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Q: Have you ever had an adoption go wrong?

January 6, 2009 | By Ro V. | 17 answers | Expired: 2160 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

I have gotten animals that I had wished I had not, but never took them back or abandoned them. It usually works out well in the end unless you have a truly psycho beast.

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adele n.
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Jan 06, 2009

It happens sometimes - no matter how tight the screening process is. People will lie. You have to focus on the number of pets that go to the right forever home.

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jennifer r.
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Jan 06, 2009

We have seen many of our dogs end up at other shelters because of bad owners, abandoned them or didn't have the care to pay to get them back after they escaped. We get complaints because our adoption process is pretty strict and what we see is the ones who lie on their applications to get a dog return it later or abandon it! Where if they would have answered honestly we would have denied them in the first place....most commonly people chain dogs and keep them as outdoor only (we would not approve this, but the application they will put dog will be house pet, indoor with family) but we ALWAYS end up with them back and they are scared and have behavioral issues because they have been chained or alone so much! IT IS SO SAD!

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Donna D.
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Jan 06, 2009

We adopted Baylee a 1 year old Carolina Dog from our local shelter. She had been at the shelter for over a month so she was hyper at first. Things got worse after she got settled into our house and decided she wanted to be the dominate one. We already had 2 other dogs and Baylee decied she no longer liked the 12 year old and one day vicously attacked her. Luckiy little blood was drawn but it was very upsetting to me. We had 2 choices, return her to the shelter where she would almost certainly be put down or try to work with her. We chose the hard route of working with her. It has been 8 months and alot of work but she is on the road to being a better dog although she still has a way to go. She still does not like our older dog so we keep them separated. She is a very loving dog to us and we love her dearly. She still does not like strange dogs or strangers in her house but we are STILL working on it. I guess my point is adopting a pet is a committment and just because a dog is not perfect does not mean you should give up on it.

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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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Pia S.
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Jan 06, 2009

These situations are horrific for the new pet owners. My heart goes out to them. This makes a good point - all dogs and cats need to be evaluated and adopted out to the right home where they will remain for their lifetime. Adoptions shouldn't occur simply to get the animal out of the shelter. Who suffers? Everyone!

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