Well yesterday i went to my local Rescue shelter looking to adopt a friend for my 9 yr old black lab. When i got their i looked at all of the dogs a spotted this adorable Beagle Mix, so i asked to take him out. He was so sweet! so i told the rescue person that i wanted to adopt him, so then i filled out the paperwork and everything and handed it in. They said that they would call me after confirming the paperwork. They called me the next day (today) and told me that i couldnt adopt him because my yard wasnt fenced in! Even though i would have walked him everyday and given him lots of love, i couldnt adopt him because my yard wasnt fenced in! i even have a huge dog run out side that he could have played on in the yard. This is so unfair. You would think that they would want him to be adopted but they are so strict now! does anyone else think that this is unfair?! maybe im just overeacting.
VERY UNFAIR!! Maybe if you went back and invited them to come and see your residence and your dog run, they would reconsider. It's ashamed they would rather have a dog pts than get a good home because of a stupid rule.
Sorry lmatt. I agree it is unfair. I thought most shelters had overcome their narrow mindness. Years ago when I was a A/C officer for a very large city we had the same rule. If the dog was over 30lbs it had to have a fence in yard. It is a shame that they can't see that even a "giant" breed dog can live without a fence with the proper owner.
i agree that some shelters, i.e., have become unfair, but they are just trying to cover their own @$$es. especially with a beagle as they are notorious for going on walkabouts. maybe you could bargain with them and install an electrical fence, or do what the other poster said and invite them over. whatever you do, don't give up! impress them with your determination and you might just end up with that doggie you wanted. keep us posted and good luck!
That is unfair. I don't have a fence either so I wouldn't qualify at a lot of these places but I can guarantee that my puppy is happy. I think we will eventually get a fence where we live or if we end up moving I will get a fence there so I can let Georgie run without a leash but I still wouldn't let her out by herself because she is so small and Min Pins are notorious for finding the smallest hole and escaping.
I know another couple that was denied because they both had 40 hour a week jobs. They now have 3 other dogs from shelters that were not as strict and their dogs seem to be very happy.
I would rather adopt out a dog to nice people in a not exactly perfect situation and explain to them what I would like to see than to risk having a dog not find a family and being pts.
I don't know, I can see why they have all these stipulations but they are going way overboard and refusing good people who would be great owners. I think the other option of the dog not being adopted and put down because someone doesn't have a fenced in yard is just absurd. I think something needs to be done about this. They are making it so hard to adopt these days. You would have better chances of adopting a child. (it seems anyway) I mean you don't have to have a fenced in yard for a kid, do you?
Well I wouldn't let you adopt him either, no offense. You see, hound dogs, like Beagle mixes, tend to wander a ton. Once their nose picks up a smell, they're gone. It's impossible to keep them in a yard with no fencing. it would be too dangerous for the dog to live in an open area. So they had a good reason for turning you down.
***Edited By: sarahbearah07 on 1/19/2005 8:02:53 PM*** Reason: !
I don't think thats a good reason at all. If you walk/run with the dog on a leash and it gets excersize anyway, what's the difference? It's not like he's going to let the dog wander the neighborhood. Shelters and rescues are way too strict...I know that they want their dogs to go to good homes, blah blah..but in the long run, many of the people that are denied adoptions would have provided much happier homes than death.
Wow. It's apparent that there aren't many people who have actually WORKED rescue before on this thread. I agree with Sarah- beagles SHOULD have a securely fenced yard, as any scent or sight hound. I realize that many people have them just fine without one- but by the same standard- many people DON'T.
When you care for a dog as a foster for the weeks it often requires to get a dog to an adoptable state- it's only natural to want the BEST for them. Quite honestly- there was probably something else that turned them off about you or your application- because if you'd been a fabulous fit for the dog, they would have likely worked with you on the fence situation.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with an organization who is taking wonderful care of animals on their own funds and the donations they scrape together- to be as choosey as they'd like. The people who work rescue tend to be extremely loving - it's no wonder that they bond quickly with their fosters.
I have a feeling that they did the right thing here- because someone who cries "NOT FAIR!" when they don't get their way might not be the most mature and dependable adoption applicant...
