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Thu, Oct 18 | By Matt Van Hoven | 731

By now we're all familiar with Ellen Degeneres' dog dilemma. At the root of the issue is the contract she signed stating the dog must stay with her or be returned to the rescue. Many adoption agencies require such contracts to create … more ›

Ellen too Generous?
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Erica R.
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Erica R.
5 years ago

Ellen made an effort to find a good home for the dog.

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Bob R.
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Bob R.
5 years ago

Oh, goody ! It's time to pick on Ellen, again ! Leave her alone. She made a mistake. She's a good person. She will do the right thing !

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Jennifer H.
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Jennifer H.
5 years ago

There are certainly two sides to every story. Hard to know who is right here but I think Ellen did have the best intentions

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Stephanie L.
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Stephanie L.
5 years ago

sad story..

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Ladyd
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Ladyd
5 years ago

This was a sad situation. I'm sure she had no idea what a fuss this would cause.

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Chris Z.
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Chris Z.
5 years ago

Another boondoggle.

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Lucille Vaughn F.
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Lucille Vaughn F.
5 years ago

I remember seeing Ellen cry on her show. I completely sympathize with her and the party she gave Iggy to. It seems to me that all Mutts and Moms had to do was check out the home where Iggy went and then give them their blessing. Or was it because they could collect another adoption fee? I feel that Mutts and Moms went way beyond reasonable. The ultimate challenge is finding a good home, and Ellen had made sure that Iggy was going to a good home with a family that knew him and loved him. What was wrong with that, except for Paper work and egos.

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conni F.
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conni F.
5 years ago

I remember how big of a story this was. I wonder if since then Ellen has done anything regarding animals.

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Richard
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Richard
5 years ago

I think she mint well, but what about the contract

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Heather B.
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Heather B.
5 years ago

I think she meant well...like a lot of people, she didn't read what she was signing.

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Wendie
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Wendie
5 years ago

Wow, can she not read? I know any shelter I've been to, there has been a 10-15 point contract where you have to read and sign by each statement, one of which is always "must be returned to the shelter if you cannot keep." We have a LOT of people give away dogs from our shelter and break the contract and then we find out that the new owners bred the dog or are having it live in standards that are way too low for any animal we adopt out. Which is why we request that every animal be returned to us so we can properly screen for it's REAL forever home, something 99.9% of people who "give away" their pets don't do.

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barb  a.
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barb a.
5 years ago

Many shelters have this but is it really a legal binding contract, I know that at the shelter I worked at if the dogs were returned they usually didnt get another chance they were put to sleep so if someone can find them a good home what does it hurt

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sandy h.
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sandy h.
5 years ago

Shelters need to make sure people understand the rules before an animal is adopted out.

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Katherine
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Katherine
5 years ago

I'm sure Ellen was trying to do the right thing. Things just got screwed up.

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George H.
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George H.
5 years ago

This whole thing slipped into irrationality and the focus shifted way too far away from what was best for the dog.

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HomePro
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HomePro
5 years ago

A contract is a contract is a contract.

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Lara W.
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Lara W.
5 years ago

I'd rather see the family who wanted the dog get to keep the dog. It's not like she put the dog on death row.

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Marty T.
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Marty T.
5 years ago

Bingo! Sometimes we interrupt what really is a good thing.

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Marisa M.
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Marisa M.
5 years ago

What would have happened if Ellen called and informed the rescue group what she was planning to do? Could this whole thing have been avoided?

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
5 years ago

She said, he said .... both went way overboard. What is the overall good. To me, it was a lose/lose situation because the actions of both parties.

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Terry F.
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Terry F.
5 years ago

A contract is a contract, no matter who you are. Many of these celebrities feel the rules just don't apply to them. The rescue was in the right trying to protect their dog.

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

I heard bits and pieces of this when it was in the news. Makes you wonder about people signing things with out reading them. I have tried to teach my kids to always read what they sign, even if it is a standard form or a long article. They must know what they are being responsible for.

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natalie
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natalie
5 years ago

i believe ellen was just trying to do the right thing.

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JimDog
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JimDog
6 years ago

Wow, we're still discussing this! I think this was a very good example of why people need to READ the contracts they are signing.

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DDRau
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DDRau
6 years ago

There was way too much made out of this event

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Elineen
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Elineen
6 years ago

Apparently we don't all know by now. I've heard something about this but not all the details so this article doesn't really tell me enough to know what actually happened.

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Chris
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Chris
6 years ago

Ellen meant no harm. She really felt she was doing the best thing.

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L S.
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L S.
6 years ago

I really felt for all involved with this case. I know Ellen and the family that she gave the dog too really loved it. I was so sad for them!!

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Karen47
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Karen47
6 years ago

I truly believe she was trying to do the right thing.

