Puppy rescues make it hard to adopt?

djatwill

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Has anyone else had bad experiences with puppy rescues? I must have applied for about 8 different puppies from various organizations on petfinder.com and not one contacted me or even emailed me with a "No" answer. Their web sites say how bad it is to buy from a store because of puppy mills but not one rescues orginization got back to me.

I have a house with a large yard and my girl friend is home all day to be with the pup so I don't no why they would turn me down. (If that's what they did. :confused: )

If they are trying to "Rescue" the pups I would think they would make it easy to adopt.
 

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Rescues in general tend to be great places to adopt from but quite a few of them have a lot of hoops you have to jump through. Before I adopted my current dog, I applied for 4 different dogs and was turned down for a variety of reasons - lived in an apartment, worked full time, lived by myself... etc. I kept at it though, and now here I am... the happy owner of Mojo. :)
 

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Have you tried calling some of the organizations to find out why they never got back to you?

I'm suprised they wouldn't at least call you to clarify some of your answers if they were questioning your application.

I recently adopted from the Humane Society and know several othe people who have done the same and the process was pretty painless.
 

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micro202 said:
Have you tried calling some of the organizations to find out why they never got back to you?

The places I called had voice mail and none of them got back to me. Actually only one emailed me and said the pup was already adopted. After filling out about 8 applications and waiting a month or two I gave up and found my Molson by going to a local SPCA.

In my search I even found one that wanted a non-refundable $25.00 application fee. (Which had no guarantee.) I figured that was just a scam.
 

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Well that's just rude, but id try to wait it out, maybe they dont check their emails alot, but if they have a shelter try paying them a visit (if its allowed)
 

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djatwill said:
In my search I even found one that wanted a non-refundable $25.00 application fee. (Which had no guarantee.) I figured that was just a scam.
Weird. That seems like it would discourage potential good owners from even considering looking. If anything, why not tack it on to the standard adoption fees after you actually get an animal?

I'm glad my experience was good. I mean the Humane Society was definitely prudent (minimum 24 hour waiting period, 2 visits with the dog, other adults in household must visit with the dog, thorough questionaire, $100 adoption fee, etc.) But it was far from the point of discouragement.
 

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Congratulations! He is beautiful!
Is he a pure lab? Lab mix?

~Tucker

They said Black Lab Mix but they didn't know with what. From reading the traits and seeing a few pictures I think she may be part German Short-Haired Pointer. I think she was born to hunt. She catches lots of bugs and butter flys. I am just waiting to find a dead bird or cat in my yard one day.
 

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Molson is georgous!!
Thats a shame (and embarrasment) that no one at least replied!
I work for a humane society and am active in lab rescue. I check my emails multiple times daily.. the competition for good homes is tough and I dont want my dogs to loose out.
Maybe it's all fate... you were meant to find Molson!
 
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I recently got my Orion from the local animal refuge, and let me tell you it was an experience. First and foremost they make you come down to the shelter and see ALL the dogs before they let you see the one you actually want. Then you get to fill out a 12 page application, after that you get an interview from an employee. When that is over and the employee gives you the ok then you get an interview from the pet foster family. If they give you the ok, they then set up a time to come to your house and do a fence and yard check. After that they take your refrences and give each of them a call one by one. When they do that they then call your place of employment. After that they come by with the animal to see how he/she does in the new enviornment. After that they set up one more appointment and give you the run down of what they expect to be done if you get the pet. Then after all that, if they so decide, they bring the animal down one last time, check your yard one more time, and go home. Three days after that they give you a call with the decision. Then they make you wait till the weekend before you can get your pet so you have the whole weekend to be with them constantly, which sucks if they tell you you can have the pet on a sunday or monday. Of course it all cost you so you have to pay for each of the visits and the dog and the work done to the dog. Then, when you pick up your dog you have to sign a contract that basicly says you won't mistreat the animal and FINALLY after all that mess you get to take the dog home. Two - three weeks later they come back and check to make sure you are holding up your end of the bargain.
 

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I don't know why they call themselves a rescue and I don't know how they can complain about people going to places that get puppies from a puppy farm. Unless you get lucky at an SPCA you have no other option.
 
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labs are born to hunt and swim :)
if he's part pointer, even more so. play alot of fetch...as much as you can...if you don't plan on hunting/fielding with him. he's a beautiful lab/lab mix. here's my 2 babies. Black Tear of Cheyene (Tira) and Gunners Mate (Gunner)
 
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not the best picture of her, but with the sun...she shines so bright being black and all...lol. both are akc registered labs.
 
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LOL. Yes I have heard of this. It is with breed rescues though. Some are very good. I do know of a couple though that are not what you would hope to be.
 
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metalhead, wow!
what a procedure.....they might have good intentions but that sure would have scared me off!
they have no buisness calling the place where i work.....thats crazy!
with all this screening they do more bad for the dogs then good if you ask me.
screaning is ok but not THAT much......

no wonder people end up buying puppys from pet stores.......
 

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I for one am very glad there's a hard process in place to adopt. Maybe it will make people think long and hard before they get a dog that they're not willing to work for. If the application process is too hard, then so's dog ownership.

I have personally run rottweiler rescue in my province. I have an 8 page application, and a 4 page contract. If a person doesn't like it, then they don't get one of my dogs. I want to be assured that the dog will not be returned into rescue because they didn't think things through.

My first rottweiler came to me from rottie rescue, with an 8 page application. I didn't even bat an eye. I was happy to see the questions, and some of them made me think about things I hadn't thought of.
 

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The rescue I volunteer for requires a phone interview before allowing people out to the shelter. We keep our location kinda hush-hush (mostly so that we don't have people dropping off little furry presents in the middle of the night) and then after that phone interview you come out and look at the dogs, fill out a two page application and if that is approved there is a required home visit.

Rescues get a lot of animals from bad situations and they just want to make sure that these animals don't end up back in those situations.

My dad is in the Reserves and he made the comment once that its easier to get into the Pentagon then to get a dog from rescue sometimes. :D
 

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