Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

We just have our one dog, Mollie, who we got before we had kids. I think the pound in that city had a front room for pet visits that didn't include going back and having to see all of the pets. The cats were also separate from the dogs. I'm sorry your pound is such a scary place for kids! I think bringing one home is probably the best way to save them the trauma, and maybe they can learn the truth about the pound the way I did...by watching Lady & the Tramp.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I think every pound is different...we were able to take our puppy to a little "yard" area so we could familiarize ourselves with her, but it was a scary place. There was even a "drop off" box in the front of the pound for people to leave animals after hours--very sad.


mouse's picture mouse

I vote for option C or some version of it. I found our dog Zee online and was able to show pictures to Scooter before I went to get him. I got Trillian's (grudging) OK first, but since he's very much my dog, I was responsible for each step. Don't know if your shelter has online pictures and you'd probably want to meet the kittens first, but that might help the process.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Oh yes, mouse--we've been ogling online pictures for some time now. The trouble is they ALL look cute online, and I don't want the kids (or I!) to get too attached to one kitty's picture, then go there and find out it's no longer there. But it has been fun to look!

I think we'll probably go with Option C. Scott and I are trying to find some time either tomorrow or Friday to make a trip to the shelter while the kids are in school