More on Dogs in Danger

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Rogier van Bakel coincidentally posted on the Dogs in Danger site the same day I did. Seems the site’s founder was recently profiled in People. Predictably, the site’s success has angered the self-appointed gatekeepers of dog adoption standards, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Apparently, it’s “crueler” to allow a dog to go home with a loving, if imperfect-by-SPCA-standards, family than to have the dog euthanized by SPCA.

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14 Responses to “More on Dogs in Danger”

  1. #1 |  Blue | 

    My wife and I recently adopted a dog. We couldn’t do so from any of the rescue societies. We don’t fit the profile. We weren’t current dog owners. We rent. We don’t have certain amenities that homeless dogs require. We weren’t willing to subject our home to inspection.

    We adopted a “grey market” pet from an individual who was “looking for a good home.” Apparently “good home” is subjective and there is no current legal definition. Maybe a state agency is necessary. The could conduct regular random inspections and certify my home as a “good” one. This would eliminate the subjective standards that so often put animals in danger. Sometimes the humane thing to do is to kill a dog rather than it go to undesirables.

  2. #2 |  anthony | 

    to many of the people who run shelters see themselves as all knowing. they can be very closed minded and at times do not put the dogs welfare first. They need to look at all people and consider what is happening to this dog they keep locked up in a pen instead of giving a dog the chance to go home with a family. the more time spent in a kennel the more rehabilitation the dog will need.
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  3. #3 |  Highway | 

    Yes, I noticed that when we were looking to adopt cats. The animal rescue folks in the SPCA mold would much rather turn you away in hopes that someone else who does fit their ‘ideal’ adopter will come along next.

    Never mind that there are too many good cats and dogs being euthanized every day.

    They’re working hard on making perfect the enemy of good.

  4. #4 |  dan in michigan | 

    I bought a house with a huge fenced in yard plus a large dog kennel. An absolutely perfect set up for a dog. We were rejected because my wife and both worked and wouldn’t be home all day with the dog. I would like to ask some pooch sitting on death row whether he wouldn’t mind being alone to chase squirrels and the like.

  5. #5 |  Pinette | 

    I volunteered for the humane society for a while and worked on adoption drives on the weekends. They were so damn bureaucratic it drove me nuts. They have limited resources and the model should have been geared to save as many animals as possible with those limited resources. Instead they wasted time and money on procedure and methodology and ended up rescuing only 4 or 5 dogs a month in a large city.
    It took weeks to do background checks and home inspections and multiple pre-adoption interviews and multiple post adoption check-ups…
    however, their hearts were in the right place. I don’t think that can be said of PETA. PETA runs their own rescue program which has a 90% kill rate. Since they are against pets altogether, they really would rather see the dog killed than go to a loving home to be a slave to the evil humans.

  6. #6 |  Tokin42 | 

    There are all kinds of private breed specific rescue dog shelters. I’ve already posted a link to the

    http://www.ildoberescue.com/displaySection.php

    which covers Illinois and the surrounding states and my wife worked with a greyhound rescue near Indianapolis neither of which put dogs down unless medically necessary. The attitude displayed by the SPCA is a major reason why I love dogs and generally detest most people.

  7. #7 |  Greg N. | 

    van Bakel’s story is nauseating. I hope the SPCA isn’t the beneficiary of all those dollars I donate to help homeless animals at Petsmart.

  8. #8 |  jeff c. | 

    i volunteer at my local humane society (the dane county humane society) and we dont make people jump thru hoops to adopt a dog. while there are times a dog shouldn’t be placed with a particular family to just say no dogs because you ahve kids id wrong. they should have been directed to a dog that was more suaible for the family if baxter was such a wrong match what the spca did is indefensible.

  9. #9 |  ZappaCrappa | 

    We had to jump through hoops and actually get the intervention of a kennel worker to bypass the airhead bimbo at the front desk in order to adopt one of my current dogs. He had only been at the shelter for 3 FREAKING MONTHS and we were more than ready to take him home but because he was 1/2 Australian Shepherd which makes him a “herding” dog, we were deemed unsuitable because of the age of our daughter. However, they were more than willing to let me adopt ANY of the 20+ pit bulls they had…go figure.

