Animal Rescue Answering Service Message-Sad, Funny and True


Hello, you have reached Cottage Rescue. Due to the high volume of calls we have been receiving, please listen closely to the following options and choose the one that best describes you or your situation:

Press 1.  if you think we are veterinarians and want free medical advice.

Press 2. if you know we are a rescue organization but want to save money and have us give you free, untrained  medical advice  anyway.

Press 3. if you make 200,000 a year but still want us to pay to Neuter the "stray" in your yard (house) that you have fed for the past 3 years.

Press 4. if you have a 10-year-old dog and your 15-year-old son has suddenly become allergic and you need to find the dog a new home right away.

Press 5. if you have three dogs, had a baby and want to get rid of your dogs because you are the only person in the world to have a baby and dogs at the same time.

Press 6. if your dog is sick and needs a vet but you need the money for your holiday.

Press 7. if you just got a brand new puppy and your old dog is having problems adjusting so you want to get rid of the old one right away.

Press 8. if your little puppy has grown up and is no longer small and cute and you want to trade it in for a new model.

Press 9. if you are elderly and want to adopt a cute puppy who is not active and is going to outlive you.

Press 10. if your relative has died and you don't want to care for their elderly dog because it doesn't fit your lifestyle.

Press 11. if you are moving today and need to immediately place your 150 pound, 8-year-old, unneutered, aggressive dog.

Press 12. if you want an unpaid volunteer to come to your home today and pick up the dog you no longer want.

Press 13. if you have been feeding and caring for a "stray" for the last three years, are moving and suddenly determine it's not your dog or cat.

Press 14. if you are calling at 6 a.m. to make sure you wake me up before I have to go to work so you can drop a dog off on your way to work.

Press 15. if you leave us an anonymous garbled message, letting us know you have left a dog in our yard in the middle of January, which is in fact, better than just leaving the dog with no

Press 16. if you are going to get angry because we are not going to take your dog that you have had for fifteen years, because it is not our responsibility.

Press 17. if you are going to threaten to take your ten year old dog to be euthanized because we can't get to your house in the next hour.

Press 18. if you're going to get angry because the volunteers had the audacity to go on vacation and leave the dogs in care of a trusted volunteer who is not authorized to take your

                personal pet.
Press 19. if you want one of our perfectly trained, housebroken, kid and cat friendly purebred tiny dogs that we have an abundance of.             

Press 20. if you want us to take your dog that has a slight aggression problem, i.e. has only bitten a few people and killed your neighbour’s cats.

Press 21. if you have already called once and been told we don't take personal surrenders but thought you would get a different person this time with a different answer.

Press 22. if you want us to use space that would go to a stray to board your personal dog while you are on holiday, free of charge, of course.

Press 23. if it is Christmas Eve or Easter morning and you want me to deliver an eight week old puppy to your house by 6:30 am before your kids wake up.

Press 24. if you have bought your children a duckling, chick or baby bunny for Easter and it is now Christmas and no longer cute.

Press 25. if you want us to take your female dog that has already had ten litters, but we can't spay her because she is pregnant again and it is against your religion.

Press 26. if you're lying to make one of our younger volunteers feel bad and take your personal pet off your hands.

Press 27. if your two year old male dog is marking all over your house but you just haven't gotten around to having him neutered.

Press 28. if you previously had an outdoor only dog and are calling because she is suddenly pregnant.

Press 29. if you have done "everything" to housebreak your dog and have had no success but you don't want to crate the dog because it is cruel.

Press 30. if you didn't listen to the message asking for an evening phone number and you left your work number when all volunteers are also working and you are angry because no one

                called you back.

Press 31. if you need a puppy immediately and cannot wait because today is your daughter's birthday and you forgot when she was born.

Press 32. if your dog's coat doesn't match your new furniture and you need a different colour or breed.

Press 33.
if your new love doesn't like your dog and you are too stupid to get rid of the new friend (who will dump you in the next month anyway) instead of the dog.


Press 34. if your cat is biting and not using the litter box because it is declawed, but you are not willing to accept the responsibility that the cat's behaviour is altered because of your nice



Press 35. if you went through all these 'presses' and didn't hear enough. This press will connect you to the sounds of tears being shed by one of our volunteers who is holding a discarded

                old dog while the vet mercifully frees him from the grief of missing his family.


The greatness of a nation and it’s moral progress can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated.

 Mahatma Ghandi…..


The following is to give you an idea as to the calls we get on a weekly basis, people come up with all sorts of excuses to get rid of their animals and I am sure we could come up with lots more!

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