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EndOfFashion
May 14th, 2009, 03:09 PM
Okay, so I'm not sure if this is the place to post this, but none of the subtopics in the Rescue forum seemed quite right for this thread...

My boyfriend and I have been looking for a friend for our Pug, Milo, for a little while. We're no longer actively looking, but I am keeping an eye out for dogs that could be the right fit.

Here is my dilemma: I have never been the go-to-a-breeder type, and I haven't supported purchasing from a pet store since my mom got me a ferret from PJ's when I was 7 years old (yes, I know how irresponsible that was on all accounts - but I treated her well). But I am beginning to become increasingly frustrated by the rescue community.

I've always been all about rescue. I had wanted a dog since I could remember, and never entertained the idea of going anywhere other than a shelter (I have NO clue where I learned that). But now that I spend more time educating myself about it, I'm hearing all sorts of terrible things about illegitimate rescues, organizations knowingly adopting out puppies with parvo that had never seen a vet, etc. I don't know if I can (or should) name names on this board, but I will choose not to until someone tells me otherwise.

We applied for two dogs a few weeks ago. One rescue got back to us via e-mail and said our application "looks great!" and that they would seriously consider us even though they had a few other applications for the same dog. I have since found out that the dog was updated and not one of our references was ever called. I'm not saying this rescue did anything wrong, but needless to say I was disappointed that being "seriously considered" didn't mean having our references checked. Is this common practice for rescues? (Please don't misunderstand me - I am very happy this dog found a home, I'm just wondering if they would check references for all applicants or just the one they thought was best).

The second rescue raised red flags for me. They got back to my boyfriend for a telephone interview. This dog was much younger than the first (8 months) and had been in rescue for 2 months (since the age of 6 months). Her description read that she was not housebroken but was "coming along well" or something to that effect. But the foster mom who spoke with my boyfriend told him that the dog was not at all housebroken because she didn't "have time to work with her" and that because she was "paper trained" she would pee on "any mat she sees". Yes, I was prepared to work on housebreaking. But what kind of rescue has fosters who take in puppies and then don't have time to work with them over 2 months? Am I being too suspicious, or does this seem wrong to anyone else?

So my question has two parts. Please, can anyone renew my faith in the rescue system? I will never buy from a pet store but I am starting to consider breeders and that scares me - a lot - because it isn't something I ever thought I would do. And no, my opinion isn't being changed by these two small experiences...refer to my next question below!

Secondly, does anyone know of a good, reputable rescue - especially ones you have dealt with and volunteered for/adopted from personally? I am becoming wary based on some recent horror stories, and can't even take the THS seriously after some reports I've read.

Sorry for the ludicrously long post. I'm new here, but I'm notorious elsewhere for my lengthy posts and verbal diarrhea :loser: Hopefully either I'll get better or you'll all learn to put up with it, HAHA

Love4himies
May 14th, 2009, 03:12 PM
I am sure you will get some great responses. There are a number of members who are very active in rescue and will be able to point you in the right direction.

EndOfFashion
May 14th, 2009, 03:48 PM
Thanks for the encouragement. I'll be checking back frequently!

Oh and let me take this opportunity to stress that I am not suddenly against rescues, and I don't think that all rescues are illegitimate or anything of the sort (I don't want my words to get twisted). I am just concerned about finding a trustworthy one as there seem to be so many of them all of a sudden - and sites like Petfinder don't have the will or the resources to check on the rescues which post on their site. I've also been trying to find a group I can volunteer for, and am hearing that some rescues treat their volunteers/fosters very poorly, etc - plus I'm getting the feeling that nobody wants my help, despite the pleas posted on their sites!

Hope you all understand I'm not knocking rescue! Just need a little guidance, that's all :)

Mat&Murph
May 14th, 2009, 04:27 PM
There are alot of people on here into rescue and shelters that will be able to help, also if you look on petfinder.com alot of the dogs on there are rescues

EndOfFashion
May 14th, 2009, 05:00 PM
I go on petfinder.com frequently (it's a daily thing, if I'm going to be completely honest!). My problem is I've heard about issues other adopters have had with at least two of the rescues that come up on petfinder (in my area, specifically). Again, I don't want to name the rescues in case the experiences these people had were isolated incidents...but I would be okay with PMing if someone wants to know more. (Just have to figure out how PMing works, first!)

