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Restrictive rescue rules.
I've been considering getting a rescue golden. But, when I go to the rescue websites the rules they require are so restrictive that I wouldn't qualify.
I own my own home (no mortgage) on 5 acres of land at the end of a private dirt road about 1,000 feet off the main road in a rural area. With 1 1/2 acres of lawn surrounded by 150 acres of woods.
I am retired on disability and I am home almost all of the time. I am on my second golden (#1 was 12 years old and #2 is 6 1/2 yo) and they turned out just fine.
Both dogs had full use of the house and bed. And fed a good dog food, go to the vet regularly and when I went on vacation they come with me. If they cant go, I don't go.
But, because I don't have a fenced in yard or cage my dogs, I don't qualify to adopt a rescue by their rules.
On the rescue websites they "cry" about how many dogs they have and how they need forever homes. I realize they want to make sure that the dog will go to a good home, but by their rules they are disqualify many families that could care for a dog. I can go to a breeder and buy a pup with less hassle than that.
Some rescue organizations charge so much to adopt a dog it's almost cheaper to go to a breeder to buy a puppy. Which actually defeats the rescue concept.