Post # 1
We’ve been looking on Pet Finder for the past month and emailed 3 places so far. We’ve been trying to wait for a response each time since we didnt want to waste anyones time if one got accepted but so far it’s been so discouraging! The first place took a week to get back to us, and then said the dog wasnt available – and two weeks later its still showing up in the searches. It’s been a week and the second one we emailed still hasnt responded. Then the third one actually replied with in a day, but the dog is not available in our area and we’d have to pre-adopt and can’t meet him first! Is this normal?? I honestly did not think that adopting a pet would be difficult/fustrating at all! Would you adopt a pet you could not meet? Are there a lot of risks to that? He’s a 2 month old lab/shepard mix. Oh, and we’ve been primary looking at older dogs that had already been neutered, but this one hasnt yet. I’m guessing since he’s still young. Is it expensive to have a dog neutered?
Isnt he adorable!
Post # 3
That is very strange! Have you tried going to shelters near you? I’ve adopted three cats from the shelter and I was in and out pretty quickly.
He is freaking adorable!
Post # 4
We got our cats from the SPCA and it wasn’t much of a hassle. I met them a few times beforehand, made sure they looked healthy and well-cared for, tried to tell whether they were completely crazy. The SPCA required we complete a pretty lengthy and detailed info sheet, including providing references, and made us sign something stating they could come check up on the animals at any time during the first year! That part kinda pissed me off but I signed it anyway and figured if they ever did show up I would deal with it then.
I wouldn’t adopt a pet I couldn’t meet first, because even if you’re no expert, there’s still a lot you can tell about how healthy an animal is just from meeting it. Also some friends of mine almost got scammed while trying to adopt a puppy through kijiji. Turns out the puppy didn’t actually exist! Another good reason to insist on seeing them in person first. 😉
ETA: Awwwwwwwwwww! He’s adorable.
Post # 5
I’m having similar difficulties. I think in this realm, it’s better to just go directly into the shelter if you can. Or if they have a phone number, call them instead of emailing. I don’t really know why, but it seems like emails to shelters take forever to get a response. Also, I’ve found that the Pet Finder/Petango sites do tend to be really out of date. I attribute this lack of electronic updating to the fact that maybe the people who run these facilities are short staffed and spend a lot of their time working on other things to help the animals. So maybe they don’t have much time for answering emails or updating their sites?
Post # 6
No, we havent gone to a shelter yet because most of the ads we saw for the dogs we were interested in in our area say that the dogs arent kept in shelters, but fostered in peoples homes. Do you pretty much walk out with a pet if you meet one at a shelter you want to adopt?
Post # 7
My husband got our pup sitting in a cardboard box outside of a store from a rescue group 🙂 He wasn’t looking for a dog, but went over just to say hi to them and fell in love. He said that our Teddy was the sweetest, quietest dog while all the other dogs were barking and crazy… and then he took him home. He was a maniac! So I don’t know if it makes much of a difference if you see them in person or not, they can still fool you!
Post # 7
@artbee haha! guess theres no way to really know. I’m not too concerned about meeting them, but I just felt like if we dont, its just a leap of faith.
Post # 8
@BrightGreen:yes, all the listings on pet finders require a very detailed application and references. It’s sort of a pain and I think unnecessary, I mean, we wouldn’t be doing this and trying to adopt if we didn’t want to care for a dog!!
Post # 9
Yup, we had the same issue!
We were looking for a specific breed, so we ended up going through a local rescue that fosters just that type of dog. We filled out an application with them in December, and got our 5 year old baby in February 🙂 We had a phone interview and they also checked our references. We ended up meeting with 2 dogs, and we LOVED both of them, but the second one we just clicked with more (aka-she jumped in the FI’s lap and has been in love with him ever since). I don’t think I would adopt without meeting the dog first, but I know lots of people who have done that and have great little dogs.
It did take a while but it was worth it. My advice is to follow up with them. Usually those rescues are staffed by volunteers, and they have tons of work to do, so it’s easy for you to get lost in the shuffle. I emailed them about once a week or every other week.
Post # 10
We went through 2 different rescues and didn’t have too much trouble. The one called your references, did a home visit, etc. But they were both good about calling us back and we were able to meet the puppies (they both had littermates) before we decided to adopt them. Also they were both in foster homes, which I think is great because they were around olther, older dogs and started learning the ropes better than a shelter dog. But of course the shelter doggies need love too :). Good luck!
Oh and also the one rescue group didn’t have their dogs spayed/neutered before they adopted them out but paid for it to be done when they were 6 months or so.
ETA – and yes you would think that people who were trying to adopt dogs would have an idea how to take care of them, but unfortunately that’s not the case. So for every no brainer question on the form, there is someone out there trying to get a dog who will screw it up because they have no idea how to take care of an animal.
Post # 11
I adopted a cat about a month ago, and his picture is still on Petfinder. I think some shelters update more quickly than others.
I had some roadbumps during my adoption as well. They don’t allow holds on animals and make you commit to getting the adoption underway on the animal you’re looking at if you think it’s the one you want. We also had to wait while they contacted vet references which was frustrating because the office Darling Husband had used didn’t hold records as far back as he had his cat. And we had to fill out a bunch of personal references and they ask for income verification…
It’s all a bit much. I know they do have to be careful but sometimes with the dogs especially it actually prevents deserving people from adopting. Once we knew we only wanted the cat we ended up with, we just kept calling and calling to speed things along. Eventually they just put the adoption through and it worked out!
Post # 12
All 3 of our pets were strays that we just happened to find, but we recently started talking about getting a second dog and when we started looking into it we were shocked at how many hoops you have to jump through to adopt a pet! With a $325 adoption fee at some of these places it’s no wonder there are so many dogs in shelters!
Post # 13
I’d suggest just going in to a local shelter. Before we adopted our lab mix, I’d been stalking Petfinder but Darling Husband and I decided it would be better to go in somewhere where we could meet and see multiple dogs.
We walked into the shelter, filled out a short application, they talked to us about our history with dogs/pets, we got to go back and meet/take out/play with any dog we wanted, fell in love with our Khloe, and walked out with her that evening. Easy!
Post # 14
We adopted both our dogs from the local shelter. We filled out an application the first visit so it was on file and we kept going until we found our girls. The first one we adopted was 1 year old and the second was 10 weeks old. When we knew that we wanted them it was a couple day process, they both needed to be fixed and that cost was included in the adoption fee of $65. And we had one before the other so when we went to adopt our second baby they had to meet each other to prove that they would get along.
Post # 15
Where in MA are you? I had similar issues when I adopted my dog. I found that on petfinder, even when you do a regional/local search, you get dogs from all over. Most of the organizations are located in Mass, but they rescue animals from down south where there’s a much higher kill rate in shelters.
I found that most dogs in local shelters were not what I was looking for – usually much bigger, and a lot off pit mixes. I know those can be great dogs, but I live in a small house and am going to start TTC soon, and I didn’t want to get emotionally invested in a dog that might not fit our future family.
My dog Maddy ended up coming from Arkansas. She was in foster care, and had been rescued from a shelter the day before she was supposed to be put down. Just thinking about that makes me mad – she is such a fantastic pet. I can’t believe anyone would think it was better to just end her life. Anyways, the organization does regular trips from down south up through NJ, CT, MA and New Husband. The New Husband stop ended up being 10 minutes from my house.
I was worried about not getting to meet her ahead of time, but I was able to talk to the foster mom a few times about her, and I just loved her immediately at first sight.