The Tipping Point

Posted: June 13th, 2010

Folks….. we’ve reached it.

We’ve received our umpteenth email today, and perhaps the straw that has broken the camel’s back is – “if you don’t take my dog right now, I’m dumping it at the shelter”.

Before elaborating on the subject, please allow me to address this with something that a very wise business person said to me years ago:

A lack of planning on your part, does not constitute an emergency on my part.

If you wait, and wait, and wait, and wait to address a situation…. please do not expect us to save you on a Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m.

We’re incredibly upset that you may be taking your dog to a shelter tomorrow. We may have been able to help…. at a minimum with cross posting.

Unfortunately, our Inn is full. Our volunteers are in overload. We have dogs that have been in boarding for months. We have volunteers paying for stuff out of their own pockets because donations are down. They don’t mind. They do what needs to be done.

So before anyone else decides to send us an email about how “heartbroken” they are about “giving up” their dog, which must happen immediately, how about taking a little personal responsibility? We don’t mind taking the dogs, if we have the room, or can help…. but please, take some responsibility for this living, breathing, creature that at one time, you said you would care for.

We are on the verge of not accepting any new dogs until we get some of these beautiful babies adopted. This is not what we want. It’s a hard truth.