I'm really surprised at some of things you have mentioned that you feel the Group didn't like.
I was approved for adoption through a GR Rescue and I also use to help them. I have a 4ft. fence, my group required either a 4ft or 6 ft fence.
Many of the volunteers and Fosters we had worked full time, some were College Students several years younger than you.
To be honest, I was shocked by their comments as well. I thought my biggest obstacle was having an elderly cat. I applied through a local general rescue program. I will also apply to GR rescue and maybe another rescue in a close by town.
From what I understand, their concern with me being so young is that they assumed I like to socialize, which I tried to explain that I am homebody and enjoy hiking and being active vs. bars and partying.
They said that its their philosophy that no dog be left longer then 4 hours a day. I told them that I am close to work and I do come home to let Chloe out to pee. They weren't happy with that answer. They told me that the 20-30 mins I have at home is not enough time.
I think the Rescue is doing the best they can to find suitable homes for their foster doggies. So my comments are not a reflection on their rescue just expressing my disappointment.
Originally Posted by FeatherRiverSam View Post
I can see where a rescue would be concerned about a 4 ft fence particularly with a younger dog. It wouldn't take much for a young dog to go over a fence that height. And a young dog around a senior cat might present problems as well.
The amount of time you would be home with the dogs would also be a question with some concern. And finally how your dog would get along with the foster would be pretty high on the list.
The age question I don't understand at all?
One way you might look at this is what questions would you ask of somebody you were considering to adopt your dog out to? Of course I know you'd never, ever consider doing something like that, adopting your dog out, but looking at it from this perspective might give you a better insight.
I would think working at the rescue facility, prior to fostering, would make a huge difference. This way they get a chance to know you and develop some trust in you. You might also refer them to this board to see what a loving, responsible, caring person you are.
I would also think you'd be the perfect home for a senior dog. They'd be crazy not to take advantage of your offer in some way.
I hope this works out for you.
Thanks Pete. I think they are doing the best they can do... and every organization is different. So if it doesnt work out with this one, I will try another one.
I was surprised that my 4 foot fence was a concern. I guess it makes sense if I foster a jumper. Chloe is very mellow and just like to lounge outside and has never expressed any interest in jumping or trying to escape. It is older and the small holes from erosian have been patched up.
My biggest concern was my poor old, fat cat and of course that the foster get along with Chloe.
From what I understand, their concern with me being so young is that they assumed I like to be young and go out and party. They want to make sure I wouldnt leave the dogs or have parties at my house. I like to be active, not hung over and I tried to explain that.