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Old 12-09-2012, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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DH and I are thinking of getting a dog. We have never had a rescue dog, and would like to give an unwanted dog a home, but I notice that the applications are so lengthy and invasive, and dependant upon the whims of the person who runs the rescue, that I do not feel like subjecting myself to it.
One of them actually said "If you hunt, or talk like Jeff Foxworthy, do not apply. Huh? I am just guessing that Jeff Foxworthy's dog would be loved and lucky.

Its no wonder that people go to puppy mills for dogs.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:42 PM
 
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All depends on your own comfort zone.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Texas
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If you live in or near some small towns, most of them have a town-run animal control that will usually just let you adopt an animal with no complicated application process. A lot of the small shelters are overlooked, too, so adopting from them is a very good thing.

The downside is some of them don't spay/neuter or even give basic medical care, so you'll be stuck with paying that yourself. But they charge very little, if anything at all, for adoption fees.

This is how it is in Texas, anyway. Don't know about other places.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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People go to puppy mills because they want puppies and the majority of dogs in shelters or rescue groups are adult dogs.

It takes a big commitment to take in animals with emotional baggage or physical challenges, illnesses, or injuries and invest your time, love and money to make them adoptable. You love that dog almost like a child. But to help more dogs, you have to let it be adopted. Would you just hand it over to someone who writes a check or would you try and gather enough information to convince yourself the new owner is committed to providing a wonderful life for the animal you just poured your heart into?
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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anybody know where to find the thread about the guy looking for a large breed dog and got so ticked about the adoption process? This is not a new subject here at all.
Be patient and please do not buy from a puppy mill or a backyard breeder. It's just so wrong on so many levels.

read this :Buyers Remorse for a puppy
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:12 PM
 
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Personally, I think many "pet rescuers", have a "hoarder" mentality. Many have hyper control issues, which is part of the OCD, that is a pathology of the "hoarder" mentality.
Animal hoarding - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I wish that there was another classification for this pathology, aside from "Hoarding", because I believe it is on a continuum. Not all animal hoarders have animals living in filth. My Mother is a cat hoarder, her home is not filthy. She scoops her cat boxes several times a day. Again, the OCD...

Anyway, back to your issue. I agree, many animal rescues are over the top. Really, do I need a home visit and credit check to get a cat? No. I rejected all animal rescue agencies, and called a person on Craigslist, and got a cat. No fingerprinting required.

I suggest you do the same.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:16 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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DH and I are thinking of getting a dog. We have never had a rescue dog, and would like to give an unwanted dog a home, but I notice that the applications are so lengthy and invasive, and dependant upon the whims of the person who runs the rescue, that I do not feel like subjecting myself to it.
One of them actually said "If you hunt, or talk like Jeff Foxworthy, do not apply. Huh? I am just guessing that Jeff Foxworthy's dog would be loved and lucky.

Its no wonder that people go to puppy mills for dogs.
There's a dog at your local pound right now who wants to be your dog. You won't need to fill out a lengthy application, probably none at all. Each dog who's adopted means one more who's alive on Christmas morning. Just remember: white meat only and absolutely no skin.

Last edited by Happy in Wyoming; 12-09-2012 at 08:42 PM..
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:36 PM
 
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If you're not comfortable with a rescue groups approval process, definitely go to the shelter before going to the puppy farm.

Shop around. It's possible to find a good rescue. There's no reason to adopt through a crazy person's requirements. Our application and approval process wasn't very difficult for our hound. I don't remember the questions on the application. They were fairly normal such as ages of people in the household and number, ages and types of pets. They also required a vetrenarian reference, just a name and phone number to call to verify that we took care of our pets. We weren't even required to have a fenced in yard, but we have to guarantee that he would be on a leash and supervised when outside. There was a home visit that clearly was only to determine we are who we are and that we didn't have any ill intentions towards animals (think dog fighting, or any other sick thing people do to animals).
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:41 PM
 
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There was a home visit that clearly was only to determine we are who we are and that we didn't have any ill intentions towards animals (think dog fighting, or any other sick thing people do to animals).
Good point. If a potential adopter won't agree to a home visit, then he/she agrees to take a pass on the dog.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:50 PM
 
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This is SO true. You can usually tell within 5 minutes of talking to someone on the phone if they are the kind of people you would send an animal to. Sure, there are things they may hide but it's the same thing with seeing someone's house. They still may hide stuff. When we looked into local rescues, they wanted upfront money, had a slow response time, and basically wanted a dna test. I have nothing to hide but felt uncomfortable giving a stranger my money or letting them inside my house.
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