Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Part 2 of 2 (the not nice email)

My email to her:

Thank you so much for your interest in Heidi. She is going to make someone a special dog. Unfortunately at this time I can not approve your application due to the fact that one of your dogs is not fixed. I was surprised to read this after seeing you had lost so many to cancer. An unaltered dog has much higher risk of cancer then those who are fixed.

If you decided to have your dog fixed please contact us again. You sound like a great home and I know Tammy (Heidi's foster mom) and you had a good conversation.

Why Spay or Neuter?

  • If you think that just having one or two litters won't hurt anybody, this fact should change your mind: according to the Humane Society of the United States, 10,000 babies are born in the U.S. on any given day. On that same day, however, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. Match those two statistics up, and you'll see that there will never be enough homes for all the animals born in this country unless we all take responsibility for spaying and neutering our pets. Change begins with YOU! Spay or neuter your pet!
  • Spayed/neutered pets live longer, healthier lives
  • Spaying your female pet greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer and completely eliminates the threat of uterine and ovarian cancer.
  • Neutering your male pet prevents testicular cancer and prostate problems, and helps him avoid serious health problems like hernias and perianal tumors.
  • Males neutered at a young age are far less likely to develop dominance or aggression-related behavior problems, including possession and food guarding, territory marking (lifting his leg on everything in sight), aggression toward other dogs, and "humping" inappropriate objects.
  • Neutering your male pet relieves him of the constant urge to go out in search of a female in heat. Ridding him of his urge to roam could very well save his life, and save you from a terrible broken heart.
  • Spaying your dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle and the mess that goes with it. Also, females in heat often cry and howl incessantly, develop nervous behavior, and attract every unaltered male dog in the neighborhood to your yard!
  • Altered animals are generally more docile and easier to train
  • In the span of seven years, an unspayed cat and her offspring can produce 370,000 kittens!
  • In the span of six years, an unspayed dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies!

her email back to me:

I have taken a few days to really think this over, and I need let you know I am really
concerned about all the dogs on your site ever getting a good home. When you turn someone
like myself down something is really wrong with the program.
It is really to bad you did not approve my application because of something that will not effect
Heidi in any way. Heidi is altered, and XXXX is in no way a threat to her! He is not altered
because we showed him a time or two, and as you know they can not be altered. I have had
him on cancer walks several times, and he loves every dog an person he meets. It seems to
me your rules are cut and dry, and life just isn't that way. you can control the altering on
pups you rescue, "which is great" but not in every home. All dogs you place will be altered,
and if the home they go to has unaltered pet that dose not make them a threat to the rescued
Another small tid bit for thought All my pets I lost were altered. Cancer is genetics , altered or not
they will still get it thanks to poor breeding practices. They breed for the almighty $ not health.
You turned down the best home Heidi could possibly have. No body treats or takes better care
of their dogs than we do. They get the best of everything bar none. I don't know anyone who has
made as many trips to Columbus to take their beloved pet to Ohio State Vet for special care.
most never would consider it. How about it would you ? I have been there so many times I lost
count. May be you need to ask for more refs, and really call them. Anyone who knows me knows
how crazy I am about my kids.
If you want to see some well ajusted, happy pups visit my web site XXXX.com
For the sake of heidi, and others like her needing a good home and lots of love I hope you look
a little farther than your application before turning down more good people.

my response to her:

Every dog that I place is ONLY placed in a home with altered pets. Cats and Dogs!

I understand show dogs are not altered but this was never mentioned in your application. Also, if you only showed him 1 or 2 times then why hasn't he been altered since you are not showing him any more?

I NEVER said you were a bad pet owner. I am sure you are a good pet owner however "accidents" happen and that is why it is so important for dogs to be fixed. I did not call your personal reference because I am not going to waste their time talking to them when I know I can't approve your applications because your dog is not fixed.

Please don't be concerned about the dogs in my rescue they are extremely healthy and happy. I have placed over 500 dogs since Jan 2006 and being a small rescue with little funds that is a big number of dogs.

If you choose to alter your dog feel free to contact us again but I am sorry it is (outside of medical reasons verified by a vet or an active show dog) very cut and dry.


Anonymous said...

I am in complete agreement with your response to that woman. She does sound like a responsible pet owned up to the point about her dog not being fixed. I have to ask why she would want a dog that HAS been fixed, since she OBVIOUSLY has something against spaying and neutering. But that aside, she is just plain ignorant. I used to show dogs too, but once they were done with their show career, good or bad, short or long, they were fixed if I did not feel the bloodline was worth perpetuating.
Neither of these two people are good enough for any of your dogs.

House of the Discarded said...

Although she is probably a lovely person who will love the dog forever and ever...YOU as a rescuer, have to hold firm to this criteria for adoption, or you risk credibility - if not for others, but for yourself.

Some things are optional - this isn't one of those things.

Dog Rescuer said...

@HD - my thought exactly.

So strange how I had 2 people in the same week with totally different reactions.. ya know?

Anonymous said...

I figure you're the one with the dog to rescue out... your rules.

If they don't like it - tough.