Animal adoption services have gotten out of hand in big cities. Now, would-adopters are being profiled for irascible reasons.
It was either that applicants lived in the ‘wrong’ zip code, or that they didn’t ‘look right’. Although at first well-intentioned, stuff being asked on the application, like the way it could be asking for kid information, could now be seen as getting out of hand.
It’s like turning into a way to find anything to potentially make anyone not being good enough to adopt according to their standards. But if dogs are not perfect, so should would-be human adopters be seen in the same light.
So, one rescue center turned a page by practicing what’s now known as ‘open adoptions’. It includes instructing the shelter volunteers in being more flexible when thinking about an ideal home for a certain dog to be in.
This approach has gotten more popular since one of those being denied was none other than the latest director for ASPCA. Actually, denied twice.
So, instead of looking for application ‘faults’ such as ‘incorrect’ answering, there’s a more detailed personalized interview. Potential adopter’s lifestyle & history is learned. It would then serve to pair the best available pet to the best family in accordance with each one’s needs.
There’s still the now ever-present elephant in the room. The inevitable math of having a limited amount of canines needing homes. & while those rescuers using open adoptions have an impressive record of a less than 1% rate, some adopters still choose to look elsewhere if it were to get them a pooch any faster.
But how good is this for any of the dogs? That depends on the shared opinions. Rigorous questioning may be worth it when inviting reflection about the decision needing to be made. Others argue that not being as important anymore when considering the present average dog life holding steady at 11 years.
Where do you stand on the argument? & Let’s keep finding out..