I guess if in my life I had never had POWER to say "Yes you're in" or "No you're out." Telling someone with a severely abused animal that their application for a neuter job was rejected 'could' be the highlight of my day. But then again - she looked so stoned it was hard to tell. Yup - on the application THAT I WAS GLADLY GOING TO PAY FOR OUT OF MY OWN POCKET FOR NEUTER, SHOTS, HEARTWORM CHECK - I put down doctor's condition(s). I explained myself further because.....I didn't want to be arrested when I brought him in for surgery due to his condition. I told them he had sores - treated and healing - twice a day with antibiotic ointment. I told them that he was EMACIATED and would like an appointment. in a few weeks due to trying to put weight on him to survive anesthesia. I told them that he needed shots - had never seen a vet. And they told me that they couldn't take him now or in the future without a vet release. WHAT? Yup, this little girl got down off her chair, walked out to her boss and I heard...OPEN SORES (no they are not), Underweight could be heartworm (he'll need tested of course I checked the box) duh. Then she came in and said "I'm sorry - we can't treat him." I was amazed. Here we are TRYING to help this poor creature, don't mind fostering him, don't mind feeding him, don't mind taking up time with him to socialize him, and we were thrilled to get a 1/2 price neuter coupon and pay for the additional shots & tests.....but NOW we have to take him to a vet and get a physical - to the tune of $84.00 PLUS any medications that he may need??? ARE THEY SERIOUS? I am really angry over this. The only explanation I got was "He could get hurt when we tie his paws down." I swear I said "Well it's not his paw that I want removed." UGH.... I'm so tired of fighting the system......I've called a local rescue and am begging them for help in exchange for volunteer/artwork time....they could take my paintings and sell them for his treatment. I'm not mad over my choice to bring him here. That's never been the problem....and I knew that there were reduced services out there to help -but to be told by the reduced services people that they can't help and I could take him to the pound where he'll be put to sleep after spending life on a chain? Not fair. Any thoughts? Wondering if I painted something and put it for sale on Craiglslist if I could sell enough fast enough to help. ????? Any ideas??????