KLAWS Kerry for passing this on to me – I hadn’t seen it before and found a fair few varieties of it when I searched online – I’ve chosen the longest, of course. Sadly no author credit that I could find.
From the last option it’s apparent that this is from a kill shelter rescue – but nearly all the options apply to all rescues. If you’ve ever phoned a rescue with any of these comments take a moment to reflect that on average, 12 dogs were killed every day in Irish pounds in 2012. One of them could have been yours. To stop the slaughter please neuter your companion animals and any stray cats that hang out near you.
Adopt, Neuter, Volunteer, Donate.
And if you ever wonder why we don’t always answer the phone – here’s 35 reasons (note the word ‘dog’ can be replaced by any companion animal) …
A Rescuer’s Answer Machine
Hello, You have reached 123-4567, Tender Hearts Rescue. Due to the high volume of calls we have been receiving, please listen closely to the following options and choose the one that best describes you or your situation:
Press 1 if you think we are veterinarians and want free medical advice.
Press 2 if you know we are a rescue organisation but want to save money and have us give you free, untrained medical advice anyway.
Press 3 if you make €200,000 a year but still want us to pay to spay the ‘stray’ in your yard (house).
Press 4 if you have a 10-year-old dog and your 15-year-old son has suddenly become allergic and you need to find the dog a new home right away.
Press 5 if you have three dogs, had a baby and want to get rid of your dogs because you are the only person in the world to have a baby and dogs at the same time.
Press 6 if your dog is sick and needs a vet but you need the money for your vacation.
Press 7 if you just got a brand new puppy and your old dog is having problems adjusting so you want to get rid of the old one right away.
Press 8 if your little puppy has grown up and is no longer small and cute and you want to trade it in for a new model.
Press 9 if you are elderly and want to adopt a cute puppy who is not active and is going to outlive you.
Press 10 if your relative has died and you don’t want to care for their elderly dog because it doesn’t fit your lifestyle.
Press 11 if you are moving today and need to immediately place your 150 pound, 8-year-old, aggressive dog that isn’t neutered.
Press 12 if you want an unpaid volunteer to come to your home today and pick up the dog you no longer want.
Press 13 if you have been feeding and caring for a ‘stray’ for the last three years, are moving and suddenly determine it’s not your dog.
Press 14 if you are calling at 6 a.m. to make sure you wake me up before I have to go to work so you can drop a dog off on your way to work.
Press 15 to leave us an anonymous garbled message, letting us know you have left a dog in our yard in the middle of January, which is in fact, better than just leaving the dog with no message.
Press 16 if you are going to get angry because we are not going to take your dog that you have had for fifteen years, because it is not our responsibility.
Press 17 if you are going to threaten to take your ten year old dog to be put down because we can’t get to your house in the next hour.
Press 18 if you’re going to get angry because the volunteers had the audacity to go on vacation and leave the dogs in care of a trusted volunteer who is not authorized to take your personal pet.
Press 19 if you want one of our perfectly trained, housebroken, kid and cat friendly purebred tiny dogs that we have an abundance of.
Press 20 if you want us to take your dog that has a slight aggression towards cats.
Press 21 if you have already called once and been told we don’t take personal surrenders but thought you would get a different person this time with a different answer.
Press 22 if you want us to use space that would go to a stray to board your personal dog while you are on vacation, free of charge, of course.
Press 23 if it is Christmas Eve or Easter morning and you want me to deliver an eight week old puppy to your house by 6:30 am before your kids wake up.
Press 24 if you have bought your children a duckling, chick or baby bunny for Easter and it is now Christmas and no longer cute.
Press 25 if you want us to take your female dog who has already had ten litters, but we can’t spay her because she is pregnant again and it is against your religion.
Press 26 if you’re lying to make one of our younger volunteers feel bad and take your personal pet off your hands.
Press 27 if your cat is biting and not using the litter box because it is declawed, but are not willing to accept the responsibility that the cat’s behavior is altered because of your nice furniture.
Press 28 if your two year old male dog is marking all over your house but you just haven’t gotten around to having him neutered.
Press 29 if you previously had an outdoor only dog and are calling because she is suddenly pregnant.
Press 30 if you have done “everything” to housebreak your dog and have had no success but you don’t want to crate the dog because it is cruel.
Press 31 if you didn’t listen to the message asking for an evening phone number and you left your work number when all volunteers are also working and you are angry because no one called you back.
Press 32 if you need a puppy immediately and cannot wait because today is your daughter’s birthday and you forgot when she was born.
Press 33 if your dog’s coat doesn’t match your new furniture and you need a different color or breed.
Press 34 if your new love doesn’t like your dog and you are too stupid to get rid of the new friend (who will dump you in the next month anyway) instead of the dog.
Press 35 if you went through all these ‘presses’ and didn’t hear enough. This option will connect you to the sounds of tears being shed by one of our volunteers who is holding a discarded old dog while the vet mercifully frees him from of the grief of missing his family.