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      looking to adopt/rescue/buy

      another chocolate lab to keep me and chili busy. prefer 8 weeks to 3 years old with no known health issues. Live in New Mexico and willing to travel to AZ, TX, CO
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      I know someone that might be having chocolate puppies in one of your states, what is your time line, right away or later in the year?

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      my timeline is w/in next 6 months. I have been looking at the pounds/shelters last couple months but everything in this area is pit or chihuaha mix.

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      put in a 8 page application for a dog...what a surprise, I could adopt a baby for less. see how it goes, Im open minded. talked on the phone with one of the volunteers. sounds like they dont like my fenced in yard cause the gates only 4 feet high...gave them my vets info...see how the interview and home inspection goes...are all adoptions so intense? might just buy another dog. The dog Im trying to adopt has been living in a vets cage for last year, Im sure thats better than my home...done ranting.

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      Quote Originally Posted by voodoo View Post
      put in a 8 page application for a dog...what a surprise, I could adopt a baby for less. see how it goes, Im open minded. talked on the phone with one of the volunteers. sounds like they dont like my fenced in yard cause the gates only 4 feet high...gave them my vets info...see how the interview and home inspection goes...are all adoptions so intense? might just buy another dog. The dog Im trying to adopt has been living in a vets cage for last year, Im sure thats better than my home...done ranting.
      Yes, they are. These dogs often come from terrible situations or are ripped from their family due to illness, divorce or death, and the rescuers do everything in their power to provide these dogs with the best adoptive families possible and take the responsibility to care for the dog for the rest of it's life very seriously. It's a lot of heart and soul (and time and money, not to mention blood, sweat and tears) that go into a rescue and these people take their role very seriously.

      You'll spend about $1,500 on a new puppy, which is hardly the cost of a rescue that will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and health-checked before the adoption.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Labradorks View Post
      Yes, they are. These dogs often come from terrible situations or are ripped from their family due to illness, divorce or death, and the rescuers do everything in their power to provide these dogs with the best adoptive families possible and take the responsibility to care for the dog for the rest of it's life very seriously. It's a lot of heart and soul (and time and money, not to mention blood, sweat and tears) that go into a rescue and these people take their role very seriously.

      You'll spend about $1,500 on a new puppy, which is hardly the cost of a rescue that will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and health-checked before the adoption.
      thank you, Im trying to be calm, but I dont usually open my home to strangers or like being told my fairly expensive home needs to have this or that done....I appreciate your feedback. it helps.

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      Quote Originally Posted by voodoo View Post
      thank you, Im trying to be calm, but I dont usually open my home to strangers or like being told my fairly expensive home needs to have this or that done....I appreciate your feedback. it helps.
      I get it. I was denied the adoption of a cat once because my dog was over 6 months old and intact. I still find that extremely unreasonable, given the circumstances (how many cats are in need of a home on a daily basis?) and the fact that I have been an approved foster home for very picky rescue organizations for Labs and Goldens since I was 25 years old.

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      Before I found out I was getting Brooks I put in an application with Lab Club of the Potomac rescue. It was pretty much as you described with your experience. Plus if I was interested in a particular dog, myself, my wife, and Sophie would have had to go meet the dog first before they would give final approval. I follow LRCP and it's heartbreaking to see so many nice dogs, especially seniors needing homes. I think when Brooks is fully mature (at least 3 years old) I may start taking in seniors. Nothing planned in the short term though, Brooks is more than enough to keep me busy!

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      good luck.

      I just want to note: yes SOME rescues are pretty anal and crazy picky (to picky). sometimes they are picky in general with tons of flat rules. I find breed specific rescues tend to be more so.

      But that isn't ALL rescues. YES a good rescue will have an application, a call and a home visit but it should be mostly painless and rules should be more based on the dog (ex: a dog with zero recall that tends to run away - yeah they'll require a fairly good fence. other dogs maybe no fence as long as owners are responsible about not just letting the dog loose on day 1 - and YES I know many people who actually DO THAT). I hope more rescues are able to find the middle ground of yes screening but not going too far.

      Consider all breed rescues, labs end up there too.

      ETA: I don't see how asking that the family meet the dog is "too much"?

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