Dear Oregon Humane Society;
Please explain to me your policy on screening potential new pet parents. Is there training provided to the screeners on potentially risky adoption scenarios, for the pet and/or the human(s) involved?
From what I understand it is common practice for you to ask for letters from landlords, paycheck stubs, and bank account statements in order to adopt a puppy. A puppy is worth quite a bit of money and there are many families out there in need of a puppy, I get it. An old, overweight, timid cat though is another story. Maybe you actually make a commission on every adoption of old cats on death row, could that be the policy?
So when my daughter came in and fell in love with a cat, whose brilliant idea was it to let her take it home? She had no note from her landlord. She had just moved out of her parent’s house, had only just graduated from high school a few months proir. She was living in someone else’s basement room, working in exchange for room and board. She wasn’t even told to go home and sleep on it first, just a big “yes”.
Fast-forward about 9 months. Daughter moves back home to her parent’s tiny 2-bedroom bungalow. Note: parents never would allow daughter to keep a pet confined in a 10x11 room, especially not a 20 pound long haired cat with a very stinky litter box. Besides we already have a huge, spoiled, fluffy beloved feline family member. Now daughter comes with cat, whatever, we love daughter so new cat is welcomed.
New cat does not appr