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Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, South Abington Twnshp. PA Don’t Let Them Off Easy!!!

I have been warning people for years about donating their hard earned cash to Griffin Pond animal shelter, you wouldn’t believe all of the businesses that have collected donations for that shelter all through the years, even more disturbing is the number of people that actually believe that they are a no kill shelter! A good eight or ten years back I went to the shelter to adopt a cat, this overly masculine female that was in charge didn’t seem to appreciate the questions I had about the condition of the animals there at the shelter and came at me with guns blazing. She didn’t like me from the second I began asking questions and after looking me up and down informe me that she didn’t care where I applied to adopt an animal, I would NEVER be approved to adopt there! I was extremely offended and asked if she was telling me that she’d rather euthanize an animal rather than allow someone that she didn’t like personally to adopt it, he reply was, “that’s right”!

I know a woman that operates a true no kill shelter in the Scranton, PA area and she goes without many necessities for herself in order to spend ever last dime on her shelter animals, what infuriates me is that you never see donations being accepted for those good shelters, only Griffin Pond, where they kill animals just because they can, as the case of Midge proves. Midge was the 4 year old Mastiff mix dog that had spent a year waiting for a forever home, a woman interested in her and trying to find placement for the dog was assured that she was fine and not in any danger, wrong, in typical Griffin Pond behavior, they euthanized the animal! 8,000 people criticized the shelter for their lax, disgusting, irresponsible actions!

Poor Midge’s tragic life story is merely one of countless others as all who know Griffin Pond’s reputation know, and the truth is that there have been many more horror stories that have come out of that place. Through the years I came  to believe that there was no possible way that people couldn’t know what went on there at that shelter, I had to conclude that people just chose to turn their heads to the heinous, evils that went on, I felt helpless and all I could do was to go out of my way to inform every and any body I encountered about that hell called Griffin Pond!

I am thrilled that there has been backlash and that people do care, I just hope that those parties that they were able to hold accountable, were not allowed to leave with pay, all of the money that was collected by employees all of these years should have to be paid back and used strictly for the animals. What sets the smaller no kill shelters apart from those like Griffin Pond is the fact that they deal almost exclusively with volunteers, then you know for sure that there is genuine love for the animals and not their pocketbooks! I went to G.P. Animal Shelter many times to walk the dogs and play with the cats as much as they’d allow me to, but when the “girl” in charge got mad after I asked questions, she stopped me and told me that I was not allowed to walk their dogs!  As politely as I could I said that they do need exercise and that it’s sad to see them sitting in cages in their own messes, she grew even angrier and told me that I should “head out”! I continued to try and go and see the animals until she made it such a nightmare that I was afraid that she’d take it out on the animals. I don’t say it because of any ill feelings toward her either but like nearly every other worker  there, she was not in any way loving or caring to the shelter animals and in fact I have witnessed downright cruelty there, when you complain, you are not allowed there again without being harassed! Hat’s off to all of you that complained and tried to being about change and better lives for these already down on their luck animals.

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Posted by on August 26, 2017 in All Posts


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To All Readers

For those people who read my blog, will you please do me a favor? Please, let me know who your least favorite television personality is, I didn’t use the word celebrity, as there are a lot of everyday people on reality shows now days. I’m very interested in who you least like, and if you have an extra minute to spare, I wouldn’t mind knowing who you like most, as well.

To all of you who read my blog, I want to say thank you, especially to those returning readers. I appreciate that you take the time and interest, in hearing what I have to say ( or in many cases, gripe about ). I value your comments and I do hope that you’ll respond to this request for me. Thank you again and I hope that you’ll stop by again soon.

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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in All Posts


To All Readers:

Just to reiterate, not to drive anyone crazy repeating myself here. Any and all things that you read here at The Smart Critics blog, are my opinions, feelings, thoughts. You may not, nor do you have to, agree or like what you read here. My intentions are not to offend anyone, pick on anyone or hurt anyones feelings. If you do not like what is written here, then you do not have to read any of it. However, if you do like what you read or agree with what you read  then I do hope that you will comment. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read what I have to say.

