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Old 09-11-2009, 05:47 PM
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Rant: pet "adoption" ads

Boy, I get fed up with the ads seeking new homes for dogs. I'm in a college town, and may of these, I'm sure, are college kids in over their heads... and sorry, but "we just don't have the time to devote to him" isn't an excuse. Maybe that would have been a good thing to consider BEFORE you bought your pet!

I'm sure there are legitimate cases where extenuating circumstances necessitate someone giving up a pet, but damn... I see new ads every day looking to unload some hapless pup. I adopted my schnauzer from a rescue group, and the poor guy was scared to death coming to a new home. He's happy as can be now, but the feeling of abandonment that they experience must be an awful one.

Sorry for the bleedin' heart rant... I've just seen one ad too many this week I guess! I'll have to pick up a bag of dog food and run it out to the local shelter this weekend... maybe that'll make me feel better.

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Old 09-11-2009, 05:53 PM
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GD kids. I hope their sterile, last thing we need is more irresponsible people breeding.
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Old 09-11-2009, 05:58 PM
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GD kids. I hope their sterile, last thing we need is more irresponsible people breeding.
Yeah -- there are enough feral cats in this town to... well, open a big-ass "Feral Cat Town," I guess. They make my garden a litter box, since my crazy neighbor puts out cat food all the time. Not a cat guy by any stretch, but damn... the poor bastards get hit by cars left and right, and fight (and, ahem, "mate") through all hours of the night. Every summer when the kids leave and realize Mom & Dad don't want a cat at home, or their kitten's not so cute anymore, another load of them are released on the town.

I do think the local shelter spays/neuters all the animals it adopts out, anyway. If only the same could be said of the jackasses doing the adopting/abandoning.
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Old 09-11-2009, 06:04 PM
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Yeah -- there are enough feral cats in this town to... well, open a big-ass "Feral Cat Town," I guess. They make my garden a litter box, since my crazy neighbor puts out cat food all the time. Not a cat guy by any stretch, but damn... the poor bastards get hit by cars left and right, and fight (and, ahem, "mate") through all hours of the night. Every summer when the kids leave and realize Mom & Dad don't want a cat at home, or their kitten's not so cute anymore, another load of them are released on the town.

I do think the local shelter spays/neuters all the animals it adopts out, anyway. If only the same could be said of the jackasses doing the adopting/abandoning.
speaking of feral pussies, i adopted one 14 years ago she used to hiss, spit and bite. Took a while but she's at the point where you can pet her and she'll actually roll over on her back and let you scratch her stomach like a dog.
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Old 09-11-2009, 06:23 PM
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speaking of feral pussies . . . used to hiss, spit and bite . . .you can pet her . . . she'll actually roll over on her back . . .
Start the Aklim timer . . .
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Old 09-11-2009, 06:57 PM
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"we just don't have the time to devote to him" isn't an excuse.
Means: I went out with my friends to O'Malley's after class, ended up BW3 for $0.10 wings and then at Chochran's for quarter draws. Woke up this morning on the kitchen floor and found myself in a pool of dog piss and puke. Stumbled into bed and found a lump of dog **** on my pillow.
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Old 09-11-2009, 07:21 PM
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Start the Aklim timer . . .
Shhh... he's distracted elsewhere for now.
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Old 09-11-2009, 07:24 PM
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Means: I went out with my friends to O'Malley's after class, ended up BW3 for $0.10 wings and then at Chochran's for quarter draws. Woke up this morning on the kitchen floor and found myself in a pool of dog piss and puke. Stumbled into bed and found a lump of dog **** on my pillow.
Pretty much. Speaking of BWW, I have a friend who routinely has over $250/mo on his credit card with that place. How the hell could anyone stand that place long enough to eat/drink that much food in 30 days? It's like ADD central in there -- 30 TV's all with different crap going (everywhere you look) with cock rock blaring on the PA speakers. And the food's way over-priced. No thanks!
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Old 09-11-2009, 07:52 PM
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My wife spends 4-8 hours per day, running a rescue organization. You might say I've heard it all, when it comes to unwanted dogs.

