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Old 11-30-2012, 05:37 PM
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Default This is the weirdest thing...

Posted on the other forum. It blows my mind that anyone would actually go for this.

http://www.wweek.com/portland/articl...ent_a_pup.html

You have to read the FAQ to get the full effect of it.
http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.hannahs...s_11-13-12.pdf

One word: Whyyyy?
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:23 PM
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I actually want to swing by to take a look, but only because I can't believe this is actually a thing.

I think "WHYYY?!???" covers it pretty well, actually. I love what the local humane societies do with their "rent-a-pup" fundraiser, where they bring dogs to college campuses and students pay by 10 - 30 minute increments to play and walk with the dogs... but an actual business where dogs are leased for extended periods of time just doesn't sound like a good idea.

I had a terrible case of new dog fever for the longest time. I signed up to volunteer at the humane society and walked neighbors' dogs. You know, that sort of ingenious, hard to come by solution.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:27 PM
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Coming from a brief look, to me, it doesn't sound like it's a "rent a puppy" type thing. It's basically a pet store that's giving you a trial and allowing you to easily return the pet if it doesn't work out -- instead of selling it online and such.

Iunno, from who I read it, doesn't seem like a bad idea. I sure as hell hope people were able to have a trial period for a ferret before buying it from the pet store, it would cut the numbers in rescue down quite a bit.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:48 PM
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Read the whole article, it's freaking creepy.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:09 PM
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Its Portland.

Therefore, it is strange.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:26 PM
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Very odd. Not sure what to think. I did enjoy the picture of Hannah and her farm collie/English Shepherd type pup though - nice dog!
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:34 PM
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I read through it, it's not really like a lease in that it's not intended as a way for someone to have a temporary pet. It's an interesting idea, I don't really see anything wrong with it and can certainly see where there is a market in the pet owning public for this sort of program. It's like having a dog on an all inclusive plan - you pay them for the dog and they bring you food, cover vet bills, etc. They also offer an option to buy the dog off of them if you no longer want to participate in the program. It isn't something I would do but like I said, I can see where there could be a market for this.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:38 PM
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I think it's incredibly creepy and shady. I also wonder where they are getting all their dogs. They all seem to be purebred and designer breed puppies.

This part of the FAQ:

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"So, if I decide to sell my Pet to Hannah and become the Pet Parent, what is the process? I am concerned that I will not be able to afford all of the costs to care for my Pet now and in the future and don***8217;t want to face having to give him up.
Maybe. First, Hannah has to examine the Pet to make sure it is behaviorally and medically eligible to be a Hannah Pet, so you would need to do a little paperwork to get things moving. Then Hannah would arrange for the evaluations with a behavior expert and one of our veterinarians***8211; we would also need you to tell us as much as you can about your Pet***8217;s behavior and medical history.
If Hannah determines that your Pet is eligible to become a Hannah Pet and you want to move forward, you will then have to legally sell it to Hannah (for a price both you and Hannah agree to) and go through the matching process (which includes paying a Matching Fee). If you are not a good match for your former Pet, Hannah***8217;s Lifetime Matching Program will identify that fact and you won***8217;t be matched to it (provided you are honest on the computerized tool). If the Pet is not found to be a good match for you, you will be matched with one that is ***8211; and you can accept that Pet and your former Pet will also be matched with a different Hannah Pet Parent. If you choose to have ***8220;approval rights***8221; as part of the sale agreement with Hannah for your former Pet, you can disapprove of Hannah***8217;s match for a new Hannah Pet Parent and have the option to repurchase your Pet for what Hannah paid you for it; the Matching Fee is not refundable if we are able to find you a good match. If you are matched with your former Pet, you have the choice of ***8220;re-homing***8221; it in your home with any problems we find addressed, or trying another Pet ***8211; whichever you choose. Under either scenario, you can have Hannah take any Hannah Pet back and match you with a different Pet at any time in the future ***8211; regardless of where the Pet came from."
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Where did this specific puppy/dog come from?
Hannah Pets come from not-for-profit animal welfare organizations and families. Many times we simply don***8217;t know where the pet originally came from because the shelter does not know. In the case of an individual, the Pet may be the result of an accidental mating, a stray, a rescue, a hardship situation, or any number of other situations that we have previously discussed. We have made it a policy not to release the source of any particular Pet or Pet demographic statistics because we often don***8217;t know the initial source and because of privacy laws that prevent us from finding out. It doesn***8217;t really matter anyway because what we can tell you is, the Pet has passed the health and behavior testing and we will take care of the Pet for his or her entire life ***8211; and the Pet Parent***8217;s only financial responsibility is the monthly Pet Support Fee, which we believe is less than half of what you would otherwise pay.
How convenient.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:42 PM
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It says they get them from shelters, rescues and private people rehoming dogs. They also mention they hope to work out a deal to place service dog washouts. One could easily find plenty of dogs in my area to take and rehome in this manner. Especially with popular breeds and mixes.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:45 PM
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Ummm... Renting dogs is your new religion...?
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