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Friday, March 28, 2014

Pardon my rant.

Twice this has happened to me.  Twice I have met (virtually), fallen in love and jumped through the hoops to adopt a dog.  Only to have their foster families pull them out of the deal at the very last minute.  I have fostered dogs and know how hard it is to hand them on to their forever home - no matter how wonderful the new family is, it's tough to say goodbye.  I have also been a foster failure.  But I never, ever waited until a family had chosen her to pull the rug out from under them.  I knew within a week that she was staying with me and I was making the commitment to give her a home for the rest of her life.

I am trying not to let this put me off adopting another dog from a rescue group.  And I am definitely still welcoming Lovey into our group.  Thank goodness her foster mom is willing to let her come to us.  If there is a small, snuggly dog in my future, he or she will come to me.  But I am not going to Alabama to find him or her.

And that's all I'm saying about that.

11 comments:

  1. Gosh you have been through the wringer! My heart goes out to you!

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  2. Oh Susan, that is just WRONG. Yes, it is about finding these dogs good homes, but if they do not have a policy that adopters can hang their hearts on (meaning a policy that once advertised as 'available,' the dog cannot be pulled from the list for reasons other than severe health or behavior issues), they are going to lose some of those good homes to disillusionment.) PLEASE communicate this to the rescue group; they NEED a policy that does not allow this last-minute rug-yanking!

    I'm sorry; he was such a cutey. May the dog that needs you most turn up in your area. I'd avoid THAT rescue group after getting Lovey safely home.

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  3. Aw, Sweezie, I am so sorry. In the first place, how many people would agree to take TWO rescue dogs in the first place at one time? That takes a real commitment and it simply is not "right" to change the plans so very close to the arrival of the dog. Maybe Lovey (just consider her name) will turn out to be a cuddle-bug. I hope so.

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  4. Well that sucks! Sorry for your run of bad luck! I would speak with the rescue group and have them work a bit on their policy. Michelle really has a point.

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  5. I'm sorry Susan, all that planning and thinking and hoping and then - YANK! -. I hope the next snuggly bugger finds his/her way to you in their own time. Unless you want a snuggly, fuzzy, goat. I have one JUST for you. And I promise, I WON'T take her back :)

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  6. That totally sucks. It doesn't speak well for the rescue organization if they go back on their word. I'm so sorry.

    Double ditto on contacting the organization. Their credibility will suffer over time if they keep up that nonsense.

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  7. Devastating. We are looking at getting a dog from Mexico through friends of the in laws. They run a small rescue group. I'm only doing it this way because at least we sort of know the people. I feel badly I'm not helping a dog from this country.

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  8. I'm sorry you've been disappointed again. Rescue groups are wonderful, but stick to a local one I'd say.

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  9. Oh soo sorry! Your such a good person to take in rescue dogs. You will get the one you are supposed to have!
    Ha! Carolyn is trying to give me goats too, LOL!!!!

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  10. Susan,

    I'm so sorry to hear this. Don't be discouraged, you'll soon have your little bundle of joy. I kinda have to agree with Florida Farm Girl, it maybe easier to get a dog through a local rescue group instead of an out of state one.

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