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If I Gave Up A Pet In The Past Will A Rescue Let Me Adopt

Is it illegal for a rescue group to try to adopt out a biting dog?

I recently had an incident where my dog bit someone on the face which required them to get stitches. I ended up calling the rescue group where I got the dog for advice on what to do since the SPCA was closed. The rescue group told me that I wasn’t required to notify the SPCA or any other authorities about the incident and they took the dog back from us by our request. The group also told us that they were going to take the dog to a specialist to see if the dog can eventually be put back up for adoption. The very next day after the rescue group took the dog back, they had it back up for adoption on their website not stating anything about the dog having biting issues AND they had the same exact profile for the dog that I saw when I first got the dog. Is it illegal for them to do this?

Can you re-adopt a dog?

Many shelters and rescues won't adopt to you if you surrender a pet to them. Some won't allow you to adopt if you have surrendered at all regardless of the reason.

Some shelters do offer emergency boarding. This would be if your housing situation suddenly changes (like a fire), your pet is not safe in your home (abusive situation), or you maybe need some time to get back on track. You do get your pet back afterwards, and the costs tend to be minimal. Some rescues might work with you as well to avoid having to actual give up your pet, but that can vary from case to case.

When you do surrender a pet, you give up all rights to it. They can take it back and euthanize it if they wanted to and you can't do anything about it. You give up the right to know what happened to them, get them back, or visit them. It is not something you should do lightly and you should explore any other options first.

Can you re-adopt a dog?

Many shelters and rescues won't adopt to you if you surrender a pet to them. Some won't allow you to adopt if you have surrendered at all regardless of the reason.

Some shelters do offer emergency boarding. This would be if your housing situation suddenly changes (like a fire), your pet is not safe in your home (abusive situation), or you maybe need some time to get back on track. You do get your pet back afterwards, and the costs tend to be minimal. Some rescues might work with you as well to avoid having to actual give up your pet, but that can vary from case to case.

When you do surrender a pet, you give up all rights to it. They can take it back and euthanize it if they wanted to and you can't do anything about it. You give up the right to know what happened to them, get them back, or visit them. It is not something you should do lightly and you should explore any other options first.

How can I convince my parents to allow me to adopt a dog from the shelter?

You don’t mention why the last dog was given away. My guess is no one was able to take care of it. (no room, too expensive, too much work), if that situation has not changed then it would be cruel to get a dog and give it away few weeks later.But let’s pretend that is no longer an issue and answer your question. To take care of a pet you first need to be able to take care of yourself. I know it kind of not make sense but it does, let me explain: my daughter really wanted a turtle they were really cheap so I got her 2, one of them survived. They are REALLY dirty animals, you have to clean the tank at least once a month, clean the filter at least once a week and also I learn they, most likely, have salmonella so you have to wash your hands really well every time you touch the tank (to clean or feed them). So, guess who takes care of it?... ME.She now wants a rabbit, I don’t want to take care of a rabbit and, if we get one, there is a big chance I will. My daughter promises she will take care of it. So (the part that concerns you), I told her if she wakes up by herself, dress herself, eat without us having to tell her every 2 seconds “sit down and eat” she can get a rabbit. The logic here is, if she can’t do that without help, there is no way she can keep a pet alive without help.Now, a dog, taking care of a dog is WAY more work than taking care of a turtle, you have to clean after it, train it, taking it for a walk EVERY DAY. If you can’t get out of the house, there is no way you can promise you will walk a dog. Maybe it will give you the push you need, but that is just a maybe. I believe you can make a “contract” with your parents:“For the next month, I promise I will take a 30 minute walk everyday (even if it is cold, hot or raining), help clean the dishes and pickup my room (equivalent to cleaning after the dog), and there will be no need of you remembering me to take care of myself (take a bath, eat, take medication) . If I do that then I can get a dog” (or something similar), it has to be more than 20 days, it takes that much to create a habit sorry.  Maybe that can convince them that you are responsible enough, if that doesn’t convince them they may have their reasons. Ask what those reasons are and accept them, or find a workaround. A simple “I promise I will do x” don’t count.

Why does it seem like dog "rescue" organizations don't want to adopt the animals out?

are you putting a note on the application that this is your first time owning a dog? Perhaps find a vet that you plan to use.

Rescues are trying to put dogs in proper homes.. they want to assure the dogs go to permanant homes- they dont want to see the dog in a shelter, abandoned, neglected, abused or ending up back in the rescue. They tend to be very picky about who they adopt to to assure the dog goes to a good home.

There are plenty of shelters to adopt from too.. they require nothing more than your ID and an adoption fee. If you go often enough, you can easily find a puppy to adopt.


Buying from a petshop is NEVER an option. Why do people think that is the solution when they cant get what they want thru a rescue? You can certainly find a REPUTABLE breeder to purchase a pup from if you cant get one thru a shelter or rescue.

Shelter won't let me adopt a dog?

Sounds like your a young kid. The shelter is right for not allowing your family to have a husky. When your older you will understand and hopefully you can make good decisions and have dogs of your own.

Is it true that animal shelters can blacklist you from adopting EVER?

It is very ridiculous. When i puchased my kitten the lady at the shelter gave me the dirtiest look because i had a motorhead shirt on (rock band).
She said i would have to sit in a room with the cat .. make sure i like that cat and that cat likes me.
THEN she said i would have to come back for a 2nd visit to purchase the cat .. making sure i was 100% satisfied with my cat. I said "no .. we've had a bond since i walked in the door, i have my own place and a full time job, give me" .. layed a $100 bill on the tabel and said "here take this, you can keep it, just let me rescue this lovely creature" .. she gave me my change back and didnt say a word.

I just dont understand these people at the animal shelters around here in ohio .. they treat you like crap .. and i'm the good person rescueing the animal.

its sad.

good luck with everything

How old do you have to be to adopt a puppy?

well i'm 14 too and I gave my mom the money and she bought a dalmatian puppy for me it's in her name though...maybe she could do that too...I think you have to be 18 or 21 trust me I know the feeling of you cant do this or have this because your not 18