View Full Version : Volunteering at that Humane Society is Tuff!!!...

Cisco's Mom
03-31-2003, 06:57 PM
O.K I have been volunteering at the local Humane Society for the last several months. I knew it wouldn't be easy. I was called by them this morning to come and answer the phones, because their reg. person had called in sick. So I did just that for 4hrs. today. Boy this is like the crystal ball of what these folks deal with ALL the time. I just couldn't belive some of the calls. Some examples: I have two cats here I just have to get rid of, do ya'll take goats, do ya'll take ferrets, can I use my medicaid card to get my dog spayed, do ya'll euthanize(sp), and many,many more. The one that bothered me the most is this man that called and said," I've got this chihuahua I just can't feed anymore". ???? What the heck!! I mean a chi,chi hardly eats any food!! Now I know I'm biased, but come on can't feed a chihuahua anymore? There were so many calls of people wanting to get rid of a pet. I just didn't realize how bad it is and only a couple of calls for adoption. I will help where ever they need me to , but I would much rather be walking, bathing and just in general loving the fur babies that are already there! O.K. I fell a little better. I will re-energize and go back to help how ever I can tomm.:)

03-31-2003, 07:20 PM
AH. the joys of dealing with the public. Isn't it amazing, the attitudes of some people?!? The stupidity has yet to cease to amaze me.

03-31-2003, 09:59 PM
What a wonderful thing you are doing Cisco. I think Jen said it all : "AH. the joys of dealing with the public. Isn't it amazing, the attitudes of some people?!? The stupidity has yet to cease to amaze me.":rolleyes:

04-01-2003, 01:37 AM
This was posted in another thread a couple days ago... but it's true. People really do call saying these things...

Hello: You have reached 123-4567, Tender Hearts Rescue. Due to the high
volume of calls we have been receiving, please listen closely to the
following options and choose the one that best describes you or your

Press 1 if you think we are veterinarians and want free medical advice.

Press 2 if you know we are a rescue organization but want to save money
and have us give you free, untrained medical advice anyway.

Press 3 if you make $200,000 a year but still want us to pay to spay
"stray" in your yard (house).

Press 4 if you have a 10-year-old dog and your 15-year-old son has
suddenly become allergic and you need to find the dog a new home right

Press 5 if you have three dogs, had a baby and want to get rid of your
because you are the only person in the world to have a baby and dogs at
the same time.

Press 6 if your dog is sick and needs a vet but you need the money for
your vacation.

Press 7 if you just got a brand new puppy and your old dog is having
problems adjusting so you want to get rid of the old one right away.

Press 8 if your little puppy has grown up and is no longer small and
and you want to trade it in for a new model.

Press 9 if you are elderly and want to adopt a cute puppy who is not
active and is going to outlive you.

Press 10 if your relative has died and you don't want to care for their
elderly dog because it doesn't fit your lifestyle.

Press 11 if you are moving today and need to immediately place your 15
pound, 8-year-old dog.

Press 12 if you want an unpaid volunteer to come to your home today and
pick up the dog you no longer want.

Press 13 if you have been feeding and caring for a "stray" for the last
three years, are moving and suddenly determine it's not your dog.

Press 14 if you are calling at 6 a.m. to make sure you wake me up
before I
have to go to work so you can drop a dog off on your way to work.

Press 15 to leave us an anonymous garbled message, letting us know you
have left a dog in our yard in the middle of January, which is in fact,
better than just leaving the dog with no message.

Press 16 if you are going to get angry because we are not going to take
your dog that you have had for fifteen years, because it is not our

Press 17 if you are going to threaten to take your ten year old dog to
euthanized because I won't take it.

Press 18 if you're going to get angry because the volunteers had the
audacity to go on vacation and leave the dogs in care of a trusted
volunteer who is not authorized to take your personal pet.

Press 19 if you want one of our perfectly trained, housebroken, kid and
cat friendly purebred tiny dogs that we have an abundance of.

Press 20 if you want us to take your dog that has a slight aggression
problem, i.e. has only bitten a few people and killed your neighbor's

Press 21 if you have already called once and been told we don't take
personal surrenders but thought you would get a different person this
time with a different answer.

Press 22 if you want us to use space that would go to a stray to board
your personal dog while you are on vacation, free of charge, of course.

Press 23 if it is Christmas Eve or Easter morning and you want me to
deliver an eight week old puppy to your house by 6:30 am before your
wake up.

Press 24 if you have bought your children a duckling, chick or baby
for Easter and it is now Christmas and no longer cute.

Press 25 if you want us to take your female dog who has already had ten
litters, but we can't spay her because she is pregnant again and it is
against your religion.

Press 26 if you're lying to make one of our younger volunteers feel bad
and take your personal pet off your hands.

Press 27 if your cat is biting and not using the litter box because it
declawed, but are not willing to accept the responsibility that the
behavior is altered because of your nice furniture.

Press 28 if your two year old male dog is marking all over your house
you just haven't gotten around to having him neutered.

Press 29 if you previously had an outdoor only dog and are calling
she is suddenly pregnant.

Press 30 if you have done "everything" to housebreak your dog and have
no success but you don't want to crate the dog because it is cruel.

Press 31 if you didn't listen to the message asking for an evening
number and you left your work number when all volunteers are also
working and you are angry because no one called you back.

Press 32 if you need a puppy immediately and cannot wait because today
your daughter's birthday and you forgot when she was born.

Press 33 if your dog's coat doesn't match your new furniture and you
a different color or breed.

Press 34 if your new love doesn't like your dog and you are too stupid
get rid of the new friend (who will dump you in the next month anyway)
instead of the dog.

Press 35 if you went through all these 'presses' and didn't hear
This press will connect you to the sounds of tears being shed by one of
our volunteers who is holding a discarded old dog while the vet
frees him from of the grief of missing his family.


04-01-2003, 11:31 AM
Maybe i can get the shelters I volunteer at to post that on their answering machine. I love it! It's sad but soo true!

Cisco's Mom
04-01-2003, 01:07 PM
Brie, that is just too neat, but the truth! I'm going to e-mail this to the volunteer coordinator at the HS. I'm sure she will get a kick out of this list.