I'm glad things worked out for you. I have heard other horror stories. A friend adopted a dog that snapped and bit him relentlessly (the previous owner most likely being some sort of asshole animal torturer) and he had to return it when it made a lunge at his face and almost took off his nose. Did the animal shelter check out this dog? Of course not, that would take away from donut time. You could take a dog in and tell them flat out how terrible it is and they'll ignore you and place it with someone else, thinking that maybe your personalities clashed or something.
How about that Escondido Animal Shelter fire? Over 100 animals burned to death. No fire detection or alarm system. Apparently, they locked up the shelter at night and said a prayer that the animals would still be alive in the morning. There was plenty of money for salaries, but not a dime for Sensormatic which would've notified the authorities and saved the animals and the structure. You have to keep a close eye on these animal do-gooders. Are they doing good for the animals or themselves?
When do the Padres make their first appearance at the Q? Is it March or April?