Yes...plenty of people are irresponsible, who should never have acquired dogs in the first place. These losers and the shelter dogs, were the source of 95% of the dogs she handled a couple years ago.

Today...it's a completely different story. I'd guess half the dogs she deals with, are from otherwise responsible owners who find themselves in unexpected financial hardship. Many folks have lost their homes and/or jobs, forcing them into rentals. Landlords are getting farther and fewer between, who will accept pets...they simply don't have to, given the large number of potential tenants. And even when landlords will accept pets, many rentals are simply inappropriate for larger breeds.

Us - we'd live in the car with our dogs, before giving them up. But most people just aren't that whacked...
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If they are re-homing for free, then at least they are not dumping them on the pound or shelter to try to do the same thing. If they are asking for money then it is a pure scam.
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Old 09-11-2009, 08:38 PM
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If they are re-homing for free, then at least they are not dumping them on the pound or shelter to try to do the same thing. If they are asking for money then it is a pure scam.
You couldn't be more wrong...you've obviously never worked in rescue.

The absolute worst pet homes, always expect animals for free. Asking for a re-homg fee - even something minor, i.e. $50-75 - immediately eliminates many of these people.

No legitimate rescue organization re-homes for free, although they need the funds for operational expenses in addition to ensuring pets get good homes.

Unless a private owner personally knows an adopter, a re-homing fee should always be required - even for a mutt. We often deal with folks who decide to place a dog on their own, and are hesitant to ask for money. We simply tell them, to have the adopter make the check out to a local non-profit animal charity; doing so, helps ensure many bogus homes are avoided, and shows the adopter no "scam" is being perpetrated upon them.

This tactic also works well, for weeding out the true scammers posing as troubled owners trying to find homes for pets. If they won't take payment made out to a charity, you know they are a backyard breeder...
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Old 09-11-2009, 09:21 PM
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It depends on the dog if they feel abandoned. As for my dog, I'm sure if I gave him away and they gave him some treats and petted him, he'd not look back. He's kinda self centered that way.... Either way, he's here till he keels over. We spoil him. He turned 14 in August! He is a Cockatzu....its a hybrid of a cockerspaniel and a shihtzu...but he looks more like a cocker spaniel.... supposed to be the other way around.




His days are pretty much: sleep, eat a treat, go for a long walk, sleep more, sit on couch and watch TV with us, sleep more....eat....go for a ride in a Mercedes....tough life!
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Old 09-11-2009, 10:11 PM
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I'll take one;

But, like a leetle baby human, I'll take of the FRONT end.


YOU take care of the BACK end!!!



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I'll take one;

But, like a leetle baby human, I'll take of the FRONT end.


YOU take care of the BACK end!!!



Deal?
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Old 09-12-2009, 12:22 AM
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If they are re-homing for free, then at least they are not dumping them on the pound or shelter to try to do the same thing. If they are asking for money then it is a pure scam.
Disagree. Asking a small adoption fee is a way to ensure that the person adopting is serious about taking on the pet ... and not looking for free "bait" for their fighting dogs. People skim "free to good home" ads looking for exactly that ... which is about as repulsive as it gets.

I do agree that trying to re-home the animal is a lot nicer than just dumping it. I've seen so many cats and dogs dumped on the backroads to die or become feral animals. Either way, they don't face a good fate at all. My cat was a dumpee, at least I'm almost sure. Showed up at my parents house, in a remote area, at 6 months old, and was so friendly it was obvious he wasn't a wild kitten. He was starving and covered in ticks ... but the sweetest cat I've ever known. My parents area is a popular pet-dump place. We've found a handful of really sweet dogs, usually sitting by the road patiently waiting for their owner to come back. It's inexcusable.

I wouldn't be entirely critical of everyone who leaves an animal at a shelter, though. There are some local shelters and programs that can help re-home your pet if you're really hit hard. They do their best not to put down animals and several are "no-kill." That is a FAR better option than dumping the animal somewhere or sending it to a questionable home because you're desperate.

Personally, I'd live under a bridge with my cat if it came down to it.

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