I also check the Toronto Humane Society site frequently, but I've been hearing terrible things about them lately, which is a shame. I still check and if I found a dog that seemed to be a good match I would probably still go to the THS, but I'm just feeling very wary of it - even though we got our cat from the THS and had no issue.

I'm also wondering about the rescue which called us for the phone interview. I wanted to know other peoples' thoughts about whether the foster parent's attitude should be a warning for us (read my first post for more info if you haven't already).

Thanks everyone for your input!

BenMax
May 14th, 2009, 05:16 PM
EndofFashion - I am so glad that you have come to this forum to ask this very good question. I deal with about 8 rescues in Ontario, 2 in Alberta, and 2 in Quebec.

Reputable rescues should be able to provide you with the following:

Approximate age, breed, past history, a disclosure of all medical history if possible, medical status now, any quirks, a STERILIZED and fully vaccinated dog or at the least a follow up on sterilization at due date, a health guarantee of at least 30 days. You ask for copies of ALL medical documentation.

If in foster, you should have one on one contact with the family to ask all the questions that you want to know.

Also, a rescue that puts a dog in a 'foster with intent to adopt' is ideal. This gives you a great opportunity to ensure that you and your new companion mesh well before making that commitment.

Not that I am the all be all, but I do know a few really great rescues that can help you. I've been doing this for years.

If Marco will give the permission, I can provide you a list of very good rescues that will help you and you will feel confident about the service you are getting. There are no hidden facts or agendas with the rescues that I heavily rely on.

If you need help - I will be more than happy to assist and put you in the right direction.

BenMax
May 14th, 2009, 05:32 PM
Forgot to ask - what breed or mix are you looking for?

Tundra_Queen
May 14th, 2009, 05:50 PM
EndofFashion, I didn't know that the THS was having problems. I did hear on the news hat the City of Toronto was doing bad things to the animals they pick up..but nothing was said bad about the THS. It just said that it was the CITY and NOT the THS they were talking about.

Debbie
former Torontoian :D

EndOfFashion
May 14th, 2009, 08:19 PM
Tundra_Queen: I've been hearing that they treat their volunteers terribly. Some of the current and past volunteers have started a Facebook group about it. Volunteers can't walk "difficult" dogs until they receive the proper training, but their training sessions keep getting canceled (be aware I am just relaying what I've heard/read), so some dogs go days or weeks without being walked, causing them stress. Some of the paid employees were fired for no reason, or for making complaints about the way things are run. Futhermore, they are getting more donations (both monetary and in kind) than they know what to do with - I've heard that they literally throw out beds, collars, etc. that they have no use for (why not pass them along to another rescue?).

Finally, because they are such a large non-profit organization, their tax information is made public - as such, it has been discovered that the president (Tim Trow) personally makes about $160,000 a year. Two members of the upper management make about $80,000 per year - and neither one has any education beyond a high school diploma. There's nothing wrong with making an income while doing what you love, but (correct me if I'm wrong) you don't go into animal rescue to make money. I'm sure if you Googled the THS you could find some of this info. I'm not even going to go into their adoption policies - but I've heard many complaints about that as well. It saddens me because I have always supported them.

BenMax: I would definitely appreciate any help! We're holding off the search for a little while (at least I'm trying to) as we've decided we would like to purchase a home before the end of the year, but I would love to start looking into some rescues in the meantime to educate myself. As for breeds, I'm not horribly picky...and I'm definitely not against mutts :). For some reason, I don't find myself too drawn to most hound breeds - beagles, coonhounds, etc. We love Pugs (I've heard of Pugalug Rescue and they look good), but think the more energetic Boston Terrier might be a better match for our unusually energetic Pug! We also like Bulldogs (we're partial to the brachycephalic breeds!), most of the terrier breeds (not sure about the uber-energetic JRTs, though), dachshunds...really, for me the temperament is more important. We don't consider ourselves experienced dog owners, so a relatively trainable and easygoing individual that gets along with other dogs and cats is ideal - which is why, although I love Shiba Inus, Basenjis and Shar Peis, they're probably not a great match for me. Also reasonably active - we walk a lot and love to hit the dog park every weekend.

