I rescue and placed a four year old boxer in what I believed to be a good home. The woman lived alone and wanted a companion. After talking to this lady for about two weeks I met her and thought that I had found a good fit for Sophie. One month later I found Sophie on craigs list!! Someone had her and didn't know what breed she was! I called and e-mail the person who had adopted her from me. When I finally got ahold of her she told me she still had Sophie. I told her that I wanted to come get Sophie back. It took me two days to get her but I have her back now!! I believe that when I got ahold of this person that she in fact did not have Sophie, I am having a really hard time placing any of my rescues now, as I don't trust people any more.
Did you make it clear verbally and in a contract that if the dog didn't work out, she was to come back to you? If you put a stiff penalty clause in your contract about rehoming the dog with out your permission-- that normally deters people enough to at least give you a call before they do something like that.
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I did. I even stayed in touch with her by e-mail and she kept saying every thing was good. When I saw Sophie on craigs list I couldn't believe it!! When I did finally get the lady on the phone and said I was coming to get Sophie this lady didn't want to give her back. After getting very upset with this woman I said I was going to bring the police with me to pick up Sophie. It did take two days and that is why I'm sure that Sophie was not with this person. But it did finally end good, Sophie is back with me and besides being a little skinny she was in good shape.
I mentioned your bad experience with the adoptive pet parent to a friend today and she had a great suggestion. You could ask for a reference from the person's vet next time. My friend had to fill out an application for a siamese rescue place before they would consider her a potential adopter. They required a letter of recommendation from the vet. Not just a name of the vet she would use, but an actual letter from him about her as a pet parent. He wrote a bunch of nice stuff about how she had been a client for 15 years and the excellent care she gave her animals. At first she thought they were kind of overboard on the requirements but after hearing your story, it makes perfect sense. For an animal that has already been in a bad situation or lost a home, you want the best permanent home you can find.
I agree with maxandallie. I had to give references before I adopted Otis and pretty much had to write an essay and was subject to a home visit. I thought it was great the organization made it a little more difficult to adopt. A good pet owner will never mind extra work!:)