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Ellen and the Great Dog Debacle

Anyone that knows me knows that I am not really a fan of Ellen Degenerate, er, DeGeneres. Do I think she should read her paperwork more closely when adopting a dog? Sure I do. Do I think the animal wackos she dealt with are a bunch of idiots? ABSOLUTELY. But I never would have adopted a dog from them because I DO read the fine print…one of the many reasons why I choose not to adopt from our not-so-humane society locally.

LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres is in the doghouse with a pet rescue agency after giving a pooch away to her hairdresser because it didn’t get along with her cats.

The talk show hostess and her partner Portia de Rossi adopted Iggy, a Brussels Griffon mix, on Sept. 20. But when things did not work out, DeGeneres gave the dog to her hairdresser.

In doing so, DeGeneres violated an agreement with the Mutts and Moms agency by not informing them of the handoff.

When the agency called DeGeneres to ask about Iggy, she said she found another home for the dog. The agency sent a representative to the hairdresser’s home Sunday and took the dog away.

Mind you, they took the dog out of a home that DeGeneres knew would be a good home for the dog and away from two young children who bonded with the dog. …and you say you are in the “animal rescue” business?!?!? Yeah, right.

DeGeneres went public with the doggy ordeal Monday while taping an episode of her show to air Tuesday. She admitted she didn’t read all the paperwork involving the adoption.

C’mon Ellen…you’ve been in business for how long and you didn’t look at the paperwork, or have one of “your people” look at it? Not a wise decision, Ellen, which is why this mess is now a mess.

DeGeneres said she spent $3,000 having the dog neutered and trained to be with her cats. But the dog had too much energy and was too rambunctious, she told her television audience.

“I guess I signed a piece of paper that says if I can’t keep Iggy, it goes back to the rescue organization, which is not someone’s home, which is not a family,” she said in a show transcript provided to The Associated Press.

“I thought I did a good thing. I tried to find a loving home for the dog because I couldn’t keep it.”

See, Ellen, the animal wackos you dealt with don’t think you are capable of making a good decision about your pet. So even though you had the best of intentions, you aren’t in the business of “animal rescue” like they are so of course you are wrong [and you *did* violate that little agreement thingy, too…I’m not forgetting about that little tidbit]. They would prefer to put this animal back into their shelter so they can keep their little statistics up, keep your money and get an adoption fee from someone else. Their little piece of paper just proves that they believe that you can’t even own a pet on your own - that they have to have you sign a piece of paper so they can have a piece of you for the rest of the dog’s life.

They should do the right thing and take that dog back to those two broken-hearted kids who will likely give the dog more love and attention than a shelter that probably needs to confine the animal a good portion of the day. That’s animal rescue alright. How about making a rational choice that’s good for the dog versus your stupid rules? Not capable of independent thought or rationalization? Hmmmmm…

Don’t get me wrong, ultimately Ellen’s lack of attention to the paperwork caused all of this, but it just proves to me that people in the animal rescue business aren’t always in it for the best interest and welfare of an animal if they can’t evaluate a situation like this any better. It costs nothing for Ellen to bring the dog to a good home. It will cost money and hardship for the dog dragging him back to the shelter. But it sure supports the cause on paper, doesn’t it?!? One more in that column for “rescued animal” is what it looks like from here.

/my 2 cents

R said:

I'm not a fan of Ellen by any means, but jesus christ this is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard.

Chris said:

I'm no fan of Ellen either, never thought she was funny, straight or gay. But yeah, these rescue bozos have done more to hurt their cause than advance it. They should just shut down!

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