SPCA Overloaded

I adopted my dog from the SPCA in Dartmouth, and we couldn`t be happier with our four legged friend, he has brought much joy however, with the SPCA now indicating that they are overwhelmed with all the cats/dogs they currently house, they have asked the public to adopt which I think is a good idea. The only issue I have with the SPCA is that although they take care of spaying/neutering and a 1st visit, they also charge an adoption fee for both dogs/cats, which I think they waved on cats for now. We were instructed that all dogs adopted must be enrolled in an obedience class, you must produce proof that you have done this etc...our particular class cost us 135.00 for 8 weeks.

You want to ease the stress of a full house, how about easing the necessity for obedience classes for ALL dogs, certainly some may need it but being the experts at the SPCA the staff should certainly be able to identify which of their dogs is an absolute candidate for obedience class. We were lucky, our fella went to 3 classes, was bored, had obviously been loved and trained before, so we stopped going.

Waive the obedience class demands, lower the adoption fee, even for the short term, and I think you may find qualified owners. I know the arguement will be that if adopting parents cannot afford the above fee`s how can they own a pet, well, there are many other options out there for potential adoptions.

---Dog Days of Summer

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