Rescuing a Dog?

My wife and I have been looking for a good amount of time for the perfect new dog for our family. Our first two dogs passed away in the last few years and while not completely over their loss, we felt it might be time to start seeing what was out there.

These days you can browse the internet looking for pets, as there are tons of sites that can direct you to local rescue organizations. So we did a lot of looking and finally came across a group that had some pups that looked like they might be a good fit for our family. There wasn’t nearly enough information in the posting though, so we called to see if we could ask some questions about them. As it turned out, we were not allowed to ask any questions about the dogs before allowing an intensive background check.

Back when we adopted KC, all we had to do was promise that we didn’t work at a cosmetics lab, run a dogfighting ring, or own a Vietnamese cookbook. We thought that this new process was very extensive for just wanting to ask some questions. We went ahead and gave them the information they wanted. We figured it was fine that they wanted to make sure we weren’t contributing to the growing scourge of Mexican “cat juggling”.

Greek Puppies © by pellaea

But now we are feeling quite insecure about ourselves because so much time has passed without a word from the rescue group. Obviously something came back negative in the veterinarian check, stool sample, or prostate exam that disqualified us from even asking a question about puppies that were dropped in a rat-infested dumpster.

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7 thoughts on “Rescuing a Dog?”

  1. “all we had to do was promise that we didn’t work at a cosmetics lab, run a dogfighting ring, or own a Vietnamese cookbook”

    Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha. I loved the last part of that line because it’s so true.

  2. Funny how the rescue groups reject so many people just to end up putting the dogs down when they aren’t adopted. Oh wait.. it’s NOT funny..

    1. Good point, too bad they can’t ask the dog; would you rather go home with this family with no references or die?

      Hmmm… yea, turning people down and making it a royal pain to adopt a pet so that people don’t even try. That’s helping animals. 🙁

      1. I recall an “upscale” shelter in KC that required an extensive background check AND credit report from all interested volunteers. Ironically, the same shelter frequently uses the “lack of community support” excuse for it’s high kill rates.

  3. I had to give a sworn statement for my sister that she was a fit pet parent. It didn’t matter that her lab lived to 17. My brother and sister-in-law have had dogs for years that all lived to old age and the vet knew how well they were treated and they still had to get references and I had to get three references for Frankie too. Having known people who went through both kid and dog adoption, I would say the pet adoption was more difficult.

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