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June 23, 2014



Well said sarahjaneb. Having the "right" criteria is far more important than having "more" criteria.

J Hoover

At any "rescue group" I contacted when I wanted to adopt it was - no fence - not suitable. I walk my dog (which I eventually purchased) a mile a day & am on the other end of the leash for every potty break 24/7. She gets all vaccinations and necessary veterinary care & accompanies us on vacations. But I wasn't fit to adopt? Why would I spend thousands of dollars to put a fence around my property if I am not going to use it? I have talked to many people who have been refused for the same reason, or lived in a condo, etc. I realize the rescue folks mean well, but some are so particular about potential adopters, that I think many animals are truly missing out on what would be excellent forever homes. I didn't have one rescue that I contacted & filled out an application with that would even consider coming to my home - it was "no fence" not suitable.

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We were just refused by a rescue shelter. We wanted a Shelter German Shepard to have as a companion for another Shelter Shepard/Akita; but we were turned down because they would be "outside" dogs. We have six acres, fenced and gated. We love our
dogs but can't have the large dogs inside. Why is it bad to allow dogs to have 6 acres to run and play instead of keeping them locked up inside all day, making them hold their pee. They are totally sheltered at night, raised beds; with outside access. We are retired and at home most of the time to play, greet and love with our animals. Our dogs get much more activity outside.


Using the analogy of animals drowning in the is not the fault of the person saving them that the animals are drowning. If that person saves fewer because they are being careful that each one the lift out of the water is breathing and safe, they are still saving lives. Regardless of anyone's take on open adoptions or invasive screening, blaming people saving dogs for dogs in shelters dying is ludicrous. Blaming the people doing something for not doing it "the right way" or not doing enough is misguided at best. Animals are dying in shelters because of the actions that people take that result in them being there in the first place. Not because hard working, compassionate, action taking people step up to save them but don't do it fast enough. If you want rescuers to listen and consider open adoptions I would highly recommend that you reconsider starting the conversation with this blame.



Regardless of who's fault it is that the animals are in the pond, if we are in the pond saving them, and someone shows a way to save more of them more quickly so that fewer die, why would we, as a movement, be resistant to making changes in our processes so that fewer die?

It doesn't make sense to me that anyone would have the mindset that "it's not my fault that they're here, so even if there is a way to save more animals I'm not going to do it".

Leah M.

When you put it the way you do, of course it sounds bad. But if you actually saw the things I have seen at such places maybe you would think twice. These kinds of places basically will let ANY person at all take a pet home, even if they are CLEARLY not a good for for either a particular animal or for animals in general. It makes it incredibly hard to be able to turn down an adoption for a legitimate reason. And with as easy as it is, just sign a few papers and take the animal home in less than 20 minutes, many people don't think things through. There is nothing wrong with having certain restrictions and trying to make sure that the animal is going to a GOOD home, not just ANY home. Your friend in the apartment-did he work all day and was he planning on leaving a very active dog in a small apartment alone most of the day? That's really not good for some dogs. A more relaxed, chill dog who doesn't mind just hanging around and napping all day is fine for that. But a very active young dog? Not so much. Especially if they are going to be crated all day, and since they are active they will likely need to be if they are left unstimulated and bored, wanting to get into everything when left alone. You will find that almost all rescues just aren't okay with outside dogs. Even most open adoption rescues will heavily discourage that. There are some really ridiculous reasons to deny an adoption, but to have no restrictions at all isn't good either. What is the point of saving these animals if we are going to let them go to the first people that come forward who can't give them the home they need? There was a couple who came in and noticed a dog we had. Very young, super energetic dog with sever separation anxiety, had to be with his people all the time. They asked about her, I explained the kind of home she needed (one where she could get a lot of attention) and they immediately said it wouldn't work, as they are both gone all day and couldn't give her the home she needed to be happy. They were very nice about it and left. A few days later they came back and decided they wanted her. They didn't care anymore that they would be putting her in a home where she would be alone, anxious, and unhappy all day long, locked up in a crate with nothing to do. I got SO much crap for telling them I didn't think it was a good idea. They tried to avoid me the whole time, lied to me and my coworkers many times and refused to just be honest and try to work with us. They were being irrational, not thinking clearly about the situation. They decided they wanted the dog and didn't care about what she actually needed to be happy. The fact that we were not even supposed to try to talk someone out of an adoption such as that (not even saying no, just talking out of) really made me question just how helpful open adoption really is. The number of adoptions being higher doesn't matter if many of those animals went to unhappy homes, or ones where they were put through the stress of being returned four or five times because the people who took them home were simply not thinking things through. Restrictions, applications, and waiting periods help a lot in that. Of course the restrictions should make sense, but they are there for the good of the animal, to make sure they go to a home where they can be happy for the rest of their lives.


Leah, I think you exactly proved the point I was trying to make (and not in the way you hoped). Of course we should explain to people the individual behavior needs of our adoptable pets -- but what you are describing is then judging people's lifestyles to determine that they can't handle the dogs' needs and that they "aren't thinking rationally" when they fall in love with a dog and want to adjust their lives to accommodate that dog. These are people who WANT to adopt a dog. They WANT to bring a pet into their lives. And have learned what the dog's needs are. LET THEM ADOPT.

I always laugh about the concern of the "Stress from the dog being returned" and yet most shelters/rescues use foster programs, dog's day out programs etc and the dogs LOVE THEM. To the dog, they're the same thing.

Harsh restrictions, long applications and waiting periods frustrate adopters, push them toward other venues for their pets, and keep pets from finding homes. And when the shelter system is currently killing 3.5 million healthy pets per year, keeping pets from finding homes and turning away potentially loving homes is not helpful....

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