Now to start, I appreciate all those with good intentions that want to save dogs. Their hearts are in the right place, but the management of the rescues reeks of profit first. This country has become the land of the Politically Correct in speech and everything else. What private rescues have lost is the ability to use reason, and how to put some trust in those of equal minds that want to “Save” dogs.
Let me break down what I see.
Adopt don’t shop: Good intent but it falls apart with the rest of it.
Rehoming Fee: Translates to “Used dogs for sale.” Sad but true. You can make this as politically correct as you want, but that is the bottom line. They are selling used dogs!
Now you can say that is to cover expenses which they also claim. That’s fine and probably true to some extent but where this falls apart is in the application and contract.
The application: Depending on the independent “Rescue,” this can amount to 5-20 pages of invasive questions to see if you qualify. Any item may disqualify you based on the mentality of the reviewer. You see there is no certification or Government oversight for those running these tax-free enterprises.
They make their own rules and you either agree to them or go away. I’ll give you some examples pulled from a contract I randomly selected.
“The dog must never be chained, or tethered, or left unattended in a fenced yard without supervision.”
Seriously? Do you think most people with a fenced yard are going to stand around and supervise that dog? If so, what world do you live in?
“How would you correct the dog if it has an accident and pees in your house?”
“The dog must never be left outside in inclement weather.” What constitutes “Inclement?”
“What distance will you walk the dog every day?”
My favorite and is in every contract I found is this: “We maintain the right to repossess the dog at any time.”
Really? So, I’m not adopting a dog I’m only renting him or her based on your uncertified decision of how he is being treated?
This is what happens when backyard lawyers attempt to write binding contracts. You may have good intentions, but you are damaging the welfare of the dogs you are trying to save not only that you are setting yourself up for a lawsuit.
Now my final example of how this has gone astray is easy. I’ve tried to save several Siberians in other states and was rejected for the following reasons.
1. My house has stairs.
2. I own cats.
3. I have a swimming pool.
4. I have an elderly person living in the house.
Based on this alone, how many people could qualify? Never mind I have 3 Siberians already and have probably more knowledge about the breed than the people trying to rehome them. But I don’t qualify and that hurts not me, but the dogs I tried to save.
One beautiful male Siberian in New York had been in a cage for four years! With only one walk a day (If they have a volunteer show up) and no family to interact with, no pack. Now if you know Siberians this is worse than solitary confinement to a human. 4 YEARS!
One-third of his life is gone because nobody is good enough for this dog. So, let’s let him suffer until someone meets our unreasonable expectations.
This is not “Rescue” it’s cruel and unusual punishment all done in the name of “Saving” the dogs. You are not saving anything but your self-esteem about how you “Changed the world.” Yes, you changed it at the cost of the animals.
I hear you. I had to lie through my teeth to rescue my Malamute. They told me he is an indoor dog and must not be left outside. I live in Canada and couldn’t get him to come in nights all winter. I just agreed with everything in the contract and threw it in the trash when I got home. Just let them try to take my dog back.