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Dogs Without Borders The nonprofit small-dog rescue organization is a network of foster caretakers who rescue stray and abandoned dogs. The group holds seven adoption fairs each month at area pet stores.
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Before this, enormous numbers of animals who went into shelters never came out. More than 40 years ago, an average of 20 million dogs and cats were euthanized annually. Humane organizations started a campaign to spay and neuter pets, especially those coming through shelters, and today —still terrible, but a vast improvement. In addition to pet sterilization, an effort also began to find accommodations for homeless animals outside the municipal and private shelter systems, which have limited room and often short deadlines for keeping animals before moving them to death row. The new organizations take potentially adoptable pets out of the shelters and foster them, usually in private homes, until the right owner comes along. They control the fate of an increasing number of animals. In New York City, for example, almost 45 percent of the dogs and cats that come into are passed to one of more than 150 private rescue groups. Does Contacting the Adoption Group Put The Pet on Hold?
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Groups like these have high standards for who gets to adopt. Applicants are sometimes subjected to an interrogation . After receiving this hostile treatment, several would-be pet owners told me, they got offended and gave up. Others push on, (“As a dog ages, it often becomes incontinent and arthritic. How do you intend to handle your dog's age-related problems?”), supplying personal and veterinary references, and submitting to home inspections. Even after going through that ordeal, you can be told that you are unworthy for pet ownership, for reasons often left mysterious. At this point, many frustrated animal lovers can commit an act they’d previously thought abhorrent: They buy a dog, cat, bird, or guinea pig from a pet store or breeder. I know because that’s what happened to me.Many rescue groups function as a sort of halfway house for abandoned animals. They work with city and county shelters to relieve crowding and, in their homes, deal with some of the difficult cases: kittens, pregnant animals, skittish pets and the unwell that need special attention. Once the animals are rehabilitated, they depend on pet stores, farmers markets and other retail outlets to host adoption events. If you're unsure about the group or the animal, ask the rescue to refer you to the vet that the group works with regularly. If they don't have a vet, that's a red flag.Pet adoption groups are united in their animal-saving mission — and in their passion, a trait that sometimes gets them labeled as fanatics and perceived as a little off-kilter. Yet the most passionate people are often perfectly suited for the needs of their favorite animals, especially those that have been abused or have health problems. But discord divides adoption groups too. Organizations and individuals alike are criticized for being too lax or too strict with adoption standards and animal care; some are labeled attention-hogs who thrive on rescue heroics and pity.Many adoption agreements also have a provision mandating that if things don’t work out with the pet, you must return it to the group rather than find it another home. Let’s call this the . The comedian adopted a Brussels Griffon named Iggy that just couldn’t get along with her cats. DeGeneres gave it to her hairdresser, who has two daughters, then aged 11 and 12, and Iggy basked in the love fest. Then someone from the group called to check in with DeGeneres on how Iggy was doing. She told them about the new arrangement. Not only was DeGeneres in breach of contract, the group didn’t want Iggy living with any children under age 14. They confiscated the dog.