1. A lady (in her mid 30's) that lived in a 2 story condo that already had 2 other cats wanted to adopt Ringo (a toy black poodle). I asked to do a home inspection because I was somewhat concerned about the balcony not being properly fenced. She declined the home insp. Should I have just allow her to adopt him without doing the home inspection?
2. A 21 year old girl wanted to adopt Ricky (chi mix) but she just sounded very flaky. She said she would come at a certain time then she wouldn't make it. Then she would e-mail and apologize and make another appt. She just didn't sound responsible enough to take care of a pet. I felt uneasy about may be her getting rid of him at the first problem she encountered.
3. There is a lady now that wants to adopt Ringo but she rents some space in an art gallery and already has 3 cats. I am not sure about allowing her to adopt him, I feel 4 pets might be a little too much, especially renting. What is she going to do with her pets if they ask her to move out?
***Edited By: alldogslover! on 4/7/2006 2:00:45 PM*** Reason: .
That is totally up to you. I am sure people will tell you to make the choices you think is best. I just personally feel judging someone without first knowing them is not fair. What if the girl had a death in her family, and never told you because you are a stranger and does not want to talk about it? Maybe she is breaking up with her boyfriend? Which then makes her seem not to "there". I mean things happen, and judging before knowing someone is not right. Then I would feel who is who to say how many dogs a person can handle? I know people that have 7 dogs and I don't think it would be normal for them not to have that many dogs! They just do so well with all of them. I know you want to find the best possible homes for them, but at the sametime you can't expect to find a perfectly run home that never has a person who has a bad day or is sorta out of it.
Again though it is your choice. Either way these people are going to find a dog if not with you with someone else. You need to do what you think is right. If you feel maybe you are being to hard on new potential owners then maybe you are. Starting this topic makes me think that maybe you think you are being a little hard. Which is ok they are your dogs and like I said you need to do what you think is best. Maybe you are afraid to give them up because no one could take care of them as good as you? I know the feeling! lol! It is a tough thing you are doing. I think you should follow your heart. You will find the right people at the right time.
I think you did the right thing in all 3 situations. These dogs can't speak for themselves, so you have to. I am sure a dog would like a RESPONSIBLE owner, and if you have a "gut feeling" about someone, what I have learned is that it is 99.9% right!
I think a Home Inspection is soooooo inportant! It the person truly has a good home for a dog/cat to live in, they would let you come see it.
I agree w/what holidayzbliss said about getting a dog from someone else. Thats exactly what I did. I searched & searched & called, only to be told numerouse times that "pet" had been adopted (they hadnt updated the ads). That was a little sad, but then I thought, No, at least they got adopted! Then I found one locally, did research on the breed, (I have big dogs), this was a big dog 2 year old female. I was told the "Foster Mom" is who makes the decision. I have (before my new adopted baby) 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 birds, never had any human kids, was totally honest, I have double fencing in my huge backyard, dogs stay mostly inside, take my babies to the vet on a regular basis, buy them the top shelf dog food, they get vitamins, joint tablets for Senior dogs, lots of treats, chews, etc. She denied me she said because anyone who uses the "Vet" I do, they w/not adopt to. This is probably the busiest vet in town (has been there for years, lots of friends use him). I thought it was a TOTAL power thing w/her, IMO. When I got married 2 years ago, (had all my babies then), husband said "dogs" were for outside. I made it very clear everyone already had their places BEFORE he came, (I was nice about it), and we're all happy. I lay on the floor & we have "belly rubs" every nite. The husband has done a turn around, & actually calls the pup to come sit in his lap & watch TV. All I'm saying is go the extra mile, maybe "meet" the person, call their vet, you may be losing out on a good home.
***Edited By: thumpers2u on 4/7/2006 3:30:01 PM*** Reason: **
I think you made the right choice in all three applicants. No, I don't think you are too picky. My daughter-in-law turned down friends that wanted to buy one of their little pug puppies because they had an in ground pool that was not fenced. She was very picky and finally found the right homes for all the pups.
i would not turn down someone on the basis that they rent. we have had harley, our gsd, for ten years. we moved a few time and we never rented anywhere that wouldnt allow him. now its not a problem because we bought our home.
you could always make up an agreement that the dog be returned to you, should something come up that she can not keep him. responsible breeders do this with the pups that they place. have him microchipped so that you will be contacted if he is lost or turns up in a shelter.
i would be upset if i was denied a pet on the grounds that i rent. just as i got upset when i was denied renting because of a pet.
I don't think you're being too harsh.. The number one goal is to find an everlasting, loving home.
I also think a home visit is VERY important and if anyone refuses, they have something to hide. Our westie club rescue ALWAYS a home visit. You must see the conditions as to where the dog will live it's life. If potential adopters don't like the idea..then too bad.
