Found a company called Flex-Petz (think I can say their name, just not the address...sorry if that is incorrect!) online-they take in rescued dogs, rehabilitate them, train them and rent them out on an hourly basis to pre-screened members who can't own a dog for whatever reason, but want one to take for walks or hang out with. It is a pricey service, but considering they are assuming all of the pet-related bills, even the food which they send with the dogs, it really isn't so bad. They do adopt out dogs to members whose situation changes and allows them to give a dog a permanent home. Maybe you all have heard of this before, but it was new to me and I thought it kind of interesting once I got past the whole "What the heck will they think of next..." reaction.
i'm not entirly sure about this, i like the idea but at the same time I don't.
everyone should have the chance to have a dog and play with them. plus it's not bad for the dog too..
but on the other hand they can be rude to the dog and abuse them or hurt them by playing too hard with them adn breaking a leg, or the dog can bite someone and the dog would have to be put to sleep. that would be sad.
so i'm not so sure about this but hey if it's supervised and the people sign a release form then why not. :)
I can't believe someone would want to get attached to an animal and certainly visa versa and then let it go back if things didn't change. I don't mean to sound rude or anything but when we bought Kayla (yorkie) in Aug. the breeder called me and told me of a simular sitution. She said this man called her and wanted to rent a puppy for his little boys. Then what,??? give it back when they got tired of it or killed it. I'm sorry, but I think this is unbelievable. What about the dog's feelings? Getting attached to a family and then oh well, go back to the breeder when we get tired of you. Like you said, Whats next??
Very wierd. Especially for dogs that were already abondoned once. Dogs are loyal and loving to their owners by nature. How must these dogs feel when they never know where they are going next and who their Momma is today?? It's great that they are giving people the opportunity to love a dog when their lifestyles don't allow dog ownership but I can't see how this is good for the dog. You're right though, people will come up with anything to make a buck. If anybody wants to come walk Max, I'll let you do it for free. :)
I feel sorry for the dogs. Being farmed out all hours of the day to who knows who. Its almost like teasing them. Here , you get to get out for an hour, then its back to your cell. Dogs need stability just as much as humans do. How are they getting that in a place that rents them out as if they were tuxedo's. Another greedy person trying to make a profit off of an animal.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
I had a similar reaction at first, till I read more about them and thought on it. The dogs do not go back to a "cell", they live with foster families, full time. They just visit their other "friends" I think if they were well socialized it wouldn't be a problem. My dogs have always loved to go visit other family members when we go on vacation, and I think alot of these people have regular dogs that they routinely "check out" so they probably establish a friendship with them. Alot of dogs are not partial to one person, they are just happy to have someone to play with. I mean, if someone can't have a dog because, maybe husband has allergies, or landlord wont allow, or they travel all week long, but they rent "Buster" every weekend...well, Buster would probably look forward to his weekends with his friend. Honestly, as long as they thoroughly screen the people to make sure they aren't abusers, I think it could be a good thing for everybody. The dogs have a regular home to go back to, they just get to spend time with lots of other people-not much different than people who work alot and hire a dog walker or take their dogs to doggy daycare, is it?
I think of car rental. I mean, how many times have you thought about driving down the highway in a rent-a-car and just throwing the transmission into reverse? Some crazy mofo's out there would do it. >Note to self: Get insurance next time.
Plus, I bet a lot of the dogs are going to get fat. Each person wants to be liked by the dog and will more than likely over feed and treat it into a McDonald's Super "Size."
Go to their site-google the name- I think they keep pretty close tabs on the dogs-they even tell you what treats you are allowed to give them. (Course, this coming from someone who has been known to bribe Tim with a happy meal or two on occasion....) The most important thing is that they DON'T let looney toons take the dogs. I agree, some people DO have too much money, cause you are right, any shelter would be happy to have them volunteer their time. But, these are largely very busy people who probably think they don't have time to deal with an untrained dog. They want one they can feel is completely trustworthy. Yes, you and I would think these people need to get a real life, but, they are entitled to live as they wish. If the dogs are given a chance that they would not have had because of this business...it is better than sitting in a shelter or being euthanized. Not like there is a shortage of dogs in rescue or shelters-there isn't room or foster homes for everybody, so this is adding one more place for them to go and be cared for. Yes they are making a profit I would imagine or they wouldn't do it, but I don't think they are making a fortune. They are paying trainers and buying top quality food-they probably reimburse their foster families, then there is vet care-it all gets expensive. Could just be some person who really likes dogs, wanted to make their living doing something with dogs and was looking for a niche that had not yet been filled. Gotta say, if it is done right, I still think it is a pretty ingenius idea.
