(Closed) Rescue Advice

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@kristin77:  Part of the reason they want you to be local is because if for some reason you are not able to keep the dog (like heaven forbid you and your Fiance lose your jobs and can no longer afford the dog) most shelters write in a clause that you have to give the dog back to them. They just want to do whats best for the dog, and its hard to tell if the environment will be good for him without visiting to see if you have a yard (or a plan to walk him multiple times a day), have figured out where he will sleep ect. Most shelters also will not ship animals (its generally not very humane) so if they have to pick up a dog from 6 hours away, thats a huge burden on them. Especially if there is someone local who is equally qualified to care for the dog. I would keep looking. My Fiance and I spent months looking for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and most places would not let us adopt one because we are not married or because we don’t have a fenced yard.  (We have a large communal yard and let her play outside with us on an extendable leash which she loves, but shes really much happier inside.) I want to highly encourage you to keep looking for a dog, especially a rescue dog. It is much harder for older dogs to get adopted (because everyone wants a puppy) but honestly having an adult dog is still wonderful, and you don’t have to deal with as many puppyhood problems (teething, housetraining (our dog had never lived indoors so we still had to train her to go outside, but it took two weeks vs months of training) ect.).

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