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Turned away for not having a vet reference. Sent them a link to this article: https://www.thedodo.com/adoption-applications-perfect-family-1190660240.html hoping to help them open lines of communication with potential families and other pet adopters in future. (I knew that it wouldn't change their mind about me, but perhaps would give their animals better chances at good homes and potential families a more personal look in the future.)

I was called names, had my character attacked, and was told I was a problem and that was why I would not be allowed to adopt by a rescue org. (I had not even been given an application, so these people know nothing about me and could therefore not make that call. I had merely been forthcoming enough to tell them I didn't meet the vet requirement because I don't have a pet yet.)

Ironically, their Facebook today has a long story about a large dog who snipped at someone and now cannot be adopted because it has a "record." They want potential families to be understanding toward the dog, nonjudgmental about its past and give it a good home.

When it comes to people who want to adopt, we are a dime a dozen to this org, our stories and limitations do not matter. Someone will adopt and they are important because we need THEM to get a pet in our hands. Well, that's not entirely true and that's my point in sending them the article. This org is unintentionally promoting breeders and possibly even puppy mills by turning loving families away.

Tl; dr: Don't be too forthcoming with them, and don't get your hopes up. They don't provide names, titles, or contact information, and the volunteer who contacted me was moody and difficult.