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    This is where these rescue mobs are so good as they come to your place or ask the right qustions to make sure that your and your surroundings are suitibale for this or that dogs.

    They are the one group that has got the dogs future in their minds over and above all else. They do the very best job that you can imagine and deserve the pat on the back for thier work in rehousing unwanted animal.

    And them making some one put up a fence just goes to show you that they have the animals needs infront of yours.

    Well done to all of you out there that are mixed up with any of these rehousing or rescue groups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    People are impulsive - it's up to the person selling the puppy to make sure it's going to a good home.
    And that is precisely my point. A pet shop can also ensure the dog is sold to the right home.

    We should be pushing for laws that ensure this happens, not stopping them trading. We should be pushing for laws that stop the mass production of puppies, not stopping petshops trading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    So you could still get people who are tempted to go for the most needy dog, but if they are not fit to care for it, they will have a hard time getting it.
    You obviously found a rescue org that is careful about placing thier dogs. I was one such rescuer too.

    However, there are rescues who aren't like this.

    There are pet shop owners who care for the dogs in their care. They do not buy from puppy farms, they do not mistreat the puppies and they are very careful about ensuring the purchaser can care for the dog and that they understand their responisiblities as a dog owner.

    We need to ensure there are more of these types of petshops.

    We need to push for regulation and control. We need to find solutions, not shut them down.
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    I got my dog from the SPCA.

    We went in to view him and then went home and rang half hour later to put our name down. A week later they rang to say I could have him (had to wait a week for the owners to claim him).

    Anyway, they asked if my property was fenced and that was about it.

    When I went to pick him up they looke dhorrified. I rocked up with black hair, dressed in my massive baggy pants with rips, peircings in my face. She looked like she didnt want him to go with me and started questioning me about training coz he was going to be a big magnificent boy (her words). Luckily my mum was with me and told them I already had an 8 year old dog who was well behaved etc.

    I think they were concerned but they should have checked me out beforehand.

    After that I started volunteering and me and Barney would go on SPCA collections so they got to see how he was being cared for for about 2 years after I adopted him.

    But they dont all check stuff like that out at all.

    My friend got her dog from the pound an dhe did come and do a fence check etc.

    Sometimes they just dont have time to follow up everything...whch is a shame because what if I was a shit owner?

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    I don't think our local pound does any checks at all. But the local RSPCA is pretty strict. They don't always do yard checks in person, but they ask for photos and you have to go in for an interview (with a trainer, I believe).

    It is always possible to lie your way through the process of course, so it's never going to be completely fail proof.

    I actuallly have some issues with the RSPCA's policies regarding dog adoption. Or maybe it's more with them being band-aid solutions for other problems which they don't want to tackle.

    For example, they ask tenants to obtain written permission from their landlords that they are allowed to keep pets. But that does not at all solve the issue with so many landlords not allowing pets in rentals. Because the average lease seems to only be about 3 years here and I think it is when tenants are forced to move that lots of dogs get surrendered. I have been in that situation and I was homeless for 6 weeks (couch surfing with a 2yo child and a big dog!) because most properties had a 'no pets' policy. I nearly signed a lease without telling the landlords about the dog, but couldn't go through with it. So I told them and they didn't mind, phew! But how many tenants would've just given up on their dog instead?

    I wrote an email to the RSPCA back then asking if they were doing any lobbying to change the situation with a majority of landlords refusing pets, but never got a reply.

    Sorry, that was really off topic, but it's an issue I feel quite strongly about.

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    Pounds across NSW sell dogs and cats. They do not do any checks either. Why aren't we screaming about them and trying to restrict them from trading? No-one can convince me there aren't a billion impulse buys made this way.

    The world is filled with illogical stuff. The petshop debate is one that I find totally illogical too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    For example, they ask tenants to obtain written permission from their landlords that they are allowed to keep pets. But that does not at all solve the issue with so many landlords not allowing pets in rentals. Because the average lease seems to only be about 3 years here and I think it is when tenants are forced to move that lots of dogs get surrendered. I have been in that situation and I was homeless for 6 weeks (couch surfing with a 2yo child and a big dog!) because most properties had a 'no pets' policy. I nearly signed a lease without telling the landlords about the dog, but couldn't go through with it. So I told them and they didn't mind, phew! But how many tenants would've just given up on their dog instead?

    I wrote an email to the RSPCA back then asking if they were doing any lobbying to change the situation with a majority of landlords refusing pets, but never got a reply.

    Sorry, that was really off topic, but it's an issue I feel quite strongly about.
    I will so Jump on that ban wagon!! We are in the process of trying to find a place to live because our landlord after nearly three years of living there and having a dog for nearly 1 1/2 years he doesnt want the dog there.

    Anyway, i could rant for ages, wayyy pff topic! Sorry hehe Continue
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    me too BL, well our landlord doesnt mind but the yard is no great for TWO of them, they need more space and finding it hard to find landlords that allow them.. more are willing to allow cats inside the house then a dog in the yard!??? i find this very strange. my cats are litter trained and dont tear up furniture/ curtains etc but allowing pets inside and not outside just mind boggles me

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    I still think pet stores that keep puppies in glass sided boxes and leave them there alone over night are bad.

    I think if they want to sell puppies - maybe have web cams rigged to where the puppies and mother dog are living instead.

    I have heard of rescues or shelters setting up "stands" at petshops or those big garden / home improvement shops with their charges who go home with them at the end of the day. I'm not sure if they let people take the puppies straight home but I hope not.

    I admit I went out to AWL - found a puppy I liked, answered a bunch of questions, made a few phone calls and left with a puppy, and puppy food and a book of instructions on puppy care, including follow up requirements (eg getting the stitches out and the rest of the vax and going to puppy pre-school). They asked me about the house, and I suppose I could have lied, but I owned my own home with big back yard. There was no house check. I think I could have shown them photos of the back yard but I don't remember if I did or not.

    But the main thing was I rang before I went out there, and I drove a very long way to get there and spent a lot of time checking out what they had including two separate pen times with different puppies. You can't do a separate pen time at most pet shops.

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    Not wanting to start a "blue" here as I am a newbie, - but...
    Judging by a lot of the photos/avatars on this forum a lot of dogs look pure bred. Where did everyone get their dogs from?

    I took my AWL dog to puppy school and felt that some there looked down their noses at me as the pup looked bitsy.The people running the school had GSD pups there for sale at $1k each. Not a bad little earner eh?
    He is a nice little( getting bigger hourly) guy sold to me as Cattle/Collie cross for $450.
    Yes a lot of money but I figured they need the cash to run the shelter.

    He is growing into a very nice (huge) German Short Haired pointer or similar.
    I remember how they gave me the 3rd degree re "do you understand the needs of a working dog" - size of yard etc. DUH.
    The working dog declined my offer of a walk 20 mins ago - he is curled up on the couch with my OH watching TV after eating most of contents of the fridge. Luckily we no longer run beef cattle, he would eat them then go to sleep.

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