We were looking to add a second dog to our home and recently found one that seemed perfect at the local humane society. We did a meet and greet with our dog and everything went well so we asked about taking her home. We were told that she was not allowed to be adopted out until she was spayed and that they would only do this through their vet office. Now, I know some states have laws pertaining to spays and neuters before adoption but ours does not. It was explained to me that they opened up a clinic in order to save money for potential adopters, as their office was able to provide the surgeries at a significantly reduced rate. Fine, so when would she be ready? No telling really...whenever the vet can complete the surgery. We were told that the vet called when time slots were open and would request whatever number of dogs they had time for that day. There are other dogs in front of her and the vet doesn't necessarily work every week so she could be ready next week or next month, no way to tell. I asked if there was anything I could do...preschedule an appt with my vet, have them schedule the appt, etc., but was told that anything other than them having her spayed by their vet was against their policy. I asked if I could be notified when she was ready and was told "no" and advised to call every day to check on her status. Additionally, they are not willing to hold her for me. She will be spayed, held for 24 hours, and be made available for adoption the following day...if I am not the first one to the door with cash in hand, someone else gets her. This is all just part of their "first come first serve" policy to keep everything fair. Fine, my job is fairly flexible so I can call off of work for the day when she becomes available. However, it has now been two weeks (and they don't seem too happy that I'm actually calling every day) so I called their vet's office. Their vet's office is open to the general public (a few of my friends use them) but was supposedly established as a low cost clinic for the humane society. It is actually called the Humane Society Veterinary Office. As it turns out, the vet is backed up and has temporarily stopped spays and neuters (for dogs and cats) for the humane society until they get caught up. I was advised that they would be resuming surgeries "hopefully in the near future" but this was not certain. I offered to pay for the surgery myself but was told that this would violate the humane society's policies (keep in mind if I was taking my own dog in there I could have an appt by the end of the week..my friend actually scheduled an appt for her cat for Thurs right after I got off of the phone). So in the meantime this poor dog, along with 4 or 5 others, are marked as "unavailable" sitting in a small county pound that I'm sure is going to fill up at some point since the vet is not doing their surgeries. Due to the policies they have in place that are beyond questioning, I'm assuming that they will start putting animals down at some point. Additionally, I have been told that I will have to provide my social security number, as well some other information that does not seem relevant, with no reasoning other than "that's our policy". Has anyone else had these issues? It's like they're intentionally trying to deter potential adopters.