Adirondack Humane Society


Rating: 2.3

Average rating from 4 reviews.

(2.3 out of 5, based on 4 reviews)


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Reader's Reviews (4)
Rating: 1


posted 6 years ago

My wife and I adopted two kittens from a litter of four from this establishment 3 weeks ago. Upon coming home we noticed one of the kittens had bald spots by his ears, what looked like pimples or sores on his neck and the back of his head. We made an appointment with our own Vet on Friday for the following Monday. By Sunday morning my wife developed a bright red ring on her shoulder where the .
kittens preferred to lay while being guessed it...RINGWORM.

Upon going to our Vet we were told to go home and get our it's likely that she has it as well as us. The Vet then examined both kittens and confirmed not just ringworm...but ADVANCED RINGWORM. He informed us to call the shelter immediately to notify them.

Upon going home, I called the Adirondack Humane Society and told them who I was, when we adopted the kittens, and then the Vets diagnosis.

To my horror I was then informed that they were TOTALLY aware of the ringworm epidemic in their cats, and that the problem was under control.

UNDER CONTROL I barely managed to say politely...My wife, my dog, the two kittens and myself are now infected with RINGWORM and you NOW have it under control?? Why weren't we notified of the this when we were looking at the cats, when we were handling the cats, or when we ADOPTED the cats?!?!?!

The woman's response...

" I don't know...I guess it never came up..."

Are you kidding me? There should be a LAW against what this shelter did to us, and has most likely done to other people!!! Now we're on 30 day lock down, all on medication, and why...? Because some half assed ran shelter up in Plattsburg, NY didn't bother to inform ANYONE of their RINGWORM EPIDEMIC!

I asked the woman about what to do to disinfect our furniture against the ringworm spores and was don't have to worry about your furniture...

??? Our Vet, and every single veterinary website out there stresses the importance of disinfecting the entire home when something like this happens....and this person tells me not to worry about it? You have GOT to be kidding me!! If ever an establishment needed a surprise inspection it's this place.

This has completely jaded my wife and I against using Humane Society Shelters. We'll probably never even visit one again. We'll stick to North Shore Animal League on Long Island, NY or simply adopt from friends from this point on.

We strongly recommend against using this place and if you DO go there, be VERY careful of how you handle the animals.

Steve from NY

Pros: Friendly Staff

Cons: Everything Else

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Bridget L.
Rating: 1

Don't recommend

posted 6 years ago

I cannot recommend this shelter. Have seen it filthy many times. The adoption process can be ridiculous (they even denied a veterinarian I worked with....decision made by early 20's girl who felt she knew the dog's needs better than the VET.....seriously!) The no kill policy is popular with the public but impractical the way it is implemented. Many of the animals there for an unbelievable amount of time and become institutionalized turning this more into a permanent sanctuary than a shelter. Board of directors needs to get a handle on this shelter. Have seen outstanding pet owners denied because their 16 year old cat wasn't vaccinated the last few years of life (per OUR VET'S recommendations....they spent upwards of $1,000 on elder care for the cat but denied over vaccinations!!!) Absolutely ridiculous.

Pros: You might get lucky

Cons: dirty, unrealistic adoption rules

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