May 15, 2012
My experience with Pawmetto Lifeline was extremely disappointing. I submitted an adoption application with them for a particular dog on their website. I have several other dogs, and they were not on heartworm preventative at the time I filled out the application. I foolishly told the truth about that on my application, even though I was in the process of having my dogs tested then placed on preventative. After Pawmetto got my adoption application, I received a call from someone there informing me that my application was rejected due to the heartworm medication issue. I told the person that I had already had one of my three dogs tested and put on preventative, and was about to have the other two tested and placed on it also. SO, I asked the person if I brought in the paperwork for my dogs' negative heartworm tests and the receipts for the Heartgard I had purchased, would I then be allowed to adopt a dog from Pawmetto. His answer? "Well, probably not. They would have to do a home visit and everything to make sure that our policies were being followed. But you can go to the shelter out off Bluff Rd and find a dog there." WHAT???? I mean, I totally understand them having a policy requiring that all pets be on heartworm preventative, but even if I brought in all paperwork proving that my dogs had been put on preventative, THEY STILL WOULDN"T ALLOW ME TO ADOPT???? UNBELIEVABLE!!!.... I could have easily lied and then probably moved smoothly through their adoption process......I didn't press the issue any further with the person on the phone because it was obvious to me that Pawmetto's main concern is not finding loving homes for their animals, and that is not the type of place I want to work with. I went to Pets Inc who were TERRIFIC and adopted a dog who has become a wonderful part of our family. Meanwhile, the little dog at Pawmetto that I wanted to adopt languishes in that shelter for who knows how long. So sad!
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