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    I like the concept. Even went so far as trying to rehome a rescued dog, Used to donate regularly.
    however after being told by one of these organisations that I am not a reponsible dog owner i started to rethink the value of my donations.
    As for not being responsible I got a mixed breed from a backyard accident(byb?) She's now vaccinated, micochipped, desexed and never seen a flea or tick.
    Whist I was in hospital she did an ACL and I had the option to put her to sleep because its not cheap to operate.This never entered my mind so she had the operation. Unfortunately as with being a larger breed whilst recovering from the operation and the weight being transfered to the other leg she did a second ACL, Two days out of the hospital out of work 6mths they gave me the same choice. Guess what I chose YES THATS RIGHT THE OPERATION. She was 4yrs old then she is now 8yrs and still chasing rabbits(had to stop a dog doing this on a 50 acre bushblock without chaining them up).
    I know that they have a reposnibility to put them into good homes BUT please do not judge on what the person looks like.

    One more thing to the lady in perth at the peasholm st dog beach thankyou, you have inspired me to take extra bags along the beaches and pick up others poo aswell. Its a vauable resouce our dog beaches.

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    Sorry, im a little confused. Are you saying that the shelter judge you irresponsible dog owner, as you chain your dog up?

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    Im confused too, why did they judge you irresponsible?

    When I got Barney from the SPCA, I was about 25, but looked about 15. I went and saw him but then rang to put my name down.

    Anyway, eventually when they rang to say he was mine, I went to visit with my mum right away and the SPCA people did not look impressed.

    I had all black on. My pants were about 10 sizes too big and had bleash marks on them. I had long dyed black hair all the way down my back and 2 piercings in my mouth (they werent as common back then though getting more so).

    She immediately made a judgement on me. It was really obvious that she was hoping for some way out of giving me the adoption. She started asking me about training (because "he is going to be magnificant") and diet (because "he is going to be a big boy") and all this other rubbish.

    My answers didnt seem to satisfy at all. Luckily my mum had come for a nosy and she looks respectable, so she jumped in and said "she has an 8 year old dog at home who is very well trained and looked after" which seemed to put their mind at ease.

    I then helped things further by volunteering afterwards and they got to watch Barney grow up. But initially, they did seem to make a judgement on appearance but I guess, they had already said he was mine so couldnt retract it on looks LOL.

    As an aside though, while I dont look like that now, I am still not what I would call a "respectable" type when I am in my casual clothes (Im a bit messy and scruffy and unkempt) and I am concerned when we go for a purebred, the breeder might judge us on that too.

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    well i know someone who had the head vet turn around and say there dogs where the most socially adjusted and well looked after dogs rscpa had ever taken from anyone.
    they still took him to court and lied there assess of about it....
    not sure why , but makes you wonder whos feather's he ruffled... lol

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    Sorry about all that they never gave me a reason why I would not be a dog owner. I suppose I'm just saying that they might become a bit attatched to the rescue dogs and I understand that they need to be sure that their dogs will go to a good home. I just think they judged me too quickly and I wanted to rehome a dog.

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    Muriel's man

    just as you don't want the shelter workers to judge you based on their personal experience - you shouldn't judge all shelters and their workers based on yours. Some of the bigger shelters - will sometimes have one misguided over zealous worker - that the other workers quietly think is nuts, and you get to talk to the nutty one - that is going to give you a distorted view of how that shelter operates.

    most shelters are fussy because they really really want the dog to find their forever home, not be a boomerang.

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    Hyacinth,
    That is why I said "I understand that they need to be sure that their dogs will go to a good home."
    As for judging all I do not believe that I did.

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    after being told by one of these organisations that I am not a reponsible dog owner i started to rethink the value of my donations.
    I know that they have a reposnibility to put them into good homes BUT please do not judge on what the person looks like.
    they never gave me a reason why I would not be a dog owner.
    You don't know why they turned you down, and as best I can tell it was one person in one organisation that turned you down. Had you found out when that person wasn't there, and gone back then - you may have gotten a different answer. You're not happy with what happened to you, I would not be either. But you can't say that all rescue organisations and all the people that work for them have turned you down for no reason or because of what you look like, and that's what your posts read like to me.

    They may have turned you down because you weren't making sense.

    If you do have a story about looking after your current dog or previous dog - you could get a vet to write a reference for you that answers most of the questions the rescues would be looking to answer.

    1. that you treat your animals with kindness, and take care of them and their food, shelter and training needs.

    2. that you have a secure home for them for the life of the pet.
    note - this can rule out overseas students who have visa to be here for a couple of years while they study and then they have to go home, and it can also rule out renters in certain circumstances. So many dogs get given up because a renter cannot or will not get another place to live that accepts dogs. It also rules out people who live in places with insecure fencing and the like.

    3. that you have a secure income - that is sufficient to pay for your needs as well as your pet's.

    4. that your family that lives with you and other pets welcome a new member.

    5. that you don't get upset and defensive when asked questions to check whether you meet the shelter's criteria for homing a pet. Because you need to be able to show patience and calmness in looking after a pet - and answering a vet's questions too.

    this is a list of what the RSPCA is looking for in their potential dog owners.
    What do I need to know before I get a new pet? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

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    Dont matter anyway I went to a byb and now have beautiful 8yo malamute x golden retriever girl

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    doesnt time fly
    8!
    you are carrying this for 8yrs? its so in your face you posted about it
    Im struck with, does that not seem like misspent energy?

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