(Closed) We are being ignored by the pet rescue

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
5766 posts
Bee Keeper

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
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

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
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
2821 posts
Sugar bee

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
971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

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 # 10
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
3871 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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 # 15
2144 posts
Buzzing bee

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
10 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

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.

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