Puppy died today because nobody wanted her. Please adopt a dog don't buy pups

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dibsmum Sat 05-Jan-13 00:12:30

Just read about a pup that had to be put to sleep today. nobody wanted her and no space at the pound. Please consider adopting a dog rather than buying a puppy. This world doesn't have to be cruel to innocent dogs. We can all do our bit. Please help. sad

happynewmind Sat 05-Jan-13 00:16:41

Very sad, I have been quite depressed at the amount of free dogs on gumtree on new years day.

We desperately would love a dog and could commit time as I work from home and i have miles and miles of forest walks down side of our house but we have no garden and live In a flat. sad

dibsmum Sat 05-Jan-13 00:26:56

Some rescues are understanding about living in a flat, particularly if the other option for some poor soul is euthanasia. You sound like you would be a great dog owner! We had 2 big dogs in a flat but it was fine because they were out walking for at least 2 hours a day. If you have a shelter nearby please get in touch, maybe you could help foster short term until a dog that would otherwise be euthanized was homed? Gumtree free dogs usually go to bad homes too. often for fighting or other abuse. so tragic. sad

D0oinMeCleanin Sat 05-Jan-13 00:33:44

The rescue I work with will consider people who live in flats as long as you can show you are committed enough to take the dog out at regular intervals for potty breaks.

dibsmum Sat 05-Jan-13 00:39:19

sounds like your rescue have a great attitude smile

happynewmind Sat 05-Jan-13 00:48:36

Thankyou, up till recently my Grandad had my aunties dog for company and i used to take him for long walks daily he passed away and the dog has gone back to my aunts.

Growing up with dogs I really miss it sad

dibsmum Sat 05-Jan-13 00:58:25

Please do try to rescue a dog happy, you seem lovely, sounds like you and a rescue dog could make each other so happy grin

ZeldaUpNorth Sat 05-Jan-13 08:23:28

We're in the process of getting a dog and I went to local authority pound and it was horrible. Filthy and smelly. Unfortunately there was not a dog there which took my liking (mostly were staffys and grayhounds which I don't want) But also none of the dogs were adequately labled. None had approx ages/medical conditions (one dog looked blind but didn't say anything on his label) and the staff (2 of them) were busy with other customers so I couldn't ask. (I dont want a very old dog, as couldn't handle a death so soon) I don't think we would be accepted at a rehoming centre as I have a 3 and 4 year old, but now is (imo) the best time to get one as I'm a sahm for another year or 2, and after that I will be helping dp in his gardening business so the dog can come with.

dibsmum Sat 05-Jan-13 08:51:35

Please don't give up on your local pound Zelda, for the sake of another trip there you could save an innocent life and find your best friend. Please try again. I won't try to change your mind about breed but we have both a staffie and a lurcher with our 6 month old baby and they're so loving and gentle. Please rescue a dog.

ZeldaUpNorth Sat 05-Jan-13 09:02:19

I've heard that about staffys, but tbh I just don't like the look of them. I'm more of a spaniel/lab type of person-you know "furry" dogs. I'm not giving up on my pound, though it breaks my heart to leave them there sad but I need to get a dog that's right for my family so need to be patient.
Plus I have a cat so I need to know the dog will be ok with him, but pounds (obviously) don't know the dogs background. Ideally I want about a year old lab/spaniel but I know its wishful thinking.

Zelda, how about a breed-specific rescue rather than your local pound? You will still be saving a dog and the rescues I know of do thorough background checks and test dogs' compatibility with cats/young children/other dogs.

Staffies are lovely though smile

ZeldaUpNorth Sat 05-Jan-13 09:12:23

I don't think a rescue place would allow me to adopt due to 2 young children (3 and 4.5, who are fine with my nans dog-understand how to treat him) but tbh I haven't looked into it yet, might give the pound a while longer and see if anything comes up. There's no rush on my part, just want to make sure the dog is right for us and vice versa.

Waferthinmint Sat 05-Jan-13 09:15:00

I have tried to adopt on more than one occasion and always turned down because I work. End of.

I have however successfully owned and lived my puppy purchased dog for 10 years now and he is lovely.

Rescues need to be more open minded.

So to your comment about adopting. Not always possible

They can't afford to be 'open minded' Wafer, as they can't run the risk of a dog being bounced from Home to Rescue again and again. Which may seem unfair if you know you can make adjustments to give a dog a good home, but does explain the really tight rules they have.
I know what you mean though - we were rejected outright as DS was only 4 when we wanted a dog. They tried to steer us towards the most adorable little kittens though! grin

dibsmum Sat 05-Jan-13 09:37:19

Zelda I'm so pleased you're going to persevere with the pound. You sound so nice, I hope you find the perfect dog. worth a Google of trailhound rescue if you're go for a breed specific rescue, a little known breed that are great for families. I do take on board all the comments about rescues, I know we are going to have problems if we decide to get another dog over the next few years. I think I will get in touch with a friend who is a local dog Warden to see if they can give me a dog that would otherwise be euthanized because we have a baby now so I doubt even the rescue I volunteer at would let me have a dog until she's much bigger.

