Will they fit in? Will they really be OK with the family cat? Will they get cuddled enough? Will they connect to their new people?
The Washington Humane Society, unlike some of the rescue groups I have worked with, does not put up extensive hurdles for adopters to jump over. As a municipal open-access shelter, they are focused on getting animals out of the shelter and into homes. As a general rule I'm in favor of this, at least when animals are still dying in shelters because the humans in charge of them could not find them a home.
And so far, for my ex-fosters, it's worked out! Sandy, Collette, Pager and now Brownie are all doing fantastic in their new homes. Here's the update I got from Brownie's new mom:
Thank You again for introducing us to Brownie...his name has since been changed to Ralphie.
He is such a happy boy!!! He loves playing with our other dogs and giving our 10 and 6 year old girls kisses on the face. He has turned out to be a great addition to the family.
Here he is playing/chewing on a rope/tug toy with our other male dog Spencer, the two of them love to play tug together!!!
Here he is relaxing on the couch with myself, my husband and 10 year old step daughter....he has taken a special liking to her!!!
...I know none of us were sure about Ralphie and cats...well....he gets along great with our cat. Ralphie has become such a great family member...he is such a good boy....couldn't have asked for a better dog!!!!
Yay Ralphie/Brownie! I'm so glad you found your perfect family.
For those of you wondering about Blue, she is still at the shelter, I hope still having a good time. She was actually adopted too, by a lovely young couple, but was returned when the landlord and upstairs neighbor were uncomfortable with her...likely because of her breed.
So there's a case where a bit of extra screening might have been a good idea, would have saved those adopters some time and heartache and saved Blue some stress. Still, on balance I think that at least until adoptable animals are no longer dying in shelters, we should err toward making adoptions easier, not more difficult.
What do YOU Think?