Okay, once again I've droned on - I apologize! :loser:

BenMax
May 15th, 2009, 08:51 AM
The pug rescue you quote is reputable. I know many of our Quebec guys went there not through me but through others. Many good things are said about them.

If you can get permission from Marco to have access to your PM - I will forward you a list of reputable rescues that are either breed specific or non breed. I will also provide you with HS that are compassionate and diligent.

Actually, in Ontario you are fortunate enough to have so many wonderful rescue groups and HS that have been instrumental in saving our Quebec dogs. There is collaboration from both provinces luckily. Interestingly enough, many of our adopters are from Ontario. They actually travel quite the distance to adopt.

Bearsmom
May 15th, 2009, 09:00 AM
You've got some great questions, endoffashion. I've done home visits for rescues and have a fair bit of exposure to them. Rescues are largely volunteer run, and it does take a good bit of time to research prospective owners.

Perhaps the dog you were looking at was a better fit with another family, and the Rescue didn't have time to respond to applicants that were no longer considered? I know that my rescue looks at matching very carefully with prospective owners (ie home life? shift work? children?) and references are the last thing checked after home visits. Each rescue runs with a different adoption policy.

Don't worry, your perfect match will come along, it just takes time.

Marty11
May 15th, 2009, 09:00 AM
Go for a boston terrier, they have really neat personalities, little stubborn but very loving. Not good for active movement in really hot weather, they get exhausted quickly. I love my girl....... Glad your trying to rescue, good luck.

EndOfFashion
May 15th, 2009, 10:30 AM
BenMax: who is Marco and how do I get in touch with him? lol. I would drive to Quebec if my perfect match awaited me there, but if you have contacts here in Ontario then I would love to know, for sure. Let me know how to activate my PM.

BearsMom: Thanks for the encouragement. I figured it had something to do with them finding a better match before they got around to checking references. It's just disappointing because I got my hopes up after getting such a positive initial reply from the rescue. But I do completely understand - like I said, I don't honestly feel that they did anything wrong, I just really liked the little guy we applied for! :sad: Now the other rescue...that one is still up in the air.

Marty: we ADORE Bostons! The one dog we applied for was a Boston, but I feel like they so rarely come into rescue. I know the Canadian Boston Terrier Club of Canada Rescue (or something like that, lol) is a good place to start, but like I said...I don't often see them, and when they do become available, they get a LOT of applications! I feel like we have so many strikes against us when compared to other potential adopters (we're young, not married - though that doesn't seem to mean much anymore! - and we rent).

But yes, long story short, after much research we do think a Boston would be perfect for us! As for the hot weather thing...yeah, that doesn't happen because of our Pug anyway! (Oh and I should mention I also do VERY poorly in hot weather, haha!)

Mat&Murph
May 15th, 2009, 10:34 AM
Marko is the admin. On here. He can allow you access to the PMs. Run Search for marko.

BenMax
May 15th, 2009, 05:40 PM
Marko is the admin. On here. He can allow you access to the PMs. Run Search for marko.

Thanks Mat&Murph!

Please do get a hold of him as I would love to share this information with you. There is nothing worse than loosing an opportunity and to see a wonderful little soul finding a forever home.

Please note that I will not be on line until Monday. If you get access I will provide you with whatever you need.

