My boyfriend and I found an awesome dog at a shelter which we fell absolutely in love with. We spent over 2 1/2hrs at the shelter walking her, playing with her and letting our dogs play together. After wards we decided to put in an application for her, which included landlords name and number, four references, work information, all past pets, blah blah. We got a call back the next day and were told we were denied because we have an intact male dog. I asked why it mattered since the female we wanted was spayed, and they said it was just “Policy and Procedure”. I have a Belgian Malinois, whom I train in protection sports and show. He isn’t just some pet, he is my personal protection, working dog with imported bloodlines. I am constantly with him, indoors and out, so I know he would never accidental produce unwanted litters. I explained this all to them and they still denied me, trying to strong arm me into neutering my dog so I could adopt out the shelter pup. After considering neutering him, they then proceeded to say I wouldn’t be accepted or denied until he was fixed. Not even guaranteeing that I would get the dog if mine was fixed!! Is this wrong, or perfectly acceptable? I just wanted to get other peoples opinions on the situation. Meanwhile, the dog sits in the shelter without a home, for who knows how long, all because my working purebred has nuts.
Thanks everyone! It’s insane to me that they make adopting a dog as difficult as adopting a child. Crazy! I did send over two e-mails to the director, asking if she would make an exception and if Policy and Procedure is more important than finding dogs homes and did not receive a response. I doubt I will, their actions have said it all to me! It just sucks because I am a very picky person and have already been looking for a shelter dog for 6 months now, found her, fell completely in love and can’t have her. Not to mention two of the employees knew my dog wasn’t fixed when we did the meet and greet with the dogs, and they failed to mention this insane P&P..
Answer by The Greek
This is why people still buy dogs at the store, or adopt from the County Animal Control