We went to the humane society of Iredell County today intending to adopt a cat for our daughter. After finding a kitten she loved and filling out the application, we were then questioned about our application. We found the process to be very restrictive and invasive where anything from having one unneutered pet (a small indoor dog with health challenges), to the fact the cat would be allowed outdoors were considered reasons for denial. After being told that the cat was available upon obtaining a vet background check, we were then told that there were three applications in front of us for the same kitten. Thereafter we decided to leave and purchased two kittens from a locally owned pet shop in downtown Mooresville and cancelled our application with the Humane Society of Iredell County. The entire process left us with a bad impression of the humane society and we will no longer support their program in any way. Also, the director, Lori, was also extremely rude and condescending.
My problem with them is that they offer very little help to people trying to find homes for a pet. We had a tiny kitten someone put out into a wood box near our door and when we tried to get them to take the kitten, they would not even return the phone call.
The kitten then had to be taken by animal control and it was immediately euthanize - and it broke my heart to do this, but with no help....
Why should I donate to them? And their prices for pets are very high.
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A short time ago, my fiancÃ© and I were approved for a loan on our first home – the realization of years of desire and hard work. We were so very excited to have a home of our own where we could have a family and finally not need the approval of a landlord to add a four legged friend to the family. My fiancÃ©e, Colleen, and I, had discussed many times – that we would adopt a grown companion in need of a home, rather than any of the alternatives. After a short while, we found Molly in a local shelter. We discussed closing on our house with Diane at the humane society. Diane explained that they do not “hold” animals – but encouraged us to fill out the application anyway – so we did. It was not too long afterwards, when we received notice that the couple before us on the list had been denied adoption, and that we had been approved for adoption of Molly. We were so excited, Molly has such a great spirit and disposition – we could not wait. However, we were not yet ready to move into our house, closing had been pushed back. Molly’s case worker and foster family (Ellen) informed us that she and her husband would foster Molly as long as we needed – so that we could move into our house. Ellen also extended the invitation to visit Molly at any time, which Colleen and I graciously accepted. Before our next visit to Molly – Colleen and I went to work. We purchased all of the essentials for Molly to move in with us. A bed of her own, a balanced quality food, leash, I.D. collar etc… and we have even selected a Vet to be Molly’s Doctor. On one particularly warm day here in the south, Colleen and I went to visit Molly. Colleen, not accustomed to the southern heat – wore a sun dress to keep her cool and comfortable. When we arrived, Ellen’s greeting was less than enthusiastic. As we visited with Molly – Ellen made conversation that her husband had grown attached to Molly – and would be less than pleased to see her go. We didn’t pay too much attention to that at first. On June 7th, I emailed Ellen to let her know that the closing went smoothly, and we would begin moving into the new home on 10th, and should pick up Molly by the 20th. I received an email back saying that our adoption has been reconsidered and put on hold – due to “concerns” the VP had over Colleen and myself, and to just hold tight a few days and she would see what she could find out for us. 4 days passed with no word – or response, so I called Diane at the shelter. Diane responded to me, saying that the foster family “was not feeling it”. They were concerned that my fiancÃ©e was not as serious or interested in adopting Molly as I was because “she wore a dress to the visit, when dogs tend to jump on people” and because Colleen (never having owned a german shepherd) asked if they shed a lot in the heat. It seems that the foster family went on to inform Diane that they could “foresee them tying Molly up outside and leaving her for long periods”, and that “you shouldn’t care how much a dog sheds.” After that – there was some back and forth in phone calls between Colleen, myself and Diane. Ellen never responded again. After being assured I would receive some sort of final answer there was still no communication from anyone. I emailed Ellen on Sunday to find out what was going on and received a voicemail shortly after stating that we were not being approved and someone would be calling me. That Monday I received a call from the president of the humane society in Iredell County (Lisa Root) and was told the same thing but that she would contact both Ellen and Diane due to differing stories regarding our adoption and that she could not reverse any decision they made due to the fact that everyone are volunteers and reversing a decision would cost them employees. Finally it came down to a short abrasive answer. We were denied adoption – the foster family was going to keep her or at least that is what we believe due to the fact that Molly has not been listed as an adoptable dog since, and told we could feel free to try again, and when we protested – we were informed that because the humane society is a non-profit organization, there was nothing we could do. There are so many things wrong here. The foster family given license over the adoption decision after we were approved. Judging of Colleen’s intentions or desire because they did not feel it appropriate to wear a dress. Being told by both parties that the decision was in the hands of the other – the husband stating that he did not wish to let Molly go, and finally that because you are a non-profit organization, we have no recourse and would find no support in the matter, we just had to deal with it. I do not wish to be rude – I understand that the mission is to protect these animals, find them good loving homes with caring families, and place them without fear of mistreatment, but the short version is – the foster family decided they wanted our dog – so we got the boot and the family created a false perception of who we are in order to accomplish that. Does that not defeat the whole entire purpose of the program? Would that type of experience generate a good feeling about what the Humane Society does for animals – would it leave us with a solid notion of ever wanting to return to adopt another animal? We are asking for your help – we want Molly. We do not want any retribution or retaliation – that serves no purpose to the program. I like to think that the foster family has their heart in the right place – but is misguided. Is there anything at all that we can do? That you can do? To help us finish what we started and bring Molly home. We look forward to hearing from you, and greatly appreciate any considerations you can give us. Thank you, David Cron
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