Some people seem to have the wrong idea about the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. The medical center offers low cost services for pets and has a fantastic program for feral cats, in which you can get feral cats fixed for $20. The shelter even gives needy families free food and brings in animals from other areas to adopt them out when they have room. Thats why they usually have younger animals available for adoption. And with so many animals being killed in shelters, you should always adopt and save a life, instead of going to a pet store.
HOWEVER- the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is most certainly NOT a NO KILL shelter! I've volunteered there and found that plenty of animals leave that place in a garbage bag- they are waaay too kill-friendly for my taste. Yes, you can surrender your animals here if absolutely necessary, but don't kid yourself (or other people) they KILL many animals and if they don't have enough room for more, they turn them away. If you drop off a stray, theres no guarantee it will make it to the adoption floor. And employees are pretty much told by management to reject people trying to surrender pit bulls. Wonder where those animals end up? Yeah, so do I.
One situation in particular made me walk away from this place and never look back- two girls that worked in the intake building (I dont know their names, but one looked like a Mexican troll with no neck and the other one was about 300lbs) were the most rude and condescending people Ive ever met. They were explaining to a man dropping off two little, adorable, friendly kittens why they were going to humanely euthanize thembecause they had colds and there was no room in the sick cat room. Really?! Thats unbelievable! A week worth of meds and they would be as good as new. You dont have room for them, so youre going to kill them?! Thats the exact definition of killing for space. Find a foster for them or transfer them to the medical center, temporary arrangements could have been made! This place is far from no kill. Dont let the title humane society throw you. Unless it was just those two girls acting on their own volition, in which case they should be fired and never be allowed to work with animals again! If its company policy to kill everything that gets a cold, nothing would walk out of that building alive. For the animals sake, I hope AT LEAST those two girls are gone! But I wouldnt know, I havent been back, I volunteer with rescue groups that actually save animals now.
It is such a shame to see this place go down the tubes like this, they have some really good programs, its just too bad its run by monsters. They need to euthanize their entire animal-hating staff (from the directors calling the shots, to the techs injecting the death juice, to the vets aborting entire litters of puppies and kittens) and replace them with people who actually care about the welfare of animals- then MAYBE they can get back to (what I hope was) their original mission of helping animals.
In search of a new vet, I occasionally put them to the test, in order to find a vet that cares more about my pets health than money.
So I brought my cat, Linny, (who was diagnosed with a heart murmur) to multiple vet offices and asked for their vets quick opinion- listen to his heart and tell me if it sounds like a problem I should have checked out, or a minor, harmless murmur. Let me start by saying that every one of these vets had an empty waiting room and plenty of time on their hands to spend a measly 2 minutes with me to offer their professional advice. The vet didnt even HAVE to talk to me- I would have been content with a tech bringing him to the back, letting the vet check him, and then passing along the message to me.
After being ignored by multiple vets who told me they wouldnt spend a second with my cat without a full exam for no less than $50, I explained that hes already had a full exam with blood work that came back normal- I just wanted verification he had a problematic heart murmur- nothing more. I finally walked into Crossroads Vet and a doctor promptly came out from the back and listened to his heart and recommended that I look into it further, and even took the time to answer some of my questions. I found my new vet that passed the test- one that is willing to give a few minutes of his time to help a suffering animal without expecting anything in return! Thats the kind of vet *person* I want looking after my 5 pets.
Once I made the actual appointment to get him checked out further, the Dr spent a lot of time with us. She explained everything fully and answered all of my questions. This is a great clinic full of caring people!
In search of a new vet, I occasionally put them to the test, in order to find a vet that cares more about my pets health than money. Ya know, make sure their priorities are in line.
So I brought my cat, Linny, (who was diagnosed with a heart murmur) to multiple vet offices and asked for their vets quick opinion- listen to his heart and tell me if it sounds like a problem I should have checked out, or a minor, harmless murmur. Let me start by saying that every one of these vets had an empty waiting room and plenty of time on their hands to spend a measly 2 minutes with me to offer their professional advice. The vet didnt even HAVE to talk to me, I would have been content with a tech bringing him to the back, letting the vet check him, and then passing along the message to me.
Animal Medical Center of Holly Springs: FAILED MISERABLY
I didnt get past the receptionists who told me they wouldnt spend a second with my cat without a full exam for no less than $50. I explained that hes already had a full exam with blood work that came back normal- I just wanted verification he had a problematic heart murmur- nothing more. I finally walked into Crossroads Vet and a doctor promptly came out from the back and listened to his heart and recommended that I look into it further, and even took the time to answer some of my questions. I found my new vet that passed the test- one that is willing to give a few minutes of his time to help a suffering animal without expecting anything in return! Thats the kind of vet *person* I want looking after my 5 pets.
Bottom line: Crossroads Vet cares more about your pet than lining their pockets and I recommend them highly. Good luck finding a vet with good priorities, theyre hard to find nowadays. Animal Medical & Surgical Center in Canton, Animal Hospital of Towne Lake, and Animal Medical Center of Holly Springs money-grubbing priorities definitely DO NOT match mine.
I used to like this vet, but I think theyve replaced or lost all of their good/caring vets to other offices. My first disappointment came when they diagnosed my cat with vaccine-associated sarcoma, a cancer that develops because vets keep pushing for unsafe, yearly vaccinations- which is asinine and overkill in healthy, indoor, low-risk cats.