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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in All Posts


Save An Animal’s Life, Please!

   Earlier I mentioned no kill shelters; the problem is, that many really do kill either when filled up, or the killing is contracted out. I would not take an animal to the SPCA or Humane Society – how is it protecting an animal, or being humane, to kill them? I make donations whenever I can to causes that protect animals. Have you? And if you have made donations to organizations like the above listed, how can you be sure that your money isn’t going toward the euthanization of these poor animals? You can’t be! Because it probably is!

   If I seem like a beggar, so be it, I know how irritating it can be for people to be asked for money every time they turn around. You go into a store and someone stands out front, maybe ringing a bell asking for money. Or there’s a table set up outside of the grocery store where there are more people asking. You sit down to watch tv and again, someone wants money. Then there’s the usual mortgage or rent payments and all of the usual utilities, I get it. The fact is, these animals cannot ask for themselves, and if you do donate, I can assure you that the money goes to a shelter where no animal is killed! If they have feline leukemia or HIV, they live with other cats who have the same. The healthier cats also live cage free in a beautiful place I like to call the cat oasis! They have food, water, treats, toys and medical care at all times until they find a “forever home”. I came across several cats, strays, who were starving and in danger of being shot or fed anti-freeze. They were adorable, especially since a few were kittens. I would have given anything if they could have gone to the Animal Care Association, but they were filled to capacity. It is a cat’s dream to go there, but they cannot help that there is not enough room. There would be more room in truth, if there was money enough, but unfortunately there is not. I hope that’s where you come in. I thank God though that I came in contact with another woman who ran a no-kill shelter and she took them all. Not only did she take all of them, she picked them up and allowed me to use her carriers, since I had none. Again, she runs a cage-free, no-kill shelter that did not discard the one cat who turned out to have leukemia. Instead, the cat will live out her life among others who have the same medical problem, unless someone adopts her. My point is, at some time in many peoples lives, whether it’s a pet they cannot keep, or one they find along the road, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to take them to a safe haven where, if they aren’t adopted, they arent killed? Bottom line, it takes our donations to give more cats a chance by allowing these types of shelters to continue to run.

   If you’d like to make a real difference and make a donation, even a dollar, to help keep these wonderful places running, or even expand with enough donations, then please, I urge you to contribute whatever you can. I know an elderly lady who lives on a fixed income (and believe me it isn’t much), yet every month without fail, she sends ten dollars to her local no-kill shelter. Please realize that donating to the SPCA / Humane Society is, pretty much, helping an animal to die! I’d rather help an animal to live, anyday!

Animal Care Association                           

1916 Rosanna Avenue

Scranton,  PA  18509

   I’d like to thank you in advance for your time and your contribution. No, they can’t afford to send you a hat or T-shirt but you really will be helping to save an animal or many animals lives.


To Those Reading This Blog

   To those of you who have stopped by to read anything written here or to anyone here for the first time, I want to say thank you. My intention is not to offend anyone out there by stating my true feelings about anything; I know at times I can seem too outspoken and to some I’m sure a bit harsh. Regardless, I do appreciate the fact that you have taken the time to hear what I have to say. Whether you agree with me, or vehemently disagree, I would very much like your feedback, be it good or bad.

   When I first sat down here to state my feelings, I thought, who out there will give a darn what I have to say? who am I anyway in a sea of millions? The truth is, the more hits that I got, sprinkled with a few comments, the better I felt about what I was doing. Needless to say, without you out there reading any of it, it means nothing, but I’d also welcome any comments that you might have, not only to know your thoughts and feelings, but also to learn what topic it is that you were interested most in reading about. If you have the time, please share your feedback with me, and thank you in advance.

   One more thing, as time goes by, the things written here may become more sensitive to a lot of people. Again I’d like to stress that my intention is not to offend or seriously pee off any readers, I just might think differently than some people. I know that religion and politics are a hot button to many, but my opinions are just that – my opinions! I do appreciate though that you took the time to stop by, and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you.

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Posted by on June 15, 2012 in All Posts


Are You An Animal Lover?

