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Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by meggers32, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. meggers32

    meggers32 In the Brooder

    Jul 8, 2008
    Mt. Vernon, WA
    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!!

  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    That's ridiculous!! Go back when a different person is there and lie through your teeth...
  3. carolinachic

    carolinachic In the Brooder

    Jan 18, 2009
    Fayetteville, NC
    That is terrible...good luck finding a new baby!
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    That sucks.

    Better luck with the next try. It almost seems easier to just find someone with puppies and buy one with plain cash vs apply, wait, screen, meet and greet, and pay 150 bucks to save a life.
  5. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    so sorry; I just don't know what some of these places are thinking. As many animals are out there needing a loving home, it really saddens me when I hear of situations like this. I hope you find a new family member who will bring you years of joy & happiness, and you return that love by the bucketload! [​IMG]
  6. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    We have two great dogs from the CT Humane Society. However, I
    found a small dog for my MIL there and was told the dog needed to
    stay there for 2 weeks for observation. We put our name on the
    list and went every day to check the dog. They gave it to someone
    else. It was political. Someone else wanted the animal and got it.

    I suspect you may have been involved in a similiar situation or were
    prejudged by one of the people there.

    A lot of members here HATE the Humane Society.
  7. menageriemama

    menageriemama Songster

    Feb 2, 2008
    Lake Nebagamon, WI
    I hear you. We live on big acreage in the woods of northern Wisconsin. The very thought of "fencing in" our yard makes me laugh. I have been trying to adopt a French Bulldog from an online rescue for a year now- and am denied every time because we dont have a fenced in yard. Nevermind the fact that I volunteer for a breed rescue myself (Rhodesian Ridgebacks) and am an excellent dog owner if I do say so myself [​IMG] .

  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    i swear they dont realllly want to find these animals good homes like they say!!...everyone has such a hard time adopting from them!...[​IMG] i would just go buy one from somewhere...then i'd send a neat letter to the head of the humane society in your area and tell them WHY you had to go somewhere else to get an animal and WHY a dog in their shelter will now have to die...and thank them also...
  9. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    Our local humane society is the same way. It is much easier to adopt a pet from the animal shelter - that is where they get the ones that list for adoption anyways.
  10. Quail_Antwerp

    Quail_Antwerp [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Mrs

    Aug 16, 2008
    With the risk of sounding callous and upsetting some rescue people (if there are any on BYC that is), I have no use for rescue groups/humane societies.

    They spout off "spay/neuter", make us jump through hoops, literally want you to sign you life away, and charge high fees that are near what breeders charge for pups, all in the name of saving said dog/cat/guinea pig or whatever.

    IF they worked more at actually trying to place the animals in their care instead of nitpicking apart every home that applies, then I bet there would be far less backyard breeders than they are. IF the rescuers and humane societies worked with potential owners to get them a great pet, then that would be ONE less person shopping at a BYB.

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