Post # 1
My husband and I have been looking to adopt a dog for some time now. We’ve finally been allowed by our landlord to have one, but she insists that the dog stay outside at all times. This is really hurting our chances at being approved for a dog from the shelters/adoption agencies that we’ve applied at and now we’re desperatly wondering if we should lie and say we own the house. A friend has suggested that we fudge the original document that the landlord gave us, but we’ve got no desire to go to jail for forgery.
Post # 3
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Post # 4
It’s not worth the hassle if you have to lie about it, and if your landlord finds out you may very well face court action, plus you’ll then have to give the dog up anyway.
Plus have you thought about what happens if you move again? What if you can’t find another place that accepts pets?
I think you should just wait until you’re in a more stable situation before you commit to a dog. The dog shelters receive hundreds of dogs a year from renters who can’t give them a stable home due to moving around.
Post # 5
I think you need to be truthful. The shelter/agency has policies in place to protect the animals they adopt out and, even if strict, they have reasons for doing so. Going out of your way to decieve them to get a dog when you know that their policies would otherwise say “no” is not right. Tell the truth, and continue to look at different shelters until you find one that will work with you.
Finally, make sure that adopting a dog is really the best thing for the dog, not just what you want now. Keeping a dog outside 100% of the time really limits the amount of time that you can spend with it. How do you plan to make sure that the dog gets enough attention? Depending on where you live, what do you plan to do in the winter? These are all questions that a shelter with ask, and if you have well-thought out answers to questions like this, it will improve your chances of getting accepted by the right shelter.
Good luck. ; )
Post # 6
@Mrs.LemonDrop: Is right.. It may not be the best thing for you. Dogs are highly domesticated and I feel that it is not in the dogs best interest especially fo the crap that dog has probably been through. Abandoned and now you are going to leave it outside? Don lie and just wait till you can have a dog without restrictions.
Btw what is the point of getting the dog for you? Protection? Or love and companionship?
Post # 7
Are you really going to keep the dog outside all the time?
If so, I’d wait until I had my own place and keep my dog inside. If you are lying to the landlord and plan to keep the dog inside, you could always check craigslist. A lot of people there take in rescued dogs just to find them a good forever home.
Post # 8
You know that they check into these things, right? It just takes a phone call to the county. I know someone who just rejected several people for orphaned puppy adoptions because they thought that it would be better to lie. She was fine with people who rent, she was not fine with people who lie.
Post # 9
A lot shelters will do home checks. If you lie and say you own your home, you won’t get very far. Some shelters rules are a bit extreme (like the girl on here who couldn’t adopt because they plan to have a baby someday) but in your situation, they’re just doing what’s right for their animals.
You’re clearly not in a position to adopt right now with your housing restrictions so my advice is to wait until you either buy or move somewhere pet friendly. An abandoned dog cannot be left outside indefinitely. They’ve had a hard enough life as it is. They need love and companionship that you cannot give them if they have to remain outdoors (which I personally think is a terrible life for a pup).
Don’t lie and don’t adopt. You won’t be doing the dog any favors.
Post # 10
You should not be getting a dog if you don’t plan on making it a family member (AKA not living outside). I don’t think it’s the right time for you to get a dog, wait until your circumstances change!
Post # 11
I don’t think this is the right time for you to get a dog if the dog has to stay outside.
Post # 12
You need to wait until the time is right for you to get a dog. Keeping the dog outside and considering forgery indicates that you are in no way at a point where you should be taking on an animal. If you want to introduce a dog as a member of your family, do it the right way.
Post # 13
There is no way a dog should be left outside all the time. Your landlord is pretty much telling you “no” because you can not be a good puppy parent to a dog that’s forced to be outside (and mostly alone) all day and night. I would say wait until you own your own house or find a landlord that allows pets inside too.
Post # 14
Like everyone else, I think this is a bad idea. It is so not worth getting caught lying. I want a dog and don’t have one yet either because our situation is not the best. It’s really not fair to the dog to bring them into a home where you can’t really take care of them. It’s about more than you just wanting to have a dog.
Post # 15
@AlliRae: Exactly. We want a dog too but we can’t have one until our situation changes.
OP: We’re either at work or commuting for roughly 10 hours a day. We can’t possibly leave a dog alone for that amount of time. It wouldn’t be fair to the pup (or even possible for that matter). As soon as one of us is able to stay home, a dog will be the first thing we get but until then it’s not going to happen. Part of being a responsible pet owner is doing what’s right for your animals. Getting a dog in your situation is irresponsible and neglectful.
Have you ever considered a cat? I know some people are totally anti-feline but if your landlord allows ’em, they’re such great pets.
Post # 16
by me the shelter has access to the data base that the city has and looks up who pays taxes on the house… a dog doesnt belong outside all day they belong with people I wouldnt lie I would wait until you are in a better situation