|Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 3:08 am
|WoW- excellent and very informative posts Tampa and Dogsrunmylife!
Dogsrun- you really did a fantastic job doing research for Tammi and finding a couple dozen Chi's that are in a position to be rescued. You're not a paralegal, are you? It was important that you showed her that she does, in fact, have options other than the BTB!
And Tampa- really incredible insight! I work with a rescue group here in MN and the president and founder of the group has pretty strong feelings regarding the plaement of our dogs in homes with small children, regardless of their size or breed. She's just seen too many things go horribly wrong in the past (she's been at this for 26 years) resulting in injury to the kid or the dog or both. Sometimes, the dog is even put down!
At first, I totally felt that the founder of the rescue group was simply too strict- she would say NO right off the bat, too quickly, in my opinion, as soon as she discovered there were children in the home. I thought to myself, "hmmm, I grew up in a home where we always had 2 or 3 dogs- we all survived- so did the dogs." The founder of this group simply feels that because the dogs we take in are RESCUE dogs and since we have no way of guaranteeing their reaction to every single last circumstance they may be exposed to as we don't know their entire history, it's just safer all around to say NO to a home with small children.
We get a lot of negative feedback on this and I hear it daily when I field the calls. We do not adopt outside of a 50 mile radius either and boy, do people hate our guts for that one!
So, I hear this comment from so many people who've been turned down "What are you doing in the rescue business if you WON'T allow an adoption to a home/family who wants to adopt a dog in your organization?"
People DO get frustrated with rescue groups and rather than patiently look around and put the word out- they impulsively look in the newspaper for the breed they have their heart set on, and 99% of the time, it's going to come from a BYB!
Then, the next Sunday, they take a little family road trip to the outskirts of town and NO BYB is going to say- "oh- wait... I see you have children... I can't let you have this dog!" Not when they can make a quick $500 on the spot!!!
They're laughing all the way to the bank!! And the cycle repeats itself!!
Anyway- thanks for your valuable input! I read it with great intrest!