|Barked: Wed Oct 23, '13 9:24am PST |
|It took my rescue a very long time to get on Petfinder. Four attempts, I believe.
Rest assured that there is not "no reason" you are being turned down. With us, it was that we were transport based. When we started, we were adopting dogs from the south directly to the north. They explained to us why that was against their policy....they don't like to rattle confidence of people using Petfinder for dog searches, getting frustrated by not knowing whether a dog was regional or not. We didn't care and used Adopt-A-Pet.
We did change our rescue to foster regionally, and in successive attempts to clear their process, it seemed to me rather likely they were not believing us. I do admit their communication was not the best at that time. I had to guess why, but felt pretty sure that was the reason.
At any rate, not that long ago rather than reapply I wrote them and spoke of my frustration. My assumption of why were not clearing and then stressing a vast array of proof that we were regionally based....a state licensed category A rescue, an adoption partner with Petco, a participant in the AlwaysAdopt mega adoption events held here, ongoing relationships with several RI vets and so on. We were encouraged to apply again at that time, and did clear.
Personally, and I am sorry to be blunt, I doubt you will clear with this sort of attitude. Accusing people working there of getting rich and acting as if Petfinder is a public service. Petfinder is an organization, and can set whatever standards they choose to. They are under no obligation to you.
If you only adopt puppies, that could be a reason. Do you do pediatric speuters? If not, that would be a HUGE reason. Inflated adoption fees can be a reason....and some rescues these days are charging $600. As someone not only in rescue, but transport rescues where costs are even higher than normal, I know that to be inflated. It's a growing problem, IMO. What about your veterinarian relationships? Do you have proof of those and not only speuters, but also some history of providing exceptional health care? That could be a reason as well. Your contract.....is there an ironclad return clause? That's a biggie, too.
Those who foster regionally, charge reasonably, have good veterinary standards, are adamant about speuters, have a sound contract and charge reasonably should clear Petfinder given enough effort. Sometimes it takes an exceptional effort and, no, that's not always fair, but Petfinder is a private organization and not a public service.
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