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post #1 of 16
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Does anyone have an opinion on this?

http://www.newsweek.com/id/149438?GT1=43002

I don't know if it is completely good or bad. On one hand, the company rescues animals that would have been in shelters or euthanized, but on the other hand, people say it promotes an irresponsible attitude towards pet ownership.
post #2 of 16
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Originally Posted by WELDRWOMN View Post
Does anyone have an opinion on this?

http://www.newsweek.com/id/149438?GT1=43002

I don't know if it is completely good or bad. On one hand, the company rescues animals that would have been in shelters or euthanized, but on the other hand, people say it promotes an irresponsible attitude towards pet ownership.
I wonder why these people don't just volunteer to exercise animals at the local shelter?
post #3 of 16
Interestingly enough, we had a thread about this company that was started exactly one year ago today: http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...light=rent+pet
post #4 of 16
I remembered that when I read the OP, but I couldn't remember which board it was on. Thanks for the link.
post #5 of 16
I don't think it's that terrible of an idea. The dogs are friendly and need to be walked. People are willing to pay good money to walk them. Everybody wins.

Yes, some dogs aren't suitable, but a lot of dogs are perfectly happy lavishing love on any random person who happens to cross their paths. My mom has a dog I grew up with, and that dog would fall all over herself to have multiple strangers come walk her every day. It's not really a bad life for the right dog, if you think about it.

I didn't see any mention of overnight visits or long-term rentals, so I don't think this is quite in line with someone adopting/buying a dog and then dumping it at a shelter when they get sick of it. It's also not always that easy to go walk dogs at the local shelter. Most large shelters have pretty strict orientation/training requirements for their volunteers that can be inconvenient for people with full-time jobs. I was a volunteer coordinator at a good-sized shelter, so I understand the need, but I can also understand how limited orientations can be off-putting to people with regular 9-5 jobs.

Heck, if they have cat rentals going on in D.C., I'd consider offering them Lucy. She loves every opportunity to go out and meet people. She loves going to the vet and meeting new people to screech at. She loves it whenever we have new people in the apartment. Our A/C leaked over the weekend, and you'd think she won the lottery the way she freaked out over every maintenance person who walked through the door. She's so annoying to the poor men, with all her screeching and busybody behavior, that I generally lock her in the bedroom when I know they're coming.

Some animals just don't care who it is. They're not timid, and they love interacting with anyone.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
Interestingly enough, we had a thread about this company that was started exactly one year ago today: http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...light=rent+pet

Sorry, I didn't mean to post again on the same topic.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by WELDRWOMN View Post
Sorry, I didn't mean to post again on the same topic.
No apologies necessary......many "kittens" have joined our TCS family since then, and besides, this is a very interesting subject to many of us and we welcome seeing fresh and new opinions

I've heard of this before, and for the dogs, seems like a great thing!! I've loaned my dog Tasha to special friends who wanted a great, well trained hiking dog to take into the mountains. And they LOVED Tasha!!!
post #8 of 16
Has anyone heard of the various Bed and Breakfasts who have resident cats that you can ask to have in your room?

I'm waiting for the first cruise ship to do that!
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Has anyone heard of the various Bed and Breakfasts who have resident cats that you can ask to have in your room?

I'm waiting for the first cruise ship to do that!

I watched on TV about Japanese businesses that were "cat cafes". Basically, these places had a bunch of cats and cat toys and even places where the cats could go if they didn't want to play. Busy Japanese people go there to spend time with the cats becase they don't have their own kitties.
post #10 of 16
Personally, I think it's a great idea. The article mentioned something about promoting irresponsible pet ownership...well, I think this is a lot more responsible than someone going out and actually getting a dog and neglecting it because they are never home. It's much better to rent a dog for the day when you KNOW you will have the time and energy, rather than adopt a dog and only be there for him 1 day a week.

And, it sounds like a lot of people request the same animal once they found one that works for them, so for the dog, it's probably like "oh, I'm going to spend the weekend with Aunt Mary!" so they have a huge extended family.

I do agree it would take the right kind of dog to do this, and some wouldn't be able to handle it. But, I know my Snickers would LOVE an arrangement like this...she LOVES new people...almost to death! (death by slobbery kisses!).
post #11 of 16
I don't see how this could be too bad of a thing...and I agree, I'd rather some people 'rent' a pet everyonce in a while than let it sit at home or in a boarding kennel all the time, because their schedules don't allow for the pet, but they 'need' it anyway...

We have one dog who spends, I swear 80% of her life in our boarding facility...and I think it is unfair to the dog; she never sees her family, never gets out, never recieves one on one training (which she needs), but sits, day after day in the boarding and daycare facility...I think the dog is getting a 'bad' attitude over it too, because she used to be a happy go lucky dog, but now she just seems to want to sulk around, bites at your hand if you reach for her collar (even if it means a walk), and is starting to fight with some of the other dogs she has known for a Long time. She gets one on one time by the caretakers of the boarding part of the business, but the fact that she has no real 'life' as a family pet is making this dog a 'bitter one' if dog's can be bitter that is...
post #12 of 16
I had to think about this one for a while.
I don't see it as a negative. I volunteer at a shelter and we foster out some of the adults for shelter breaks.
This is a much better life than sitting in a cage day in and day out. Some people want a pet but work so much they aren't sure if one would fit their lifestyle. I bet these dogs end up adopted pretty easily. If the person decides they need a dog in their life they can adopt a needy pet from the shelter with the help of this agency.

My RB kitty Olivier loved people. He had not one shy bone in his body. When he had to be boarded at the vet for care he just charmed the pants off of everyone. To the point that they barely kept him in a cage. He would follow the vet and vet techs around. He would headbutt and cuddle with anyone. He would have made a great therapy pet or a rental. He had a good effect on people.
post #13 of 16
I actually thought about starting my own rent-a-dog-for-a-walk business! Many many people need to start walking, but don't want to walk alone. I know when I started walking, I would drive to my sister's house and "borrow" her dog! I still do every once in a while. Angel loves going for a walk with his Aunt Sandy!

Unfortunately, I don't have the money or shelter for the dogs.
post #14 of 16
I think it's good these people who rent the pets know that they aren't able to give a pet all the time it needs, but can give a bit here and there to a pet.

Plus, some people aren't psychologically or emotionally able to deal with volunteering at a shelter/rescue... some of the animals that are dumped or hurt by former 'owners' break their hearts too much, etc.
post #15 of 16
I wish that we had something like this around here. I would love to just have a dog to play with for a day and then bring it back. Not because I am selfish or anything like that(well maybe I am), but because I live in an apartment and work 12 1/2 hour shifts 3 days a week. At 30, I will also admit that I am still somewhat of a "wild child" when it comes to pulling all nighters and staying at my friends houses. The cats don't mind as long as they have food, water, and a clean litter box but a dog would definately mind. I think that this a great idea for someone like me that cannot or will not be able to give the dog the committment that it deserves.
post #16 of 16
You are welcome to come to our shelter and volunteer to walk the dogs on your days off. They'd love to have you. I'll bet there's a shelter near you who would feel the same. And it wouldn't COST you anything but a little time. Free rental doggies for walkies! How could that be bad?
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