I mentioned when we were trying to adopt a dog back in January, how difficult it seemed to be. As a matter of fact is wasn’t until late March that we were finally successful. At the time, I was astounded by some of the stories others had shared about how they had been denied.
Look, I appreciate the work that these shelters and rescue places do. I can even appreciate that they have some sort of review process to try and find a suitable home. But, it seems to me that they have all just gone a little crazy and overboard with their “guidelines.”
This was just highlighted again just how out of control these places can get, with the high profile case of the dog that was adopted by Ellen DeGeneres. She apparently adopted a Brussels Griffon terrier mix. The dog did not get along with her cats, so she found the dog a new home with her hairstylist’s family. But it seems that the place that DeGeneres adopted the dog from didn’t think, “this is the type of family that should have the dog” and removed the dog from that home.
Now first of all, who the hell made them god of dogs, and decided what “type of family” should have a dog?Â Second, if they showed up at my house to take my dog away, the only thing they would be leaving with would be my shoe firmly planted in their ass.
It seems that the agency, Mutts and Moms (located in Pasadena, Ca.) has a rule that NO FAMILY can adopt a dog that has children under the age of 14.Â This is the most arbitrarilyÂ loony rule I have ever heard.Â Of course there are some dogs that can not be placed with children because of temperment, or because of how the dog was treated at a previous home that makes certain dogs not suitable.Â How many people would not have dogs at all if everybody enforced this age limit?Â How many childhood memories would go up in smoke if you had to erase the dog out of the picture?Â And in this case, the children were 12 and 11, so while they did not make the “predetermined” age, they were certainly close enough for consideration, I mean you are not talking about a couple of toddlers where you are worried about them pulling on the dogs tail or fur or some other poor treatment.
Unfortunately, in this case (as in many others), these rules, as arbitrary and random as they are, become hard and fast denials that give no consideration for that family that is just looking to give a dog a home.Â These people really need to get a clue.