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Loosey
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Loosey
6 years ago

She had good intentions!!!!

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terry h.
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terry h.
6 years ago

Well, I love Ellen, and I know she was trying to do the right thing. some rules can be reviewed and relaxed when they're just stupid.

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Rebecca
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Rebecca
6 years ago

This was such a horrific story. The dog was doing well in a new place, why couldn't they just let it be?

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Ladykbk
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Ladykbk
6 years ago

What is in the best interest of the dog.
I feel that the shelter should have made every effort to meet the new adoptive parents instead of uprooting the dog AGAIN!
Unless of course this shelter still operates with the rule that terriers should not be adopted to families with children. A rule that most shelters have gotten rid of.

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Jill l.
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Jill l.
6 years ago

They have rules and just because she is on TV dosent mean she can break them. I was aware when I got my dog if for any reason I had to get rid of him I had to give him back to the rescue shelter. It prevents dog getting tossed around.

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

A good home seems way more beneficial than living at the shelter!!!!!

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Linda
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Linda
6 years ago

Many HUGE mistakes on the shelter's part regarding the way they handled the situation! I am amzaed at how insensative they were especially where publicity was involved. Regardless of the contract. The shelter's first mistake was using Ellen as an example. Taking advantage of her star status in a positive light would have been much more benificial to the shelter. They should have made a deal with Ellen to publically make her audience aware of such clauses in most adoption applications. In return, the shelter would agree to have the new family fill out a new application for adoption review. Yanking the animal out of the home without offering the family proper consideration gives all shelters a bad name! It was undiplomatic, insensative and unnecassry! They handle it poorly and the manager should be booted! Shelters don't need the reputation of being insensative when they need to lure good homes in to adopt. The manager missed the oppertunety to join Ellen with educating the public about adoption contracts. Add to that, they publically exposed their shelter in a negative light by not using their head for a positive outcome. Third, they tore apart a family by making them an example and denying even a chance for adoption review. Many shelters don't know what they are doing and it reflects on those that show humanity to both animals and people. As a former shelter worker myself, this was a mass of errors and poor handling on the shelter's part!

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LynnLucyDoris
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LynnLucyDoris
6 years ago

I don't know...isn't a home to home better than returning it to the shelter? The bottom line is, though, she should have read the contract.

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Satana H.
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Satana H.
6 years ago

It's good that they have these kind of rules in place but should make them well known. I'm sure Ellen would give it to a good home, but not everyone would.

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kristie n.
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kristie n.
6 years ago

meant well thats all that counts

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TimDemp30
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TimDemp30
6 years ago

Mutts and Mom are only looking out for the best welfare of the dog. I applaud their efforts and taking a stand. I've heard this is not the first time Ellen has done this. I find it hard to believe that Mutts and Mom didn't tell her about this rule.

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

I think Ellen has or had good intentions but she should have been more careful about what she is signing. I also agree that somethings need to be verbally explained

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Adriana  C.
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Adriana C.
6 years ago

I am definitely behind Ellen in this situation. She was doing what she thought was best. Eventually they were going to have to find the dog a nice home, and I don't understand why they wouldn't just look into the family she gave the dog to.

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Patty  B.
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Patty B.
6 years ago

Certain elements of contracts should also be relayed verbally. I think she was doing only what she thought was best.

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jan l.
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jan l.
6 years ago

She should have contacted the rescue and arranged for the people that wanted the pup to fill out an adoption application. That would have made everything easier. I don't know if it's true, but I read somewhere that this is not the first time she has taken home pets and not kept them. I do think she means well and I enjoy her show when I get a chance to watch.

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Loveshorses
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Loveshorses
6 years ago

I think Ellen's intentions were good but rules are rules. Maybe the agency could have checked out the people she gave the dog to and let them adopt it.

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beaner50 c.
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beaner50 c.
6 years ago

I understand that shelters have rules. But I think that if Ellen found a suitable owner for this little dog. Than it should have been okay.

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Louise P.
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Louise P.
6 years ago

Ellen should've read the contract since most rescue agencies require you to bring back the pet if it doesn't work out. Just so it doesn't go to a place and is euthanized. I think the agency might've made such a big deal because of Ellen's celebrity status and should've left Iggy where she was at this point, since the dog and the family were happy.

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Chrissy
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Chrissy
6 years ago

I like Ellen and this puppy was happy in a loving home.

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

HOPES THIS GETS WORKED OUT AND NOT TO THE PETS DEMISE

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Sarah M.
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Sarah M.
6 years ago

Way too complicated. Both sides understandable. Maybe she should have talked to the agency and figured out a way to work through it.

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bonnie
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bonnie
6 years ago

ellen was just trying to help

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