Wednesday, March 25, 2009
We often get inquiries for people wanting to adopt dogs from us that will be kept as strictly outdoor dogs. As one of our general adoption policies we do not adopt to people wanting a dog that will only be kept outdoors. Now if we do happen to get a dog into our program that was an outside dog since a puppy and we know of someone looking for an outside dog there can be an exception to this rule.
People often ask why and so we would like to set the record straight.
All dogs in our program are placed into foster homes until they are adopted. The dogs get a head start on house training, crate training and socialization with other animals and people. The foster homes put a lot of their time and effort into their foster dogs in hopes that it will make the transition to their new home easier. If a dog is going to be left outside from the time it is taken home then all the time and effort a family has put into this training has been a wasted effort. We want all of our dogs to have the opportunity of being a part of the family.
By no means are we saying that people who only have outside dogs are bad owners it is just not in our policies to adopt out our dogs to live their life as outdoor dogs. Imagine being a cute little 8 week old puppy who has lived in the cozy house with your furry brother and sisters only to be taken to your new home and left alone outside in the cold, or one of the many strays we take in that have gone from this cold to the comforts of living is a warm home with a family only to be sent back outside.
If you read our blog and respect what we do, you will understand that we put a lot of time, effort, love, and training into each and every one of the dogs that comes into our system. We take them from bad situations where maybe they would never be considered 'one of the family', and we make sure they will become one. All our dogs, we are proud to say, go through basic command training, house training, crate training, and leash training. They are ready to be well mannered, welcome members of a household. Your household?