Originally Posted by MissColors
Well on to the next one, physical inspection of your property before even trying out any horse on our property. Random check ups and only if after two years you have the horse and things look ok... we'll take it to the board and if you are declined then no refund for your provided care and the horse comes back. Oh and $100 non refundable application fee. No moving allowed with in 5 years after adopting.
This is the main reason why I don't adopt animals. To me that's not full ownership, that's paying money to be a foster home.
That being said I really sympathize with the position legitimate rescues are in. The feeling of rehoming a horse and discovering that you put them in a horrible home is absolutely sickening, and one I've experienced personally - You just never know with people, and the only way to really know that an animal is going to be well cared for is to either do it yourself or practically babysit the person doing it.
Thing is, people don't like to be hovered over, and if a rescue really wants to rehome its animals so it can take on more that's just not practical. The "limited" ownership and invasion of privacy I see in most adoption contracts these days turns me right off. Like others have said, I'd be more inclined to cut out the middleman and find my own rescue through auctions or craigslist, etc.
It's too bad, since whether a rescue drives away potential adopters with unrealistic standards and has to turn away rescues, or adopts to anybody with a chequebook and rehomes rescues into bad homes, the animal pays the price.