My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Carolina Poodle Rescue, Pacolet, SC, USA
I tried to adopt a poodle five years ago, but despite having owned three standards, all living to ripe old ages, I was told I "did not qualify." The reason? I had not neutered them (I had hoped to breed the oldest, and did just once, and the other had health issues that precluded the need or stress for the surgery -- but CPR did not care for the reason). I was also told it was inappropriate that we sometimes let them run around in our fenced yard (we have four acres in the mountains). I found their attitude perplexing, as well as patronizing and condescending. I ended up buying another puppy, as our eldest passed away, and am very happy to love another poodle for its whole life, but we would have given a loving and safe home home to an adopted poodle, had CPR not been so benighted and backwards in their views.
Asking that adopters have all animals in the home altered is our way of insuring that indiscriminate breeding and accidental breeding does not take place. Breeding animals is difficult and should be undertaken only after the most stringent health and temperament testing of the parents is carried out. As for health problems precluding alter, our policy does allow for this contingency upon proof from a licensed veterinarian. As for allowing loved animals to run freely without supervision, much depends on the type of fence. Five years is a long time so I have no way of remembering with no name to look at why but with that much acreage I am inclined to think this adopter has an underground or electric fence - and shock fences are no deterrent at all to any type of danger. We believe animals lives are sacred and should be cherished and that includes supervision when they are in an area where the potential exists to harm themselves by accident.