My parents have been looking for a small to medium size dog for almost two months now. They lost their dog of fifteen years a short time ago. I know they're lonely and not accustom to life without a dog, so I wasn't surprised when they revealed to me that they have been looking to adopt. With them not being the most tech savvy people, I've been aiding them in their search and I find the whole process overwhelming and at times downright annoying.
We live in Ontario. Dogs are not out roaming our streets. I'm willing to bet that 75% of dogs are willingly surrendered, the others are taken from bleak situations, abandoned or lost. This means that dogs are a scarce sight in our shelters, which is great, but the bad side of this is that competition for a rescue dog is increasingly tight. And with rising shelter fees the saying "adopt don't shop" no longer applies here. In some cases it is the same cost to adopt from a breeder as it is from a rescue organization, and with rigid adoption requirements it makes buying from a breeder that much more appealing.
However, my parents aren't sold on puppy training, so a rescue dog is still at the forefront of their minds. We've seen a handful pop up from time to time but it's as though fate is against them.
I've tried reaching out to many organizations with very general questions about the adoption process or the dog in question, and I never hear back from them, whether it's by mail, phone or on social media, they won't answer any of it. At a local brick and mortar shelter my parents have come out to see dogs they're interested in and are told to "call back" about them, but the shelter is notorious for never answering their phone - that's a major hiccup in the adoption process. Just recently they found a dog that they really like, but this shelter rep turns around and tells them that the dog will be popular, they'll have stiff competition, and that anyone who has adopted from them before gets "first dibs" on it. What kind of garbage is that?! It's like an exclusive dog club where the only way to get a dog with them is apparently to already own one? I'm dead serious. Can we say trust issues?
If that's not bad enough there have been multiple other shelters adopting out lost dogs before people can claim them, lying about dog breeds (pretending a German Shepherd is a Corgi), or playing head games with adoptees.
It's so heartbreaking to see my parents lose out on dogs again and again. I'm stumped. And yeah, we've looked at adopting rescues from overseas - they don't answer messages either.
Anyone else feeling this?