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Giselle Moises -- Adoption Agency Home Visit
Yesterday, I dealt with one of the most bizarre and unprofessional people I’ve ever interacted with in my life. An adoption agency my wife and I have been working with to adopt a homeless terrier mix sent a woman named Giselle Moises to my home to conduct a “home visit” to make sure we were worthy of adopting a dog from the agency she represented, which was Rescue Me Animal Welfare in Baton Rouge, LA. I was not the least bit concerned about this visit. My wife and I have owned three dogs during our 32 years together. All of our dogs received the best of medical care, were well trained, and each was with us for at least 10 years before passing away. Each dog was a full-fledged member of the family, complete to the point of appearing in family portraits. Going in to this interview, we felt that we had the means to provide a safe and loving home to a dog. My wife and I are both highly educated and professional people (I am a retired Naval Officer and she is an attorney and each of us earns an annual salary that exceeds six figures). We are and live in a 3,000 square foot historic home in the Faubourg Marigny in New Orleans. As I said, the visit itself was indeed bizarre. My wife and I found Giselle Moises to be an extremely judgmental, condescending and biased woman who was pre-disposed to the opinion that our neighborhood was not one in which a dog would be safe. She also seemed more interested in lecturing me about dog responsible ownership in New Orleans than finding out if my wife and I had the desire and the wherewithal to provide a good home for the dog in question. When I pressed her as to the reason behind her very rude line of “questioning,” she responded that “we have to be very thorough when we visit certain neighborhoods.” When I asked her what she meant by the phrase “certain neighborhoods,” she responded that she had grown up in New Orleans and dogs were stolen from neighborhoods like the Marigny and “sold for drug money,” “used for bait dogs” by dog fighting rings, and the like. Needless to say, my wife and I failed to pass muster with her agency. We will continue to look for a homeless dog to become our forever canine family member and companion. Based upon my experience, I think it is safe to say that if one must deal with Giselle Moises when trying to adopt a dog, one needs to remember that the process is really more about Ms. Moises, her opinions, and her dog owner philosophy than it is about the homeless dog.
Giselle, the woman that makes all adoption decisions, is the most offensive, judgemental, prejudiced woman I have ever spoken to. DO NOT waste your time if you don't have a fenced yard, live in the country, are retired or independenly wealthy and don't work, don't know the exact cause of your last pets death (old age is NOT an acceptable answer even if they were 15), etc. etc. The woman is horrible and clearly does not have the animals best interest at heart as she WILL find a reason to deny the adoption. Most of her rescues are with her months if not years... what a joke. If I could give "0" paws I would.
We had a less than stellar experience using this non-profit agency. The person we interacted with was very rude, condescending, and borderline discriminatory towards those in the military. My wife and I were looking to adopt a dog and currently live on an Air Force base. The person questioned our ability to care for the dog because we were in the military. She implied we would mistreat the dog and it would end up back in the shelter where it started. I would not recommend doing business with this agency, especially if you are in the military. Because of this person's prejudice, two dogs missed out on a wonderful, loving home.
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