I know I am in deep hot water with this topic, but I am upset by a recent event with a local dog rescue and another one who claims to be a rescue, but surely has to be a puppy mill (sorry for my earlier post that stated breeder).
My granddaughter has her heart set on a puppy for her birthday and I must say our luck with dogs since moving to Washington hasn't been good. For their happiness and well-being we gave our 2 beautiful boxers to a woman who is known in these parts for her rescue work and owned a large piece of property...however, they got into the river, ate Salmon and passed on. We were broken hearted believing we did the right thing since we had no 'fenced' yard.
About a year and a half later, we picked up a free puppy who at first was wonderful and then began biting our grandson and I am not talking about nipping. When she bit a neighbor child, we gave her up to a no-kill shelter.
We went to look for a small breed dog that would fit our home and our yard and I contacted a local no-kill shelter and filled out their quite nosey application...they asked more personal questions than my family physician and I am almost sure they ran my credit score to see if I was worthy...well, maybe not that far, but questions that needed to know where we worked, what our work hours are, references, even our ages and past residences.
We were turned down flat for having no yard.
Then, I looked on a nationally known site for rescues and found what I felt would be an great little dog that wasn't a puppy, but not a senior either. They were several hours away, but I was willing to drive. Up until they told me their small adoption fee (thats what they list it as) was $650. I understand they have to get the cost of shots and neutering and vet fees and food back, but $650? What is up with this?
Do they realize I can call a puppy mill, pay less than half that much and walk away with a puppy? By the time I pay my own vet fees, etc. I won't have that much money invested and that includes a years worth of puppy insurance. I won't have to leave any paperwork or a pint of my blood.
What really got to me was when one of these rescues stated they had the right to remove the dog from our home at any time if they feel we are not taking care of it properly. What exactly did that mean? They feel they have the right at any time to walk into our home or stop by?
I'm sorry, but I thought I was living in the United States, I didn't realize the Gestapo was into dog rescues.
I am NOT advocating puppy mills and I understand being cautious with dogs that are rescued, but some of these so called 'adoption' fees and rules are just a bit more than I can handle. Guess having a dog for 11 years doesn't mean anything to them.....and they wonder why people don't choose rescue dogs over puppy mills.
How sad for the dogs and the people that truly want a pet and live in a small home or even an apartment or condo that may not have a yard.