Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Lee's Summit, MO (formally Franklin, MA)
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I can see both sides of this arguement.
While living in Massachusetts, it was impossible for us to adopt from the golden rescue there because we had no physical fence, a child under six and the dog would be home by itself 5 - 6 hours on most days. That is 3 strikes. They don't even want to see your application if you don't meet the qualifications. It does leave a sour spot in your mouth. My husband and I had over 15 years experience with GSD's and Great Pyrs, raising them in the same scenario and we actually once had rescued a GSD ourselves from an abusive, neglected family. Our dogs had great lives, and when we did have issues, health or behavior wise, we put the money and time into fixing the issues.
Also, fortunately, goldens needing homes in Massachusetts are also really hard to find. Most people that adopt in that area, wait for these trucks to come from the south, and adopt the dogs sight unseen. This is why I had to go to a breeder to get Brady.
Because of the experience of rescuing on our own, I knew the hardwork that we had to put into our dog the first year we had her, because of her fears, etc.
I found when I tried to rescue here in KC, the process started more with a discussion on the phone or an interview, then I filled the application.
Because of the experience of rescuing on our own, I knew the hardwork that we had to put into our dog the first year we had her, because of her fears, etc. I knew not every dog would fit into our new home, invisible fence, three loud children, two cats and one dog, so we needed to find a dog that would fit that scenario, so the rescues here would pass me and my home as a adopter, but not for the particular dogs I either wanted or that they had available. I had to go over 200 miles to get my rescue MacKenzie, and it took a couple months to find her.
I just wish that some of the rescues were not all black and white, and would look at the whole picture instead of shutting people off before they ever applied.
I just met a guy who is an officer here at the Golden Retriever club. He was telling me about his rescue golden. He was on a list to buy a puppy from a breeder, when he heard this rescue had this dog available. They have no idea how old she is, but she is in her senior years. This rescue had a qualification that adopters had to have a fence, well he did not have one. He went and met the dog, and took the dog for a walk, and fell in love with her. He told them he needed to think about it for a couple days, because it was not his plan to rescue this time around. Well, he went back and adopted her. He asked how come they didn't care that he didn't have a fence, and they told him when they saw the two of them together, they just knew they belonged together. ( Of course he had also a history of two other goldens. ) He has had this dog for two years, and he is crazy about her.
Marie, Brady, MacKenzie and Sailor