I've dealt with both poorly and well organized rescues. With that, I've also dealt with contracts that are really strict and state they can come to your home for "well visits" any time etc. The one that had that in their contract, go figure, ended up giving me a cat that they said was perfectly healthy when he in fact had IBD and the vet records that came with him (the previous owner was deployed and couldn't find a home for the little guy but took very good care of him and took him to the vet often to treat/manage his condition) clearly stated this, but apparently they never looked at said records. They ignored my calls and emails for over a month until I threatened to take the poor kitty to another shelter unless they responded. Of course, their first response was, “Per the contract you signed, you CANNOT take this animal to any other rescue or shelter anywhere. It must be returned to our rescue. We can and will take legal action if you don’t comply.” Anyway, I returned the poor cat because I wasn’t prepared to take on a special needs kitty at that time and had I known in advance, I wouldn’t have adopted him.
The rescue I got Ralphie from was completely different. All the info about the rescue, their 501(c)3 status, copies of their contracts/rules was on their website. They do have the microchip registered in their name, but they’re the ones that provided the chip in a syringe with all my paperwork and it was my responsibility to take that chip to the vet to get it implanted. Not a big deal for me since the rescue is local and I’m friends with the children of the lady that runs the rescue. If I ever moved out of state, then I’d have the chip info transferred and I’m 99.9% sure the rescue would not have a problem with that.
Anyway, I wouldn’t sign anything 6 months into the game either. They should have had you sign the contract at the time of the adoption/when money was exchanged. Stealing your FB pics is creepy, too, which would be more incentive not to sign anything at this point either (if it were me, that is).
Ralphie - GSD (mix??), rescue
Nightshade - born 6/1/2003 - Domestic medium hair/Maine Coon mix (feline)
James - Domestic short hair (feline), rescue