My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue Inc, Sagaponack, NY, USA
Animal rescues claim to want to place dogs in good homes, however this one has such stringent requirements that it makes it impossible for certain people to adopt here. Repeated attempts were made to adopt a small dog here, however they went ignored. My application was not considered, as it was initially indicated to me that I did not have my over one acre back yard fenced in, which can be very dangerous for a small dog to freely roam around in and a smaller enclosed fence was not sufficient, I had to work to earn a living and no one else would be home to be with the dog during those times, even though I indicated that I worked a short day and had many weeks of the year off, which indicates that single people who have to work are ruled out, and I did not currently have another dog, even though it was expressed to them that I plan to adopt another one at some point. Based on the pictures I have seen of their various adoptions, having more than one owner seems to be a prerequisite here. Also, it was ironic that in all of the pictures I saw of this particular dog in a fenced area, he was consistently on a leash and not roaming freely, so why having a fenced in yard was a necessity for his adoption was perplexing.
Having good vet and personal references, a nice home, a large enclosed deck and outdoor space, being able to offer him a great amount of individual attention and love each day while taking him for walks, socializing him with other people and dogs and engaging him in activities that he was described as enjoying was still not good enough to adopt here. They rather this dog stay up for adoption week after week than sending him to a good, loving, permanent home.
There seems to be a very limited awareness that good dog owners come in a variety of different family and home structures, not just what they deem to be acceptable, and that dog owners' lives and situations can change drastically over the course of a dogs' life, despite what requirements they are meeting at the time of the adoption. Therefore, love and dedication to the dog should be the most important one. It is unfortunate because these limiting beliefs and dictates may be keeping dogs from being able to join with the perfect owner for them and it can lead to people having to go to dog breeders to get a dog, which therefore can continue the cycle of creating more unwanted dogs in the future.
People who are in my position should know all of this going into this process and that trying to work out solutions with this rescue shelter may be a waste of time and lead to great disappointment in not getting a dog you were lead to find.