While putting together our evacuation plan, I needed to look up some phone numbers of local shelters. As I clicked around, I realized that one of them uses old-fashioned, dominance-based, often inhumane strategies to train shelter dogs. Apparently, they offer classes in this method to community members. They even claim that issues like fear, aggression, and such are quickly and easily solved using these methods. I FELT SICK. I’ve always known that all shelters, humane societies, rescue groups, or whatever are NOT created equal, but this came as a tremendous shock to me.
It’s one thing to struggle in an old building. It’s another to have old ideas (or terrible ones sold as “new”) — and to brag about it.
For me, it’s a DEAL BREAKER.
What do you look for, or what would make you run away, in your search for just the right dog adoption agency?