My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Carolina Poodle Rescue, Pacolet, SC, USA
The issue reviewer wc0476 raises has proponents in both camps. I’ve read of some shelters that do permit a trial period for all the reasons the reviewer has stated. Others focus less on the adopters and more on the dogs who have often been moved numerous times and are waiting for someone to make a permanent commitment to them. The staff at Carolina Poodle Rescue spends significant time and effort getting to know their dogs before listing them for adoption. Medical and/or behavioral problems are addressed before a dog is placed. The trained volunteers fostering some of the dogs evaluate their charges and the dog's individual issues (if any). As someone who has fostered dogs for them, I’ve been expected to let staff know how my foster dogs are doing in a multi-dog household and the type of permanent situation I would recommend for them. The time involved in getting to know the dogs is balanced by the time spent by potential adopters in completing the adoption process and by the adoption counselors who work with them. Despite the effort that is made to make a perfect match, people’s circumstances change and Carolina Poodle Rescue will assume the responsibility of finding another home or providing sanctuary for dogs that are returned. As an aside, I am the mother of three adopted children. For none of them were we offered a “trial period” of adoption. My youngest daughter was four-years-old at the time of her adoption. We had seen her picture but not even met her. Part of the process of adoption is the commitment the adopter is willing to make.