Shelter Puts Dog Up for Adoption While Family is Overseas

Long Island Animal Shelter has a very strict rule about their adoptions. The owner needs to go to the shelter with a photo ID, proof of ownership, veterinary records, and family photos. That makes sense. But, what doesn’t make sense is when a dog already belongs to a loving family that is out of the country taking care of a terminally ill family member. And, they can’t get back within the 5-day time frame to claim their beloved King Charles Spaniel, Lucky.

CBS reported, Lucky was in the care of a dog sitter when she got loose and was picked up by The Islip Animal Shelter. The shelter posted this comment on their Facebook page:

“Since the dog has no form of ID, no tags or microchip, there is no proof of ownership. Legally we have to put the dog up for adoption after being held for five days if no owner steps up. We do know who the owner is and that they are out of the country. They have been contacted and they have been made aware that the dog will be put up for adoption and placed with a good home.”

After investigation by CBS reports, the shelter made a very different statement:

“The Town of Islip Animal Shelter and Adopt-A-Pet Center is making every effort to return the dog to it’s owner in a safe and responsible manner.”

So, it looks like the custody battle is over and Lucky will get lucky after all. I can’t even imagine the stress this has caused the Rivas family, while they are away taking care of a dying relative. While I understand the shelter policies, it seems that there are times to make exceptions. And this was certainly one of them.

To prevent this from every happening to you, make sure your pets are always wearing current ID and are microchipped.

What do you think? Should a shelter need to adhere to its policies, or learn to make exceptions based on extenuating circumstances? Thanks for sharing your thoughts in a comment below.

Image credit: CBS report screenshot

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126 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jennifer H.
Jennifer H3 years ago

The ultimate of stupidity from yet another animal shelter. To say they know who the owner is but to put the dog up for adoption any way is unconscionable. Requiring "owner needs to go to the shelter with a photo ID, proof of ownership, veterinary records, and family photos" to claim your animal is nuts. I have heard of many cases of dogs getting loose when under the care of a pet sitter. There needs to be a way to get pets back home in these cases.

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Helen Higgins
Helen H3 years ago

I can't imagine how upsetting and stressful this would be. I'm happy to hear Lucky is able to go home.

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W3 years ago

So unreal, shelters should take more care.

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W3 years ago

So sad, so unreal, why couldn't they have bent the rules in this case.

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W3 years ago

Such a sad story, thank you for sharing.

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Dawn W.
Dawnie W3 years ago

Our girl is microchipped but doesn't wear a collar with her council tag and name address etc. because she can remove her collars and chew them in bits and bury them as nice as you please. How we are yet to find out but she does. But we have trained her not to leave the yard even if the gate is left open. A few times we have come home and gate is wide open and she is sitting waiting. If we go away my daughter or brothers look after her. The shelter should have used common sense when they heard what the families plight was and how the dog had escaped and was not the owners fault and they the owners were not in a position to come and claim dog forthwith. . . Thank you. . .

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Angela K.
Angela K3 years ago

Thank you

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Deborah F.
Deborah F3 years ago

wow. how ridiculous is it when they say that they KNOW who the owner is but will not break with policy!?!?!?! When will common sense come into play?

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Lorraine Andersen

There should always be a way to deal with extenuating cirumstances. But that said, the owners should also take precautions should extunating citcumstances occure such as the pet sitter losin the dog.

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