Post # 1
SO and I are looking to adopt a new dog. This is something that we’ve mulled over for awhile and want to go ahead and do it. We know what we are looking for. We want a 1-2+ year old Golden Retriever or Great Pyranees mix. We feel that these two breeds are good family pets. I need something that is good with other dogs/cats/children. We have almost an acre of yard with some fenced in areas. In addition, I have a screened-in back porch that has been reinforced with fencing (we had problems with the neighbors’ dogs trying to claw their way in to play with the dog we already have). It might as well be a kennel. Seriously, it’s bigger than my bedroom and den combined.
The problem is that no one will adopt to us. There are three major Golden rescues within a two hour drive of us. The one that is closest to us has a four year old girl that would be perfect, except that they won’t consider us because we are out-of-state. Hey, I can’t help the fact that I live close to the state line. The second won’t consider us because we were honest with them and told them that we planned on having children in the next year or so. Their application was horrendous. They might as well have asked for a DNA sample. They also wanted to do surprise home visits at any time in the dog’s lifetime. Sorry, I value my privacy. The third won’t consider us because the dog we have now has not been fixed. I have less of a problem with this because I see where they are coming from. However, the reason he is not fixed is due to a sensitivity to anesthesia. A note from the vet to this regard is not even enough to change their minds. Finally, there is a rescue with a beautiful Great Pyranees who won’t so much as return phone calls or emails. It seems the only thing we have going for us is the fact that SO is home most of the day.
I’m getting really tired of handing over non-refundable “application fees” only to be turned down for something really asinine. This was especially true in the case of the second rescue. There was nothing in their rules about not having kids after adopting a dog. It’s starting to feel like a scam. I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve been looking at craigslist/breeders rather than deal with the reams of paperwork and disappointment. I hate to do it, because I’ve always had shelter animals and they’ve always been great. It just seems like the restrictions are getting tougher and tougher.
Look, I understand why these rules are in place, but don’t bitch and moan about having too many animals in your shelter when you won’t let any of them be adopted.
Post # 3
Where do you live? I know a great rescue group in New England that specializes in the larger furry breeds (Great Pyrs, etc.). They definitely adopt out to people who have/will have children. I’m sure they’d be understanding of your other dogs issue.
Post # 4
I hate how hard it is to adopt a pet, everywhere you go, you see and hear ads about adopting a dog or cat instead of the doggy mill…..now I know why people just go to the pet store or on craigslist to adopt….you don’t have to jump through hoops for a dog….
You have to fill out applications, have interview, have the adoption agency come out to your home and so and so on….it’s a freakin joke…I want to give an animal a loving home, why do I have to prove it???
Good Luck to you, we’re in the same boat as you….been working to adopt for the last 2 mths!
Post # 5
Oh I hear ya! I kept getting turned down by rescue organizations for having a job! It was insane. I live 5 minutes from work, come home for lunch every day, and would have no problem taking care of a dog. But no. Unless I worked from home or was a stay home wife/mom, they weren’t letting me adopt. I totally understand the organizations wanting to make sure the animals go to the right homes, I really do, and I applaud them for it. But yeah, it seems like the restrictions are getting worse and worse.
After my fourth rejection, I went down to the local SPCA, and within an hour took home the love of my life, no home visit or crazy hoops to jump through. She’s a 50lb shepherd/chow mix and I like to think I give her a great life. I would do anything for her! Try petfinder.com and look in local city shelters.
Post # 6
Im sorry that you are having such a hard time. My girl is adopted and yes, it was a weeklong complex process, but she was worth it. I visit with them sometimes and met a puppy a few days ago that we might me interested in taking home. I would still have to go through the process again. In the 4 years I’ve had her they have never actually done a follow up house check, only phone calls.
I actually agree with the rescues on all except for the last point, because well, that’s just plain rude. Although I’m also surprised that they’re asking you for a fee to apply? Maybe I just don’t remember paying it, but I do remember paying a $250 fee once she was actually mine.
I’d be more than willing to bet that had you already had a child, that rescue would have been fine. It would also make me uncomfortable to adopt out to someone who was having a child in the next year, because the odds say that that pet would be returned. It’s very common, I’ve seen it happen far too many times.
Post # 7
that’s really tough.
I can’t help you since all I have is a cat…
and boy was that easy to adopt. I went to a rescue shelter.
Showed up, got the cat for free (all vaccines included) and a free bag of food…
Maybe you could check out a rescue shelter?
Post # 8
I’m sorry to hear that. I volunteer with animal rescue, and I understand some of the stringent requirements (so that the dog doesn’t end up in a shelter again), but it sounds like the ones you’ve come across are being difficult. Though you shouldn’t have to pay for an application fee, particularly if you don’t get approved! None of the rescues I work with require an application fee. That’s strange. Also, home visits at FIRST make sense, but not surprise visits!
Don’t stop trying..adopting instead of shopping is wonderful! Continue to check Petfinder.com for the breed you want, and I’m sure you’ll find someone happy have you adopt their dogs! What about a municpal shelter (animal control)? There’s so many good dogs in there, and most are on a tight deadline for euthanization.
Good luck, I hope you find what you’re looking for!
Post # 9
@misspeanut: Because you had a job? That’s crazy. I had 2 jobs and I was taking 18 units in school when I got my girl. I just had to show them where in my schedule I would have time for her.
Post # 11
Maybe try some local shelters? Rescues are notoriously difficult and stringent (and this is coming from a shelter volunteer)
Post # 12
@DeadlyNightshade: Yes! It was insane to me. I mean, how else would I take care of the dog and pay for food/vet visits/etc??? One told me that their policy was no dogs to people that worked outside the home, because they didn’t feel they could devote the time to the animal. The woman suggested a cat. Which, I’m allergic, so thanks for that hon.
Post # 13
@misspeanut: LOL that is absurd.
Post # 14
I’m sorry, but I find this ridiculous. This sort of thing only encourages people to lie, and keeps animals from being adopted to good homes. None of the requirements you didn’t meet would keep a dog from having a better life than the one he will have remaining in the shelter.
Post # 15
I thank the heavens that dog rescues have incredibly tough rules and regulations!
The world is full of people who should never be allowed near animals.
I’m sorry its so difficult but Don’t give up! If you can’t work with rescues, and you really just want a dog you can try craigslist, and local shelters. While craigslist saddens me with all the animal dumping, its pretty much like a rescue situation. Also face-book breed rescues will do transports and such.
Wishing you the best of luck and you find a wonderful furbaby that Im sure you will treat like gold 🙂
Post # 16
By the way, aren’t a good chunk of the animals on petfinder and adoptapet still rescue dogs? As in the rescues put their pics up, but you still have to go through them? SO and I have been using petfinder to Ooo and Aww over what may be the next addition to our family.