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Q: Can a shelter deny an applicant a pet due to past medical history ?

August 17, 2008 | By sharon s. | 12 answers | Expired: 2277 days ago

I will be more specific. A cancer surviror, who is now cancer free. Also, this would be a couple who applied and the primary applicant has never had cancer.

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Aug 17, 2008

The audacity of some shelters. Bullsh*t! My girl friend in Ohio adopted a dog from the local shelter, and she told them that she had MS, and the shelter thought it would be wonderful company for her. How dare a shelter be so pompous to play God with someone! I would have brought in the ADA and would have taken them to court! Yes, I am handicapped, terminal, and have adopted 7 animals, and no one better ever question my ability to care for a pet! None of us are guaranteed tomorrow. Go kick them in the a$$ for me!

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Aug 17, 2008

Considering the tough laws companies have to follow about medical records privacy and stuff, I'd make them prove why that is necessary for them to know. To have that policy, once they had your medical history, they would have to guard it following all existing laws. Question if they follow those laws, and how they do it. Misuse of them can affect how insurance companies treat you later. Use that as leverage and see how it goes. You may find their "interest" suddenly changes. I've never had a shelter ask me such questions. I dislike arbitary rules for no good reason. Because I said so isn't a good answer here.

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Aug 17, 2008

Before I adopted my little Chloe, I was denied by several shelters because I was honest and told them I have MS. I did mention that I do not live alone and that the dog would be a family dog. However, three shelters denied me because they felt that I "couldn't take care of a puppy."

I was really hurt broken over this- I cried for almost two weeks the first time it happened. The second and third, I became really angry. Who are they to tell me who/what I cannot raise or take care of?

If a pet owner/shelter feels that you are not well enough to take care of the dog, then "yes," they are legally allowed to deny you a pet.

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