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    I saw this Dog Rental advert on another site.
    Oregon veterinarian starts pet rental business | Seattle DogSpot

    This has to be the most disgusting business enterprise ive seen this year.
    Where do they get the pups from to constantly supply cutie new ones, for the jaded, "can we swap this one, it pees in the house coz i couldnt be bothered to train it"

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    That is truly disgusting.

    Apart from the whole idea being appalling, it doesn't even mention that there are any conditions for the 'renters' in relation to how they care for these dogs. No mention of support or education to help with training or socialisation.

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    On the surface it sounds good, but of course we are talking about living, breathing animals not furniture so therefore it sux, I swear the world has gone nuts.

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    Wow...that Dr Campbell is a dead set tosser. Probably rents out his kids and wife too.


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    Wow, rental pets. That's truly nauseating. What's next, rental friends? Rental babies?

    The only way I could see this working is if the "rentals" were actually foster dogs sourced from the pound.

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    Actually the more I think about it the more the idea itself doesn't sound so terrible. I don't know how he is specifically implementing it, but consider these points:

    * The "renter" must agree to a certain standard of care which means following the instructions for training and exercise or face extra costs for breaking contract.
    * If the "renter" decides they want to get rid of the animal, they are under contract to return it rather than dump it or abandon it at a shelter. Honestly I think the rates of abandonment will be more or less the same whether it's a "rental" or a "purchased" animal.
    * Most people will become attached to their animal and will want to keep it permanently - the difference is that they are contractually obligated to take care of it and have been matched with an animal that suits them.
    * It offers an unprecedented level of control over the types of animals people buy and how they keep them.

    The main problem with the idea is mentioned in the article itself, which is impossible to argue with:

    The bottom line is that if you want to create a gigantic company that sells commodities, you will have to cut costs to the bone if you're going to make a profit, and I have a hard time seeing how this will work with live animals unless, somewhere along the line, you compromise the best interest of the animals in favor of profit.
    But is it really worse than pet shops who sell livestock?
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    In conclusion, I want to leave you with a story from the Wilamette Weekly article about a person who decided not to rent a dog from Hannah. When he asked the Hannah representative if he would still be bound to the contract if the dog he rented died, he was told “You can mail the carcass back to us, and then you can get out of the contract.”

    Lovely.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    In conclusion, I want to leave you with a story from the Wilamette Weekly article about a person who decided not to rent a dog from Hannah. When he asked the Hannah representative if he would still be bound to the contract if the dog he rented died, he was told “You can mail the carcass back to us, and then you can get out of the contract.”

    Lovely.
    Yeah, I guess we can't trust corporations to look after people, let alone animals

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    Oh Dearie me - rental/leasing/paying for stuff - short term/long term/hourly/any term - has been around for a long long loooong time !

    The second oldest occupation in the world is the accountant - so what is the oldest ?

    We are able to rent/lease/pay for by the hour for all sorts of things in life now - short term/long term/any sort of term you like - you are the customer - be it fridges and the like or humans or heaps of other things ! Pay the right money - you are ready to go !

    Japan started this sort of thing - renting animals - as from my pestering poor 'Mr Google' - about 2000. The animals that were up for rent were: dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, ferrets and turtles !

    So if this is starting up somewhere else in the world - as it has done also in America - and I know it is coming to a place near you - then let's hope the laws of a particular country are there that will protect these animals - whatever ones they are !

    I really don't think this is so !

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    Oh, it's not new. Let's just all accept that it is an unstoppable trend now and move on with our lives.

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