I adopted a GSD mix from a GSD rescue back in April. This is my first time going through a rescue, so please excuse me if this is normal--it just is striking me as atypical.
The woman who runs the rescue, in my eyes, has been nothing short of flighty and borderline difficult. For example, when I inquired about adopting a dog, she sent me an application. I filled it out and emailed it to her within the same day. Two weeks later, she emailed me saying she had never received my application... you know, things like that. I also dealt with some problems with her refusing to give authorization to put my address on the microchip. She had the microchip registered with her address, but she is actually in a different state. If my dog were to get lost locally, it would've been a nuisance, IMO. I asked her if she could just add my address to the microchip, and she refused. I actually had to get our vet to write a letter in order for the microchip company to put my address on my dog's microchip. There was another crazily odd instance where she actually took a picture off of my Facebook page of my dog and used it on her rescue's cake without my permission (my Facebook is now private, for what it's worth.) I wouldn't have viewed this as a big deal, but combined with everything else, I was annoyed.
Anyway, one of her volunteers messaged me on Facebook yesterday asking if I had ever signed an adoption contract. I know that we didn't. For some reason, I have reservations about signing a contract for an exchange that took place about six months ago. Moreover, if I don't agree with everything in the contract, I'm not sure how ethical it is to sign it now (not to mention, I sure don't want my dog to be reclaimed!) I've heard of rescues putting in contracts certain factors like home checks are permitted at any time, etc. Like I said, the rescue is in another state, so I guess this wouldn't be a huge issue. Just the point that I don't want to be signing something that makes things legally enforceable that I might not want to follow.
Am I being ridiculous? I suppose I could have her send a copy of the contract so I can read it over first, but like I said, I don't want to get myself into a place where now I'm being pressured to sign a contract that I don't necessarily want. Do people just typically sign these things even if they don't follow the rules to a T? For what it's worth, I do have a copy of the check that shows that I paid for the dog (it was not a donation--she is not a 501(c) so I could not write it off at that time, either.)
I work in financial advising and do lots of legal work, so maybe it's the legal side of me that's making things more difficult than it has to be.
I would appreciate any input and grounding in reality you can offer!