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A. I’m not in favor of blanket rules for pet adoptions, and I much prefer shelters and rescue groups that look at each pet and each potential adopter as individuals. That’s because for every rule I’ve heard of, I can easily think of examples I’ve known that are the exception.
No dog adoptions without a fenced yard. Tell that to my friends at Good Morning America, true pet lovers who have their dogs in New York City apartments and walk them several times a day.
No adoptions to anyone old enough to be outlived by a pet. Tell that to my mom, Virginia Becker, happy owner of her little dog, Sugar Babe. What if her dog does outlive her? Well, that could happen to any of us, regardless of our age, not just elderly pet owners, and it's why we should all have plans in place “just in case.”
No adoptions to families with toddlers. My granddaughter, Reagan, now 3, has never known a life without animals in it. Nor has my daughter, Mikkel Becker, Vetstreet’s pet-behavior expert, who happens to be Reagan's mother.
Those are real-life examples that I didn’t even have to reach far to find, and I can just as easily come up with dozens more from my larger circle of friends, colleagues, members of our church, people who bring their pets in to one of the two veterinary hospitals where I practice … and on and on.
Now don’t get me wrong: Thorough screening of adopters is essential to protect the pet and help increase the chances of the next home being the forever one we all hope for when it comes to shelter pets. And good matchmaking is just as important, making sure the pet is a good fit for the family under consideration. Every one of the rules a shelter or rescue group makes was put in place for a reason, and usually because of an adoption gone horribly wrong.
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