Best to you.

hazelrunpack
May 15th, 2009, 09:41 PM
EndOfFashion, you need a certain number of posts before you can PM someone...not sure how many...but I'll PM marko for you and ask him to activate yours :thumbs up

kiara
May 16th, 2009, 01:24 PM
Too bad you don't live in Montreal because there are several well respected dog rescues here. Maybe you could drive to a smaller town and get a dog there? Some rescuers think they are GOD and give the public a hard time by making it difficult for them to adopt. They are too strict and too regimented ????? Aren't they there for the purpose of adoption???? (I guess different needs are necessary when adopting out a dog, a backyard or someone being home a lot). Adopting out sick animals to make money is a disgrace and it gives the good rescues a bad name. Never heard of asking for references. We are a cat rescue and our adoption application is lengthy. We have a $150.00 adoption fee. If people seem suspicious to us, we will not let them adopt. If you read my previous posts you will see that I have been warning people about bad rescues!!! I have seen it all in the 12 years I have been rescuing. There are many good rescues out there, but you have to watch out for the bad ones!!!

EndOfFashion
May 16th, 2009, 03:56 PM
BenMax: I won't be on much until Monday either, as I'm working Sunday :sad:

hazelrunpack: Thanks for the help! Let me know if he'll activate it for me!

Kiara: I know what you mean. Most of the time I try to see the rescue's point of view, and I can understand that there are a lot of people out there who simply shouldn't own pets - and I guess on one level they're trying to filter those people out. On the other hand, they're also trying to match the dog to the best possible home, and I think to myself: "well, it's actually a big help that the rescue will help me find a dog that will suit my lifestyle and integrate well into my home". But then again, yes it is frustrating that some are so stringent! And because I'm on the other side of it, I never know what reason the rescue has for choosing someone else over me. I think that's the worst part of it. I will check out your other posts about illegitimate rescues. I, too, am really angered that someone would pose as a rescue for personal gain and give rescue in general such a bad reputation. :frustrated: And then there are the ones who are trying to do good but just get in over their heads...

I meant to add, I would definitely drive to a smaller town. Right now I'm looking at shelters within about a 2-3 hour radius of where I live. I'm keeping my options open ;)

hazelrunpack
May 16th, 2009, 08:02 PM
I contacted Marko, but he said you should already have access to Private Messaging. So when you log on, BenMax, send away :D EndOfFashion, you'll get the notification when the message arrives :thumbs up

BenMax
May 18th, 2009, 08:50 AM
I contacted Marko, but he said you should already have access to Private Messaging. So when you log on, BenMax, send away :D EndOfFashion, you'll get the notification when the message arrives :thumbs up

Thanks so much Hazelrunpack!:grouphug:

PM sent.

EndOfFashion
May 25th, 2009, 10:54 AM
So I told you I would keep you posted...here's my update! (Unfortunately not so good...)

BenMax very kindly sent me a list of good rescues. I've been checking them regularly to find the right dog! Yesterday, I thought in the meantime I would go and check out the Toronto Humane Society...all their dogs are supposedly posted on the website, but there's nothing like going to see the dogs in person. Well, what a shock I got.

Apparently the THS has changed their adoption process. Now you have to fill out an application and be approved to adopt before even being allowed to see the dogs! How am I supposed to show "intent to adopt" without knowing anything about the dogs they have for adoption? I thought to myself, "I would never adopt a dog sight unseen". Of course, after pondering that for a second I realized that's kind of how most foster-based rescue groups function (although of course you meet the dog before signing the adoption contract, I'm sure).

I figured out that what was bothering me was that I had absolutely no information about the dogs up for adoption. I was being asked to select a dog based on its photograph and nothing else. Rescues will at least post a pretty thorough description of each foster that is available. At the THS, I had no idea which dogs got along with other dogs, cats...etc. When I asked an employee if we could ask questions about the dogs in their care prior to selecting one to apply for, she said no and then mumbled something about the application!! In fact, she was quite rude...but I've heard lately from a lot of people that the THS employees wouldn't give them the time of day, so I was almost expecting that. Needless to say, we walked out of there after that.

:frustrated: Ugh I'm getting frustrated again. I was trying to give the THS the benefit of the doubt but I won't be returning any time soon.

