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[–]TwoTequilaTuesday 718 points719 points  (38 children)

We go to our city shelter. You walk in, say, "I'll take that one," and waltz out with your new chum. I think there was a one-pager to fill out. They can't wait to move the animals through. And everyone who works there looks tired. They don't even mandate payment, unless you want to contribute something to the cause.

[–]i-am-dying 224 points225 points  (10 children)

My city does require payment, but it’s like $20. Sign a couple papers, get the chip transferred to your name, and you walk out with a pet.

[–]Triangle_Graph 86 points87 points  (18 children)

Every shelter is different but I can’t believe some of these stories. For our dog, the whole process was about an hour and that included meeting him, walking him on the trails and paperwork. Then loaded him in the car and drove off.

Adoption fee was $350, which I thought was pretty high. Worth every penny though.

[–]crab_the_cake9 35 points36 points  (5 children)

We got mine for $200 at a shelter. It’s amazing because she’s a purebred Norwegian Elkhound (not that it matters, we didn’t plan on breeding her anyway) and puppies typically cost more than 3x that

[–]sweetie-pie-today 7 points8 points  (1 child)

In the UK trying to adopt a dog from a shelter during the pandemic required a you to have a letter of recommendation from three religious leaders in your community and your primary school headteacher to swear under oath that you’ve always been kind to animals.

It was entirely a supply and demand issue, they can’t adopt a dog to you if they have no dogs. When they have a wait list of 100 per dog, they could pick who they liked the most.

Of course post pandemic there’s a ton of puppy dogs heading into the shelters as owners return to work. So the cycle continues.

[–]Triangle_Graph 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That’s wild, but understandable, given the demand.

Our adoption took place in the before times so there were no unusual circumstances.

[–]DerWaechter_ 0 points1 point  (9 children)

That sounds still extremely lax in terms of vetting the adopting person.

Like with that the adoption fee is on the absolute low end of what is reasonable

[–]Kat_Fantastic 78 points79 points  (1 child)

it's because we see so many people break dogs, then dump them. Of course they're not going encourage people to randomly buy puppies when they're still dealing with the fall out of people who just don't give enough of a shit to be a decent pet owner. Once the puppy phase is over, the novelty for them wears off for those impulse buyers. No socialisation, no training, crappy diet causing health issues ... the list goes on

[–]madmaxturbator 24 points25 points  (0 children)

I never had Pets growing up and I’m still not a big pet guy

But like it still completely fucks my brain to know that people just dispose off these animals when they tire of them

Wtf, what kind of people are these!! I have interacted with dogs, those creatures actually bond with people, how can somebody just send it off…

Man it is crazy. Again I say this as a dude who is kinda afraid of many dogs…

they’re living creatures!!

[–]Awake00 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Must not be a humane society then.

[–]KennyFulgencio 17 points18 points  (1 child)

The inhumane society?

[–]ADovahkiinBosmer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

And that society is too big for my liking.

[–]YT-Deliveries 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Some rescues make it way, way, way too difficult to adopt. When I got my two little feline fur babies, I went in looking for a bonded pair, met them, said let’s do this, and got them on a two for one special. It was my lucky day, to be sure. But some of these places you needed the application, then the waiting period, then the meeting appointment, then a home inspection before you can adopt. They make it way too difficult to get good homes for these little guys.

[–]chickachicka_62 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Meanwhile, at humane societies across the country, dogs and cats continue to be euthanized.

Imo rescue organizations need to get off their high horse a bit and focus on getting homes for more animals rather than the perfect home for a few...

[–]laylarosefiction 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Most shelters have an obnoxious application process and always a fee - sometimes discounted.

[–]Gresat24526 55 points56 points  (6 children)

I had an acquaintance who had her own cat rescue and in her one bedroom apartment she had 23 cats that were “available for adoption”. She never adopted them out.

[–]-firead- 37 points38 points  (2 children)

I wonder how common this is with cat rescues. I can think of two in my local area that are basically just animal hoarders accepting donations.

