**a post by the mom
First - a disclaimer: this is not written on behalf of the rescue. I don't speak for them ... I speak for me and this is what I saw and experienced.
Saturday was an adoption event sponsored by a large pet food company that has a manufacturing plant in our area (Mars/Pedigree - there, I said it). About 10 rescues are invited each year. Normally it is held outside but since rain was predicted, they cleared some warehouse space and it was inside - which enabled us to bring kittens (something we don't normally do to outside events when it is HOT!).
Before I get to what happened, let me give you an idea of what my day was like...just so you can have the entire picture. And keep in mind that we are ALL volunteers and most of us have full time jobs in addition to doing events like this.
My Saturday went like this: get up and take care of my crew and the foster kittens. Get my things together for the event and run out the door around 9:15am - grabbing a fast food sandwich on the way since lunch was going to be snacks at best. Drive 20 minutes - which took more than 40 minutes due to an accident in front of me. Pick up kittens for the event and drive another 20 minutes to the event site. Unload and get set up - crate and supplies for the kittens, paperwork and help the other volunteers with our table. The actual event was 12-5pm. Spend the day talking to people, handing out information, some sales, no adoptions (OK - well, one adoption, but it was to a volunteer). Take down everything, reload the car, take the kittens back to the adoption center and get them set up for the night. I managed to get home about 6:30pm. Feed my crew and the fosters, clean litter boxes, shower (did I mention it is hot and humid here?) and then stare at the fridge hoping for some inspiration for dinner (there wasn't much in there...I think I ended up having cheese and crackers).
I don't want that to sound like a complaint.... I don't mind doing events, but they do suck up an entire day. I like talking to the public about our rescue and our animals. However, events aren't just the time we are at a location....it is the set up and tear down and travel time as well.
Here is what got me steamed however:
As we were setting up, a lady walked by with a lovely male Great Dane. That was NOT NEUTERED!!! We kind of blinked and were all "seriously??" Another volunteer took information about low cost neutering to the woman and was told (loudly and rudely) that the dog was being bred, the lady was making good money and in fact she had another woman with her who had bought one of the puppies.
Now, this pet food company can sell their product to anyone and everyone - that is part of being in business. And if their employees choose to be backyard breeders, we can't stop them.
BUT - if you invite rescues.....that are all volunteers and work on shoe string budgets.....to a RESCUE ADOPTION EVENT....your employee should NOT be bringing her unneutered dog with her and bragging about breeding him. And then being rude to rescue volunteers who actually say something to her!!
I know one of the volunteers that was the contact for this event said something to one of the organizers, but I have no idea what was said to her in return. And to add insult to injury, as we were all loading up to leave, one rescue had an entire palate of dog food loaded into one of their trucks, while a volunteer of ours was told there was a "three bag limit of food donations" (though we did end up getting more than that). O!M!G!
Hey - maybe it was an oversight. Maybe it won't happen again. Maybe we got bad information about the donation amounts. But the whole thing left a definite sour taste for our group.....