  It's just not advertised. 

When I asked a large city-run humane society what their policy was on holds, the response was "as space permits." 
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2008, 02:07:43 PM »

This is indeed very very sad, and a big problem in many places.  I don't know what to do about it, but it tears at my heart every time I think about it.

Around here, the shelter will hold a "found" pet for 10 days, then put it up for adoption.  To me, the 10-day time is fairly reasonable to expect people to claim a lost pet.  Of course, I don't like to think about what happens after the 10 days to older pets, sicker pets, and those who are there for a long time and don't get adopted...some of them are, I know, taken in by our several (over-burdened) rescue organizations.  But not all.   Cry

It makes a caring person feel so helpless.
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2008, 02:50:49 PM »

From what I have been hearing from friends many pets are being turned in because the owners can no longer pay for pet food.  My friend Mary who was looking for help with some ferals called one group here in town and was told they have 75 kittens needing homes!   75!  Mary and her husband will end doing TNR on their own.

It is a shame.  I am sure, 'difficult' cats aren't even given three days.  It breaks my heart to think it.
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2008, 04:14:06 PM »

Trudy

I believe that 3-5 days is the norm. I know from my other dog lists, that when a dog is found in the kill shelter that it is imperative that someone get there very quickly, they only have a few days before they are put down. It is very sad but true

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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2008, 04:25:24 PM »

Its 10 days here,but if the shelter is crowded & no one has claimed them or put in to adopt them day 11 is the end. Thats how I ended up with Punkin & Oreo.3 days isn't even long enough for the owners to find them.
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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2008, 04:56:36 PM »

I've been so upset, i just came back on.
But 3 days isn't long enough if you work all week and want to wait until the weekend to go to a shelter Angry Angry
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« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2008, 05:09:55 PM »

Most of our shelters are 9-4,only 1 day a week til 5. Saturdays til 12. So if you can't take time off or have multiple shelters to check,you will probably be too late. All 3 dogs have collars with name & phone #,but the cats won't wear them. They almost choke to death trying to get them off every time I try so I gave up.They are all chipped,but that might not help depending on what scanner is used.[all done before we knew about the problems with them]
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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2008, 05:21:48 PM »

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All 3 dogs have collars with name & phone

Most of the dogs that we deal with have microchips in them and the shelters won't even take the time to scan them, some have tatoos also but rarely will the shelters look for those.

They seem to be so overburdened that they just process them like cattle.

very sad

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« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2008, 10:18:23 PM »

db with so many animals now being chipped before even being adopted I thought the first thing a shelter would do is scan for that chip? How awful should ones pet animal get out - have to take off work to find your pet to make sure its not held for the 3-10 day rule.
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« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2008, 10:26:32 PM »

Also, it's unfortunate, but not all scanning devices read all microchips. 
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« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2008, 12:30:24 AM »

Its a very sad situation. it really leaves no time for even an owner to find their pet. I have a friend that lost her Weimaraner. She called all the shelters in the area. She decided (thankfully) to go to the main shelters. She found her dog at the first one she called and went to. They said on the phone that there are no Weimaraners there. None had been picked up or dropped off.  I was horrified. If she had not gone and looked for herself who knows what would have happened. I guess another lesson we learn. Never take the word of them either. Always go look for yourself.

you always have to go in person. The shelter workers (especially in high kill facilities) don't see all the intakes, many lack staffing etc. And not all can identify breeds. Chips are still good. People who find dogs and are aware of chips may take them to a shelter or vet to be scanned. Also, many shelters do scan. Especially the ones working towards no-kill. It's best to call your area shelters and rescues and ask.  My dog is chipped and I know the kill shelter scans on intake and before euth.  It's still not 100% because of human error, but . . .  I have the tag from the no-kill shelter I got her at on her collar along with my tag. I also know most (if not all) rescues here scan and if the kill shelter didn't scan, they would let you know  Wink The no-kill shelter by me got a call from a shelter in CA. They had one of their dogs. They scanned before euth as a double check. Dog got flown back to Brooklyn and placed in a new home. I have pictures of the pup on one of my drives.  Oh, and if the scanner can't read a chip, it can detect one. We've run into that, but most scanners are universal for the most common frequency. I think it's Banfield that was putting out the Euro frequency chip, but they double chip now. We had a chip we couldn't read and they took the dog to a vet that had the scanner up the street. But this was a good 6 yrs ago and I know things are more universal now.  Home Again and Avid are the 2 most popular and those are the ones I would stick with. Check with what most of the shelters and rescues in your area are chipping with. Here, it's Home Again.
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« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2008, 05:28:55 PM »

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Also, it's unfortunate, but not all scanning devices read all microchips. 

Exactly the problem. There are at least 2 types that I know of may be more, but the scanners only read one kind and most shelters can only afford one. Pawi was saved because the girl that went to the shelter to check on dogs had the right scanner. We had her scanned at the vet and I forget which brand of chip she has but the shelter had the other scanner.

aghhhhhhhhhh

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