|07-18-2014 02:54 PM|
Ironically, my wife just came across this blog which hits the nail on the head, in my opinion...
Basically, they're saying these "draconian" adoption rules are more to protect the emotional well being of the rescuers than facilitate the adoption of the animals:
Scaring people away from rescue adoptions | The Best Friends Blog
The responses in this thread certainly support that viewpoint.
|07-14-2014 07:16 PM|
|07-14-2014 06:41 PM|
I filled out an application once to become an Equine Foster. The only problem I had with the entire application was the fact that I would have to allow them on my property any time. This would include giving them a key to my front gate. They would not have to provide notice, nor did I have to be there. I completed the application, but on that section I placed that I did not agree with it.
I didn't think they'd call me back, but they did. Very nice lady. She explained why they had to be able to check on the horses any time. She said they rarely came by with out notice and that it was really just poor wording on the contract.
I explained that I worked 2.7 miles from my home. They could call any time and say "We are here!" and I'd meet them at the house. I explained that I had a responsibility to my animals (dogs/cats/livestock) and that includes keeping them safe from other people.
She totally agreed with me and was saddened that we couldn't see eye to eye on this small part. I told her if they ever changed the wording on the foster contract to give me a call.
A few months later, I recieved a call asking if I'd volunteer moving horses from one foster location to their new forever home. My daughter and I agreed and moved three horses for them.
No hard feelings. I respect their needs and they respected mine.
|07-14-2014 05:48 PM|
|07-14-2014 05:35 PM|
Two untrained badly behaved BC's (herder dogs) come to mind. I thought it was herder dogs (I got to work with them for two weeks,owner free!) It's not the dogs it's them...as is usually the case.
|07-14-2014 04:58 PM|
I've had references who flat-out told me "don't let this person have a dog." I've had references who answered the phone while clearly high as a kite (I actually ended up approving that one, too, but... it was close). I've had references who praised the adopter's "alpha leadership" while telling me in detail about the myriad ways the person physically abused their dog. I've had references who praised the adopter but warned me against a nightmare roommate or family member. And so on.
Most of the time, personal references say nice things and do their best to help the application along. But sometimes they don't, and that can be pretty valuable.
|07-14-2014 04:50 PM|
|07-14-2014 04:47 PM|
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|07-14-2014 03:50 PM|
|lalachka||I guess I don't understand why people give out references if they're not sure what the references will say.|
|07-14-2014 02:33 PM|
I have checked references where the person has said they don't think the applicant would be appropriate. It happens. One time I had a nice Border Collie foster dog. Super boy. I talked with the potential adopter, they raved about their current dog (a Pug/Shar Pei mix that looked exactly as you think it would look) and sounded as if they were going to be a great match.
I was still learning my way through the process, and allowed the potential adopter to meet my foster and introduce the two dogs before I did the reference check. Everything went well during the meet and greet. I requested the references and started making my calls. The very first personal reference I called asked me if I was aware that the potential adopter was planning on keeping my foster as an outside only dog, while the current dog lived inside. I was not aware of that. When I called the potential adopter and asked about it, he freely admitted that was the case and he thought I knew that was what he meant when he said he wanted to adopt another dog to be his current dog's buddy. My foster would have been expected to sit around out in the yard, until it was required to play with the first dog.
I had asked about how they kept the current dog, and she was an inside companion. It never dawned on me to even consider that they would keep one dog inside and the other outside. He wasn't willing to budge and I wasn't willing to send this nice dog off to be basically an outside play toy for another dog. So I told him "No".
He called my home for several weeks after and complained. He called the shelter and complained. He called my office at the shelter and complained. It was unpleasant for everyone. Lesson learned.
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