Bees who know more about breed rescue adoptions?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My family hasn’t used a breed-specific rescue, but my FI’s family has, and I’ve looked at a few in preparation for when we move to a place where we can have a dog. I’ve never ever heard of such clauses in an adoption contract. Giving them a key to your house? CRAZY!!!

 It’s important for rescues to vet people and put in place clauses to protect the dog, but the things that they want you to agree to are insane. Honestly, the most I’ve seen is that if the new owner feels or becomes unable to properly care for the dog, they are required to return it to the rescue rather than bringing it to a shelter or giving it to another person (which is perfectly reasonable).

As for what to do, I think your options are to get a lawyer involved to look at the contract, or walk away. So sorry you have to deal with this!

 

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Wow, their contract sounds absolutely insane! We used petfinder.com to find our purebred lab. She was at an animal shelter in south central Los Angeles. We didn’t have to sell our souls to adopt her.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I think those conditions sound ridiculous. It doesn’t hurt to discuss a revised contract. See if they are willing to drop those clauses, especially since it is clear you are an experiences responsible owner. If not, then I am afraid you may need to move on. No matter how sweet that girl is, I wouldn’t agree to those terms.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Bookmarks:   Giving them a key to your home is absurd beyond all measure.  What if THEY let the dog out?  Not to mention the possibility of them not locking the door, leaving a window open, making you vulnerable to theft, and how do you know who might get the key from them?   No way.

The American Kennel Club has an on line listing of each breed specific club in the US, every recognized breed has a parent club, and every parent club includes a rescue group.  I’d suggest contacting one of those.  

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Bookmarks:  That contract is ridiculously invasive and controlling and there is no way in hell that I would sign it. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Bookmarks:  I just read your update and I am so sorry to hear that. Those people are crazy though, seriously. Those terms are ridiculously over the top and I would be so angry if I had been treated as you were. I adopted a purebred racing greyhound from a greyhound rescue five years ago. We had a home visit (although the guy just drove by our house to take a peek and check out our yard) and these were the term of the contract:

If I cannot care for the dog then I MUST return it to the rescue. I must never have the dog tied up outside (since greyhounds can strangle themselves this way). If we have a fenced yard it must be high enough that the dog can’t jump it. The dog must be an “indoor” dog and never left outside in the elements. I must never use the dog for profit (like racing or re-selling it). 

Obviously we easily agreed to all these terms as they’re very reasonable. We adopted our greyhound in Utah and have since moved back to Alaska- the rescue obviously isn’t keeping tabs on us but I did send an email update a while back with some pics of our buddy loving life. 

I hope you find a better rescue group and get yourselves and Hund a wonderful companion!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - Rock Hill Country Club, Manorville NY

I would be upset about the $100 non refundable they required BEFORE you knew what the terms would be. This rescue sounds NUTS!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Jilliebean1:  For real! Honestly, it is some kind of scam?! Were they really ever planning on adopting this dog out? I don’t know who would agree to those conditions!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Bookmarks:   Because of her unreasonable, defensive reaction to your changes in the contract, I wonder if this is some sort of scam of thieves playing on animal lovers to get keys to people’s homes.   She had absolutely no right to blame you for not handing over your key to a stranger.  The supposed purpose of the contract is to be sure the dog is well cared for – giving a key to the neighbor would have accomplished that end.   

 

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve heard of some crazy rules but those take the cake! I would never sign that contract. I’m sorry this happened to you, what a shitty situation. Maybe next time ask for a full copy of the adoption contract before you meet the dog.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

What the heck! Those are absurd! Ive fostered for a greyhound rescue, and their adoption contract has the whole “we can come out and visit whenever” but not the key to a house, changing vets or taking any animal away… Thats crazy… I would stear clear… Theres too much to risk and plenty of other rescue dogs.

btw its amazing that youre not only adopting, but adopting a senior dog! They get overlooked way too often and make such lovely pets.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 

Bookmarks:  Very sad situation. You were right to refuse, and they sound awful for trying to make you feel guilty. I think you should name the rescue to let others know what they would be getting into. A key to your home? Insane.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Sad as it is, there are lots of other animals out there that need you. You will find one.

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