We just went to The House of News with the intent of adopting two cats and making a donation. However, my husband and I brought our dog (who has been raised with our cats, is exceptionally well behaved, and a fully trained purebred husky). My husband waited outside with our dog while I went in to look at the cats and ask for an application; however, the woman behind the desk apparently didn't have the sense to realize that I owned the dog that was sitting outside, not making the least bit of trouble or even acknowledging all of the cats in the windows. This woman proceeds to make condescending, vicious, and absolutely RUDE and UNPROFESSIONAL remarks about my husband and our dog being outside, loudly enough for everyone inside to hear her. I calmly closed the cage I had been looking in, walked out, and will now make sure everyone knows how hateful and unprofessional this place is. How pathetic. This woman needs to seek some professional help for her malicious and attention-seeking behavior. I should know - I'm a psychiatric nurse.Do yourself a favor and adopt from someone who actually cares about animals. This woman clearly doesn't; it appears from other reviews that she'd rather let these poor cats rot in cages than go to good homes. So sorry to Smokey and Bentley; I couldn't bear to be in the presence of that evil woman any longer than 2 minutes, even if it does mean that you two precious babies have to stay in her clutches.
Something Fishy Aquariums & Ponds
I've been in this store many times. I've bought several things in this store. All of their aquariums for sale are in a separate building. Every time I have asked to see them, they are too busy, have too many other things to do or I stand there and wait and wait till I can't wait anymore and leave. Today I went in looking around. Sometimes they don't have what I'm looking for and I look and leave. I was looking for a certain fish. They had some but we're $20 higher than everywhere else. Almost double! So I passed. On my way out, they asked if I found everything ok. One girl that works there and is usually friendly said "oh, he just comes in and hangs out". No, I come in and if you have what I want, I buy. If not or its outrageously priced, I leave. I told the guy what I was looking for and they had it, but it was almost twice as much as everywhere else. He asked where and I told him. He didn't seem to care. He said sometimes they have them on sale for what everybody else charges, but I have never seen anything "on sale". Funny, 3 weeks ago they were the same price. Everything is high. The Matrix carbon I get at another store is $12.95 and I usually pay $7.00 across town. Again almost double. Good place to go in an emergency, but do yourself a favor and check out other shops. They just don't seem very interested in selling anything.
They have cats roaming around the shop and they seem to be well taken care of. But the older lady who is behind the counter most days is a COLOSSAL C-unt. From the moment I entered the store I was being eyeballed like a Korean restaurant owner. She kept asking me ridiculous questions (about me) with an extreme tone of condescension and skepticism. I think at one point she actually asked why I wanted a cat....gee I don't know, maybe because.....I like cats? Anyway it took several minutes of convincing to get her to even hand me an application. Once I gave it to her she started asking more ridiculous questions about my work history, change of address, etc. again with MAJOR skepticism. I think she thinks that a cat adoption background check should be as thorough as a child adoption. In any case she was extremely rude, and of course, I never got a call about the application. I would never go to this place again simply because of her and I tell everyone I see to avoid it like the plague and find an alternative adoption source. ZERO STARS.