|Barked: Wed Nov 27, '13 5:29am PST |
|I have been working with a rescue for the past 5 wks and I am left feeling perhaps they are not someone I want to support. I understand the need to save dogs from high kill shelters, but I feel if you are committing to saving them you owe them a fighting chance at a forever home.
The rescue recently increased their fees from 150-300, which I understand but the rescue does nothing but pay the pulling cost to the shelter. The animals are vaccinated by the shelter, then brought to us to foster, foster commitment doesn't mean much. The run week by week, so the current dog I have had been in 3 different fosters before I took her in, I have had her 2 wks now. When I asked what they knew about her...nothing was the answer. So when the dogs are dropped off, they don't even ask anything...and how are these pups suppose to find the best home.
Then their adoption agreement says all puppies should be spayed/neutered by 6 months of age, yet here I have a 7 month old puppy who will be adopted unspayed...that doesn't make sense to me. The puppies do not get hw prevention so even if they did test them it wouldn't matter, and they are given flea baths when pulled but nothing is applies after. I do understand this is expensive but in my opinion important.
The have listed as reasons for costs rising, electricity...what electricity? All these dogs are in private fosters and the adoption events are held outside a local pet store..gas, I understand that because they drive hrs to bring these pups here, vet costs, although they do have some special needs pets..my last foster needed to see a vet and I told them and they said they would look at it and determine sat at the event, that was 5 days later. I took him to my own vet instead.
Last weekend alone there were 3 previous adopter surrenders. They do not do a home check or anything. I have meant some truly amazing people here, but I feel this rescue isn't actually doing what is best, if that makes sense. They currently do have 4 mama dogs with litters, but 2 of those litters were surprise litters. The fosters came home and there said to be 4month-1yr dog had had puppies. That brings up anothe issue, they suck at guessing an age of dogs. They told me my last foster was 3-4 months, this dog had all is adult teeth and some milks staining on his canines. Someone asked last week how old one of the dogs was and the response was 4m to a year, that is a big difference.
The adoption events are crazy and no one knows anything, I try to familiarize myself with as much info as I can get my hands on, but I don't have access to the medical info. Alot of adopters ask how big we think the pups will get, which having a current weight will help. There is no info on the cages for the pups, most fosters do a drop off, so they drop there dog off and come back after if they want to or if it doesn't get adopted. I stay with mine so I can personally talk with the interested parties.
So..I guess my ramble is over, is this all normal rescue behavior? I have only worked with breed specific rescues and they were usually adults, but they did everything for the fosters. We were trying this rescue because my kids wanted to do puppies, and they seem to work with alot.
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