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    Default Rescue Dog Adoption Annoyance

    I found my dog on the Petrescue website after looking at dozens and dozens of them. We had to drive from Canberra to Sydney to meet her and took her home straight away.

    She was being fostered through an organisation I'd never heard of. I had heaps of trouble getting a reply to my enquiries at first. I had to call quite a few times before I got to speak to the contact person. Who said she'd let the foster carer know. Didn't hear anything for days. Emailed, texted, left numerous voicemails. And finally the carer called me and we got straight in the car for the 350km trip.

    It's been 3.5 weeks now and the adoption hasn't been finalised. Benjo's listing has been updated to notify she has been rehomed. But I have not paid the fee and what's more important, I did not get the papers. I need the vaccination papers to be able to enrol in dog training classes and if I don't get the forms in soon, we'll miss out.

    I know, I should've made sure I got the papers when I took her home. But because it was so far away and this was the foster carer's first foster dog, I didn't think much about it. And I trusted that she'd had all the necessary vet work done as their listing on the website stated.

    The foster carer has my phone number and I texted her my email address. I texted her again last night, but got no reply.

    There's also some confusion about the dog's history, which is weird. The foster carer told me that the dog was found wandering along a Sydney highway. That must have been last April when she would've been only about 6 months old.

    But I checked the rescue organisation's Facebook page and found a photo of my dog as a puppy, with her sister! Which makes the whole stray dog story a bit unlikely? Or maybe they were found together, but no one had told me about a sister.

    I'd be happy not to have to pay the adoption fee, though I gladly do it for the good cause. But I really need those papers!

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    Which rescue? PM me if you feel uncomfortable about naming.

    Did they speak to you about a 'trial' period? Many rescues do not hand over paperwork during this period. I always did though. I didn;t lodge the microchip tansfer until the trial period concluded, but the paperwork all went home with the new owners.

    You should have recieved a desexing certificate, mircochip paperwork, lifetime registration paperwork (or the inference that you will recieve this shortly) and the current vaccination certificate as well as anything else relevant to the dog.
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    The trial period was two weeks and the listing on petrescue was updated from 'on trial' to 'rehomed' on 24 August.

    It was 'Pack Rescue'. The contact person did mention that she was trying to wind it down when I spoke to her that one time. They still list dogs on death row on their Facebook page though, but I think they are now encouraging people to use other rescue groups if they want to foster.

    I read their profile on petrescue again, which talks about rehabilitation and a 1 hour consultation when you adopt a dog. I didn't really get told anything! Mind you, my dog doesn't fit their usual rescue profile at all. She may have some staffy in her (one of the breeds they seem to specialise in), but she is very well socialised (I'm tremendously grateful to whomever did that!) and not a difficult dog at all.

    I don't care much about the registration papers because I have to register again in the ACT (they don't transfer interstate rego here). But all the other paperwork is important, especially the vaccination certificate!

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    The foster carer may have confused the story about how the dog came to be in rescue.

    Perhaps message the admin of the facebook page. It appears to be a member called Mon Anna. She may be the owner of the rescue org. She may not be aware that you don't have paperwork.

    I assume your dog is desexed?
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    Funny, I did go to her FB page today but couldn't find the 'Message' button? I send an email to the FB group email address, but it automatically posted the message on their wall, so I deleted it as I thought that was not appropriate.

    I'll try calling or texting the admin person directly again.

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    I did receive the vaccination and desexing papers by email yesterday! So now I can put in my enrollment papers for the dog training classes.

    It says she was 17 weeks when she was desexed. Which actually makes her 2 months younger than I was told she was, now 9 months.

    I sent an email back asking for any info they could give me about her past, but no response yet.

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    Good news. I am gald to hear you have had some success!
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