up for adoption because she needs one to "take care of the house"
I almost slapped her but I controlled myself and I told her that if I did she would have to pass an interview and home inspection plus she had to pay an adoption fee.
Right away, she said that she wanted a dog but she wanted it for free. Then at that point I lost it, I asked her if she had owned dogs previously and she said yes but she had gotten rid of them because of "liability issues" (she actually threw them away on the streets!!!! I told her the reason why she had thrown away her other dogs was because she had not paid for them and she didn't appreciate them. I was sooo mad, I wanted to grab her by her neck!!!!
I wish there would be a way that anyone who ever gave up a pet couldn't get another one for at least 2 years. (whether they gave it away, took it to the SPCA, or whatever) And if they gave up 2 pets, then they couldn't get another one for 4 years, etc. I just hate it that so many people think of pets as "disposable". This dog doesn't like strangers, so I'll get a new one. The next dog barks and digs, so I'll get another one. The next one has health problems, guess I'll get a new one. People like that don't deserve to have ANY pets! I think a pet is like a marriage-for better or worse, thru sickness and in health.
I know the feeling! I had given a family member a puppy for free and she kept it for 2 years and never spent time with it and i wanted to take the dog back but didnt want a family fued. so one day I notice the dog gone. She took it to the pound weeks earlier,because she wanted a new puppy and didnt have room ....OOOOHHHHH crap I saw red!!!! and the dog was adopted out , thankfully when i got to the pound. But since my husband has coon hounds , her new boyfriend was interested in one of the pups he's training and she wanted to get one for him at a discount! I said over my dead body!!! Some people are so retarded. I hate that I can trust a stranger before my own family!
You are so right. I have a friend who had a litter of german shorthair pointers and she gave the last unsold puppy to an acquiantance who really wanted a puppy but didn't have the $ to buy one. Mistake. This person's husband ended up bringing home an older pit bull and the two didn't get along, so she took the gsp to the pound. Then the pit went to the pound, then they got a mini schnauzer, who ended up somewhere besides with them, then this Christmas they got a ms puppy. What kind of people get dogs, don't train or pay any attention to them, then trade them in for something newer, or better so they think. We all are taking bets on how long they will keep this puppy, probably just long enough for it to develop bad habits that hopefully, someone else will take the time to fix.
It's the magnetic pull of a cute puppy. Unfortunately puppies don't stay puppies and as adorable as puppies are they don't train themselves and they are curious, which usually means a little destructive. THIS is a great reason why no one will ever be able to regulate breeding practices or shut down puppy mills and bybs. People like this have to get a dog somewhere and they would never pass the screening process of a responsible breeder with any kind of good judge of character. Unfortunately, if people like this ever did find a good breeder patient enough to educate them on good care and training of a dog, and they got a well bred dog, they might actually stick with one. But since they seem to prefer something with a low or non existant price tag, it will never happen...
Some people have no concept of a dog that is a living breathing being with feelings. They think they are only for our whims. Of course, we are the opposite. We think they are our children. Cesar Milan would totally disapprove!!
The only reason I think I could get rid of a dog is if it is a danger to my other dogs or any family or friends. And that would be only after a hard effort to change whatever the problem is.
Don't think a law would work because of all the mistaken pregancies and back yard breeders. It would be nice though.
I can't even do anything about my neighbor who keeps his dog outside chained 24/7 because he is well feed, has shelter and is clean. I have talked to him more than once but although he was thinking about giving his dog back to the breeder he still has not done anything. Just kill me.
They need to come out with robot puppies for people like that. They don't have to feed them, don't have to clean up after them, in fact all they would have to do is just turn them on. Oh heck, I forgot, you would have to pay for one wouldn't you???
dutch...i am with you...years ago..my ex wanted to give his cousin a gsp pup from our litters..a nice female..and he is suposed to be an avid hunter also..well...i think before the pup as 6 months or more it was no where to be found..i B*tc*ed and complained and told him never again to a relative...and absolutely never ever for free...this cousin didnt value this pup...it was eident...
What this boils down to is that some people do realise that a dog is a living, feeling and breathing creature but, when all is said and done, they don't give a poop about it; they're too wrapped up in themselves to worry or care about anything else.
Nothing raises my hackles more than to hear of animal cruelty or neglect; oh yes, cruelty to defenceless children...
All my dogs have been free and I value them very much. However, I did not go LOOKING for a dog and ask someone for it for free. It has been cases where the owner could not keep them for various reasons. (None of the reasons have been behavior-related.) I was never asked for money-- the people knew me and were happy for the dog to go to a home where it would be given proper care and training and lots of love.
I don't say that to brag on myself, but to make a point that a free dog can be loved and cherished by the right owner. Free is really not even the best word, as good food and vet care can really add up. One of my "free" dogs cost over $2,000 in vet bills. Wouldn't have done any less and wouldn't pick a different dog if I had to do it over.
I know what you mean by saying that free is sometimes not bad but I would never adopt out one of my rescues for free unless this person was very dear to me and I knew he/she was really responsible and had a good history of taking good care of his/her pets.
I don't like to rush into adopting out my fosters, I really take my time to ensure I find the best possible home.