   You know, the more horror stories I hear about animals, the sicker I get. I’m sure that it’s obvious that I am an animal lover, but regardless of my personal feelings, I try to keep an open mind when I hear about an animal in a bad situation. I mean, if an owner starves an animal because they lost their job and cannot afford to feed it, that does not excuse it, but at least there’s some shred of sense there (if you can call it that). Why, though, would anyone intentionally harm any animal? I’m the type of person that wants to understand the way peoples’ minds work and their reasoning process, but I’ll tell you, I’ll never understand cruelty.

   A kitten not even 8 weeks old burned with cigarettes, another cat purposely fed anti-freeze and suffers a horrible death, a small poodle that’s been tied about 6 inches from it’s food and water dishes and beat whenever it cries, and a dog left alongside the road, locked in a carrier with no food or water in tempretures above 90 that slowly suffers death. Why? And what about the dogs found in the creeks dead, after being skinned alive? Again I ask, why? Must someone feel like a big person to pick on a helpless animal? What is there to gain? If any so called human being could do such things, what in the hell would they do to another person? Yeah, I get that this world has become so disgusting that nothing is sacred anymore – look at the child killers and rapists. Even some priests have become so tainted that they molest children. It certainly breeds hopelessness all around but even a few, I have to believe can pave the way to make a difference. After all, an animal abuser is no different than a child abuser, the animal, like a child, is innocent and helpless to defend itself. Funny how so many would protect their children with their lives but cannot go out of their way to protect an animal! A pet becomes part of your family, so then how can someone abuse part of their family? I have seen and heard of more cruel, inhumane things done to animals that it literally, physically sickens me. If you know of an animal, any animal, being abused or neglected, please do your part and report the person or people doing it.


The Elderly And Karma

   Why do vast numbers of the older people get thrown into nursing homes? Have you ever volunteered at one or visited one? So many similar stories. One little old lady’s son told her that he made her a doctor’s appointment and then dropped her off at a nursing home, there in the trunk were her suitcases. Another had 6 kids, none of who visited through the year but all promised every Christmas. Each December she got all dolled up in the  finest dress she owned and sat all day, alone, for those children that never did show. Some of them just adore a stuffed bear or a little baby doll, something to love and they cling to them for dear life! Since when is it okay to discard the elderly? Have we all forgotten that our parents gave us life, changed our diapers, fed us every day, played nurse to us whenever we were sick, struggled to raise us, many alone and going without a lot putting us first? How soon we forget.

   We’ll all be old someday, and let me tell you, if we don’t make some serious changes now, we may suffer worse fates. Our parents did everything, gave everything to raise us just as their parents did with them, and just because of some wrinkles and aches – yes often medical issues too, it comes with the territory – we cannot allow them to live with us? Or if they are still able, why not leave them alone, check in on them but let them have their independence? Imagine it was you in a home, where you wait until they say it’s time to eat and often feed you, they sometimes accompany you to the bathroom, then to have a stranger washing your naked body from a pan! Most I’ve seen, you can’t leave and take a walk, you don’t get to go and have a coffee or tea, no shopping, maybe once a month there’s an outing they may allow you to go on. If you take their independence, that’s unhealthy for them, but take all of their dignity and break them and they don’t live long – they lose their will to live. I’ve seen many a children take all that their parents have after putting them away; the house, all of the money, all of their precious belongings, and how many of them take the money and give it to their parents to ask what they need or would like? Well, I haven’t seen any take a dime to the parents!

   I believe that every good deed that you do goes into the karma bank, like a savings account that pays unimagineable interest. For every bad thing you do, one day it’ll be unbelieveable havoc and set backs that the bank pays you. When the good deeds come to maturity, there will be the greatest windfall of your life coming your way. Karma is a very real thing and there is no escaping it. Quite simply, either good karma will come back to you, or bad karma will, and it’s always one or the other. I know that I try to always make my deposits into the good karma bank. Though it applies to good and bad in general, you may want to remember that when you’re looking into your mom or dad’s aging face, don’t kid yourself: they earned every single fine line and wrinkle upon it.

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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in All Posts, Personal Stories