Letter: ‘A miserable experience’ trying to adopt a dog in Shelton

To the Editor:

After losing our beloved husky/shepherd dog Blue to cancer in 2013, my wife and I had decided it was time for us to get a new dog to hike and travel with.

Having had wonderful experiences getting our last two dogs from shelters, an online search on Petfinder.com brought us to a dog name Duke at the Shelton animal shelter.

Duke was listed on Petfinder as a dog available to adopt. There was a picture of Duke wearing a scarf that says “Adopt Me” as well as a paragraph about him.

Despite leaving a phone message and email early in the week, by Wednesday afternoon I had received no response so I drove to the Shelton shelter.

When I arrived, a man came out to meet me at the car. The man acknowledged getting my voicemail and pointed out Duke in his cage. He told me Duke had been there about a year.

Duke looked healthy and friendly, with a wagging tail. The man said that if I came back on Saturday, we could take Duke for a walk. I assumed the man was busy and didn’t have time to let me meet and walk Duke right then, and told him we would be there Saturday.

The man also told us to complete the application online, and we did so and emailed it to the Friends of Shelton Animal Shelter. My wife and I were excited and looked forward to meeting Duke and taking him for a walk.

We arrived Saturday and were met by another man. We explained that we had arranged to take Duke for a walk.

This man was unaware that we were scheduled to be there. He said he was on his was out and we couldn’t wait there due to liability issues.

We then drove around for 15 minutes. Once back, I explained to a third, older gentleman that we had arranged to take Duke for a walk at this time.

The older gentleman said that we could not take Duke for a walk because he had not been worked with at all due to the recent weather and it was not safe. We were somewhat astounded.

The older gentleman said we could take Buddy for a walk. I told him we’d been told Buddy was not ready for adoption yet.

I told the older gentleman that between the pound and the Friends of the Shelton Animal Shelter, no one seems to have a clue what is going on or seemed to care, and we left quite angry with the whole experience.

Normally if I have a bad experience with a business, I simply walk away and keep my mouth shut. As this concerns the lives of many dogs, I feel it is important to describe my miserable experience.

There sure were a lot of poor dogs at the shelter who quite sadly seem to have little or no chance of ever being adopted if our experience is any indication of how things run there.

Thomas L. Ford