A reader who visited the Memphis pound this month was waiting in the lobby when she saw a senior citizen holding a small dog with grey around the muzzle at the payment window. The man was telling the MAS employee, “But I don’t have the money, I don’t get my check until the end of the month.” The woman approached the man to ask him what was going on.
The gentleman explained that his dog has escaped his home and been picked up by a Memphis ACO. He said he called MAS to ask about reclaiming his dog and was told to come on down and get him. When he got there, they gave him his dog and sent him to the payment window. When he got to the window, he was told there was a $55 redemption fee. He said no one had told him of the $55 fee previously and, since he was a disabled veteran, he could not afford to pay until his check arrived at the end of the month. The owner had tears in his eyes. MAS did not offer any type of payment plan or alternative way for the dog to go home with the owner.
The woman offered to pay the fee but MAS refused to accept her check, saying that the name on the check did not match the name of the owner. She then offered a credit card and they took her money. The woman wrote to me:
The man was very grateful and asked me for my name and address and said he would reimburse me when he got his check. I told him how much I appreciated him serving our country and this was the least I could do. He then said, “You know, my dog is my only friend. I don’t know what I would do without him.” I gave him my phone number and asked that he stay in touch with me and told him we would be friends.
Pet killing facility employees and enablers often tell us the so-called irresponsible public is to blame for the killing of shelter animals. They claim they are doing the best they can and that no one wants to kill shelter pets. In this case, the dog in the pound had an owner who came there to take him home. He just couldn’t afford the redemption fee on that day. Why would MAS, or any pet killing facility, want to prevent sending a dog out alive, back to his permanent home over a matter of money? Do they really want dogs like this to take up cage space at the pound and possibly get sick? Do they want to break up a family over $55? Would MAS have held the dog until the end of the month and not killed him after the 5 day mandatory hold expired like they do so many others? And if they did hold the dog, what would the redemption fees have amounted to by then?
And yet it is the irresponsible public who came through for this dog – the owner coming to the pound to immediately reclaim his lost pet and the good Samaritan offering to pay the ransom. Ordinary people did the right thing here. Because the pet killing facility wouldn’t. Thank you irresponsible public, once again.
Animal services=family services. Any questions?