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Animal shelter full after taking dogs for breeder in poor health

State health officials are asking people to adopt dogs as soon as possible from the Lawrence Humane Society shelter at 1805 E. 19th St.

June 12, 2009, 4:18 p.m. Updated June 13, 2009, 4:15 a.m.

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State health officials are asking people to adopt dogs as soon as possible from the Lawrence Humane Society shelter at 1805 E. 19th St.

The shelter is full of dogs left there by the Kansas Animal Health Department, which obtained the animals from a state licensed dog breeder, who is in poor health and asked that the state agency find homes for the dogs.

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redmoonrising 4 years, 10 months ago

Out of curiousity I did a quick check of breeders' prices for Scottish terriers. The prices ranged from $400 to $850. I didn't read all the details but I'm guessing they have had first shots. If you paid another $100-200 for neutering, I would say that the shelter is a great value for any dog but especially a purebred animal. Adopting any animal takes time and commitment, as well as a few dollars each week and annual vet checks and shots. Barring an emergency, this is not a huge expense.

It's important that owners keep their animals under their control outside. It seems that almost all the dogs I see are on a leash in my area. Unfortunately, I have had several neighbors who let their cats run outside day and night. I've even had a few cats who left me nice surprises by my front door. Cat owners need to be aware that if they are going to own an cat, they are responsible for it at all times. Cats reproduce even faster than dogs as well. Every pet owner needs to have that animal spayed or neutered. And should your at-loose animal bite or injure someone, there could be legal issues.

I have no problem with licensed breeders who breed responsibly. Unfortunately, too many of them get greedy and puppy mills are the result. If you buy from a breeder, ask to see at least one parent, where the dogs are kept and if you feel that the conditions aren't good, don't buy. If the breeder won't show you, walk away. A lot of these dogs are raised and live off the ground in cages that cause all sorts of physical problems. Also, they are not socialized and may experience behavior problems that you might not notice while you are looking at that cute puppy.

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Vernie 4 years, 10 months ago

Dog adoptions at the Lawrence Humane Society are $45 adoption fee for a spayed/neutered pet or $45 adoption fee and a $60 spay/neuter for a dog that comes to the shelter unaltered.

The $45 adoption fee helps to pay for all of the medical and daily care they receive, including basic vaccinations except rabies, heartworm testing, fecal parasite testing, flea/ectoparasite treatment, and a pre-adoption medical exam. Each adoption at LHS also includes a free visit to any of over a dozen local veterinarians.

LHS never charges more for one breed than another - every dog needs a good home regardless of their background. Research other local shelters will show that some charge extra for pure-bred dogs.

LHS is not a no-kill shelter, but they do not euthanize animals to make more space in the shelter. LHS is a “full service” shelter and does perform euthanasia for animals who do not respond to medical treatment or who are temperamentally dangerous. LHS remains a full service shelter to ensure that any lost or unwanted pet in Lawrence and the surrounding areas will have a safe place to go to with people who will try to care for it and find it a good home.

LHS used to try to chip all outgoing cats to reunite them with their owners when they were lost. When dogs are lost, they tend to be reunited with owners at rates far higher than lost cats. The owner's data would be kept in LHS records and if the cat returned, the owner could be contacted even if they did not actively search for their cat. Due to budget restrictions, microchipping is now optional.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 10 months ago

Irish, your chip information is old. When you got Deion, they used to implant a chip and leave it up to the owner to activate. They found many owners did not do this, so they changed policy and made people fill out the chip papers before leaving with the animal.

More recently, they no longer had the money for chipping all animals, so now it is an extra optional fee owners can choose to do. As of their current website, it is still optional. :)

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fourkitties 4 years, 10 months ago

"25-30% of purebreds can be found in shelters" Human society of the United States. Just look over petfinder. You'll find them. They are trainable. If you work with them. If you can't pay for the adoption fee there is NO way you can afford a life span of needs for the animal. Especially emergencies. Lets say your dog needs cruciate surgery (say he was running or stepped into a hole) that can run you 2,500 if the dog doesn't get the surgery it will be in constant pain and won't walk easily. That's neglect. You gotta be committed before you get these animals. You gotta be willing to pay. And yes, this Lawrence Humane Society is a no kill shelter. BUT if you have an animal who is too aggressive or a cat that pees out of the box those type of cases, they will be put down.

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jrlii 4 years, 10 months ago

The whole proposition of "Don't breed or buy" is based on the premise that dogs are nothing more than companion animals.

Some dogs have jobs: Herding or hunting. Some of these breeds have been bred for the purpose of doing a particular job for upwards of a century, and the properties the critters have been bred to posess for over a century, and much longer in some cases, can be lost in just a couple generations of inattention.

