Post # 1
I have done a lot of research on the type of dog that my Fiancé and I would like to get.. We’ve decided on a Goldendoodle and I’ve even contacted a few breeders. I was searching an online rescue website and found our dream dog is out there and needs a home! Although I’m a little bummed about missing out on a little puppy, we’re really excited about the chance to adopt this dog. However.. I filled out an application form for the pet and received an automated ‘thank you’ email. Basically saying they’ll get bak to me. Thing is, the dog is 6 hrs away. Not a huge issue for us, but I was worried they might just go with someone local instead. I started to email with the person who sent me the response, and he’s been very blunt. Said they do require a home visit prior to adoption. To which I asked if they would trust a local shelter/rescue to inspect our home, and he’s said they’ve sent animals to my surrounding states. I feel like I should just be patient and wait for the official contact, but I also feel like we’re getting discriminated against bc of our distance. If we’re more than willing to come get the dog, I just wish they would work with us a little more. I feel like an inconvenience. Any advice?
Post # 3
@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.).
Post # 4
I appreciate your comment- I absolutely want what’s best for the dog. And I really respect a shelter/rescue center that doesn’t unload the pets on whoever wants them. I found the dog on a national pet search website, I wish they would have written something regarding taking applications within X miles.. Eh. I’ll keep searching 🙂