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PAWS New England
June 6, 2013

Although I believe their hearts are in the right place, there were a lot of problems with my adoption. I love my dog more than anything and wouldn't trade her for the world, but she ended up having a very serious heart problem that easily could have been discovered before adopting her out, but was not. Also, the day I brought her home she went into heat, even though she had supposedly been spayed. Obviously not. She was in heat for a month. After that, the organization offered to have her spayed, but I would have had to bring her to a vet quite a distance away who worked at a dog track. I was absolutely not going to do that, especially since I now knew that she had a very bad heart and would not get the care she needed. So I spent a lot of money to have her spayed at Angell Memorial in Boston, and PAWS only refunded me what the dog track vet would have charged. I also have spent a lot of money and worry on my dog's heart condition. After initially being diagnosed, PAWS offered to take her back and put her in a permanent foster, but there was no way I was going to do that. Oh, and she also had two tick-borne diseases that had to be treated, and mammary tumors that had to be removed. This was immediately after I adopted her, so these conditions also should have been discovered and I should not have had to pay for them.

I again want to say that I love my dog more than anything, and I do believe that the PAWS volunteers really care. But my experience was very difficult, and I think there were things about my dog that should have been known and disclosed. I still donate to PAWS, though, because I want to help the dogs and I believe they do too.

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I believe they need to give the dogs more thorough medical examinations and treatment before putting dogs up for adoption.

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2009

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