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Q: Have you ever had an adoption go wrong?

January 6, 2009 | By Ro V. | 17 answers | Expired: 2158 days ago

Ro V.

I help many people after adoptions and there are times when, sadly, the wrong dog or cat was given to the wrong family. It's got to be one of the most heartbreaking things for me to see when people have to return the pet due to a serious problem (i.e. bite to child's face). Have any of you had this unfortunate situation happen to you and how did you deal with it?

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Jan 06, 2009

We adopted Radar, a 3 year old Jack Russell who had been on the streets for about 6 months before being taken to the shelter, and was at the shelter for a couple months before we adopted him. After we got him home, he turned out to be very aggressive, and was an escape artist. He would try to bite me when I would go outside looking for him, and we were concerned that he'd bite someone else. The shelter said we should return him & they would put him down. The vet recommended returning him to the shelter. I talked to several Jack Russell rescue people, and brought in a trainer, and we decided to keep him. With lots of love and attention, he turned out to be a wonderful pal. After he developed diabetes, he would only let me, or another woman, give him insulin shots; he would try to bite my husband. We had Radar for almost 8 years, and all in all, were glad we kept him.

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Jan P.
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Jan 06, 2009

If you get a pet from our local shelter, you can play with the dog and visit until you think you pick the right one with their help. they also have a return policy that is very open to the possibility that not all pets will work well in all situations. I would also think shelters would be open to helping relocate an animal you got elsewhere or as a stray. The people at Humane Soc. of Cherokee County, Tahlequah, OK are the greatest and want a good home and good match for all animals. Toby, pictured below, is a great match for our family and our other 6 pets!! It took some time to make it work, a few great tips from Cesar Milan's books and shows on TV, but he truly was a good match! If not, the shelter would have helped me find a different home for him and they told me so. Goodluck to you!

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Tammy M.
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Jan 06, 2009

I had a litter of kittens and a lady brought one of them back to me because she just didn't want her. She turned out to be one of my alltime favorite cats. At the shelter, a dog was returned after just 3 days, and he went to an even better home and has been there for months. It can turn into a happy ending.

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