I also think pre-adoption screening is essential, as not all pets will fit all lifestyles. Chances of being re-adopted after a return to a shelter are very slim for most animals. (Not all pets are as lucky as Kelsey the Twice-Adopted dog.)
That said, my Twitter friend, Anthony Holloway (@K9Cuisine), brought this news article to my attention. The subjects of the story are Doug and Harriet Thompson, 70 and 69 years old, respectively. They recently had to euthanize their 14-year-old Labrador after it had a stroke. They contacted a local rescue and planned to adopt a young poodle. From the article:
"After some initial e-mail inquiries, the Thompsons were asked the ages of everyone in the house. Their answer drew a response from Dachshund Rescue saying they would not be approved for a young dog, but would be considered for an older one."
Please share your experiences with pre-adoption screening: Does People-Pet Matchmaking work?
Your comments are also welcomed (link below). Thank you for thoughts and opinions.
- Online Pet Adoption Guide
Help for those considering adopting a pet
- Adoption and Rescue Successes
Tips for a successful pet adoption from viewers
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