Well, in the interest of recueing a puppy from the animal shelter (that has a kill policy) I called the Humane Society today. They won't adopt to me!?!?!? My children are too young they said, they won't adopt to any families with children under 10. So much for rescue....off to find a breeder. Any good ideas on how to find a responsible breeder?
What breed or mix of breeds were you trying to adopt from the humane society/shelter? The reason I ask,is sometimes they pick on certain breeds as "vicious" or possible "problem" dogs when it comes to having kids with an unknown dog placed with them(the dogs background). Also,you may find that it's just that shelter that has a problem with homing their pets....locate others...don't give up hope on rescuing a pet from the shelter.
I think I'll go back to researching the differences in the breeds and trying to find some responsible breeders who want to talk about the pros and cons of their dogs and then possibly try to arrange some visits with them that way we can make a decision and get a dog. I'm not telling my family that they can't have a dog until my youngest is 10....that's insane.
Besides, I know a kid (I'm the one that caught him....just in time) that was the magical age of 10 that HUNG a cat by it's throat 3 feet off the ground with a rope just because it was fun. MY kids have never hurt an animal EVER. My youngest (2) only wants to know if they like him (if they lick his hand then they like him and if not, they must not like him). If the like him...he just goes about his business. If they don't....he cries and then they lick him anyway!!!!! I don't think that's bad. My oldest (5) just wants a dog that will chase a ball around and play with him. They both play with their grandparent's dogs all the time and we've never had a problem.
It's just frustrating! They'd rather kill the dogs than let them be with children?? That doesn't make sense.
Good grief....why on earth wouldn't they let you adopt a lab or lab mix? That would be a great dog with children. I can understand them not adopting a "tiny" dog to families with young children (I'm talking about dogs 5 lbs or less) - way too dangerous to have around small children, but a lab???? You would think the already over-crowded shelters would be happy to adopt out dogs to good, pet loving families. Geeeez, doesn't make sense. I say try another shelter. And......I know there are sites where you can fill out an application to adopt one of the homeless dogs from the hurricane - now that would be a great thing to do!! I saw it advertised on TV the other night, but don't remember the site!! Maybe someone else on here does?
I don't know why...I asked her and she just said that's policy. I figured a lab would be perfect with kids...you never hear anything bad about labs and it's a puppy for crying out loud...it'll grow up with the kids and they'll learn each other's quirks. I have an acre, two kids who want to play, a nice big warm house....what more could a dog ask for? I've even got chew toys already and I've picked a vet....
We had the same experience with a local shelter not adopting because our GRANDCHILDREN came to visit. We wanted a little yellow lab. Bear in mind that we had a lab for 16 years that had been raised with our children and were (obviously) experienced Lab owners.
Nope. They adopted the pup out to a young couple without children and they found him not once but several times, wandering and would take him back to the shelter and call them to come get him.
Sure, I see where that was in the best interest of the dog~
I know! Some of the dogs we were looking at before ended up adopted by people with no kids (because they sure wouldn't let us have them) and now guess where they are??? BACK at the pound!
I also called and emailed shelters that were out of my town, because we were having trouble at the one in my town, but none of them returned my calls or emails and the same dogs we were inquiring on are still listed on the pages.
I have no sympathy for the animal shelters crying about too many pets and not enough money when they are helping keep the problem going by refusing to adopt to "certain people". (I'm speaking of the shelter in my town, not other towns. Don't know how those are run, so can't comment) I never thought I'd face discrimination at an animal shelter!
Now I will be looking for a breeder as well. A responsible breeder.
I'm sorry you're having a hard time searching. :( Have you checked petfinder.com? There's little icons on the right of each pet that say whether the dog is child or dog agressive and that should help. Labs are great family dogs. Each dog from a shelter/adoption center has a history and it is very important that you make sure the dog has been tested with children - or even bring your children to "test" the dog out. You'll probably want to do the latter with a handler supervising this. I might even be wrong about that advice, but it's the only thing I can think of. I wish you the best of luck searching!!
I can't say for sure but I think it was pet.com that I found the rescues here in. They had several dogs but the one I wanted was a mother and daughter set. The mom like 6 yrs and the daughter 2, I think, anyway I was wanting to adopt them together. They were so cute and I looked at their oicture so many times I fell in love with them. But you always hear how desperate the rescues are for people to adopt and you should rescue a dog instead of buying a puppy. Its easier said than done.
I tried pet.com and it went to petsmart....which will be great knowledge if I ever end up with a puppy!! I did email a couple of shelters that are a few hours away from me, we'll see if they email back. Meanwhile, I talked to a gentleman that has a yellow lab and he's going to be in my town tomorrow for a soccer game, so he's bringing the puppy with him.
Why dont you just go back to the shelter and this time LIE to them. They problaly want remember you. There is no reason you shouldnt be able to adopt a lab that is a stupid policy. With rules like that no wonder more people dont adopt .
Wow that is really stupid of a kill shelter to blanket deny people with children from adopting dogs such as labs and retrievers. Since these dogs have been 1 and 2 in popularity forever it seems like the breed club would have a breed specific rescue in your state. I would guess that they would be more than happy to allow you to adopt one. Either check it out from the AKC website or just google 'IL (or whatever) Lab rescue', I am sure you will find something.
I don't understand the age thing. Our Humane Society doesn't have that rule. Mind you they have rules, just not that one. Another way to think about is do you have a PetSmart near you? They have a adoption center and at ours they bring the pups, dogs in on Sat. and you can see them, hold and play with them. It is a nice way to see how your kids and the dog get along, if the dog licks the ones hand you know he likes him! Good luck and don't give up you will find a place that will adopt to you and your family.
I quit donating to rescues because of their unreasonable placement policies. It seems they are proud of how many animals they get in and forget that those animals should be put in permanent homes. I have seen rescue groups that try to snatch dogs from shelters BEFORE the locals can adopt. In some areas, the shelters will not let a rescue come in until the dog has been there a certain number of days, to give local people a chance to get a dog. It is a shame (and the rescues charge so much for a rescue it is getting outrageous).
This is so annoying because this shelter is overrun with animals. They are doing it out of one small building and they are in a small town. I called because she has 10 lab puppies that are 2 weeks old that were abandoned. I figured we could wait until they were older and then go visit them. I even offered to bring my children so she could meet them and see them with the dogs. She just said no, she won't adopt to people with children under 10 and that was that. I really wish I would have been not so nice like pyr....but I honestly just was speachless. I couldn't believe I had been turned down because of my children....amazing. The closest PetSmart is a little over 2 hours away from us. We've gone twice to the adoption day and they only had cats and very small breed dogs...bad timing on our part I guess.