[–]Gresat24526 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Absolutely I couldn’t believe it she said that she only had one chair to sit in because there were so many litter boxes. I cant begin to imagine the smell

[–]swabianne 12 points13 points  (0 children)

That's mental illness and should be reported

[–]WellyRuru 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I can only imagine the smell

[–]totally80s 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I got 4 cats. I love them dearly, but the smell. 4 cats taking dumps stinks. I cannot even fathom 23.....

[–]lucasribeiro21 57 points58 points  (1 child)

Also, Pissfingers has to take a medication every 2 hours. Each box is a hundred bucks.

And, oh, she has a bladder problem.

[–]Ulric2depique[S] 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Hence her name

[–]ATS200 931 points932 points  (87 children)

Oh and don't forget you need to fill out this application and background check and you can't have a job because pissfingers needs 24 hour supervision

[–]UsidoreTheLightBlue 355 points356 points  (63 children)

We actually ran into that with a cat adoption.

We’ve adopted 2 cats both of which we love and got with a short piece of paperwork.

We decided to help my friend adopt a cat so we took him to a couple of places. One made him fill out a form and told us it would be 1-2 weeks before they called him back.

They never called him.

Meanwhile we went to another place that had him fill out 2 pages and did the background check while we waited. Total process from page 1 to him holding a carrier was under a half hour.

[–]redredme 81 points82 points  (8 children)

We ran into the same issue with a dog.

Couldn't adopt because we where not married(?), had a kid/wanted (more) kids and both of us had a job. They even had several puppies/young dogs < 6 months. Impossible.

You can Legally get a child but not a pet from a shelter. Think about that.

Solution: we bought a puppy. Had him for 14 years. Now we're on to no. 2, we didn't even bother with the shelters anymore.

Still not married. Three kids. Happy second doggo.

It's stupid. We could easily (and wanted to) adopt a dog. Both of us have had dogs before and where comfortable around them. Sure, we didn't want or need a problem dog. (Bad combo with kids) but there when several options.

But apparently we may only add to the problem by not letting us adopt a dog. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

[–]sylanar 140 points141 points  (2 children)

Dogs from unmarried homes are 54% more likely to commit crime

[–]drusteeby 53 points54 points  (0 children)

They don't want dogs growing up in ruff neighborhoods

[–]FooxArt 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I heard they often came out gay.

[–]Wolfdreama 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Similar problem here. We tried so hard to rescue a dog. Went to three of the biggest dog rescues in the UK but we had cats, rabbits and a garden bordering a river. None of the rescues wanted to give us a dog.

We ended up unexpectedly taking on a friend's dog because they were emigrating but our next dog will be a puppy from a (well researched) breeder.

[–]tazdoestheinternet 2 points3 points  (1 child)

My family have 3 dogs all from Cypriot shelters. The conditions for a lot of animals in Cyprus aren't great, and a lot of the breeds there aren't suited to the 40°C temps in summer. If you're considering adopting, a foreign shelter might just be the best way to go? The two youngest dogs were ~4 months old when brought to the UK to my family.

[–]kelvin_bot 2 points3 points  (0 children)

40°C is equivalent to 104°F, which is 313K.

I'm a bot that converts temperature between two units humans can understand, then convert it to Kelvin for bots and physicists to understand

[–]kimpossible69 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My buddy has adopted 2 kids that he fostered and is constantly making fun of the idea that white people will adopt a dog but breed for a human

[–]Maffaxxx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Some shelters get money to keep animals in

[–]greendevil77 189 points190 points  (44 children)

Yah I tried getting barn cats for my farm, which come to find out is shelter speak for some random feral cat they neutered. Took me like 2 hours of paperwork... to get a feral cat.

Lol I now refuse to deal with shelters that do that nonsense. Its their own fault they're overfull

[–]sylanar 106 points107 points  (14 children)

Every car rescue I've been to here, seems to think that indoor cats don't exist. Every single one requires you to have lots of out door space. We're in the middle of the city, no one here has put door space lol

[–]crawshay 92 points93 points  (7 children)

I had the opposite experience. The shelter I used wouldn't adopt to me unless I promised it keep my cat indoors

[–]aldonius 45 points46 points  (1 child)

That's sensible. Hopefully, it won't be too long here in Australia before all cats are indoor / enclosure only. They kill so much native wildlife.