Paddlinglikehell Sat 05-Jan-13 09:47:43

I wonder what area this was in?

We have just adopted a puppy from a rescue, one of a litter of 11.

To be honest, they could have homed double the amount, not saying they would all be good homes, but when I rang in the morning there were 11, when I arrived 20 mins. Later, there were 5 not reserved (waiting home check), by the time I walked over to the kennel block, only 2 were left.

I couldn't believe what a scrum it was and this is in what is known to be a poorer area in the country, with many people on the minimum wage.

I worked in rescue for some time myself and puppies were always the first to go, so much so that we wouldn't have them on view to the public, as they would automatically want one and disregard the other dogs.

Any rescue/pound that Pts puppies and then advertises the fact, is not good, far from enouraging people to adopt, it will out them off going, and thefore reduce their funds even more. Puppies to a rescue, are, at the end of a day, income.

The puppies in our litter, had been passed on from another smaller rescue, because they couldn't manage the number and regime them quickly, that is good practice. Decent rescues always take in puppies.

dibsmum Sat 05-Jan-13 09:54:10

It was an older puppy and a staffie. I assume it was from the Midlands where I'm from. There's Unfortunately a policy in many areas of putting staffies to sleep if they're not claimed rather than rehoming because there are so many of them in rescues. tragic sad

mrsjay Sat 05-Jan-13 13:16:52

poor puppy Iguess the rescue wasnt very reputable to put a little puppy down, the amount of staffies in rescue and pounds disgust me the breeders of these dogs should be regulated but of course they are not sad

the poster who said about a flat, we live in a flat dogs trust gave us a dog no problem they do homecheck but the lack of garden shouldn't be a problem ( we do have a garden though) but we dont leave him in it just to do his business

D0oinMeCleanin Sat 05-Jan-13 13:58:30

It will have been a pound. It is standard practice in many pounds to pts after the the 7 days. Some pounds pts all dogs after the 7 days, others pts dogs that will be 'hard to home' i.e Staffies, black dogs, old dogs, dogs with slight health or behaviour problems.

Rescues don't pts that soon, but some do 'cherry pick' the dogs they take in from pounds, so simply refuse to take in the harder to home dogs and leave it up to the pounds to decide what to do. Our taxes pay for this sad

D0oinMeCleanin Sat 05-Jan-13 14:05:36

Oh, ZeldaUpNorth, loads and loads of northern based rescues accept people with children. Save Our Strays, GRACE (who don't just have greyhounds and lurchers) are two I know for certain who do, but there are others.

Have a look at this Facebook group Just dive and start your own thread and we will soon have a list of dogs that would be suitable for you smile

higgle Sat 05-Jan-13 14:12:16

"Unfortunately a policy in many areas of putting staffies to sleep if they're not claimed rather than rehoming because there are so many of them in rescues. tragic "

Please think about older dogs if you want to rescue, we have just taken our second Staffie, aged 8, he is just perfect; house trained, friendly, walks well on lead, likes playing funny games and lots of cuddles. If you have any doubts just look on the Rescue Remedies site where you can see lots of pictures of dogs in foster joining in on family things. I defy anyone who looks at "Ada" not to fall in love.

higgle Sat 05-Jan-13 14:13:20

Forgot to say we work full time and just pop back at lunch time, Many Tears and Rescue Remedies found this acceptable for an older well behaved dog.

D0oinMeCleanin Sat 05-Jan-13 14:24:20

Yup, lots of rescues will consider people who work, if they have dogs in who wouldn't mind being left alone for longer times and if the adopters are willing to make a few changes, such as popping home at lunch or hiring a dog walker.

There are so many myths about what rescues "won't" do. All rescues have different policies. The smaller ones are generally more laid back because they have more time to spend with their dogs and potential adopters so can feel comfortable making matches that bigger, time strapped rescues cannot take the risk on.

ZeldaUpNorth Sat 05-Jan-13 14:46:16

I've done as you've suggested D0oin thank you. Do you have a link for GRACE? I cannot find it. Thanks. Can i ask what rescues usually look for in the home checks? Do they check every room of the house cos my bedroom is a tip and our garden is a bit of a state at the minute but planning on having it all cleared up in the spring.

D0oinMeCleanin Sat 05-Jan-13 14:53:04

My house is a tip, Tracy, from GRACE, does not care. When she did my homecheck, she had a cuppa in the front room, checked out where the dog would be sleeping (dining room) and made sure that the outside area was secure.

GRACE FB page

GRACE blog

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