For those that rent apt's or homes, we always get a signed statement from the landlord or management saying they allow pets. It would be horrible to place a dog with someone who rents an apt that does not allow pets and to later get kicked out Then what happens to the dog if the renter can not find an apt. that allows pets.
In regards to the 21 year old.. I think you definitely did the right thing. She sounds like she's not responsible enough to own a dog at this time in her life.
Well I was turned down from a poodle rescue because I own pitbulls that I keep outside and 3 kids. Well I just went else where and found one. And I feel like I'm a responsible pet owner.Renting shouldnt be an issue because many people rent. My Aunt had 3 mini dashounds(sp) that she kept for many ,many years untill they passed of old age and she's always rented.
Now if your going off of the vibe that you personally dont like them well...theres plenty of people I wouldnt choose to be buddy-buddy with but still own pets that adore them and take good care of them. But its your responsibility to give these pets good homes and its up to you who they go with, so just do your best in making the choices for these helpless critters. (yeah I know that dint help any!LOL! But atleast you heard my personal story.)
I agree with not letting her purchase a dog from you because she would not let you see her house. That is a given.
I don't think it is right for someone to say how many dogs a person can handle, or if they rent maybe they should not have that many animals.
I don't think it is right for someone to judge someone when they know nothing about them! Just because she is 21 does not make her unable to care for a dog. I know 12 year olds that are great with dogs, but due to their age people pass judgement on them saying they are to young to really take care of a pet well. Just because someone is young does not mean they can't be a good pet owner.
All I am saying is before you judge ask questions. Maybe saying why did you not show up? If she says oh just so much going on had to get my nails done and shopping well then duh yea don't sell to her, but if she was to say you know I have been having family problems and it took longer than I expected. Things like that happen to ALL of us. I would'nt pry and say what family problems, but I would give her a second chance because she was not flaking off she was dealing with real life issues that happend to all of us. If she did not show up a second time then yes I would find someone else.
***Edited By: holidayzbliss on 4/7/2006 3:37:18 PM*** Reason: added
I don't think young age and renting should not let them adopt from you. I'm 21 and I am very responsible and very able to care for a dog.
If they are renting you should make them have a letter from their land lord saying that they are allowed to have pets. MANY rescue organizations ask potential adoptees to get one. Our rescue organization greyt expecations asked (I think) but we got one from the renting office before we adopted Jake.
I would have something in the adoption contract that says if they can't care for the dog it is returned to you. MANY rescue organizations have that too. (I don't know if you do or not) That's how we got Jake, he was returned too. (the couple divorced or something)
Refusing a home inspection is weird. But that's just me.
lol thanks! I was trying it out on here so I did edit on my post to see if the picture would show since I never show pictures! Lol! I only had it up for like a second! I have a topic on my pets if you want to check out the picture. I took it from my kitchen. They were so cute together I snapped it quick. Then once they saw the flash came running at me like hey! don't you sneak up on us lol! I am going to frame that pic!
Wow! I am so glad you guys replied to my thread because I'm not sure if I might be too picky and loosing on good homes. Remember that I just started this rescuing org. and I am not very experienced on this. I am going to read all of your replies very carefully and I think I am going to give this lady a chance. I'll sit down and talk with her, ask her for a landlord letter and do a home visit.
No, I am not routinely doing a home inspection because I feel that may be alot of people don't like having their home privacy invaded. Also, I consider myself a good judge of character when I meet people. If I see something in their application o when I talk with them that calls my attention THEN I request to do a home inspection, like the balcony for example. Some of the people that adopted from me even told me that I was welcomed to do a home inspection, which I didn't because I didn't feel it necessary.
Thank you soooo much for your replies and believe me I will give each and every one of them great consideration.
Growing up we always rescued Springers...home inspections/visits were always done and I think that they are a great idea! Besides, you are running a rescue not a pet shop - these dogs have probably had things hard enough at one time or another.
Second, like the majority of the other posters said, renting should not be an issue. You could stipulate in the contract (and i'm pretty sure you mentioned this) that if something were to happen that the dog go back to you.
As far as age goes...you can have an 18 year old out there like Riley who is probably one of the best when it comes to involvement and care for her pets and you can also have a 40 year old that has the responsibility level of a toddler...another reason to do the home visit, it will give you a great feel for how the person lives and behaves.
Good for you for taking the time to question things, though and just like everyone else said, go with your gut. If you can take the dog on the visit with you, they are sometimes even better than your gut feeling... :-)
I don't think the OP is discriminating against the 21 yr. old age... It was the girls' actions that posed the problem. Yes, some of you and many 20 somethings are very mature and responsible, however, there are some that are not.. Heck I even know a 50 yr old that is totally irresponsible.
To the OP, Did the girl call you to cancel and reschedule for another time, or was she a "no show"?