On a HAPPY note, late last night one of the rescues BenMax told me about posted a dog that pretty much sounds perfect for us, so I went ahead and sent in an application! I don't know what our chances are of being chosen (since they don't work on a first come, first served basis), but here's hoping...wish me luck! I'll post the outcome when I find out!

BenMax
May 25th, 2009, 11:21 AM
Best of luck to you EndOfFashion.

It is too bad that THS has this policy. I can understand filling out an application first, but you should be able to view all dogs once the application is complete. This is a little odd! Anyways - this is the way they operate and I guess they have somesort of success with it.:shrug:.

Honestly, and I have nothing against shelters or the human society but rescues have a better handle on what they have available and if the dogs are in foster, they have a good idea as to individual needs of the dog, and what type of family is required. Due to having less animals in rescue, it is easier to manage I guess.

I always say 'if it's meant to be, it will be. If not, then something more suitable will come my way'.:)

EndOfFashion
May 25th, 2009, 12:10 PM
Best of luck to you EndOfFashion.

It is too bad that THS has this policy. I can understand filling out an application first, but you should be able to view all dogs once the application is complete. This is a little odd! Anyways - this is the way they operate and I guess they have somesort of success with it.:shrug:.

Honestly, and I have nothing against shelters or the human society but rescues have a better handle on what they have available and if the dogs are in foster, they have a good idea as to individual needs of the dog, and what type of family is required. Due to having less animals in rescue, it is easier to manage I guess.

I always say 'if it's meant to be, it will be. If not, then something more suitable will come my way'.:)

I thought it was odd, too. But the employee made it clear that you had to select a dog to apply for, then fill out the application and go from there. Maybe she was wrong? I know other shelters (I think Hamilton-Burlington is one) have a questionnaire that allows the shelter staff to give you a "colour" that corresponds to certain dogs in the system. But I don't think that's how the THS's new policy works. The employee said they had to set up this new system because people were going in an vandalizing the cages. :shrug:

I have the same attitude! That's why I've spent so long looking and don't just apply for the first cute dog I see (however tempted I may be), and that's also kind of why I liked going to the humane society in the past...I can feel that it's meant to be if I meet the animal in person (that's how I "knew" about Charlie, our cat. And he is honestly the best cat I've ever met :)). But you're right about rescues knowing more about the individuals in their care, and like I said I've applied for a dog at a BenMax-approved rescue :D (not being sarcastic! I really appreciated the help!!) I really hope we hear some good news. :fingerscr

BenMax
May 25th, 2009, 12:15 PM
What breed did you apply for EndOfFashion? (I am so darn nosey!):D

EndOfFashion
May 25th, 2009, 12:40 PM
A Pug! I'm a big dog person, myself, but since we got Milo I've fallen head over heels in love with Pugs and this one seems to be a perfect fit :) I don't know if I'm allowed to name the rescue, but I'm pretty sure you can figure out which one it is based on the breed ;)

(And you're not nosey! I actually feel all warm and fuzzy inside that people even care about what I'm going through :grouphug: )

aslan
May 25th, 2009, 12:48 PM
Endoffashiion, where abouts in etobicoke are you.i'm in etobicoke too. There is a shelter on Eastmall. two seperate shelters in mississauga and an excellent one in Oakville.

BenMax
May 25th, 2009, 12:51 PM
A Pug! I'm a big dog person, myself, but since we got Milo I've fallen head over heels in love with Pugs and this one seems to be a perfect fit :) I don't know if I'm allowed to name the rescue, but I'm pretty sure you can figure out which one it is based on the breed ;)

(And you're not nosey! I actually feel all warm and fuzzy inside that people even care about what I'm going through :grouphug: )

Ok I know which one!:). They are very good. YOu are in good hands.

Best of luck to you and please let me know how it goes. Since I do not know their service when it comes to adopting, I would be curious to know. I do know that they are very thorough however. I do know of a group that has a pug that is blind. I sent this one from Montreal to Ontario. If this interests you, let me know and I will let you know which group has him. He is an angel.

