Over the past week or so I have been doing the rounds of dog shelters in Melbourne for a little play mate for my Ollie. I originally got Ollie from one of the very well known shelters here in Melbourne about 6 months ago and I can't fault the service they gave me following the adoption procedure.
I am getting very frustrated by what seems to be the shelters contradictory or perhaps is it hypocritical approach to rehousing pets. Everytime I enquire about a dog there is a mad rush to get to the dog and make a decision. Occasionally the shelter will put the dog on hold but in most cases not. The shelters seem to be more concerned with the 'sale' rather than finding the right home for the animal. When I first started looking for Ollie I did get frustrated with the Rescue groups because of delays in responding to queries etc but now I am starting to realise that perhaps they have got it sussed. The rescue groups seem to be more interested in the animal rather than the cash.
I realise that both the shelters and rescue groups do it tough but it seems to me that perhaps some of the shelters have forgotten exactly what they are there for - finding good quality homes for animals not finding the first person with a credit card. I would be interested in other peoples thougts on this.