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.