Post # 16
That key thing is crazy. I think that rescues are amazing, but a lot of them have some pretty unrealistic requirements that would weed out great owners for these rescues. Fiance and I are looking for a dog and I found a cutie at a rescue, but they required a fully fenced in backyard (which we have) but also that someone is home at all hours of the day for the lifetime of the dogs – meaning that one person would have to either work from home all the time, or that we would need to work opposite shifts.
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- Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club
I’ve dealt with several rescues- general and breed-specific. I’ve had the requirement of surprise home visits, but NEVER have they asked for a key. I’ve also dealt with the vet issue, but countered with the fact that I’d only be willing to switch if the vet/staff were found guilty of neglect or malpractice in some way. I’m sorry you had to walk away from this dog, it’s a shame for her and your family. 🙁
Post # 19
I’m so sorry this didn’t work out, but those terms are indeed crazy. I’m all for making sure animals from rescues get forever homes, but under no circumstance should they ever have a key to your house or be able to take your existing animals from you. It sounds TOTALLY shady like they want to take your money for the adoption then steal your dog from you as well. NO WAY! I would actually think about reporting them to someone, those terms are completely insane.
Post # 20
The people running that rescue group sound absolutely batshit insane. People would have to be stupid to sign a contract like that. If people have adopted through them in the past they probably just hope the ridiculous clauses in the contract will never come up (like taking away animals you already own for funsies) There are plenty of animals waiting to be adopted with groups that do not expect you to turn over a key to your home so they can make surprise visits if you aren’t home.
You didn’t let this sweet girl dog down, the rescue and their unreasonable demands kept her from getting a great home with you.
Post # 21
I agree that those terms are nuts. We adopted from a breed specific rescue, and we didn’t have to deal with any of that. There were certain rules (can’t surrender to a shelter, etc.), but all were totally reasonable. The key thing, being able to take your other pets, no say in vets, that’s all nuts. I agree that they should be reported (especially if they won’t give you your $100 back and didn’t show you the terms before they required that deposit). Perhaps they’ve had problems with people abusing the dogs or using them as fighting dogs or only as guard dogs (without any concern for their health and well being), and they needed an easy way to address those sitations. But if that’s the case, that just means they did a crappy job of vetting (no pun intended) the adopters.
Post # 22
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
Report them to the BBB! There is absolutely no reason for a dog rescue group to need keys to your home. No no no no! I’m with you, OP, because instinctually that sounds completely WRONG.
You need to tell the BBB that they are not returning your money, but that their contracts over extend what that group should be allowed to do. NO they should NOT have copies of keys to your home, they should not have the executive force to choose your vet or confiscate animals! That is just nuts!!
Post # 23
What the what! I’m sorry you’re going through this. You should definitely report them to the BBB, what they’re trying to do is not ok.