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Breed Specific Rescue Groups: Who the heck do they think they are, anyway? Part II

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**This feature is part two in a series exploring Rescue Groups and why they do some of the things they do. The procedures can seem unfair and exclusive to some people hoping to adopt animals, but the rules are there for sound reasons.

Recently on my Facebook page, the topic of breed specific rescue groups came up. Somebody made a general statement that was unflattering to, in particular, Golden Retriever rescue volunteers. Since I work with a Golden Rescue organization, I can speak to this individual’s concern. I am providing the exact statement now. It is unaltered.

“i hate animal rescue groups who go and adopt up nice dogs within a certain breed only to horde them and tell everybody they cant have the dog for various reasons and demand like hundreds of dollars for an animal that could have found a home at the pound they disgust me actually. How many animals do they keep from getting permanent homes because they are busy being greedy control freaks”

We have breed specific rescue, because people love and understand certain breeds. There’s nothing wrong with that. Different breeds have different personalities. Not every dog is appropriate to every person. I love my Golden, but would not want certain other breeds. A lab would be entirely too rambunctious for my household which includes an elderly person. It’s too hot for a Husky to be comfortable in the climate here.

Reputable rescue groups conduct on site interviews and home inspections, because they want to be certain the family is a good match for the animal. It is to ensure a forever home for an animal that has already been through trauma.

Another big concern is that rescue groups are full of older dogs, called seniors, because everybody wants young animals. Senior dogs, like people, have more health needs, and it is expensive. My dog is a senior. He was senior status when I adopted him. I specifically wanted an older dog, because I didn’t want to go through puppy training and high activity levels. My elderly mother is in the household, and an active dog would not be good for her. I was away working in the daytime then, so she needed to be able to handle the dog while I was gone.

When we were interviewed, the rescue representative asked very specific questions about how often the dog would be left alone. Since my mother is home during the day, the answer was that he would not be left alone very often. Somebody would be home with him most of the time. This was and remains true. Golden Retrievers are extremely social dogs. They do not do well in an environment where they are left alone for long stretches of time. If we were a household where the adults would be away for several hours a day, day in and day out, we likely would not have been given approval on adoption. Now that we’ve had our dog for three years, I can say with certainty that their initial assessment on his social needs were accurate.

Patty McGuire resides just outside Chalottesville, VA with her best buddy, Willie. Willie has his own blog at www.everybodyloveswillie.tumblr.com. An etsy store specializing in custom knits for bigger dogs is coming soon.
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