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Posted on 01/29/2012 7:56:10 PM PST by Altariel
No Pet For You Want to adopt a dog or cat? Prepare for an inquisition at the animal rescue.
eople who rescue animals can be reluctant to believe anyone deserves the furry creatures. Some rescue groups think potential owners shouldnt have full-time jobs. Others reject families with children. Some rescuers think apartment dwelling is OK for humans but not for dogs, or object to a cats litter box being placed in a basement. Some say no to people who would let a dog run around the fenced backyard unsupervised, or allow a cat outside, ever.
It used to be that people who wanted to get an abandoned or abused animal went to the local pound, saw one they liked, paid a small fee, and drove home with a new pet. Since the 1990s, however, the movement to reduce animal euthanasia and the arrival of the Internet have given rise to a new breed of rescuer. These are private groups, or even individuals, who create networks of volunteers to care for needy animals.
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Daarlin’, you are only a “year older” than I am...
I get it. You balance your desire to adopt an animal with your capability to adobt the animal. It’s not rocket science. I can only imagine that this thread will encourage people to adopt fewer animals.
Then why don’t you understand protocol, newb, being the veteran that you are?
I have always given my dogs rabies shots and nothing else...I would like this dog but will only give rabies vaccinations....they must have liked my answers cause I got the dog...One of their rules was also to visit the home etc...My dogs foster mother brought the dog to a large parking lot near my home and I took my own dog with me...I had told them I had to see if the dogs were compatible before I would even consider adopting one...She must have liked me and my dog, cause I got the rescue right there. I invited her to my home, unfenced on 4 1/2 acres but always let me dogs out on a long chain to do their business..
I had her for 20 months before she had to be put down due to spontaneous fracture of front leg due to large bone cancer...The leg broke while she was running to the door to be let out...the scream was horrible and she was too old to survive chemo and then would have to have the front leg amputated..It was a hard decision cause I figured I'd be bringing her home after the break was set...lovely dog, but she and my dog just ignored each other unless we went for a walk together.... We did email back and forth before she brought the dog. I also emailed her to keep her up on Teesha's life about once a week...
We tried to adopt a Lab about a year ago. We went to a meet ‘n greet event with about 3 dozen Labs. Without exception, the dogs *all* have severe behavior problems. After we looked at the paperwork, factored in the cost, decided to buy a pup from a reputable breeder, for a lot less than the adoption service.
I swear the people in the foster/adoption group all seemed to be animal *hoarders*...they didn’t want to adopt them out....just hold on to them and *feel good* about saving a dog.
except private rescues are not government. LDDR that I got my sweety from go into kill shelters and adopt dogs going in to be killed the following day..LDDR Stands for Last Day Dog Rescue. Although I wouldn’t or would not comply with them 100 percent, I still got my girl...She was quite old and I spent more money on her for vet service than I ever did my own dog and was glad to do it..I did say I would give her heart worm medication that and Rabies was all I would concent too...(forgot about the heart worm meds in my other post...
Maybe the thread will also help the poor shlubs who volunteer at shelters to find a better way to examine potential clients than the current method which seems to turn off some good folks (though also turning away the undesirables).
It aint easy rudeboy, I know it. You see them all the time, you witness the returns, read about the abusers. You feed them and pet them and comfort them.
I hope I haven’t discouraged anyone from adopting no matter the paperwork involved. I have done it all ways, endured the paperwork etc..
Rather I hope to refine the process so as not to turn away good folks.
I will say again: If a animal needs a home and you can help: Don’t let the bureaucracy stop you! Don’t fear the paper work! They are only looking out for the animal!
My father had a young great dane that got him evicted from his (small) apartment in Yonkers, NY. He was a musician, and when he'd go to work (usually for about 5 - 6 hours at a time) he'd chain "Bucky" to a steel pipe that held up a cabinet in the kitchen. One night he came home about 4 hours late, and Bucky was standing at the apartment door, the cabinet trailing behind him, waiting for him to come home! And yes, Bucky shredded his couch and knocked down all of his bookshelves.
Bless you! Sounds like you’re one of those trying to make things easier and better for all those concerned while still saving animals from death and giving them loving homes
My GS came right to my door- starving, scraggly & fleas; chip still registered to the breeder, who tried to contact owners but they’d moved & changed numbers, so i got to keep the dog. I thank God for this dog every day!
Let’s get together and drink. Heavily. I have nothing left to say.
you make a lotta noise about rules and regulations but apparently don’t follow the rules here.
there’s no need for the manner and tone of your replies.
Well met sir!
And wait for someone like catroina54 to parachute in to choose sides.
God bless you, you didn’t just give up because one place said no.
Yes, you are right. Also if they already know you it can make a difference. But they did their due diligence checking you out and even though you may not have given all the standard answers they wanted, observing you and your home they knew things would be okay.
I am all for bending rules if they can be satisfied with things.
I’ve had a little contact with a couple of the cat-Nazi type of rescuers. Instead of a situation where they ought to be happy to find a “good enough” pet guardian, instead they’re acting like only the most perfect person in the world is allowed access to THEIR precious rescue kitties.
And gawd help you if you mention on the application that you’re willing to give up a misbehaving cat who doesn’t get along with others in order to be able to adopt Miss Precious from them, and don’t mention that you’ve ever done anything else on their list of no-no’s.
I mean, of course every cat deserves a good home, if a good-enough one can be found. Don’t these morons realize that sometimes the perfect is the enemy of the good (or the good-enough).
Oh, yeah, and sometimes $100 or $200 feels like a lot of a fee to adopt a mixed-breed critter.
It`s not an inquisition, but an interview to gauge whether the adopting individual and the animal are the right fit. We`ve adopted both our dogs here in VA from the SPCA, and were interviewed rather extensively. The objective is placing the animal in the best circumstances possible.
I have a friend whose dog died shortly before his wife died. Being lonesome, he went to a shelter and was told that at his age he could only adopt a dog ten years or older. My friend is living on a modest income and went he brougt a dog home he had to take her to a vet just about every third day. The dog died within about two months. So this elderly man was forced to endure a third loss within about four months while incurring huge vet fees and long driving times. This WW II vet was put through all of this even though his daugter had agreed that if anything happened to her father she would adopt the dog.
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