Yesterday, I spent the entire morning looking for a dog. I got in contact with Norwich Animal Control regarding a pit/mix puppy they have. I filled out their adoption application. The nice lady called me back and we chatted. I’m still on the fence about a puppy. I have no experience with puppies, I got lots of experience with kittens but not puppies. I figure, at my age, the next thing I want to potty train is a grandchild. But we’ll keep this puppy on the back burner and check in if he’s not adopted.
I filled out an adoption application for a local rescue place. I was thanked for my application but I would have to present all paperwork on my cats before being approved because we don’t use a traditional vet. OK, shall I present you with my vaccination record as well? Hey, I may not be up-to-date on my shots. On the back burner they went and it was too bad because they looked like they had a lot of nice dogs. I mean they had around 30 or so. I got to wondering at what point does it stop becoming a rescue organization and border on hoarding? Or, at what point does it stop becoming a rescue organization and start becoming an actual business? I found myself asking those questions a lot yesterday as I searched adoptapet.com especially as I was presented with ‘price lists’ with some ads telling me something like;
All puppies $500.00
All young dogs $450.00
All adult dogs $350.00
All senior dogs $300.00
I guess that’s supposed to be convenient but it really feels like I’m ordering dinner off a menu or something.
When I went to adoptapet.com I specifically clicked ‘CT’. I was presented with 13 pages of dogs that were supposedly in my area. I found a few dogs I really liked. I checked out the webpages for the rescue organizations that have them and the vast majority of them were located somewhere down south. Huh?
I found three dogs I’d really like to meet and I thought would be good matches for us.
https://www.adoptapet.com/pet/21253733-sherman-connecticut-boxer The listing clearly states the dog is in Sherman, CT and he’s a beautiful dog so I thought I’d inquire. I couldn’t do from their site, I couldn’t even find the ‘pre adoption application’ that ‘must be filled out’ on their site. I went back to adoptapet.com and contacted the rescue through that site.
I have yet to hear back from them.
I found another dog where the listing clearly states the dog is in Cranston, RI (not too close but too far, a nice drive) https://www.adoptapet.com/pet/21507805-cranston-rhode-island-boxer-mix Look at that face! LOL I went to their site, found their adoption application easy enough along with the information that the dog is most likely not in RI but in GA. Transportation fees will be added to the adoption fee.
I guess it’s just too much to ask that when I go to one of these sites and fill in my preferred area that the dog actually be in that area. It happened so often on that site that I found myself skipping huge blocks of dogs listed in the same town because they were all from the rescue organizations that were not located anywhere near CT even if they claimed to have a ‘branch office’ here. It got so bad that eventually I started seeing listings that, in the title, stated, “ACTUALLY IN Connecticut” so whoever was cruising the site knew the dog was local. That’s important so you can set up a meet n greet and see how things go with the dog. I would think the last thing someone in my position would want is to go through the whole process, pay all the fees, have a dog shipped up from GA or NC or SC only to find out the dog isn’t a good fit with them or their family. Poor dog would have to go back to a shelter and the person trying to rescue them would be heartbroken over it.
Time and again I noticed the adoption fee includes many things; spay/neuter, shots, microchip, heartworm tests/meds and the like. All of which are very good things. Then I got to thinking, since I wasn’t looking at puppies and a lot of the dogs I’d come across hadn’t been totally abandoned/dumped somewhere but were listed as having been ‘given up by a good owner who couldn’t take of him/her anymore’…..how many of those dogs were already/spayed/neutered, were up to date on their shots and the like before the dog even reached the shelter? In which case, of course, the shelter didn’t pay those fees up front for the dog. Shouldn’t those dogs be….’cheaper’….than dogs the shelter did have to shell out that money for?
As I kept cruising all 13 pages I found myself missing the days when people placed free ads in the paper. Yes, they were free. The paper gave you 3 lines to advertise your dog for free. You found the listing, called the owner, met up, and were given the dog…for free. This used to happen all the time! Especially around here with the Navy base, guys/gals would get dogs, love them to death, then have to ship out with no one to care for the dog so they’d place a free ad. Now it seems like every dog goes to some type of shelter/rescue organization straightaway instead. I think someone should start a website specifically for that purpose; Owner to Prospective Owner. Cut out the middle man. That way the person getting the dog knows where it came from and the person giving it up knows the dog is going to a good home. I couldn’t even find a dog on Craigslist! I’ve been checking that out for a couple of weeks. I looked for a site like described above and even looked for ‘free dogs in CT’ and couldn’t find anything.
Anyway, as I got to the end of the 13 pages I came across this https://www.adoptapet.com/pet/20630087-middletown-rhode-island-black-mouth-cur-mix
OMG! Isn’t she gorgeous?
I had no idea people could use this site, or petfinder.com to place ads for their own dogs! They’re all drowned out by the rescue organizations….that may or may not be near you. I bet other people don’t even know they can place their own independent ad on these sites rather than having their first stop be a shelter/rescue. She was only 1 of 2 dogs (out of 13 pages of dogs!) that was being ‘rehomed’ by their owner.
I sent off an email through adoptapet.com and the owner got back to me within minutes. We sent a lot of texts and emails back and forth yesterday and we are meeting up tomorrow in RI so we can meet Zoey! Don’t you love the name? LOL She sounds like exactly what we’re looking for; a good dog, from a good home, with an owner who loves her but just can’t take care of her anymore (in this case it’s due to his work schedule). He’s had her since she was a puppy, he sent all of her paperwork via email, told me all about her, there’s even a cute little video on her listing. Oh, yeah, and she’s $50.00 as a good faith gesture. If we take her, and I think we will, she comes with her favorite toys so she’ll feel more comfortable adjusting to her new life in our home. If I have any questions I can contact him. If he wants, like Cai’s old owner did, I can send him pictures and updates on how she’s doing. That’s more in line with the way something like this is supposed to go as opposed to all of the hoop jumping and being made to feel like you’re at the mercy of some stranger whose judging you without ever having met you and worrying that you’re not good enough for a particular shelter/rescue.
So last night I did a little further research, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Mouth_Cur I’d never heard of a Black Mouth Cur before, and I found the dog’s temperament is right in line with that of a Boxer (which she is quite obviously mixed with). The Black Mouth Cur seems to be popular in the south and she’s originally from Florida. I think that it’s possible the owner moved to RI for a new job and maybe had to get a smaller apartment and just didn’t have enough time for her anymore. According to him she’s ‘high energy’ (like Cai was) and he doesn’t have the time to exercise her like she’d like anymore. We have a big yard for her to run around and play in. She doesn’t have experience with invisible fencing so, if we take her home, we’ll put the flags around the perimeter again and train her where the boundaries are. It shouldn’t be too hard, she looks like she’ll catch on quick. With me being unemployed at the moment, it’s a good time to open up our home to a new dog. She won’t be alone all day while she tries to adjust to her new home because I’ll be here with her.
Trying not get my hopes up too high just yet, it is possible we’ll meet Zoey and she won’t like us at all. Unlike Cai who ran into the yard and just sort of said; Here I am! But maybe she will like us, I hope so. The house is very lonely without Cai, we still miss him very much but I don’t think he would want us to be lonely for very long.
Wish us a bit of luck tomorrow! We may have found our perfect fit.