I just have to share this experience with people who love animals just as much as I do. I have to vent sorry if it is long
I have to dogs up for adoption with a local rescue group. These are the remaing two pups that i found about 7 months ago. Some of you might remember me. Two weeks ago I was contacted by a young girl lets call her Dani and she was interested in adopting Maximus. She was very sweet very excited to adopt him, but she was out of town in California. So we filled out her application over the phone so that she would not lose him. She was getting him for her boyfriend as B-day gift. So after filling out her app. she was approved the next day. I gave her a call and never got ahold of her, and I left her a message this was on 6/27/08. I tried contacting her a few more times but never did so I waited until she came back from Cali on 7/8. I called her 7/10 yesterday and finally got ahold of her. When she got on the phone i was very excited and told her that who I was and that I was calling about Maximus. She proceeded to put the phone down on the counter and call me crazy and that I just some crazy person trying to get rid of my dog, and that I was not with PAL. She got my information from their website. So I stayed on the line for about 10minutes until finally they realized I was still on the line and they hung up on me. So I called write back and left a message saying that, if they no longer wanted max that was fine but she should have picked up the phone like a mature adult and called me to let me know so that I can proceed to find him a real home with a real family.
I also foster for a bulldog rescue. I do not do the actual screening, but i do get informed on where the dog will be being placed, and they come here to meet me and the dogs they will be adopting. I know they do not adopt out dogs that will be gifts for someone else. Whoever adopts the dog must pass a thorough screening and must be adopting the dog for themselves. I am surprised the rescue did not insist on screening the boyfriend as he would have been the one that the dog would be going to. Anyone filling out an adoption form, must pass certain criteria and once that is established a home check is done. This woman just showed what a flake she is and thank god that the dog did not end up with her or her boyfriend. Doesnt sound like there is any stability there. Home checks and follow up visits , are really important as anyone can lie on their application.
"No Matter how little money and how few possessions, you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin
I'm a foster mom too!! I have a beagle and her seven pups. It's about time to take them back to the Humane Society and it's breaking my heart. I know I can't keep them but I worry about who will adopt them. Reading your post just made it worse. I wish I could screen the potential adopters like you did. Good luck and God bless!
It's really sad that one human being would treat another that way. It sounds like she probably shouldn't have a dog at all. I agree with Dusty 100%. It's a good thing she flaked on you before she got the dog home.
I most defently agree. I informed our local animal rescue groups in my area about her and gave them her information. So she is on their do not adopt list as well as with PAL. On the day that she set the phone down and left me there for 10minutes. I wrote her an e-mail staiting that she should have been and adult and contacted me back about Max. And its a good thing she did not recieve him because she probably would have dumped him at the shelter or out the country within a month. She replied back with very obscene language and sounded extremly immature. She even had the nerve to state that she would turn me in for being and animal hoarder. I already had my 2 dogs and 4 cats when I found Heidi with her pups. Found homes for all the pups except these last two. She stated that PAL does not care what my opinion is because I am a crazy lady just trying to get rid of my dog, and that I am not with PAL. Then how did she get my name and contact information from the PAL website?
I help with application approvals, home visits, etc.
I must say, the applicant MUST be the one who is adopting the dog. This is the only way we can insure the safety of the dog. We do need references of the actual "future owner", as well as home visit of where the dog will actually be living. An applicant, wanting a rescue as a "gift", would be turned down immediately. Rescues are not "gifts". Well, I take that back. They are gifts. Gifts from God.
On another note. I've seen, and heard it all, through fostering. Just a couple days ago, I received an email, from a former owner of one of my fosters (he's a biter, and I've been fostering him for a year, along with a behaviourist). Well the original owner threatened to sue me. She is now in an apartment, which accepts pets. So she wants her dog back. This broad kept this little Maltese in her backyard for three flippin' years. He was not allowed in the house, because he was not potty trained.
I could go on, and on, about the dumb asses I deal with. Both surrendering, and adopting. It's unbelievable.
The good people so "outshine" the idiots, though. I've met so many wonderful, caring folks. It warms my heart.