Again, I recognized their inadequacy when I brought in a little stray kitten I found with a harmless, cloudy eye. I spent over $400 at the Animal Hospital of Towne Lakeyou know what I got in return? NOTHING! They couldnt figure out what was wrong with his eye. I never got an answer, diagnosis, or remedy. I think they were just stringing me a long and milking me for all the money they could get.
Ive also hated that they push their horrible big-name brands of crap food (Purina, Science Diet, Royal Canin, etc) on their patientsand I found out why: "Veterinarians receive very little nutritional training. The training they do receive is often advocated by or even administered by the pet food companies. Veterinarians are invariably linked to the commercial pet food industry. For example, Colgate-Palmolive, the company that manufactures Hill's Science Diet, spends "hundreds of thousands of dollars a year funding university research and nutrition courses at every one of the 27 US veterinary colleges. Once in practice, vets who sell Science Diet and other premium foods directly pocket profits of as much as 40%" (Parker-Pope, T. 1997. For You, My Pet. The Wall Street Journal. 3 November 1997. In Lonsdale, T. 2001. Raw Meaty Bones. p266).
Royal Canin also uses hydrolized soy protein as a pet food ingredient, and that Royal Canin is currently researching worm meal as a potential protein source for some of our foods . Road kill, slaughter house rejects, euthanized and rendered cats and dogs, animals that die on their way to meat packing plants all are acceptable ingredients for pet food under the 4D rule diseased, disabled, dead and dying. If you cant trust your vet for nutritional advice, who are you supposed to trust?
My most recent disappointment was with their new veterinarian, Dr Bahr. She was both condescending and completely rude. She was the straw that broke the camels back. I finally made the smart decision and moved all of my beloved pets to a vet clinic that cares more about their welfare than lining their vets pockets.
I just moved to LA and was impressed with the turnout at a recent rock concert I went to at the Wiltern. Apparently rocks not dead out here yet-- That is until their security guards came in and annihilated everyones good time. I have been to countless concerts over the years, and I HAVE NEVER been babysat by security guards in the pit before. They completely ruined my first LA concert, we weren't allowed to do anything! Their No moshing, No crowd Surfing, No fun rules have NO PLACE AT A ROCK CONCERT!! Have they ever hosted a rock show before, or was this their first time? THIS IS THE WORST VENUE IVE EVER BEEN TO AND I WILL NEVER BE BACK- I dont care who is playing. NO ONE will continue to go to shows at the Wiltern if they are not having fun, which was the general consensus of everyone I talked to that night. THEY WILL BE THE DEATH OF ROCK! They need to go back to hosting bullsh!t concerts like Nsync or something.
Let me start by saying that the attractions are fun, even for an older crowd (laser tag was a great addition).
However, they should not have brought in alligators. Their barren cement pond was disgusting and pathetic. They have no stimulation, they just sit there staring at the wall, day in and day out. Except when kids come to harass or feed them. Cruel, uneducated children throw things at them and try to hang them or pull them out of the pond with the "fishing rods" provided. Even if they use the feeding rods properly, they are made in such a way that the metal fasteners rip into the gators' mouths every time they latch on to eat.
It's incredibly inhumane and sickening to think that this is how we educate our children- wild animals should not be used as a cruel source of entertainment. Get rid of the pit of despair and you'll go back to being a 5 star entertainment center.
Apparently there are a lot of Robinson's employees with a bunch of free time on their hands to write these reviews. I notice how they all leave out specific details
I HAVE HORRIBLE RESULTS!
I went in for a simple nose job and he couldn't even handle that! Then I was stupid enough to agree to a revision surgery. I have a crocked ugly nose and trouble breathing now. I walked away with a NEW DEVIATED SEPTUM and am now $6,000 poorer. He even said he's "equally frustrated" with my results (not even close)and HE SUGGESTED YET ANOTHER SURGERY!!
But he will NEVER TOUCH ME AGAIN!
They have one thing right-- he certainly is charismatic and will make you feel comfortable. He will tell you everything you want to hear. But when it comes down to it he not only didn't do his job- he made it worse. I really don't understand how he's entitled to my money, all he did was mangle my face. I WISH I NEVER MET HIM OR FELL FOR HIS EMPTY PROMISES!
Learn from my mistake(s). Go to someone else who knows what they're doing!
I should have turned around and walked right out the door after seeing the mixture of happy little piggy pictures next to the head of a decapitated boar on the wall and pig limbs hanging from meat hooks from the ceiling. I mean really, who decorated this place? Hannibal Lecter?
Unfortunately I didn??t walk out. Unfortunately I had a very expensive dinner, that didn??t even fill me up. I went home feeling unsatisfied and ripped off. Then proceed to flush my triple-digit dinner down the toilet in a watery, greenish-brown explosion. I??m assuming the green part was pure money that I wasted, because I don??t remember eating anything green?
This clinic is DANGEROUS!! They misdiagnosed my kitten's cloudy eye and gave him steroids, making his problem worse and partially blind for the rest of his life!!
They screwed up a second time when they told me not to worry about my cat's heart murmur. Thank god I took him to a REAL VET that diagnosed him with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and put him on meds immediately.
Do not expect a check-up or a proper general wellness exam on your pet if you go here!! If you care about the health of your pet- they should be taken to a real vet to keep abreast of any emerging problems. THESE PEOPLE ARE JUST LICENSED DRUG DISPENSERS- USE AT YOUR PET'S RISK!!