Animal shelters are awesome places staffed by exceptional people but some of these signs just leave us scratching our heads... and blaming it on fleas.     

Helter Shelter: The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Animal Shelter Signs

 

1) Can You Dig It?

Helter Shelter: The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Animal Shelter Signs

Forgive the RSPCA branch in Bury (a town in Greater Manchester, UK) for thinking its embarrassing signage faux pas from 2005 was long forgotten. The internet has a long memory, however, and although “Helping Bury Animals” was quickly amended to “Helping Local Animals”, a photo of the original sign went viral in May of 2013. (images via James Bentley above and Anthony Hulse at top)         

 

2) Going Underground

Helter Shelter: The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Animal Shelter Signs

Good to know Lynchburg, VA has both an animal shelter AND a landfill, and that they're conveniently located quite close to one another... some might say, a little TOO close. Guess no one on the city planning committee ever heard of Stephen King. (image via MeMe                                 

 

3) Get 'em While They're Hot

Helter Shelter: The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Animal Shelter Signs

Nothing against the Allegany County Animal Shelter of Cumberland, MD but did they really have to locate the facility on Furnace St.? Could be worse; at least they're not beside (or beneath) a landfill. (image via Maryland GovPics             

 

4) Just Say Neigh

Helter Shelter: The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Animal Shelter Signs

Looks like POTUS isn't the only “stable genius” around! Kudos to the Humane Society of Indianapolis for taking in stray horses along with the usual cats and dogs. In related news, Indianapolis would appear to have a stray horse problem. (image via Humane Society of Indianapolis  

 

5) They're Only Human

Helter Shelter: The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Animal Shelter Signs

So there's no truth to the rumor that donations to this shelter can be made through The Human Fund, managed by George Costanza. Slightly more plausible is that this shelter is run by damned dirty apes from the future and managed by Dr. Zaius. (image via Jan Tik               

 

6) Switch & Bait

Helter Shelter: The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Animal Shelter Signs

Now here's an interesting idea: folks looking for an upgrade on their current pet can trade it in for a new one! And by “interesting”, we mean “terrible” because that's exactly what this idea is. Thankfully, we're reading much more into this sign than what it actually states... or are we? (image via Lynn Friedman)               

 

7) Speed Gills

Helter Shelter: The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Animal Shelter Signs

Looking for a retired greyhound or a faster pussycat? Look elsewhere, pal, 'cuz this animal shelter in Temple, TX seemingly specializes in slugs, snails, turtles and tortoises. (image via Vanessa Petrarca)                  

 

8) Dumbing Down

Helter Shelter: The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Animal Shelter Signs

Everyone knows dogs and cats can't talk but must we insist on rubbing it in? Even worse, after we insult them why do we expect them to be our friends? Here's a newsflash, Denverites: maybe abandoned animals give us the cold shoulder 'cuz we've abandoned them. Who's the dumb one now? Seriously though, there's a cool story behind this shelter's weird name, check it out! (image via dmgice)        

 

9) Stlop Sign

Helter Shelter: The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Animal Shelter Signs

Stop us before we misspell a four letter word again! Or “slop” us, or maybe both – yeah, it's definitely both and we're very confused. You won't be, after this episode of Soab. (image via Animal People Forum)

 

10) Drop Zone

Helter Shelter: The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Animal Shelter Signs

It's one thing to drop off a stray dog or cat at the local shelter. It's quite another thing entirely to actually drop them on the shelter, say, from a helicopter. Word up, folks, WKRP's Thanksgiving Day promotion should have served as a warning. That said, at least this sign offers incentive to take cover when it really does start raining cats and dogs. (image via Knile)

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