I have wondered about Many Tears too, PD - I looked at the site once and saw all the pics of brown labrador bitches who had had numerous litters of puppies and had been handed to the rescue once their usefulness as puppy factories was over. These dogs looked twice as old as their actual ages, looked to be poorly cared-for, and had no light in their eyes at all. Then there were the pictures after they'd been with a foster family for a while, and they looked like different dogs - shiny coats, tails up and looking like they'd got a bounce in their step.
My heart went out to these dogs, whose life has been so different to that of our brown lab girl, and I would love to give one of them a home - if only Many Tears wasn't based so far away.
redlac6, how did you contact your local dog warden? Do local authorities not put dogs down that don't get reclaimed or is that a rumour? This would be another reason to consider them, as far as I am concerned.
Seafield don't homecheck, that's why you can just leave with a dog - they' also don't often have much background history and don't assess the dogs... So you leave that day with what might be a fantastic dog, or one that might have any number of issues.
Many tears had a really nice looking puppy in Lanarkshire, about 6 months old, housetrained, good with children and cats.
Stirling Council has a webpage with pictures of the dogs in the pound. I think that they hold on to them for a good while then pass them to dogs trust. We didnt get any home visits but that was 10 years ago
Dog and cat home in Edinburgh also don't neuter....I suspect that although they are a charity, they also act as the pound. Please correct me if that's wrong. Have met utter fuckwits who were able to get a dog from them.
We got our kitty from Bothwell Bridge, they were good, made sure there was a week between us picking cat and actually taking him home. Not a fan of 'take home same day' as sometimes you need time to think about it properly.
Dogs trust at Ballieston is supposed to be good too.
I got mine from Bothwell SSPCA nearly 8 years ago. It was huge, clean and they were quite particular. I got away without a homecheck or having her neutered but I was about to qualify as a vet so they let me off . I think all SSPCA centres have similar policies and IME are quite thorough.
I have had 3 SSPCA rescues now (Rocky is from Glasgow cat & dog home, Tallie was from Bothwell bridge and Buzz is from Milton). I have always found the staff attentive and caring. Rocky had to see the SSPCA vet as he was unwell within the 1st week but there was no problem there. They have all been neutered with them (got a voucher to arrange going back for neutering), were micro-chipped and vaccinated all included in the rehoming fee.
Dont get me wrong, it took several visits to find the right dog but the staff were able to point us in the direction of suitable ones and I firmly believe the dogs chose us.