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November 11, 2012

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November 11, 2012

I never thought I would write a negative review about a non profit but here I am. Recently my husband and I were declined for the adoption of a basset hound from this group. We were denied for two reasons, one was our age. The adoption counselor felt at 28 years old we were too young. The second reason was that when vet checked, although our current dog was perfectly up to date on his visits our cats were overdue for two shots. I let the counselor know that we would be taking the cats in that same week to get them updated, because although they are healthy happy indoor cats I understood the oversite and was more than happy to be a diligent pet owner and get them caught up. We still had weeks before the basset we were interested in would even be healthy enough to adopt. The counselor found our age and the cats history , even though they would be caught up within a few days to be unacceptable. Now I understand that rescues need to do their research and ensure they are placing pets in the best homes possible and certainly agree with this, however they did not do their research but rather made a rash and un informed quick decision. We spoke to the counselor on the phone once for ten minutes and were never even given the opportunity of a home visit prior to being denied.Had we been we are positive the decision would have been different. There are plenty of animals needing good homes and I know we will find another pet in need that is a good fit for our family, but I am just so dissapointed that now this dog, who is very sick with heartworms, will go even longer without a home and that by doing so the rescue will have less room to take in another dog in need. My family thought long and hard about adopting a new dog, what breed and what type of life we could provide this dog. We intended to bring this new pet to a wonderful doggy day care most weekdays with our current dog, we have a work schedule and resources to provide the best of care for our new dog as we do with our current pets. I can only imagine what other great families are declined like we were. It breaks my heart to think of the circumstances these pets come from and this being my first adoption experience, it greatly dissapoints me to know that good families are being passed up without so much as a meeting. I know it takes time and resources to run a non profit, but I would think that with a little more effort more families could be properly screened and more pets could be quickly placed with terrific loving families, which I assume is the goal. I would also advise that if someone was going to be discriminated against due to their age the organizeation should put an age requirement, higher than my age of 28, on their adoption application. The reasons we were given for our age being an issue were that we may chaneg jobs, start a family or move. Not once was I asked about my job history or my future plans for residency or employement. Had we been they would know that both my and my husbands jobs are very stable and that I have been with company for five years with a great outlook for the future with the company and my husband has run his own business for 10 years since the age of 18. So, while I apreciate the hard work non profits like this do, perhaps there is room for improvement in the system for which they screen potential new families and make their decisions as to who is and who is not fit for adoption. I felt that my experience should be shared and hopefully used as a tool for the group when doing future family screenings.

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