"Obviously, there are thousands of animals at shelters in Kansas City, and I think a lot of groups go out of their way to make it hard for people to adopt. Kansas City is a metropolitan area. A lot of people live in lofts, condos and apartments. They don’t have backyards. But that doesn’t mean they can’t offer a good home."
This is my quote in an article written by a frustrated Kansas City reporter who was looking to adopt a Boxer and was denied by several rescues for not having a yard, and by another because she already had a dog of the same gender at home (even though she was adopting a puppy and her dog at home got along better with same gender dogs) and had other groups who failed to even return her calls or emails. So she wrote a story about the experience, and strict adoption requirements at shelters and rescues.
I have no idea why so many groups still hold onto blanket policies like this. This doesn't mean you're adopting to bad homes, it just means you have to ask the right questions and match the right people with the right dogs and cats.
Thanks Jenee for telling your story and for letting me be a part of it.