It’s no secret that I check out available dogs on various shelter and rescue websites. It isn’t simply a matter of wanting to add another dog to add to the family. What I look for are the special needs pit bulls, those who have a lesser chance of adoption.
Last week I found a listing for a partially deaf, two month old male pit bull. Wow. He stayed in the back of my mind so over the weekend I sent this email to the group: Where is the puppy currently living? What signs does he show that he is considered partially deaf? We currently have four dogs including a deaf senior so I might be interested in meeting this little guy!
I’ve sent emails like this in the past and found that fosters are quite happy to answer questions like this as well as give any other information that might be helpful to a potential forever home. The response I received? Thank you but that’s a lot of dogs in one home.
That from a simple email, not even an adoption application or request to meet the dog. So they didn’t know that there are seven people in the house, that I’m home full time, that most of the kids actively participate in the care of the dogs, that in addition to experience with a deaf pit I’ve also had two pit puppies.
Something similar happened when we were looking for our first dog. We went to the shelter closest to our home, looked at the dogs, filled out a few applications. My youngest daughter was 9 at the time and apparently the shelter’s magic age for a child in the home with a pit bull is 10. It wasn’t part of their adoption requirements but on the dogs’ individual evaluations. They didn’t ask to meet my daughter to see how she was with the dogs, it was a flat no.
It’s sad. While I would have loved that puppy it isn’t what I’m upset about; maybe we would have been the perfect home for him, maybe not. But shelters are overcrowded, asking for foster homes and putting on adoption events, every day wonderful potential family pets are put down.
In pet adoption certain rules should be black & white but there are other factors that are grey areas and should be taken into consideration on a case by case basis.