Dissapointed? Fine. Take it up with them! Explain that you plan on taking the dog to a leash free park for runs- or doggie daycare. But don't throw up your hands and pout because you didn't get the answer you wanted. There are more important things at stake than your feelings. :(
I can understand both sides as well, I think it is great that animal shelters try to find the perfect homes for their animals, but also there are sooo many animals with out homes I think sometimes they could be a bit more leaniant (sp?) It is kind of a hard situation to say what is right and what is wrong Every pet that finds a home is one less that will be put to sleep. Hope you decide to go ahead with the electronic fence, then the dog would have a safe place and you would be able to adopt the doggie!
No, I don't do rescue..so maybe I don't understand all the details involved..and I definitely respect those who do, as I know it must be very frustrating and heartbreaking. But IMO, it would be better to find homes for as many dogs as possible than to deny an otherwise perfect caring and capable owner over a fence. My aunt and uncle have a beagle in an apartment with no backyard, but they take her for extensive walks/runs daily and I believe that she is very happy in their home. I realize that foster parents get very attached to each animal...but I also realize that for every otherwise good home that gets rejected because of some small detail is an equally important and deserving animal waiting...somewhere, in some shelter, to die.
Most rescues won't adopt out if you don't have a fenced in yard, for obvious reasons. Too many people get dogs only to have them end up on chains in the backyard, or running lose to get hit by a car or killed by another lose dog. Many people swear they will walk it twice a day but in the end the dog finds itself stuck in a tiny kennel 24/7. You know in your heart that you WOULD take good care of the dog, walk it, love it, etc., but the shelter has no way of knowing if you would hold up on your word or not. I know it seems unfair, but again, they don't know if you really are going to walk the dog 2x's a day. They probably hear the "I promise to walk it" excuse a lot from people who many of which I imagine probably wouldn't hold their word for very long. Work, family... So many things can get in the way of taking care of a dog. Shelters who adopt out to only those with a fenced in yard know that even when issues like that come up, that new dog owner should still be able to let the dog run around and play outside without the risk of it getting run over or something.
***Edited By: seijun on 1/20/2005 1:42:14 AM*** Reason: spell
I disagree. It is incorrect. I happen to live in the same house as a bloodhound and afghan hounds, I understand hounds.
She did not say this dog was living outside. She did nto say she would simply put the dog out to excercise. She would walk this dog for its outdoor time, so why does a fence matter? Any dog will wander, ANY DOG.
I live in a county where over half of the housing develiopments do NOT allow fences. That does not mean the owners are abd people. They just walk their dogs, as someone who is in an apartment would do. Why is a fence important when many thousands of animals live apartment lives where they do not ever have access to a yard and they do fine?
I never leave my dogs unattended in the yard, and I have a fenced yard. Unless you also have a fence under the ground and one over the top, you're still allowing the possibility of possible escape.
I did not have a fenced yard until I was 22 years of age. I've had dogs since I was 7. We walked them, and that was normal, and I had haealthy, adjusted animals that didn't understand being outside without a human.
Let me add that I participate in canine and feline rescue and if you want to talk about expendable pets, cat rescue is heartbreaking. There is a certen point when you have to do all of your checks, and let the animal go. Many people try to go to rescue and are refused time and time again and they give up and go and buy a dog.
I was told by someone that they would never adopt to me (I was not trying to adopt, it was a covnersation) becasue I work a full time job. Eh? Pardon me for having to work to provide the best for my pets...
A fence is not going to stop a dog from winding up on a chain. Many dogs dart out of the front door. Many dogs who are let into the fenced back yard and never go out front don't have a clue about proper manners because they rarely go out the front and they think its like the back yard. Those things need to be taught.
This is a person with a 9 year old dog. They can do vet checks and refrence checks easily on this person. Considering that I have a part time job at a vet clniic I answer these types of calls regullary and help rescue on a daily basis.
***Edited By: Icyhound on 1/20/2005 2:07:41 AM*** Reason: Additions.
With a fenced in yard though, there is more chance that the dog will NOT be running lose at risk for getting run over or killed by other outside means. Sure it can still be neglected, but at least it should be somewhat safe from common "outside" safety hazards.