So frustrated and fed up!!!
So, I was about to have my home visit for a gr rescue group, but as I was idly looking at shelter sites, I found one shelter that's fairly close to my home that had 4 dogs—2 males, 2 females—that looked promising. The males were young and looked like golden mixes, but the females were bona fide goldens that were 7 and 8 years old. I discovered them after the shelter closed, so I read and reread the guidelines for adoption, and it all seemed pretty straightforward. All I had to do was go to the shelter, meet the dogs, tell a staff member who I liked, fill out an application that would put a hold on the dogs while my references were checked, and then the dogs would be mine. Easy as pie, wouldn't you say? Yeah, right.
So I go to the shelter right when it opens, which takes about an hour to get to, and I learn immediately that two of the dogs (the males) were already spoken for. But then I see the goldens. One is about to be walked by a staffer, so I go up to the dog, who is of course friendly and dying to say hello. I put her in a sit, and pat her. The other golden is in her kennel, looking a little distraught. Both are fairly thin. So I say I'm interested in them. I'm given an application to fill out but am also told that even with the application. I can't put a hold on them because I can't meet them yet. Why? I ask, also mentioning that I've already met one of them. Because, I'm told, they haven't been temperament tested yet. When will that happen? No one knows. So I fill out the application, can't meet the dogs, so I can't reserve them. Sound like a Catch-22? So I ask if I can meet any of the other dogs. No, I'm told because my references need to be checked. They do reference checks before you can meet a homeless dog? What the hell?
This kind of mentality is why people go to backyard breeders. Who wants to put up with this bureaucratic hogwash? And while I'm on a rant I want to ask what's up with shelter setups these days It used to be that available dogs were in their kennels that you could go up to and say hi. Now, the kennels are behind glass walls. You see the dogs, the dogs see you and are going crazy jumping and barking because they want some contact with all the people that are silently parading in front of them. There's a term, "barrier frustration," which dogs display by jumping and barking. It's not an aggressive behavior, it's a sign of frustration. And setups like these create or exacerbate this kind of behavior.
I was told that this setup is for insurance reasons, but I've volunteered and held obedience classes at shelters in two different states that were not set up like this, and I never heard of an insurance-related incident caused by people being allowed to have some interaction with the dogs. I mean if there are dogs that have aggression issues and are in danger of biting, then those dogs need to be separated out from the dogs that are available for adoption.
If this doesn't work out and I'm not able to adopt these two girls, then I've had it. There's a rescue in the south that has mostly pit bulls. They've told me they'd be more than willing to drive a dog out to my home and that's what I'm going to do. I've worked with pit bulls before. They're smart, loving animals. I hesitated going this route, partly because I wanted to adopt locally because, contrary to popular beliefs, dogs in the northeast do get put down because of overcrowding, and I wanted another golden because of how much I loved my last dog. But I'm sick of this uptight, stick-up-their-butt mentality. These people are idiots who think the more rules the better, they're giddy with the little bit of power they think they have, and their biggest accomplishments are discouraging responsible dog owners from giving homeless animals loving homes.
Last edited by littlehouse; 11-08-2018 at 07:38 PM.