Mutts and Moms is not the only animal adoption agency that has taken pets away from homes due to violations in adoption contracts by pet owners.
Sheila and Jason Bulman received notice from the Humane Society in Toronto, Ontario that their adopted cat Georgia was being repossessed because the couple allowed the cat to roam outdoors. This was a violation of the adoption contract that the Bulmans signed when they first adopted Georgia.
The Humane Society told the Bulmans that they signed a contract and that Georgia is not an outdoor cat.
“It’s a really straight forward thing,” said Lee Oliver of the Toronto Humane Society. “You agree not to have the cat declawed. That’s a cruel and barbaric thing. You agree to keep the cat indoors. You agree not to give the cat away.”
The Bulmans said they know that they broke the rules but they only did it because Georgia really wanted to be outside.
Sheila Bulman said, “She howled and howled to the point the neighbors thought we were abusing her.” After a month of restraining Georgia inside, the Bulmans finally let her outside.
She added that the animal control officer told her the cat would be better off at the humane society in a cage than with her.
Jason Bulman stated: “The Humane Society has to acknowledge the fact that there are grey areas.”
Oliver said the Humane Society’s mission is not to please people, but instead to take care of the animals.
He added: “You have to provide a safe environment for the animal. We do turn people down and they do get upset and they say, ‘Better with me than in this horrible place.’ Well, not necessarily.”