I'm a volunteer at my local humane society. We had a dog who was rescued from a really, really bad puppy mill and had been at the shelter for a year and is heartworm positive. She is also obese. She was adopted the other day
So we're in the room talking to the family about how she needs to lose weight and I'm like "Bertha is going to need high quality food." And the animal shelter employee interrupts immediately and says "Yeah a good one is Purina Pro Plan and that's what we feed our dogs here. Our vet has approved it and everything," and then she adds "I'm not going to lie. We are being sponsored by Purina but it really is the best brand. And never feed dogs canned food. Eating canned for them is like eating doritos everyday. Dry food is much better." Can you imagine how I feel at this point? This chihuahua, who is around 18 pounds right now, was 10 pounds when she was rescued. She's been eating Purina Pro Plan all along...why would you recommend that to her adopters?
I wish I could say something but these are the type of people that won't listen to reason. They have four vets and they're getting all this information from those vets. There's literally like 20 or 30 employees there and whenever I say something to promote canned food to anyone, they lash out at me. I don't even know people in real life who feed their dogs anything but dry food. And I meet hundreds of people at the shelter once a month.
Just because Purina sponsors them, they're recommending that crappy food to people without even doing ANY research. It's going to be so sad if those people continue to feed poor Bertha Purina Pro Plan...I already know they'll feed her dry food. I wish I could say something but since I'm so young and just a volunteer against all those employees and four vets, my opinion doesn't count.
It's just an annoying feeling. When you're surrounded by all these people who recommend Purina Pro Plan and you know it's unhealthy. I wasn't so upset before because I thought they were just uninformed so they were recommending Purina. But the other day I found out they're sponsored! So now it's all because of money. Why can't Wellness sponser people?
Phew sorry for the rant. It's just that I always heard over the internet how vets/animal shelters were sponsored by companies but now I know it's true. Oh well, at least Bertha finally got adopted by a good family. She spent 3 years in a really bad puppy mill and then came to a shelter where she spent about another year. If I would have jumped in and tried to go against her remarks then I'm sure we would have gotten into a mini argument and I didn't want to get into an argument in front of the family who was going to adopt Bertha.