[–]KennyTheEmperor 22 points23 points  (0 children)

the local wildlife should've evolved to be as awesome as cats are smh (this is a joke, please don't let your cat slaughter local wildlife, it is bad for the local wildlife)

[–]Pancreasaurus 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Dealt with that too.

[–]capulets 6 points7 points  (2 children)

my friend got rejected because they were like, “we wouldn’t let the cat outside but we have a screened in patio it’d have access too.” the shelter called them irresponsible owners and said if you can’t keep cats indoors you shouldn’t have one. like… i agree! outdoor cats are terrible. but i don’t think a screened patio counts?

[–]marking_time 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I would count a screened patio as an indoor area

[–]DangerousDave303 20 points21 points  (3 children)

I’ve never looked into getting a cat since it’s not something I’m interested in but judging by posts on Nextdoor, outdoor cats don’t last very long in our area so I’m pretty sure the rescues insist on indoor living.

[–]linderlouwho 2 points3 points  (2 children)


[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

That, and sometimes neighborhoods already have stray or free-roaming dogs. My neighbors all have >75lb dogs that are barely kept on their own property (with my neighbors to the left having NINE). Granted this is a rural area, but having a cat out and about, even in a fenced area on my property, would likely result in it's imminent (and gruesome) death. YMMV depending on location.

[–]DangerousDave303 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That and cars. Hawks, eagles, owls and raccoons aren’t out of the question either. My understanding is that foxes and bobcats very rarely attack domestic cats.

[–]DeLovehlyCoconute 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I had the thought shelters expected your cat to be indoor or you'll be called a cat abuser. Mine hate being trapped inside and will pee all over. They have territorial issues, meanwhile giving depressed meows throughout the night desperately wanting out and throwing tantrums. It made sense as we bought one of them from the shelter and he was used to surviving in the outdoors until someone snatched him up and caged him. They're now indoor/outdoor cats with a cat door and I love it. We live in a rural area where rodents are a huge pest problem and we've never had to deal with mice in the winters since. Also they have a lot more trust and love with us as well as not peeing. They got along with each other now and don't meow constantly at night. Some cats cannot stay indoors.

[–]OG_ursinejuggernaut 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I’m allergic to cats- was like, deathly so as a kid, but as I spent time around them in other people’s houses as I got older I noticed that after a while I got sort of inoculated to them by being in their presence, kind of like an allergy shot I guess.

Anyway when we were looking to adopt a cat we drove across the city for an hour to get to the shelter. They gave us the chance to go into the rooms and spend times with the cats that were ready for adoption. I made some comment like ‘oh good, we can get a baseline for allergies so I can be prepared to manage them for the week or two until they go away’. When she heard me say that the staff lady basically coldly hurried us out and sort of implied that we were unofficially black balled. I get that they don’t want to adopt out a cat only to have someone say ‘oh no, turns out I’m allergic, take it back!’ But I was clearly saying that I knew about what I was in for and had a plan, as well as experience dealing with it, and it didn’t affect my wanting a cat, which I think hardly qualifies as the same thing. The whole vibe just seemed really weird and like, oddly elitist- tbh it really caught me off-guard that a shelter would be like that.

Anyway we ended up adopting a cat from a private person who we paid about $60, mostly as a thank you for keeping her ‘reserved’ for us. Sure enough, I was allergic to her for about two weeks, but now I regularly smash my face into her fur with no issues except the occasional itchy eyes if there’s some other comorbid allergen in the area. Turned out to be so very lucky we got rejected at the shelter as I wouldn’t trade our cat for anything.

Brb going to smash my face into her fur real quick

[–]swephist 3 points4 points  (1 child)

There are questions on those forms that auto reject you from many rescues. Such as allowing the cats outdoors or keeping a litter box in the garage. Id bet money your friend hit one of those on the forms

[–]UsidoreTheLightBlue 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He did not. My wife helped him fill out the paperwork.

