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HSUS vs. Local Rescues, etc.
Hi everyone, Andra and I have PM'd back and forth, and she asked me to move our conversation here so that other people can weigh in as well!:
Originally Posted by andra
I dont mind you guessing and I am sorry if I have created a mystery on the board LOL. I did not want to post my inquiry on the main forum because it seems like it may be a bit off topic even though to me it is extremely relevant and also interwoven into where I am at today, which is the proud mamma of Dionna the havanese, who I got at 8 weeks old and she turned one last month.
My inquiry was about the humane society, which is also linked to PETA (which I dont know anything about either but is not part of my inquiry).
I have some negative feelings about the humane society because of what happened to me when I adopted my first dog there. It is a long story, which I posted in my introduction here and also on the other havanese board (I joined both at the same time and was not aware of the issues as I am new to both). To say it was a botched adoption from start to finish would be the understatement of the century and my dog ended up needing euthanasia after 8 days with me. It is a very very long and painful story but I have all of the documentation in the memory box I created.
My feelings are valid but I also dont want to create drama or upset on the board. Having said that, I have noticed a few side comments about the humane society that are consistent with my viewpoint and I wanted to ask more experienced individuals about this.
I have been traumatized by what happened. I also have complicated grief about the whole thing. I never would have guessed that my first attempt at dog ownership would have ended so tragically.
The silver lining is that I now have my current dog, who is a havanese and she is truly my angel. We named her Dionna in honor of Dionna the first who did not get enough time with us.
Thank you for listening and for taking the time to ask.
andra [end quote]
That's pretty funny, because I JUST posted about the dangers of HSUS, and their hidden agendas.
I think what's important to remember is that HSUS is not directly involved with any animal shelters. They are a lobbying organization who make it LOOK (in their ads) like they directly help animals... they don't.
I remember reading about your experience, and I am so sorry that happened to you.
Obviously, all shelters are not created equal, and it sounds like you experienced a bad one. There are some very good shelters out there that do wonderful work. And there are rescue groups, like Havanese Rescue, that work a little differently. When a dog is taken into Havanese Rescue, they are placed in a foster home, not in a shelter, so they get individualized care in a home setting until they are ready to go to their forever home.
I think it's fine to post about this on the forum, and it's also fine with me if you want to just cut and paste my response to you here. I think it's important for people to know that, just like when picking a breeder, you need to approach adoption with caution and make sure that the shelter or rescue group you are adopting from is a good one. Both because you want to know what kind of dog you are getting AND because you want to support GOOD organizations with your donations, not bad ones.
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