When I seen how much Mandy grieved when Max passed away, I knew they had feeling but I did not know to that degree. You hear about dogs grieving when their owners die and even die from losing their owner. Rent a dog in my opionion is cruel. My breeder thought this guy had lost his mind when he called and wanted to rent a yorkie. Yeah, right. Wonder how long it would have lived???
OK...If someone regularly went to a shelter and volunteered to take a dog out for a few hours, that is a good thing-dog gets company, exercise, help socializing. The only difference is that these people are PAYING to do the exact same thing. Shelters rely on donations and government funds to get by, and they never have enough. They do right by the dogs, but they cant provide them top quality food and spoil them rotten, it isn't feasible. This is basically a shelter that recognized the need to acquire more money to take better care of the dogs-so they charge people to "volunteer" Even better, the dogs don't go back to a kennel in a shelter after their walks. they go back home to a foster family that loves them. And yes, if someone wants to adopt the dog, they ABSOULTELY can. They want to re-home the dogs -this is a way to support the dogs VERY WELL while they wait for their new family. These are in huge cities, where I imagine shelters are beyond overflowing and have a very high kill rate. Not likely these dogs would have had a future if not for this program. I think everybody is hearing the "money" word and automatically seeing greed here, but I honestly don't think that is the motivation. be realistic-you can't do rescue work without money, and the more money you have, the more you can do. Seems simple to me. On another note- Snadysbabies-this is NOT like renting a pup from a breeder. These are rescued adults that do not HAVE permanent homes. The Yorkie guy was, I agree, both selfish and nuts.
I think it's a fabulous idea. My husband is allergic to dogs so we can't have one. I LOVE dogs and so does my daughter. So, this would be a fantastic opportunity for us to "have" a dog. I think it's a win-win situation for the dog and for the family.
Yes-that was my point. Plenty of normal, not animal abusing dog-lovers would love th opportunity to spend time with a special dog-one they could see regularly. As for the dogs, well, my dog is happy with us, but he would be quite happy to go play or sleep on the couch with someone else who likes him too. Wouldn't stress him a bit as long as he came back to us every time. Maybe not even that, now that I think about it-he is a bit of a french-fry whore-pretty sure he could be persuaded.
I've never heard of this, but I HAVE heard of the dog rescue agencies that help adopt out pets, and they give whoever wants to adopt the dog 24 hours with them to decide if they want them 100%. I knew a lady who owned a small company that did this. It is just making sure that the new owners will want the pet, and not get rid of them after a few weeks if they ended up not wanting him/her. In this case, they pay a refundable deposit to the agency to take them in for the night, and get the money back when they return the dog, or they choose to keep it and pay the rest of the adoption fees.
Why is it nonsense to spend time with an animal you enjoy but can't own, especially when doing so allows that dog the chance to be saved from a shelter and be loved by people? As for the money issue, well, they have to pay for the dogs' upkeep somehow, and from what I red, they keep them up VERY well.
I agree with ruffian, maybe help out at a shelter. I would feel bad for the dog, especially if he/she thought it was his new home, but then when you were one with him you just dropped him off back at the flex petz place. Thats gotta be pretty depressing for the dog. You could always foster a pet, so you can help he/she go up for adoption. I would love to foster a pet someday, but i would probably get overly attatched and not want to let go. We'll whatever you do it's still your decision, but just please make sure you are helping a pet in the process, don't break it's heart if he/she gets overly attatched. I'm not really agreeing with it, i wouldn't do it, you never know what they do with those animals or their behavior!