When first moving to Ellijay, we encountered a stray dog - beautiful bulldog - running down the middle of the freeway. Not being knowledgeable of the area, we took her to Appalachian Animal Hospital. They appeared to aloof and non caring but we thought this to be just in our "heads" at the time. We treated the Bulldog (heart worms & removal of a bad eye). The dog had been shot in the head.
We have Jack Russell Terriers but we took them for their wellness trips to Ellijay Animal Hospital because we had heard they were more reasonable and very loving to animals. So True!!! Man what a difference.
We continued to take our Bulldog to Appalachian for follow ups but they still seemed to be non caring - not knowledgeable and very expensive. Just a cold place in general. How cold?? I just recently found out!!!
It seems I have a magnet on my forhead saying "stray animal" find me! I just recently found three tiny kittens in the middle of the road. Someone had put them in a ditch. There were four but one was killed. Needless to say, I could not keep the precious animals so I fed them, watered them and kept them comfort that night - found them at 10 at night.
The next morning. I got up at 4:45 PM and took them to Appalachian Animal Hospital because they had advertised they worked in the community, etc. I also knew they opened at 7 AM and thought they would be there early and could contact Homeward Bound or some group that could get the kittens. I couldn't do this since I work an hour away and have to be at work at 7 and do not get home until after 7 pm. Animal Control hours are 8 to 5 and some days 3 pm.
I left my name and number and a letter of apoogy and asked if they could please call one of the groups they were affiliated with to take the kittens. I even called after they opened to confirm the kittens were okay and apologize in person. HOW RUDE they were.
I certainly found out how un-caring they were. They were angry and were very rude to me. I even called animal control for them and they agreed to pick them up. In no way was AAH inconvenienced. They claimed people left animals all the time. BUT aren't these people trying to do the right thing? Also, I left my number and name to be responsible. They were still RUDE. I guess they've lost ALL Compassion and no wonder they have a bad rep!! Needless to say - I"LL NEVER enter there doors again - and You shouldn't either - If you love your animal!!
Gilmer county residents
Talking Rock, Georgia