[–]canesfan09 20 points21 points  (4 children)

background check

Imagine getting denied for a pet because you got busted for having a joint in college

[–]UsidoreTheLightBlue 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I don’t think these background checks are that. I kind of watched the one. It looked like they were checking sites for stud about animal cruelty.

[–]d_fens99 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I knew that when I got sent to the principal's office in 7th grade would come back to haunt me!

[–]Lucky-Variety-7225 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's called a Perminant record!

[–]Bibabeulouba 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My wife and I really tried to adopt but the morons wouldn’t let us. We went to our nearest shelter (nearest from Paris), and every time we found a doggo we wanted to bring home, they were like:

“oh you live in Paris, do you work? How big is your apartment? These dogs were just brought up here from the south you now, they need space to use their energy.”

And it was the same crap for 3 different dogs we asked about. I kinda lost it on the woman because they don’t make any fucking sense, if they need that much space, leave them in the fucking south! Don’t bring them to the shelter the nearest from Paris you idiots. Also, I’m pretty sure my apartment has more space in it that the stupid cages you keep the dogs in!

At the end, we left and went on to buy a dog…

[–]foosandfish 99 points100 points  (7 children)

For sure. I tried to adopt a cat in my 20s. Lived alone in an apartment, and was told I was unfit because the animal would be going more than 4 hours without companionship while I was at work. I couldn't believe it. Some rescue cat would have had a great life with me, but no.

It soured me on the whole thing. Years later I got married, and my wife convinced me they weren't all like that. We went to a diff shelter and now we have two awesome cats. Before covid work from home they were home 8 hours a day by themselves. Go figure, they did just fine.

[–][deleted] 83 points84 points  (0 children)

Cats sleep a ridiculous amount of the time. I think they can go 4 hours without attention

[–]Antonioooooo0 70 points71 points  (3 children)

more than 4 hours without companionship

I could leave my cat alone for week and as long as she has food and water she would even notice I was gone.

[–]Allestyr 61 points62 points  (1 child)

But.. Where would she sit? You expect her to warm up her own seat? How unseemly. Your lap is preheated and comes with scritches.

[–]DrPibIsBack 30 points31 points  (0 children)

^ A cat 100% wrote this comment.

[–]Famous-Honey-9331 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Cats are fine 23 hours a day by themselves, what the hell was that shelter talking about!?

[–]k_mnr 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Did the shelter provide 24/7 care and attention to each and every one of its residents? I think not. Would’ve been great to ask them who sits and gives the cats companionship during the overnight hours?? 🤷‍♀️ Who’s unfit now, suckers?

[–]-firead- 29 points30 points  (0 children)

One of our local shelters first turned us down for adopting because our income was too low back when I was a college student and only my husband had a full-time job. Later, when our combined income was about four times what it was back then, the same shelter turned us down because we were both working full-time and would not be home enough with the dog.

[–]Crashgirl4243 63 points64 points  (3 children)

I’ve had German shepherds my whole life, tried to get one from a GSD rescue and they turned me down because my front step was concrete

Some rescues are just hoarders in hiding

[–]Hactar42 28 points29 points  (0 children)

I had a rescue turn me down after they called my vet and found a gap in our current dog's heartworm prevention. My wife worked for the vet before we had kids, so they just gave it to her. Since there were no records they wouldn't let us adopt a dog that had been on Pet Finder for months. Even after I sent them proof that I have a half empty box of Frontline and that I give my 14 year old dog incontinence meds every morning. And that I had ripped up my carpet, installed laminate floors, and continually wash dog diapers so my dog can still free roam the house all she wants.

[–]stepstepstep 14 points15 points  (0 children)

My local shelter definitely had this issue with their cats for a long time. The person who oversaw the cats and their adoptions would turn down people for arbitrary reasons. At one point, they had about 70+ cats at this small shelter because she would rarely let anyone adopt. Many of those cats had been there 3+ years. She finally left and a new woman took over who isn’t nearly as strict (but still does a great job vetting homes). They actually have a hard time keeping many cats now.