EndOfFashion
May 25th, 2009, 12:59 PM
Hey Aslan,

I'm in the southwest end (near Lakeshore and Brownsline). I know which shelter you're talking about on East Mall - I worked about 2 mins north of there for 2 years and used to drive past it everyday. I also used to volunteer there as a "cat cuddler" :) I do check their site on a regular basis for new dogs. They don't seem to get very many but I've called them a couple of times to inquire about dogs I was interested in. Alas, none of them were right for one reason or another (usu. not good with other dogs or cats). But I keep checking!

I only know of the Mississauga Humane Society in Mississauga. What's the other one? And I'm assuming the one in Oakville is the Oakville HS. I check the Mississauga HS and the one in Oakville often, too. Okay, yes, I'm crazy :crazy: I think I have a touch of OCD! But definitely let me know about the second shelter in Mississauga. I'm :fingerscr that I won't need to check it, because hopefully we'll be chosen for this Pug, but you never know...that rescue seems to get a LOT of applications.

EndOfFashion
May 25th, 2009, 01:06 PM
Ok I know which one!:). They are very good. YOu are in good hands.

Best of luck to you and please let me know how it goes. Since I do not know their service when it comes to adopting, I would be curious to know. I do know that they are very thorough however. I do know of a group that has a pug that is blind. I sent this one from Montreal to Ontario. If this interests you, let me know and I will let you know which group has him. He is an angel.

BenMax, I know the one you are talking about! He's on one of the sites you mentioned. I was quite taken by him (okay in love with him), and he sounds great except for one thing: in his description it says that he would do best in a situation where someone is home "a great deal", and unfortunately that's not the case with us. Milo is never alone for more than 8 hours a day (unless we go out after work, but we always make sure we tire him out before leaving again, and actually this doesn't happen often because we have no social life lately!), but I'm not sure if they mean they are looking for someone who does not work/works from home? Aside from this one requirement, I think everything else would be a good fit. Unfortunately, most of the dogs I have to "decline", I do so because I don't think our home is good enough for the dog, not the other way around!

aslan
May 25th, 2009, 01:07 PM
lol, i could walk to your place, i'm Lakeshore and 26th street. The second in mississauga is the Mississauga animal services shelter. if you google that it will come up. they only have two dogs right at the moment but you never know.

EndOfFashion
May 25th, 2009, 01:19 PM
You could walk to my place! I'm at Lakeshore and 29th, LOL. You're the first Etobicokian I've met on this forum, I think...

I just checked out Mississauga Animal Services. OMG breaks my heart to see how many cats they have. :cry: Well, I've just added another to my list of shelters to check, haha! I swear, if anyone outside of this forum knew how much time I actually spend looking for a second dog...well, I'm pretty sure I'd be locked up in the looney bin right now. But they don't understand that I am trying to find a new family member. I don't think I'm that picky, but I want to make sure that we are the perfect home for the dog we choose!

BenMax
May 25th, 2009, 01:21 PM
BenMax, I know the one you are talking about! He's on one of the sites you mentioned. I was quite taken by him (okay in love with him), and he sounds great except for one thing: in his description it says that he would do best in a situation where someone is home "a great deal", and unfortunately that's not the case with us. Milo is never alone for more than 8 hours a day (unless we go out after work, but we always make sure we tire him out before leaving again, and actually this doesn't happen often because we have no social life lately!), but I'm not sure if they mean they are looking for someone who does not work/works from home? Aside from this one requirement, I think everything else would be a good fit. Unfortunately, most of the dogs I have to "decline", I do so because I don't think our home is good enough for the dog, not the other way around!

I think because he is blind they are looking for someone that is home during most of the day - which makes sense. He also will probably need another canine to guide him. I was fortunate to get this rescue to take him as I only had one day to try and save him. But isn't he the cutest??? :lovestruck:

I think that it is very responsible of you to decline some that do not fit your lifestyle and visa versa. I wish there were more people that would know what they can and cannot offer a potential pet. If more knew their limitations and what was involved in having companion pets - there would be less animals abandoned and unnecessarily euthanized.

