A Niagara Falls family is hoping that another family that adopted their golden retriever will have a change of heart.
In February, the Pascente family turned in their 6-year-old dog, Bailey, to the humane society. He was then adopted by another family. That family then brought back Bailey to the shelter.
The Pascente family was excited when they saw that Bailey was up for adoption on the humane society’s website. They felt like they had made a mistake of giving him up and they wanted to readopt him.
When the family rushed to the shelter to adopt Bailey, they were told that they couldn’t readopt Bailey because he didn’t seem to be a priority for them. Also, the humane society said they have a policy of not returning animals to their original owners. The Pescante family said that they were not aware of this policy.
From Guelph Mercury:
Don Horvath, an inspector with the humane society in Niagara Falls, said they don’t tell people dropping off a pet they aren’t allowed to reapply for ownership, unless they ask.
“It’s hard enough without a person having to think about never seeing the pet again. I don’t think it’s an appropriate conversation to have with them,” Horvath said.
The family pleaded with the inspector and brought pictures of Bailey to show that he was a priority. The humane society decided to put the family second on the wait list for Bailey.
On Saturday, Bailey was adopted by another family. The Pescante family has called the humane society numerous times and hopes that the dog’s new family will come forward after hearing their story.
Horvath said when the Pascentes initially turned their dog over to the humane society, the reason given was they didn’t have time for it, plus an aunt was moving in.
“Typically we would not even accept an application from people who turn their pets in, but we did add the family to the list,” he said.
“We have to do what’s best for the animal. If it was such an important part of the family they should have worked around the issues and figured out a way to deal with it, instead of turning the dog over (to us).”
“It’s been very frustrating,” Peter [Pescante] said, “We don’t want other people to have to go through this. . . . I’ve known people who give children up for adoption who get them back.”
Animals are for life, Horvath said.
“You can’t just get rid of a pet when it’s inconvenient, but when it’s convenient you try to take it back.”