- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
Hello Bees! My husband and I recently purchased our first home and we couldn’t be more excited to expand our family – the four-legged kind, at least. I was born and raised around GSDs, as my parents bred and trained military/police dogs and also helped the local police departments adopt out retired K9 unit dogs, and adopted a few themselves. My parents stopped breeding/training about 8-9 years ago (and before people scream BYB, they were Working Class GSDs) but have still continued to work with adopting out retired police dogs. I currently have one GSD, a puppy from my parents’ last litter who no longer is a puppy (not working class, completely pet – he’s a big lazy ball), lol, but my husband and I are looking in to adopting another GSD as our old shelter rescue recently passed away (we adopted a senior dog, but we loved him none the less). My current GSD, Hund (yes, I know… but at the time I thought it was “cool”), is 8-9 years old, and really loved having a dog companion at home with him and is really mopping around missing his buddy, so we decided we would adopt an older GSD from a GSD rescue (sadly I am not prepared to take on the responsibility of a retired police dog, or I would adopt from my parents). Well, we contacted one and they seemed great. They have this beautiful girl who, in my personal, opinion is only PART GSD and is about 7 years old. We filled out the initial adoption papers, scheduled a home visit, a personal visit, an interview, a dog visit (btw by the end of it they were snuggled up on the rug together like BEST friends), and a visit with our neighbors AND our family vet – who let them know mine and my family’s long standing, good vetting history. Heck I slept in my car when Hund got sick and had to stay the night just in case he took a turn for the worse and the night staff needed me to come right away.
Anyway, I thought that after ALL of that we would get to take our new girl home (I don’t want to mention her name because I don’t want to mention the rescue) but nope. The rescue and the foster contacted us and said all that was left was signing the adoption contract. Okay yay! Well, I went over it last night and there are SO many things that I am NOT willing to agree to. Some of the things I am willing to compromise on, such as the 3 year agreement that the rescue can come out, or send a representative out, to our house WHENEVER they want to do a surprise inspection. But other things, such as giving them a key to my home so they can come INSIDE when/ if I am not home is not going to happen. Another thing, they say that, if ever they feel my vet of choice is not appropriate/acceptable, they can require me to switch to a vet of their choice within a 100 mile radius of my home. No. No. No. My vet is amazing, so I don’t see why they would require me to change, but its not a risk I am willing to take (paranoid me: What if they have an arrangment with a vet and use this to funnel clients, or what if I don’t like this vet, etc. etc.). Another thing, and the biggest no for me is that they say that AT ANY TIME in the 3 year period they can TAKE my dogs (ANY existing pet in the house) for any reason if they feel that we are not suitable pet owners/good match for our animals. Basically they could take the dog I rescued AND Hund from me. Neither of which I am willing to agree to. If they feel I am a bad owner they are free to contact the authorities and THEY can take my animals from me.
The rescue already has $100 of mine (non-refundable) for the adoption request/prior paperwork, but that is nothing compared to the heartache I feel about maybe losing this beautiful girl whom Hund has fallen in love with. I want to contact them and ask them if we can make some changes to the contract, such as no key, I get to keep my vet, and that if they feel that I am not an appropriate pet owner, that we will use the local authorities to help decide if I should surrender my animals (but they might not go for that since my family has such a good relationship with them…) and that they will not be allowed to just take either of my animals away on their own. <br /><br />How flexible are breed specific rescues? Do you think they would be willing to go for this? Is this typical of breed specific rescues? I thought I was doing the right thing going through this rescue, but now I am feeling torn. They already basically said that I was worthy of adopting this dog, but this contract makes me feel like they question me. Yes, I am all for what is best for the animal, but they are asking too much of ME I think… I don’t feel like I am being egotistical, I really do feel like them having a key to my house (and being able to enter it WHENEVER they want), them being able to demand I change a vet and pick the vet for me, AND to take both my animals away from me if THEY feel I am a bad owner is just too much (well technically they said “for any reason, without explaination” in the contract). As much as I have fallen in love with this dog, if they aren’t willing to compromise, I might just have to walk away. I cannot begin to explain how horrible I would feel if I were to come home one day to find both my dogs gone and never get an explaination for why.
Thanks Bees for listening. I know it might not seem important, but this is an issue that is bothering me a lot.