Labradoodle Rescue & Goldendoodle Rescue
I don't get it.
We have some wonderful, adorable dogs who have been with us in foster care for weeks, and nobody is applying for them or even inquiring about them. Sweet, adorable adult dogs who are already housebroken and are past the chewing, nipping, sock-eating crazy puppy stage. (You know that stage between 6 and 12 months when the people who got puppies without having a clue what that entails in terms of time, work, commitment, etc. give them up to rescues?)
Day after day, I check the application and inquiry emails, and there is very little there for some of our guys. We hear so many people complaining that they've been trying to adopt a doodle and have had no luck, they just can't find one, or the dog was already adopted. Why aren't they applying for these dogs?
Last night, we listed an 8-month-old red non-shedding female, and today the inquiry and application boxes are overflowing.
I guess what bothers me most about this is the hypocrisy involved. "I want to rescue a dog". "There are too many dogs without homes". Yeah, right. I have a news flash for these people, these dogs were already rescued, by us. They are safe. They need adoption, not rescuing. You want to "rescue" a dog, run on down to your local kill shelter and adopt a dog who's in real danger. Yes, everyone wants to "rescue" a dog, but for some, it has to be under a year old, and under a certain weight, and a certain color, and a certain kind of coat, and preferably female because people who don't have much knowledge of dogs think males lift their legs and/or are more aggressive, and it can't have any "issues". At least, be honest. Say "I really want a brand-new non-shedding doodle puppy, but I don't want to pay a breeder $2500 for one."
Because if you really had compassion for homeless dogs, and wanted to help one, you'd realize that a puppy is going to be very easy to place and will have her pick of homes. It's the bigger, older, shaggier guys who are sitting there in foster care for weeks sadly waiting for their person to find them who need your compassion. Yet people who live an hour away from some of them are willing to do anything to get that curly red puppy. That's understandable, I guess. It just has nothing to do with wanting to "save" a dog.
I'm not trying to scare anyone off. After all, the puppy does need a home, and she's been through the trauma of losing one, too. And we are going to find her the most perfect permanent home in the world, count on that. One like this:
Last week, we had a couple who flew from Washington State to the Midwest and rented a car to drive back home (28 hours) with an older dog who has permanent damage to one of her legs. Tomorrow, we have another couple who will be driving 6 hours to get a another older dog who may have health issues, and they don't care; the exact words were "We are going to do everything we can to give him a happy and healthy life, but if it should be that we can't resolve his health issues, we are going to give him a happy life for as long as we're lucky enough to have him."
That's the kind of home every dog deserves, and that's the kind of home we want for every one of our doodles. Those are the kinds of people who understand what adopting a rescue dog is all about. Bless them.