EndOfFashion
May 25th, 2009, 01:43 PM
BenMax, he is a heartbreaker, that's for sure! And his name is hilarious :laughing: Where did you find the little guy?

But if they're looking for someone who's home most of the day, then we're definitely not the right home for him :( Although Milo is always around, lol! I also wonder if the layout of our apartment would be a problem - it's two storeys, with the bedrooms and one of the bathrooms upstairs. I know other rescues I've seen with blind dogs specified they would prefer single-level homes, which makes sense. Not that I would mind carrying him up and down the stairs! :lovestruck: Either way, I hope he finds his forever home soon.

As for knowing your limits...amen to that! I've seen too many people give up their pets because they didn't think things through beforehand. If I'm going to be completely honest, we probably shouldn't have adopted Autumn. I don't know if we were really the best home for her...we had next to no dog experience (my mom had a dog a long time ago that was fully grown and already trained when she got it), and were not prepared to deal with the behavioural issues Autumn had (some she still has). The difference is that we wouldn't give up on her, but too many people get in over their heads and feel their only option is to give the dog up. I love Autumn, but the experience has taught me to think very carefully about each and every dog I consider, and to make sure I'm equipped to handle the dog - financially, emotionally, training-wise, etc.

EndOfFashion
May 29th, 2009, 08:49 AM
Like I said on my other thread, I'm home sick today and I'm going to be spending a loooot of time on the boards this fine Friday. (All of the most recent posts the whole way down the list are going to be from "EndOfFashion", lol)

So, here's another update. Looks like we weren't chosen for the dog we applied for. So it's back to the drawing board, I guess. :sad: Seriously, I'm not sure we'll be approved by any rescue that does not function on a first-come, first served basis. There will always be a home better than ours - our situation may not look that impressive on paper, but we love our furkids to pieces and I think we're being overlooked because we're young, we rent, etc. Any rescue people want to add their :2cents: to this?

BenMax
May 29th, 2009, 09:03 AM
Like I said on my other thread, I'm home sick today and I'm going to be spending a loooot of time on the boards this fine Friday. (All of the most recent posts the whole way down the list are going to be from "EndOfFashion", lol)

So, here's another update. Looks like we weren't chosen for the dog we applied for. So it's back to the drawing board, I guess. :sad: Seriously, I'm not sure we'll be approved by any rescue that does not function on a first-come, first served basis. There will always be a home better than ours - our situation may not look that impressive on paper, but we love our furkids to pieces and I think we're being overlooked because we're young, we rent, etc. Any rescue people want to add their :2cents: to this?

Don't take it personally EndOfFashion and don't give up. If I find something for you, would you come to Montreal? If you can make the trip, then I will let you know when we get a pug. You will however have to go through the screening process and pass 'my boss' but if you are really a good home, you will not be denied. BTW - we do NOT work on first come, first serve. We know what our dogs and cats need and we will find the right family so that everyone is happy.

EndOfFashion
May 29th, 2009, 09:32 AM
Don't take it personally EndOfFashion and don't give up. If I find something for you, would you come to Montreal? If you can make the trip, then I will let you know when we get a pug. You will however have to go through the screening process and pass 'my boss' but if you are really a good home, you will not be denied. BTW - we do NOT work on first come, first serve. We know what our dogs and cats need and we will find the right family so that everyone is happy.

BenMax, that's exactly what I mean. Any rescue that DOES work on a first come, first served basis would probably not approve us, because they are holding out for the perfect home. How can we compete with people who've owned dogs for 20 years, or who work as professional trainers or vets, or who own their own home with a huge fenced yard? I'm saying we would probably have a better chance of being approved by someone who DOES function on a first come, first served basis. You know what I mean?

I would come to Montreal if I could! It depends on the date, really. Unfortunately my days off are Sundays and Mondays, which doesn't always work for everyone. :sad: And of course, if my boyfriend has to be present (which I'm sure is the case with any reputable rescue!), that limits us to Sunday, because he works a regular Monday-Friday week. But you can definitely let me know if a Pug comes in and I can try to re-jig my schedule...