Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: South Range, WI
IMO, rescues should be "find the best home for the dog" and not "first come, first served." I'm not saying rescues should pass on good homes in case a better one comes along, but if there are multiple people interested at the same time, the dog should go to the one the rescue feels would be the best fit.
When we got our GSD, Luna, there were around 20 people interested in four puppies. I tried to adopt her early, even offering to pay over the phone. The shelter refused, saying if I didn't show up to get her, she'd be out of a home.
I ended up being second in line on the designated adoption day and got the puppy I wanted. I watched the website in the years that followed and two of the dogs ended up back at the shelter as adults. I don't know the fate of the other pup.
Had the shelter taken those 20 applicants and chosen the most suitable, perhaps the outcome would've been different.
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