Yes, volunteering at the shelter would be a good thing, BUT, for whatever reason, these are people who feel that option doesn't work for them. I can think of a half dozen valid reasons why that might not fit someone's life. But that isn't really the point. The point is, it is essentially the same thing-these ARE shelter dogs that need homes. They are, however, housetrained, obedience trained, socialized and trustworthy-BECAUSE of this business. The Flex Petz people provide a comfortable stopping spot for the dogs, a home to live, and the behavior and skills to make them a better, happier and more desirable dog. What is one reason you hear all the time about why people don't adopt a shelter dog? Housetraining-DONE. No obedience-DONE. Just don't know if I can trust it...Done. BUT, most shelters can not possibly take the time and money to supply a dog with those things before they go out. Aside from the dogs who are surrendered because of moves or divorces or whatever, MANY of the dogs they get are dogs with ISSUES. Those issues are a large part of why so many are euthanized. SO, take the dog with issues, spend the time and money on it to make it a good pet, and let it experience spending time with a lot of different people until the right person comes along to give them a permanent home. The dog gets treated great, gets saved form death row, gets a loving foster home and top notch training and food AND it gets to visit all of its new friends at their homes. These are regulars, not one timers for he most part. If the same three or four people regularly took YOUR dog home for a night of cuddling and playing, or for an afternoon of walking, would YOUR dog be confused and think it was homeless? Probably not. Maybe some dogs, but not most. Most would go OH GOODY, more play, more people, more attention!
Nope sorry you are not going to convince me, I dont like the idea, the legal rammifications (sp?) alone are mind blowing. Handing a dog off to different people everyday is stupid, expecially if that is its entire life. Personally I would never want to do that with a shelter dog, they need a stable environment, and I can not see a rescue or shelter adopting out a dog to live that life. Vet care, good food and checking out the people who take them does not make it a stable life for a dog, and what happens to the older dogs? IMO is is just furthering the feeling that dogs are disposable pets.
They DO have a stable life-they live witha foster family, just like any dog in Rescue does. They just ALSO spend time with other people too, but they have a home to go abck to that is always the same. The goal is still to adopt the dogs, on the website they say that all dogs are available for adoption and if any members circumstances change, they can adopt one permanently-plus they and the dog will have had the benefit of getting to know eachotehr first. As for older dogs, I don't see how that discriminates against them-they too can live in foster care, and they can also be adopted. Now, the legal ramifications you pointed out-yes, I see how that could be an issue, but not so insurmountable that a properly drawn up contract would not eliminate the majority of issues.
Yes, they are charging for it. Shelters rely on donations and government funds, and I don't know one that has enough of either to do what they would like to for the dogs. Because these people charge, they can guarantee the dogs don't get put down, and provide top-notch training and high quality food. I do not KNOW, but I would imagine their foster families receive some sort of reimbursement. maybe not, but it seems likely to me. I don't think there is a shelter anywhere that would not like to do the same for their dogs-sad fact is the money isn't there! Everybody is quick to think that because they are charging they are greedy, but I don't know a single person who doesn't have to use money to care for their needs, and the same goes for their animals. Yes, I am sure these people make a profit, but so what? Everybody has to make a living, and they are making a living doing a good thing, and in doing so are able to help that many more dogs that might have fallen through the cracks in the system. Seems win/win to me.