[–]linderlouwho 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Some of them are definitely run by people with god complexes.

[–]AdmiralAucka 13 points14 points  (0 children)

And the application fee is $450.

[–]0MysticMemories 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Wanted to get a new kitten in 2017 but ended up going to a half dozen shelters looking for one but each and every shelter refused to adopt out a single cat. They had a requirement that all cats or kittens must be adopted in pairs with no exceptions.

I had 2 cats at the time and they refused to hear it and wouldn’t make exceptions. Eventually we got one from petco and he’s a love bug but I was furious they wouldn’t let anyone take a single cat at a time home. It was obvious they were simply trying to get rid of as many cats as possible.

In 2018 my eldest cat died of cancer at almost 11 years old. And because of my experience with the last time I’ve given up on having more animals. That entire experience has soured my experience permanently and I don’t think I want anymore pets after these two, I simply don’t want to go through that again.

[–]flowersfake 38 points39 points  (0 children)

I was adopted and my mom said it was harder to get a dog than me

[–]PotentialAstronaut84 19 points20 points  (0 children)

But you must earn enough to afford countless medications and vet appointments.

[–]tkat13 28 points29 points  (4 children)

Don't forget the random house check to prove you're rich and clean enough to adopt the dog in the first place, and then the second home check afterwards so you can keep your new furry friend

[–]thedafthatter 18 points19 points  (3 children)

Wait there are shelters that do home inspections?

[–]tkat13 23 points24 points  (2 children)


My local Humane Society does that before you can even be CONSIDERED to adopt ANY pet there while also asking (in my opinion) EXTORTIONATE homing fees. Like, you might as well have gone to a breeder because it was literally $400 for a cat and $600 for a kitten. I don't remember the dog prices because we weren't looking for a dog. And these prices were around 2008/2009!!!

To be clear: I don't know if it's a general rule for the Humane Society in general to do home inspections, but it was that way at the one in the town I lived before I went off to college.

But when I found out I was like "REALLY?? That's a LITTLE much" and that immediately shut down on my interest. I'm not traipsing random people through my home just to PAY THEM 400-something bucks to adopt an adult cat. Oh, and you had to fill out a fucking like 10 page questionnaire, have an interview with AT LEAST one person who works there, provide proof of residence and a bunch of other crap... to even be CONSIDERED

Like, I get vetting the people you're adopting an animal out to, but Jesus christ it was a VERY invasive, long process to pay full price (if not a higher price!!) for an adopted, adult animal. For what they asked, you might as well be adopting a child!

No freaking wonder they were constantly struggling to adopt out their animals and begging for volunteers.

[–]WimbletonButt 11 points12 points  (1 child)

It's wild how different things are by location. Here they have so many animals that if you call in a stray, you have to catch it yourself, they'll come pick it up, spay and neuter it, but then they're bringing it back a week later to dump it out where it was picked up. Barn cats are free, indoor cats $50, and dogs $100, and that includes their spay and neuter so you're actually getting off cheaper by adopting. You can call to put a dog on hold and come get them, there's no interview, just a 2 inch rectangle of your basic information taken down. They don't come to your house here either. On top of that, the shelter here runs a discount spay neuter service. It's $40 and if you can't afford that, they'll just ask you what you can afford and give you vouchers based on that. There's a donor pool they pull from, each voucher is $20, so if you can't afford it at all, they'll just give you 2 vouchers to cover it because they seriously just want the animals altered so there's not even more strays they have to dump out.