If all you want is a companion animal, by all means get a shelter animal. But if you need a helper for your profession or avocation, a critter of random breeding is not a real option.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 10 months ago

I totally agree that the Humane Society is a bargain. I got Deion, neutered, had all of his shots, I was given his medical records to take with me. They also implant a chip and the animal cannot leave the shelter until this is done. But, they leave it up to the animals new person to have the chip activated. Why? I had Deion's chip activated when I got him. I think all of this costs about sixty dollars, not counting the trip we made to Walmart to pick up everything I thought he would need or want to have. Deion and I were in shelters, and I intend to see that his life from now on is happy. I take care of Deion on a fixed income . It can be done. Since these are small dogs and allowable in places like Vermont Towers and Babcock Place, would it be feasible to see if some might be placed?

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sourpuss 4 years, 10 months ago

The Humane Society is a bargain, especially for a well-bred animal, if you want a particular breed. As well, don't be too hard on responsible breeders. As a commenter above pointed out, the good breeders do not overbreed their animals, and many breeds would no longer exist if it were not for specific breeding programs. While losing a breed isn't the same as extinction, seeing the specialization of these amazing animals in their assistance of man is really a treat. I agree that the untethered, unfixed dog is more of a problem than responsible breeders. However, remember, we can't just fix all of them or we wouldn't have any dogs!

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Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 4 years, 10 months ago

Lower the price??? Are you people being serious? The Humane Society is pretty cheap considering that your pet will already be spayed or neutered. ButterfliesareAngels is correct. If you aren't even willing to pay the resonable adoption fee, what will happen if your dog gets sick and needs medical treatment? Will you just let it die a slow death at home because you're unwilling to take it to the vet? One of our dogs needed a 900 dollar procedure. We didn't even think twice about getting her taken care of and healthy again. Pets aren't toys that run on batteries; they are a 10 year commitment (maybe longer) that require love and attention.

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ButterfliesAreAngels 4 years, 10 months ago

Most of the fees charged to adopt an animal at the Humane Society are then used to have the animal spayed or neutered. Going to most veterinarian's here in town to have the surgery done is far more expensive than than what you pay when adopting. I recently "rescued" a chihuahua from a neighbor and paid more than $200 to have him neutered (this doesn't include his vaccinations). I personally feel than if you can't afford the adoption fee, how are you going to afford vaccinations, spaying or neutering, and food let alone toys and treats and all the other fun stuff out there to spoil the dog?? And what about an emergency? Please if you have any room in your home, take one of these guys (or girls)!! I would if I could!

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macon47 4 years, 10 months ago

if you dont have enough money to pay for a dog how will you ever have enough money to feed and care for it? same goes for having more babies that you can afford. 7500 unwanted pets are way too many for our society to be expected to support

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beobachter 4 years, 10 months ago

black_butterfly , the Humane Society is a no kill shelter, so your question is meaningless. Check this link for an explanation of what they do. http://www.lawrencehumane.org/about/about.shtml

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black_butterfly 4 years, 10 months ago

If they would lower the price I think more people would take the dogs at shelters. They claim to really need people to take the dogs so why not lower the price? How much does it cost to put the dogs to sleep?

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macon47 4 years, 10 months ago

too many breeders of all species no one accepts responsibilty for their own actions and expect the rest of us to pay up for their mistakes it is called entitlement that is what we do in lawrence dump you homeless here dump your unwanted pets how many dogs die of old age at our pound?

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elliotts 4 years, 10 months ago

In answer to the question about breeds, there are 14 Pekingese, one Maltese and one Peke-a-poo that were relinquished by a breeder on June 8. There are also several dogs at the shelter that are from prior seizures: three Scotties, one black Miniature Poodle, one Chihuahua, one Min Pin, one Papillon, one Japanese Chin/Papillon mix and two Bichon Frise mixes.
There are seven Shih Tzus and three Yorkies at Helping Hands in Topeka in case anyone is looking for those breeds.

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sustainabilitysister 4 years, 10 months ago

Agreed Pywacket!

Don't breed or buy while shelter animals die!

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Pywacket 4 years, 10 months ago

Even worse than the for-profit breeders (who range from puppy mill cretins to responsible champions of the breed they love and only produce a litter or two a year) are the laissez-faire idiots who just let their unspayed or unneutered pets run the streets and produce countless litters of mutts.

The only way people ever act responsibly is if they're forced to.

If communities required dogs to be licensed and charged, say, $10 for spayed or neutered dogs and $100 for intact animals, and ENFORCED this law, we'd soon see a lot more animals getting spayed and neutered. Same with cats!

The money the city collected in fines from people caught with intact animals (say, $150, with $75 refundable if they bring in a vet. statement after surgery has taken place) could be used to pay the extra personnel needed. Details could be fine-tuned, but in general I think it would help the situation a lot.

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 10 months ago

joebloe (Anonymous) says…

stop breeding dogs!!!!!!!!!"

Marion writes:

Agreed.

If a five-year moratorium were adopted on the breeding of dogs, things would change rapidly.

Ain't gonna happen though.

See:

American Kennel Club.

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macon47 4 years, 10 months ago

how many dogs die of old age at this dog pound?

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notyourmom 4 years, 10 months ago

Will they be lowering their prices?

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