So my wife and I have decided that as much as we love our doggo and our doggo loves us, it would be best for her to have a partner. So we’re keeping our eyes out for a second doggo.

I find one that would be awesome to rescue, and I swear these crazies that run these shelters have 0 clue about what is appropriate to ask of people, or stipulate.

Our current dog was a rescue, the questions covered who are we, what other animals we have, what the home environment was, and that we wouldn’t torture the dog.

This other rescue (run out of this woman’s home, red flag) has the audacity to effectively maintain control of the dog even after I would adopt it. For example:

  • “​​I​ ​will​ ​not​ ​give​ ​the​ ​animal​ ​to​ ​anyone​ ​else​ ​unless​ ​[Place]​ ​is​ ​notified.​”
  • “I​ ​agree​ ​to​ ​allow​ ​​[Place] ​or​ ​a​ ​representative​ ​to​ ​visit​ ​my​ ​home​ ​to​ ​do​ ​a​ ​home​ ​check​ ​visit​ ​before​ ​or​ ​after I​ ​adopt​ ​the​ ​animal.​ ​​ ​At​ ​such​ ​time,​ ​the​ ​adoption​ ​may​ ​be​ ​revoked​ ​if​ ​the​ ​representative​ ​feels​ ​the​ ​environment​ ​is​ ​not appropriate​ ​for​ ​the​ ​animal.”
  • “I​ ​will​ ​promptly​ ​notify​ ​​[Place]​​ ​of​ ​any​ ​change​ ​of​ ​address​ ​or​ ​telephone​ ​number.”
  • “​I​ ​restate​ ​my​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​my​ ​obligation​ ​by initialing​ ​here​ ​_____​ ​to​ ​return​ ​my​ ​adopted​ ​animal​ ​to​ ​[Place] ​at​ ​any​ ​time​ ​during​ ​the​ ​animal’s​ ​life if​ ​I​ ​am​ ​unwilling​ ​or​ ​unable​ ​to​ ​care​ ​for​ ​the​ ​animal”

Additionally they ask, “What​ ​would​ ​you​ ​do​ ​if​ ​your​ ​dog​ ​develops​ ​a​ ​problem​ ​with:” and then ask a series of behavioral issues dogs may have.


I have nothing to hide, but it states pretty clearly that all adoption fees are not refundable and then runs through all of these clauses with absolutely zero definitions or stipulations of what is acceptable, or at the very least the minimum of standards expected. Meanwhile in big, bold letters the place wants to be absolved 100% of anything that happens to us, neighbors or anyone while the dog is in our care. So they want to maintain permanent and controlling agency in the dog with 0 responsibility for it.

I’m all for placing dogs in safe homes. I’m not for an opportunity where on the “feel” of the lady, I can have my dog taken from me without refund, at which time she could try to adopt it out to another family, and would be contractually able to do the same thing again.


I just want to give a dog a good home with 3 boys and another dog for it to play with, in a fenced yard.

Current doggo for your time.