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      any sticky on what the standards are for adopting labs/dogs???

      like the post says...anyone care to write a sticky...I have been denied 2x due to fence height. I live in a city and my fence is 4 ft low at gates and as high as 8ft...the height scales with landscape. in my area I think buying a dog is best as the local adoption specs are crazy imo.
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      I don't know. But, I have twice put back into her yard a neighbours' GR who easily jumped their four foot gate. The fence was four feet too but with shrubs and bushes along it, the gate was where she jumped. My own fence and gates are four feet but none of mine have jumped or climbed or dug.

      The GR is gone now, she jumped once too often, got hit on the road.

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      My neighbor had a real problem with getting a dog, the rescues were being super nosy and he's ex-military and refused to explain all the useless crap they were asking about. You would think rescues were in the business to place dogs not DENY homes for their over crowding issue. I would just keep trying other places until you find one.

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      I don't think you will find a definitive answer if everyone who has ever worked with or adopted from a rescue group responds. Every group has different criteria and it may not been the same for all dog breeds. The rescue group I volunteer with (all breed, dog and cat) doesn't have any set rules. The applications have questions about fences, where the dog or cat will be kept, will it be crated, other pets, kids, work hours, will someone be home, etc. All the answers are taken into consideration and decisions are made specifically for each dog.

      From my understanding there are groups that have minimum requirements for all their adopters so my recommendation is to contact you local rescue groups and talk to them before applying to find out their criteria and how flexible they are with it. That way you don't find out after the fact you don't meet that group's rules. I've also heard of some groups using arbitrary criteria to reduce the number of applications because they just get so many. If this is the case in your area, reaching out to talk to them may get you through that roadblock if you can build a rapport with them.

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      I appreciate the response. the local group I dealt with has set rules so I dont know why I expected anything else. its a private funded group as far as i know...I can adopt a dog from city no issues...just they overwhelmed with pit of every dog imaginable so its hard as I have no fondness for pit anything even tho I have 4 pits in my extended family that visit chili monthly.

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      When I did rescue for Labs we were more likely to adopt with people without fences vs. with a short fence. We had so many issues with people leaving their Labs outside unattended either thinking they'd exercise themselves or to get them out of the way instead of training. People without fences walked their dogs more, went to dog parks, took their dogs to doggie daycare, etc. Most of our owner surrenders lived in the 'burbs and had fenced yards.

      The standards are whatever the rescue says. Each rescue is different. It is hard to get a dog from a rescue and there are lines of people. Even in the late 90s/early 2000s we had more adopters than dogs. A few years ago I was denied a cat. An adult cat that had been in rescue for years. Why? Because my one year old dog was intact. I hear these stories all the time! You might look for retired show dogs.

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      Sounds like you've only talked to one rescue group. If so, you may need to expand your search into neighboring communities or you are only looking at lab rescue, look into all breed. You will probably find a lot of pit and pit mixes in all breed rescues but it may be a lower percentage than the city shelter.

      Another option is is to look into career changed service dogs.

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      It can be very frustrating. Our friends are trying to go rescue for their next lab, but the local coordinator for the regional rescue is very scattered. Not only does she keep sending them posts for non compatible dogs (can’t be trusted with cats- they have 2 cats; needs to be an only dog- they have a dog already), but she’ll go radio silent for weeks and then acts like she’s never spoken to them before when they check in. I think the questions/requirements were ridiculous too.

      i know rescues do such important work for zero pay, but one reason we went with a new puppy was because of our friends’ experiences.
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      Haven't been on for awhile but wanted to weigh in on rescues. We went to Save A Lab, and while the application was detailed, they had very good follow up and we have Stella who was a good fit for us i.e. cat, another dog etc. We also have an invisible fence which sometimes disqualified us. Sadly, there are plenty of dogs in need of a home so we can probably find another rescue that works for you.

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      I absolutely love rescues, and volunteer for one every week here in Austin (we're a no kill city, it's amazing!), but I tried to rescue before I got Bubba and had a very difficult time which led me to buying a puppy. If you are set on a lab as the breed, you will need to branch out to several rescues, and you will need to be very patient. I understand the frustrations on both sides. As one of us, we know we are responsible and would be a great home for the dog. But from the perspective of the rescue, they don't know us and it is just so hard to watch a dog go through so much and put it in a home and either have it returned or worse, not returned but still living a bad life. That's the reason they are so careful. And also incredibly strapped for resources since almost all of them are volunteer based.
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