I read OC Today regularly and normally enjoy it.
When I read the “Berlin woman experiences difficulties adopting puppy” article on April 12, 2019 on page 20 written by Victor Fernandes, I was very disappointed that this humane society was publicly criticized by your paper.
I have no personal affiliation with the Worcester County Humane Society but I do have experience in animal rescue work and I am a senior citizen.
Sadly, most humane societies and SPCA’s function on a shoestring budget, have very few paid staff, are able to accomplish placing homeless dogs and cats because of devoted volunteers and focus on making decisions for the animals to be placed in the best suited home for their needs.
I’m thrilled that Ms. Myrna Wright was willing to adopt a dog vs buying one and I’m sorry that she was unable to adopt the little dog she wanted.
However, because of the horrific overpopulation problem in our country millions of dogs and cats are put to sleep annually. Therefore, with many other available dogs Ms. Wright could have simply accepted the fact that the humane society staff did not choose her home for the dog she wanted and moved on to look for another dog.
In the future, please offer support for local animal shelters and promote spaying and neutering dogs and cats. Believe me, it’s needed.