Ellen DeGeneres Dogfight Continues
October 18, 2007
The dog fight between Ellen DeGeneres and the Mutt & Moms pet adoption agency got rough today, with DeGeneres’s publicist and the shelter duking it out in Page6. Ellen’s publicist Kelly Bush was likely caught off guard by the agency’s sharp teeth in the matter.
However, the love and loyalty Ellen has cultivated through great publicity may have tipped the other way. Currently Mutts & Moms is receiving countless threats, hate mail, and web traffic from rabid fans. Their website is currently down, with a statement on PetFinder (reprinted in full after the jump in case it’s removed). PetFinder explains why the policy is needed.
This doesn’t cause much of an image problem for Ellen if she gets back on the air ASAP, though we can’t imagine why Bush would spend time and risk her nose pitbullying a pet agency.
Our colleagues over at FishbowlLA have more on how the media is handling the pet adoption rates.
PetFinder.com statement on Mutts & Moms:
Mutts and Mom has chosen to temporarily inactivate their website on Petfinder.com because their email inbox and voice mail are overwhelmed. Petfinder has 11,000 shelters and rescue groups posting over 260,000 pets that need homes. We do not dictate the adoption policies of our members. We do work with them to educate their volunteers and hope to professionalize the industry as a whole, providing a positive experience for adopters. Petfinder advocates for all parties: the pets, the adopters, and the shelter and rescue group workers and volunteers.
Pet Return Policies
Many shelters and rescue groups insist, through their adoption agreements, that if a pet cannot stay with his adoptive family, the adopters must return him to the group. Why do they do this?
Between 500,000 and 1 million pets adopted from shelters and rescue groups find themselves homeless and in the shelter once again.
One foster mom said it best, “I found the dog on the street, starving. I nursed her back to health. She slept in my bed. I sang her back to sleep when she had nightmares when she first came to me. Then I adopted her to a wonderful family. A year later, I got a call from animal control because she was at the shelter and she was going to be euthanized. The family had gotten divorced and she ended up on death row!”
This too-common experience leads rescue groups and shelter to put strict policies in place governing what happens if the adoption doesn’t work out. In effect, the rescue group and shelters are promising to always be there as a safety net for the pets. This can be very comforting to adopters.