Hi there, Last Saturday, my family went to the local humane society to look at a couple of dogs we were interested in. We have been talking for months about this and looking for the best breed suited for us and we finally found her. We went down and visited with her, then a few days later we took or Border/Sheperd down for a meet and greet. Things could not have been better. Well then they dropped the bomb...."Well after we look at the other applicants, we will let you know.". They led us on to believe we were going to adopt her. They NEVER said how long they could take to make a decision. They told us after the fact that they will purposely hold onto apps until they have more to look at and weigh their options. When we went in, we were the only applicants. Our family lives on nice acreage, livestock, etc. and we are a family who loves and cares for our animals. We have the ability to meet the needs of the breeds that we chose. What could be the problem. All week they have been putting me off and no one was looking at the apps. Finally I called one last time and they said that they made a decision and we were NOT going to get her. I asked why and they said that "we live in a high predator area and that she would be suited somewhere else." Where in a small backyard with a fence, and no job for them to do?!!!! How does just having a fence make you a responsible? No one even asked the questions to find out the answers, they just made a decision based on what was on the app. We are great owners and just wanted to add a member to our family. I have read others posts in the past and really felt bad for you and hoped that this would not happen to me and sadly, it did. I feel cheated and very sad right now. Where is the fairness? How is someone who lives in the country supposed to adopt a dog? I can't fence our area. that is what training is for and just plain keeping track of your animals is for. We have had or Border here for 2 years and no problems, the predators are all on lower land and our animals are in at night. ARGH, it just doesn't make sense. Thanks for listening! If anyone is in the Skagit County area of Washington and you know of places where you can adopt reliably without this kind of fuss, could you please let me know. My three kids are crushed right now, we thought we had a new forever friend. Thanks!!