Post # 1
I hear all the time about how you should adopt a pet because there are sooo many that needed a good home, and that is exactly what we are trying to do. However, we applied over a month ago and the agency is ignoring us! We submitted our application early December along with a small fee and never heard from them. I contacted them and they said they never got our application and to apply again. So I did, and emailed them the Paypal receipt. They said they receieved the application and would be in touch within 24 hours to schedule and interview…and nothing!
We have a nice home, huge fenced in yard, and a quiet safe neighborhood. I would go to another agency but we are interested in a certain breed and when I look on Petfider this agency is the only place that has our breed listed.
I’m frustrated because I feel like we are the great candidates that want to give a rescue dog a great home and this place is making it very difficult!
Post # 3
I went through the same thing when I tried to adopt from 2 local shelters. I ended up stalking Petfinder in my County, and when a litter of pups showed up, I emailed immediately. I got a call the next day, got a call from the rescue contact, went to see the 3 he had, and took one home. I never thought it would happen, as I’d tried for 4 months. Every dog I wanted had 6 applications filled out on them, and I always seemed to be too late.
The Rescue groups in my area are all volunteers, so once I understood how they operated, it all worked out for me, as I’m sure it will for you. Have faith!
Post # 4
the majority are staffed only by volunteers, and they can get slammed with applications (especially if you’re applying for a puppy).
we found our dog through a rescue on petfinder. i was in contact with a few, and some were much easier to work with than others. the vast majority have very limited resources, so you should be consistent but patient in dealing with them.
Post # 5
That happened to us also. We thought we were perfect candidates for a rescue home, but the groups were so slow to reply to us! After three months and a lot of applications we just went to the local shelter. It’s almost like they don’t WANT to adopt out the dogs.
Post # 6
I can understand your frustration; however, the rescues are usually volunteer run and so that could explain the wait.
We just rescued a puppy (literally two weeks ago) and it took us awhile to get in touch with many rescues. And what worked for us is exactly what worked for smyly. We heard about a couple of pups coming up to Canada from New Orleans and applied immediately. We got our puppy, Maverick, within 5 days. There are some agencies that we contacted at that time that we still haven’t heard from.
Maybe the rescue is short staffed. I would call and follow up again and ask what’s up as you were expecting a call within 24 hours. They will like that you are really interested in adopting.
Post # 7
I’d also vote for call again and ask specific questions about the breed, if they have any available, if you can stop by, etc. Anything to get the ball rolling.
Post # 8
I’d be calling them to see how things were progressing. Just play nice, say you know how busy they must be, but could they please check on your status.
Post # 9
Ok, thanks ladies! I just sent a follow up email that was a friendly reminder.
We just want a dog soooo bad and even have a named picked out! I feel like a little kid begging to get a dog! haha.
Post # 10
That really stinks.
I think an email is appropriate just saying you are really eager to help out a pet and if you do not hear from them within a week you are going to start looking elsewhere.
Could they maybe not be eagerly responding since they may not have the certain breed you are wanting? Maybe they only have 1 or 2 of that kind of breed and they don’t feel those are good matches for you?
Post # 11
Yeah, we submited our application to a pug rescue and I knew they were staffed by volunteers and it was going to take a while. We ended up just going to our local pet shelter and adopting one. I don’t think we wanted to wait any longer. Oh, the pug rescue called us about a month after we adopted our dog. Sorry, too late, plus we actually decided that we no longer wanted a pug.
What type of breed are you looking to get?
Post # 12
We found that when we contacted rescues online or via phone they were much slower to respond. We adopted our dog after going in person and doing a doggie day out with her. They can’t make you wait if you’re standing in front of them, plus they will take you much more seriously if you’re there saying you want to spend time getting to know the dogs and/or volunteer for the day.
If you live a ways away from the particular breed rescue you’re contacting, maybe try giving them a call to say you’ll be coming by on a certain date at a certain time and you’d like to see the dogs and talk about adopting one. They may just not have time to spend with you on the phone, but if you set up an appointment they’ll be planning ahead to set that time aside.
Post # 13
Wow, this is sad. I volunteer for a rescue too, but we jump right away when someone wants to adopt one of our fosters! We try to get ours moving as fast as possible so we can make room for the next ones. My group has a lot of self-employed and retired volunteers, though, so maybe our people just have more free time! Please don’t let this turn you off from a rescue dog–it is so heartbreaking how many homeless dogs there are out there.
Post # 14
Thanks guys! We have a phone interview tonight and then we’ll see what happens from there. They also have to check our references. Wow….this is an intense process! haha. But we are excited that things are actually moving along now.
@ttn133: We are trying to get a pug 🙂
Post # 15
It’s generally harder to adopt from a breed/specialized rescue than your typical city shelter. They get many more applications than they have dogs. They are usually no kill so they are very selective about the animals they accept to the rescue and also much more selective about who the dogs go home with. Especially if you are looking for one breed in particular, there is often a waiting list. A city shelter, on the other hand, generally has more cats and dogs than they can handle and not enough people to adopt them all. They’re more likely to have an easier application process because the faster they can get the animals out (and not have to euthenize them), the better.
good luck though! That’s really great that you’re putting in this much effort to adopt a dog!!
Post # 16
do you own or rent in boston?
we had a similar problem with many applications and a lot of silence on the end of the shelters/rescues. when we finally did get a response from one shelter it was a no! all because we live in an apartment in the city. even though we have a fenced in yard, are very outdoorsy people, and even work in the animal care field, I found that a lot of rescue groups saw the words “apartment” and “boston” and shot us down. i started including a letter with our application describing our planned daily activities with the dog and eventually had luck with a shelter that brings up dogs from high kill shelters down south.
what about a pug mix? you’ll have more options with mutts, and still get a lot of the traits that you’re looking for.