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.




12 thoughts on “Disillusioned

  1. I’ve never understood this. I understand they are trying to protect the dogs from ending up in a situation that leads them back to a shelter and that maybe they don’t have time to make exceptions for everyone based on their situation, but you would think they would give you a chance to explain yourself especially when it’s a special needs dog. I hope the puppy finds a good home.

    • The whole situation was just odd. I simply asked a few questions about the puppy and got that response. Makes no sense. Sad thing is that the puppy is still available 😦

  2. One more comment- today I reached out to a rescue offering them some free product. My only ask in return was to let me know how they liked them and to send me before and after photos if possible (before and after using my balm). At first they seemed appreciative but then said they are not sure about “experimenting” with new products because they have dogs on medicated shampoos from their vet. Ok, I do understand that when it comes to something like allergies, you don’t want to mess with it too much if it’s working but I’m offering you FREE products and I can see on your site that there are dogs that are still suffering from being itchy… sigh… I just want to help out.

    • If they did a house check and the dogs didn’t get along I’d understand completely but the way they responded to a simply email inquiry makes no sense. Poor puppy is still available, and they are continually asking for fosters and adopters on their Facebook page.

  3. When I worked at a dog daycare I met this amazing girl (my former co-worker) who owns two Border Collies. She is an excellent trainer and takes great care of her dogs. She and her husband filled out an application to adopt a Papillon and were flat out told “no” because their other dogs are “too big”. Never mind that she is a great owner and her dogs are good with other dogs. Just “no”. It really is a shame when rescues won’t give people a chance. The first Papillon I ever met had two siblings, both English Mastiffs! They’re not these fragile, little dogs unless we make them that!

    On the other hand when I adopted my mutt the rescue didn’t even do a home check on me. About a year later I posted a picture of my girl on their Facebook, but nobody ever checked on her. I can’t imagine what would have happened if someone irresponsible had adopted her. She wasn’t even spayed when I got her! They trusted me a bit too much, to be honest.

    It would be nice if rescues gave people chances but also made sure the dogs and their new owners were working out. I know they’re all busy, but it really is a shame to see cases where people feel like they can’t adopt because some rescue won’t let them.

    • My dogs are from two different shelters, both require dogs to be spayed or neutered before adoption. One of the shelters loves my updates on the dogs; the other didn’t seem to care. They certainly all do operate differently!

  4. “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.”

    Agree with this statement. I often hear of rules, policies, training practices, and ideas shelters and many rescues have and find them totally ridiculous. I should not judge, but some things are just not logical at all and make no sense.

    Sad the puppy is still available, but maybe is not a reputable place. Now a days, I would be leery of many places, including ones that are supposed to be reputable.

    • I don’t think you’re judging at all. Every day I read about over crowded shelters, the need for foster or forever homes…almost a month later and I still find it frustrating and disappointing.

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