If anyone's happened to look at the TAS website recently, you might have noticed that there are zero dogs up for adoption. Now if I were the world's bestest optimist, I might think that all the dogs have been adopted out but, well, I'm not. So, I decide to do some digging to find out where they all are or at least try to.
This turns out to be even more convoluted than the time I tried to get some information about my Roger's home phone bundle.
First I phone the main TAS line and ask for the telephone number of the north shelter. The guy tells me that since they're not answering the phones up there, he can't give me the number.
Okay, so what's with these public agencies not answering their phones? Last week, it was some office of the court. Now it's the north shelter. Did some memo go out to city employees who deal with the public that dealing with the public is no longer a job requirement? Or maybe it's me. Maybe they've got my name on a no-phone list. Everytime a name from the list shows up on a city line, the person is automatically transferred to the guy whose job is to say that the party the caller's trying to reach hasn't got a phone.
Anyway, the guy asks me if he can help so I explain to him that I'm trying to track down a few of the dogs who were originally at TAS South and who were subsequently transferred up to TAS North for the strike. He asks for their ID numbers, which I don't have but I give him their names instead. Then he asks for my contact info. Then he tells me he can try to track down these dogs but that it would take him a very long time. And then he emphasizes, A very very long time.
Well, at least he's honest.
Never mind then, I say, I'll go up there myself on the weekend.
Oh but they might not be there, he says.
They've been adopted? I ask.
No, they might be in Hamilton, he says. He tells me that TAS has been shipping dogs out to Hamilton. He tells me that I should phone Hamilton and if I can't find what I'm looking for, I can call him back and he'll try to help me then.
But it'll still take you a very very long time? I ask.
I'm afraid so, he says.
I phone Hamilton Animal Control. I'm put on hold by a machine for 15 minutes and then I get a real live person. I explain my situation and get tranferred to another machine which puts me on hold for half and hour and then I hang up.
On their website, I notice that Hamilton Animal Control is in the same building as the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA so I click over to the HBSPCA site and start looking around. I find Keenan's pic and bio.
Good ol' Keenan looking like he's flipping out for the camera.
I search around some more and see Olga and Dakota listed as well but with no photos. I decide to call the HBSPCA to see if they've got any info about the Toronto dog transfers and how they're all doing.
First person picks up and then transfers me to a machine which makes me wait for a bit and then tells me to leave my phone number and someone will most definitely call back within 24 hours.
Looks like I'm going out to Hamilton this weekend.