Dodger's adoption and rescue thoughts
February 11th 2012 8:46 am
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I often write about how important I think it is to rescue and adopt from a shelter or rescue group. I do think that is the best way to get a new furry family member. I have read and hear stories from people who felt that they weren't able to rescue or adopt from a shelter or group because the requirements were too strict. As a member of the rescue community I can see both sides of this. We want our rescued animals to go into the best possible homes and sometimes this means that we can be very strict with multiple page applications, interviews, fees and in some groups home visits. People come in and want to pick one out & 'buy' it now. We wonder if once they are tired of cleaning the litter box or if the cat scratches furniture and they are tired of walking the dog and cleaning up after what then? Rescue groups have not only time and money but lots of emotion invested in these animals. Many of them have been nursed back to health and taught to love people by us. We want them to be happy for the rest of their lives. Please be patient with us. I do understand and will promise to be patient with you and to explain why we do these things. I promise to listen to you and to try to find a good match for your situation. I hope that if I can't that you will understand, too. I do think the best place to adopt is from a rescue or shelter but if your animal finds you in another way that can be good, too. Please remember to spay & neuter so that all animals are wanted and have homes of their own.