|05-28-2014 06:35 PM|
|Mac's Mom||Sad. But the worst part is when the puppy is up for adoption next time, he'll be a larger untrained dog...harder to find a home|
|05-28-2014 06:31 PM|
And I know the workers at our store shelter try their best to steer people towards appropriate dogs. They're not allowed to tell anyone "no" unless they have reason to believe the dog is going to be put in a directly harmful situation (like a bait dog) but they will suggest the easiest going, low requirement dog to talk about to say, a new dog owner about. And they always call me or one of the other trainers when potential adopters have any questions.
A friend of mine who worked there was fired for refusing to adopt out a German Shepherd with dog aggression issues to a girl who had never had a dog before, but thought the shepherd was "pretty". My friend was fired and the dog was adopted to the girl. When the girl realized she was in over her head, she slapped a cheap shock collar on it and shocked the crap out of it anytime it even looked at another dog. Now it's the worst bundle of anxiety and fear I think I've ever seen in my life.
It's times like that when I start to question if maybe the needle isn't the worst thing for some of these dogs...
|05-28-2014 06:18 PM|
I really wish people would put more effort into matching dogs with people. I volunteer with a gsd rescue who does screen and do everything they can and people swear up and down they're active and can take a high energy dog. A week or two later they're calling about returning them because its more then they can handle... its so sad to see
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|05-27-2014 06:13 PM|
|05-27-2014 05:41 PM|
|onyx'girl||they may as well just sell them in bunches to research facilities.....no kill can mean that as well|
|05-27-2014 02:01 PM|
As far as I can tell, it's advocated for by certain no-kill advocates who "consult" with shelter management on how to reduce euthanasia rates. The dogs are just numbers to move, not individuals with needs and personalities to be matched with homes and people.
Breed seems to be irrelevant in that world view (GSDs, Mals, Pitts, Rotts, Dobies, and Mastiffs get no more screening than Pugs) -- indeed, if you claim homes should be more carefully screened for "powerful" breeds, you will likely be labeled a "breedist." (These people apparently mean this to be an insult. They don't realize how moronic it sounds when said to a BREED rescuer....)
Here's what I think is really going on: I think some shelters in dire circumstances have simply given up on even trying to screen because they don't have the resources. The "open adoption" philosophy is wrapped up in a no-kill rhetoric and reducing euthanasia rates, so it sounds warm and fuzzy. It lets the shelter claim that it's "doing something" to improve the euthanasia rate, without taking responsibility for how badly things may turn out for some of the dogs. In my opinion, it's a convenient post-hoc justification for an already-existing failure to dedicate resources to thoughtful adoption screening and matches in these underfunded public shelters.
It gets worse. One of these "consultants" wanted to get private rescues (including breed rescues) to commit to an "open adoptions" program, including mass adoption events in parking lots where anyone who wants a dog can walk up and pay $12 and leave with a dog, with little paperwork or screening (and absolutely no home check or vet reference check). The idea is if rescues are churning dog adoptions (and flipping dogs quickly), they'll pull more dogs from the public shelter, driving down euthanasia rates. Remember, the dogs are just numbers to move.
Advocates of this philosophy claim that their random-chance adoptions produce no worse results than the careful screening typically done by breed rescues. I don't buy it, but I'm not going to put dogs at risk to test it out.
|05-27-2014 11:36 AM|
Ugh, and the city is even planning on making huge cutbacks in the shelter's budget.
Glad I'm moving to another store...
|05-27-2014 09:38 AM|
|Sarah~||Ugh, that would drive me crazy and depress me. So many dogs in shelters for those silly reasons that you just have to put a little effort into.|
|05-27-2014 09:35 AM|
Why aren't the adopters screened better? They should have a 4 or 6 week mandatory class included in the adoption fee(to train the owners!)
Setting the pups up to fail from the get go is sad. Rescue or 'adoption center' should be more responsible in placements. Though I know people will just go to CL or elsewhere if they are set on getting a pup.
|05-27-2014 09:27 AM|
|Kayos and Havoc||Wow. I feel sorry for the pups.|
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