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Old 10-04-2012, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Hummm my being on SSD didt phase any rescue to Give me a dog! Some people think being disable means they are above others! I too didnt see anything about how they were going to care for the dog.
Not one person here commented on the man's disability or being on SSD. It was the fact that he said that he didn't think that he could afford the adoption fee, which obviously raises red flags about how he can then pay for food, vet care, etc...
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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D&J You missed some posts & My Point all together!
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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D&J You missed some posts & My Point all together!
Oh, I see... your second sentence meant that the guy thought that if he got someone to pity him, he'd be given the dog. Sorry, you're right -- I misunderstood that. Apologies.
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:42 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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And BTW the SSD was a coment on my income not his since the OP didnt say even IF or what kind of income he had.
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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If he checks out you might consider telling him he'd have to "prove" himself due to his circumstances and ask if he'd consider fostering, that way you can go yank the dog back if things aren't working out.
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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And BTW the SSD was a coment on my income not his since the OP didnt say even IF or what kind of income he had.
Honestly, I have no idea what sort of income SSD provides. I was strictly basing my statement on his saying that he didn't think he could afford the adoption fee. That, to me, is a red flag and doesn't bode well for future necessities. Someone can have an income of more than $100K, but not be able to afford pet food and pet care if they're spending all their money on cars and holidays.
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Some rescues pay for fostered dogs food and medical care. Can your group do that? I would be most worried about the permanent brain damage - some kinds can cause emotional instability leading to rage and aggression. Not good for a dog!

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Old 10-04-2012, 09:29 PM
 
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I would do the normal investigation and waive the fees if everything is kosher.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:29 AM
 
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I have to say....Unless your agency does medical background and psych testing on every applicant, you may not want to single out this applicant....The anti discrimination laws may not be an area your agency wants to get into etc. If you normally do a criminal background check, that should be enough. Seriously, if finding good homes for dogs includes predicting any applicants future mental or physical health issues, you may not get many dogs adopted...
I'm old school I guess...I think if the ultimate goal is a good home for a dog(s) that otherwise have few options, why add so much bureaucratic red tape...Just sayin.
And, speaking from a background working w/ folks who have various disabilities...Having a loving pet helps folks so much. Find out and align w/ various groups that may offer future monetary support for Vet care etc. IMO It would be a good best practices for an agency to network and provide a list of these agencies to applicants that may need assistance w/ fees and ongoing medical. Make it easier for the right folks to offer loving homes, not harder. Give it some thought please.

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Old 10-05-2012, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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I tend to look more at the big picture. My concern is not that his letter is a pity letter, he is lonely and so are several of our sheltered furry friends

However, enters the financial realm. He lost his house, most likely renting now and would the landlord even entertain the idea of him having a pet? If the dog falls ill and he can not afford to take it to the vet, what is that going to do to his state of mind? I know I would be distraught if I could not afford care for my kids... perhaps he has not looked at the big picture and needs some guidance?

As far as the breed choice, chances are he knows someone who has one and thinks they are neat dogs?
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