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    I have been browsing pet rescue as a friend mentioned (just casually, she's not even sure yet!) that she may be ready to adopt a dog. It is heartbreaking to read the mentions about how they got to be in foster care. Lots of puppies that just got left to die somewhere. One big dog that had been crated pretty much 24/7 for the first year of his life. Quite a few that were very fearful of humans, had broken limbs, underfed, etc.

    But the one that really got to me this time was the listing that read: "I was surrendered to a pound when the dog that my owners got me to be a companion to died." WTF?! This is her. 5 years old. hhttp://www.petrescue.com.au/listings/203399 If I had room for her, I'd consider adopting her.

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    Beloz, I really do not understand why you are so surprised about all of this ! This has been going on for a long long time - but now the excuses are becoming more trite and pathetic !

    Why would posters like below be around, if there wasn't a major problem ?

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    It also gives you more excuses the poor rescue and pound people have to listen to on a daily/hourly basis !

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    That is just sad Beloz That poor dog, not only does it have to go through the trauma of losing its companion, but it gets booted out of its familiar home as well. Some peoples excuses are just pathetic though.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Riley, I never said I was surprised. I've heard the stories of people surrendering their dog to the pound or RSPCA because it didn't match their new furniture.

    But that doesn't mean I've become immune to that kind of cruelty.

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    Heart breaking. I can't get myself to look at those ads.. it haunts me.

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    Sad that people are that way, I took on a rescue dog from the Pound - Scrappy and he had HUGE behavioural problems- and basically I had stress with him every single day of my life, but I loved him and would NEVER EVER even considered the possibility of giving him away, just because he had 'problems' or did not fit into my lifestyle, when you take on a dog it is for life, people like that ad make me sick.......................

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    We saved Hooch from the pound. They had no room at the shelter so he had to stay in the pound and his final plea was "please rescue me".
    Lucky I saw it in time.. he could not walk, he was super underweight and vet said he had pretty much no muscle tone.

    This is a photo of him in the pound in a cage.. it is how I saw him on pet rescue when I decided out of the blue to adopt him.
    I don't know his story and how he got to the pound because he never got to a shelter or a foster carer He was 9 months old when we took him.

    I would absolutely beg anyone I know who wants to get a dog to save them from the pound/shelter.
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    BG, most adoptable dogs in the ACT do get rescued in time in the ACT. We're very lucky. So I advise people to wait till they have been assessed. You did extremely well, but not everyone is capable of dealing with certain problem behaviours. I would never, ever take on a dog with dog aggression for example.

    I'm still browsing for rescue dogs. And cats, because my friend wants one of those too! Today's outrage was a beautiful cat that had gone missing for a year and when he miraculously was found again, his owners didn't want him back. Bastards...

    Then there's all the dogs (and cats) whose owners never try find them when they go missing. If only they would enforce mandatory microchipping!

    And then there's also the tragic stories of owners getting too sick to look after their pets or dying. If only rescue orgs just had to deal with those pets whose owners weren't total assholes...

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    I am not sure about Perth as Hooch is a country dog.. he is not even from our local dog pound but if we waited, he would have been put down for no other reason than the shelter was full and there was no room for more dogs.
    Breaks my heart to think how many dogs are being killed at no fault of their own. Helpless, homeless...

    I totally agree with you - wish rescue orgs only had to rehome animals who have lost their owners to death/sickness etc. not because the owners are heartless.

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    It's why I never went to the pound to look for a dog (I did check their website though) and why I could never work on the frontline of the rescue work, BG. Every time I read one of those death row lists, I am in tears. And then there's the actual pound environment which is like a medieval prison. The descriptions written by rescue orgs of dogs in pounds very often start with "X is very confused about why he is here and is not coping". It's all utterly heartbreaking.

    And I don't get why the councils don't do more about this. They should check if a dog is microchipped when they are registered, they should do random registration checks to enforce this, and they could at least be bothered to do an address check through the car registration system or similar when the microchip details are out of date. No one ever gets punished for just giving up on their dog like this. I think they don't even have to pay anything when they are found and decide then to leave the dog to rot in the pound. How is that a fair system?!
    Last edited by Beloz; 11-09-2012 at 06:07 AM.

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