Reply: You make a very valid point.
I did not ask that question of everyone as I don't want this to appear like some kind of "bait and switch." The ultimate decision for who eventually adopts Sugarbear is left to his rescuer and fosterer, Barbie. I am merely referring those who meet the basic criteria to her. -- Doing preliminary screening, in other words.
But, it is very disconcerting in terms of those I actually did pose the question or suggestion to that not one showed any interest in Buddy even though he is almost identical to Sugarbear in breed, age, health and temperament. (The only differences, as previous noted, being that of color and slight difference in size.)
Yesterday, one woman became irate when told that Sugarbear is likely being adopted by people who called before her. This, despite my telling her about Buddy.
"I don't understand why it is so HARD to adopt!" she screamed.
"Ma'am, it doesn't help to yell," I replied, trying to calm the woman down. "That's not a good way to promote yourself as a potential adopter."
"I don't need to SELL MYSELF!" she admonished and hung up the phone.
Bear in mind, this is a lady who initially provided a wrong phone number (typo which she didn't admit to) when first emailing about Sugarbear.
Perhaps it really is me. I am losing patience with the attitudes, rudeness and sense of "entitlement" that too many people display when inquiring about adoptions.
And even if not being rude or obnoxious, (as said the other day) many people have not given thought to their situations and/or the practicality or timing of having and caring for a pet.
I think this helps explain why our shelters are constantly filled with animals, most of the pets given up from so-called, "loving homes."
If every home was so "loving" why would we be killing millions of dogs and cats in shelters each year? Why would Animal Cops shows never run out of stories to tell?
Obviously, some rescue groups and shelters are not screening well enough although in most cases, the animals dumped in pounds were either purchased from pet stores or breeders or given to the people who later abandoned them.
Many shelter animals have in fact, been passed through multiple homes before finally ending up in a shelter or on the streets.
To me, the major problems have to do attitudes towards animals and the sense of "entitlement." -- That anyone should be able to have a cat or dog regardless of knowledge about animals, sense of responsibility, previous history with pets or willingness to commit.
I don't agree.
To me, inquiring to bring home a cat or dog is a little like applying for a job.
In the case of animals, the "job" is one likely to entail up to ten or even more years of commitment (and expense!), depending on the age of the pet.
Why then are we wrong to ask questions or seek certain criteria just as any employer would ask of a potential employee?
Should not the life and care of an animal be as important as the care, skills, knowledge and trustworthiness someone would need in order to do a job correctly?
Like a job, caring for an animal, is most of all, a responsibility. -- PCA