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post #1 of 15
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This is a true story...and how would you feel?


You have a dog, a lovely dog that is being kept on a farm where you feel he is being taken care of very nicely until you get on your feet and can have him at your home.

Suddenly the farm no longer wishes to keep him there so you go in search of another place. and you will not take him to the pound, you love him to much for that. Somewhere along the line you contact a rescue group. They are supposed to be helpful right? so you contact them, and ask them to help..they TAKE your dog. You do not sign anything nothing they just go and TAKE your dog. they say how horrible you are for having kept the dog on a farm. and such and such. The next morning you have a place lined up for him but the resuce says NO you will not have YOUR dog back. The Dog has been placed...in a permannt loving home.

Cut to several hours later...a phone call from a man saying he has your dog. And the story as follows, the dog was jogging with a man and a woman no leash (did we mention LEASH LAWS) and runs away from them. into this nice mans yard. the two people walk over and whistle and call to him, but will not step on the mans property. The man thinks it was odd they had no leash and even odder now that they call and will not come on the property. He looks on the tag and goes HMMM to that as well with the dog he goes to them an asks "this your dog?" "Oh yes" "Whats your name" "insert name here" "Phone number" "insert phone number here" "wrong I am gonna call the information on the tag..bye bye now"

They didnt take the tag and collar off..the rightful owners information was still on there...

kinda gives resuces a bad name...what would you do or think?
post #2 of 15
That was rather careless.
Doesn't sound like a legitimate rescue group.
post #3 of 15
I participate in a rescue e-mail group and read postings about country animals on a regular basis. The general opinion most rescue groups have about "country" pets is that they are all neglected. Folks that live in the country often don't fence or leash their dogs, let their cats run wild (barn cats) and to many folks in the city, this is harsh and neglectful treatment. I am one of the few in my area that keeps my dogs in the house, only walk them when I am with them (leash-less). I have some feral cats that can't be socialized, but any that can be are given an inside home. I have neighbors that refuse to fix their cats because they want a steady supply of barn cats. I have other neighbors who won't treat their outside dogs to Heartworm medicine (in an area that has about a 50% heartworm rate if not treated) because they are only "outside dogs".

There is some validity to this opinion, but it is too often a stereotype that is applied to all country pets. I think there are good and bad pet owners no matter where you go, and any good rescue group needs to assess the situation before laying blame or taking action.
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by yayi
That was rather careless.
Doesn't sound like a legitimate rescue group.
And they have spewed venom as well. I know the gal involved in all of this. and have seen the emails from these people.. and Good GRACIOUS are they rude. another friend had even contacte them about how they do their screenig process and got venom back..oi vey.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by Momofmany
I participate in a rescue e-mail group and read postings about country animals on a regular basis. The general opinion most rescue groups have about "country" pets is that they are all neglected. Folks that live in the country often don't fence or leash their dogs, let their cats run wild (barn cats) and to many folks in the city, this is harsh and neglectful treatment. I am one of the few in my area that keeps my dogs in the house, only walk them when I am with them (leash-less). I have some feral cats that can't be socialized, but any that can be are given an inside home. I have neighbors that refuse to fix their cats because they want a steady supply of barn cats. I have other neighbors who won't treat their outside dogs to Heartworm medicine (in an area that has about a 50% heartworm rate if not treated) because they are only "outside dogs".

There is some validity to this opinion, but it is too often a stereotype that is applied to all country pets. I think there are good and bad pet owners no matter where you go, and any good rescue group needs to assess the situation before laying blame or taking action.
A true and valid point. Some people dont care. when i was on the farm.and when I get back soon. lol we did have two outdoor dogs. But they were given the same vet care and love as any other dog. they were fixed, got the same quality food. and had warm shelter. not in the house, but still warm shelter. of course..our yard was also COMPLETELY fenced in. not just open to run. they had the propertry though no access to the road or other peoples homes.

The cats were fixed when we coul catch them. and also got good food.
but i guess not everyone thinks that way on the farm. just like not all farms are just "ah who cares"
post #6 of 15
Kinda makes me think they weren't a rescue at all. .. .
post #7 of 15
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Me too..they are listed in petfinder.com as one..but really does make me think.
post #8 of 15
so the rightful owner got the dog back? i dont see how the rescue group could have truly bleieved they were doing any good by rehoming this dog. pets form intense bonds with their owners. hmmmm, seems a bit dodgy to me...
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
so the rightful owner got the dog back? i dont see how the rescue group could have truly bleieved they were doing any good by rehoming this dog. pets form intense bonds with their owners. hmmmm, seems a bit dodgy to me...
Especially so quickly...
post #10 of 15
You know I think Grissom is right. Doesn't sound legit to me anyway. If it were a real group, they would have asked to see the dog, they would have to have the dog signed over and certainly they shouldn't have just taken the animal. Nor should they have rehomed the dog without the owner's permission having first claimed that the dog was not taken care of properly. I know of several farms that have dogs and they are the fittest and healthiest things you'll ever see. I'm glad the rightful owner got their dog back... could have worked out badly for the dog otherwise.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
so the rightful owner got the dog back? i dont see how the rescue group could have truly bleieved they were doing any good by rehoming this dog. pets form intense bonds with their owners. hmmmm, seems a bit dodgy to me...
Yeah they did get the dog back. And right now he is actually staying in my home, til things calm down and they bring him home. Hes a really nice dog...real sweety and since hes a realtive really...he can stay here for a while
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by LilleKat
You know I think Grissom is right. Doesn't sound legit to me anyway. If it were a real group, they would have asked to see the dog, they would have to have the dog signed over and certainly they shouldn't have just taken the animal. Nor should they have rehomed the dog without the owner's permission having first claimed that the dog was not taken care of properly. I know of several farms that have dogs and they are the fittest and healthiest things you'll ever see. I'm glad the rightful owner got their dog back... could have worked out badly for the dog otherwise.
Yup...they are taking the information to the humane investiators here..as well as the local news...see how many other people this has happened to.
post #13 of 15
its very confusing what the 'rescue' group thought they were doing. keeps us posted what happens. maybe get the dog checked over by a vet so you can prove he was mistreated?
post #14 of 15
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He wasnt abused. thankfully. they seemed to think he was simply because he was a FARM DOG which flabbergasts me.Hes doing great. went to the groomer today, and his real owners came over today and will be picking him up on Saturday things have calmed down. But looks like they have a lawsuit..and will be filing.
post #15 of 15
didnt mean to suggest he was mistreated, just thought the vet could give you some proof that he was in good, well loved condition to strengthan your case. has it been established yet whether or not they are a real animal rescue?
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