    I eventually got MY dog. The Annapolis, MD SPCA is clueless…absolutely clueless. On the other hand, they aren’t ALL the same. My wife adopted our other dog from the SPCA here in Mckinney, TX and it was a smooth, non-intrusive process and handled by people who actually seemed to want to make sure the animals got adopted instead of worrying about what you did for a living, how much money you made, demanding to be able to inspect the house, etc. Hell…I’m surprised that the Maryland SPCA didn’t ask for a fingerprint, a urine sample and a lie detector test. I would have failed the urine test. If we hadn’t fallen in love witht the dog, I would have told them to lick my dingleberries and smiled when I said it. The REAL kicker is, is I had to sign an agreement that I would call them if we moved and give them all our new information (so they could keep tabs on the dog I guess) so after we moved here, I called them. After 45 minutes, they STILL couldn’t figure who I was, what dog I had (that THEY had tattooed with the shelter phone number AND implanted a micro chip in) and after I lost patience, told them to just nevermind…I NEVER adopted an animal from them and they were obviously too stupid to figure it out if I had so I was just wasting my time with them.

  10. #10 |  Chris | 

    I would add +11 to jeff c’s story.

    I too had to buy from a breeder b/c I live in an apartment.

  11. #11 |  Windypundit | 

    Maybe what’s needed is an underground operation where people with perfect SPCA-compliant homes do strawman adoptions for people who love animals but can’t meet the insane qualifications.

    We could call it “animal rescue rescue.”

  12. #12 |  Greg N. | 

    I mentioned my dog, Bear, in the other post. I should mention that I had to lie to the shelter to get him, too. If we ever lost him, and the shelter found him, they’d call some friend of a friend who owned a home and agreed to adopt him for us.

    I can only hope she’d be able to find us …

  13. #13 |  buzz | 

    I went with my neighbors to go adopt a cat in Columbus, Ohio. There were two slightly older cats from the same litter with the other little kittens. My neighbors wife wanted the male and I wanted the female. There was a part time employee there, and she let us take them even thought there was a note that the manager wanted to adopt them together so as ‘not to break up the family”. Two days later the manager called and yelled at my neighbor for adopting just one of the cats. Apparently the manager thinks cats are humans.

  14. #14 |  Dan | 

    My wife and I adopted Sassy (seen previously on the Agitator, http://www.theagitator.com/2008/03/25/sassie-saved-dog-in-danger/). We were thrilled to find her through Dogs in Danger. We had purchased a house with a big back yard (by urban standards) with the express purpose of getting a dog — something we’d wanted for years, but we wanted to wait until the time was right.

    But when we started looking at rescue groups, we found them to be a bit over the top for our tastes. I understand that dogs need to be in good homes, but from a simply economic perspective, the quantity of mutts (or other good non-puppies) demanded shrinks in comparison with the quantity supplied. And frankly, I didn’t want to open my home to busybodies who I did not know to come in and poke around.

    We got Sassy four days before what we refer to as her “sell-by date.” And it’s the best move we ever made. I don’t know how anyone could ask for a sweeter, more loving, gentle, friendly dog than her. She ‘s everything you could hope for in a dog — and we didn’t have to prove that we’re good people with a nice home to anyone. She was three years old and had had a pretty rough existence, as far as it was known. When we first took her to the dog park, she acted like an ex-con — everything was to be fought over, and she had to show her dominance to everyone. But within a couple of weeks her bad habits were gone and she was best friends with everyone she met. The perfect adoption story.

    If we hadn’t adopted her, she would have been put down. It’s terrible to think this would have happened to such a wonderful dog. I understand the need to prevent animal cruelty, but I understand the laws of supply and demand as well.

    I can’t recommend Dogs in Danger highly enough.

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