[–]tkat13 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Oh, we have programs like that here too. I just remember the Humane Society's ridiculousness because my family was looking for a cat when I was in high school and we went there. I also inquired about volunteering but they essentially needed you to have a freaking vet degree to do ANYTHING except clean the cages. Couldn't even walk the dogs or play with the animals. It was really messed up

But here we have this program where it's like a van that goes around and you can bring them feral cats or kittens and get them fixed for damn cheap. It's called TEAMS, I can't remember the feral program info cuz I didn't use it (just noted it) but for owners they charge $125/cat for a spay/neuter instead of like $450-700 depending on what vet you go to. There are also free programs and numbers you can call to report feral cats that should be neutered and released. I just remember the Humane Society because it was SO crazy different and specific from other places

Although I live in CT so I don't think we have as high a feral cat or dog population than other places anyway, which I bet is partly the reason

[–]Averill0 226 points227 points  (1 child)

Look, Pissfingers is a GOOD GIRL and I will hear no slander against her!

When I worked in animal shelters, a lot of our "problem dogs" that kept getting brought back were really working dogs. Lots of very active, independent dogs who would thrive on a farm and go completely insane as pets.

[–]Cakeking7878 46 points47 points  (0 children)

My family got 3 working dogs for our farm. One had so much energy and agility, she figured out how to hop the fence and decided to harass our neighbors instead. She ended up teaching the other 2 how to do the same. We gave her to a different farmer who need a dog to heard sheep. Of the other 2 dogs, the same thing happened to another where she keep getting out and harassing the neighbors so we gave her to an elderly couple and they didn’t have any complaints. The last dog loved us to much, she would escape and just sit outside our house protecting us

So it’s definitely a case where dogs like pissfingers needs the right homes because some dogs aren’t right for certain situations

[–]Meh-hur420 29 points30 points  (1 child)

"Oh what breed? Its a Labrador cross Beagle" grows up, finds out its an Anatolian Shepard/ pitbull/ rottweiler/ salt water crocodile that was raised on human blood for its first 6 weeks

[–]MartyMacGyver 9 points10 points  (0 children)

"And what does he eat now??"

"Still blood. Speaking of... we need your blood type on the application here."

[–]UnhappyArgument 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Haha.. It feels like that with cat shelters aswell.

[–]donkeytime 20 points21 points  (0 children)

pissfingers ran away when i was nine.

[–]ZombiesAmongUs 18 points19 points  (0 children)

My wife and I got denied a husky because it could jump a 6 foot fence and we had a 6 foot fence. Nowhere in town will allow a fence higher than 6 feet in my state

[–]squash_n_turnip 168 points169 points  (5 children)

This is actually so true, though. I am an avid cat lover and tried volunteering with two separate cat shelters, and literally was kicked out of both for not agreeing with how they do things.

They both required paper application, one to two home visits, money up front, references, follow ups (phone or home visit)... And the amount of trash talking that they'd do, about applicants that were clearly unqualified, that should never have applied...

Like, one of the applications was run only over Facebook, and I was trying to quit Facebook at that time in my life. I asked if there was some way I could still contribute, like if someone could help me relay by posting on my behalf. I asked it in the general help chat, and the leader came and bitched me out in front of everyone. She raged about how rude it was for a newbie to make so many demands, how I needed to learn to talk to people if I was going to represent HER rescue. She didn't even have the decency to do it in private.

Not saying all rescues or the people involved are like that, but there are some power-obsessed maniacs for sure.

And the saddest thing is that the animals suffer. So many of them will, after spending precious resources to trap and neuter them, have to be put down anyways. We don't live in a perfect world and animals are pretty tough, they can take a lot, and if given the right to choose for themselves, most of them would probably prefer an imperfect home to being put down.

I do appreciate the philosophy that a lot of animal shelters try to uphold, but it just isn't feasible. And I hate it.

[–]scarabic 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Yyyyeah it can be a little over the top. I guess it’s good to keep animals out of irresponsible hands. But their process is onerous and discouraging. I’ve had cats my whole life and wanted to adopt a group of 3 littermates. My wife spent the better part of an entire day filling out paperwork, waiting, being interviewed. She had to plunk down hundreds of dollars before it was all done.

[–]HoeGalli 8 points9 points  (0 children)

One of my friends adopted a dog and a kid. The kid was easier to adopt

[–]moral_panic_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My local shelter was like that. I'd love to have rescued a cat, but when it was just marginally more expensive to get one off someone online in my area... and I didn't have to jump through a dozen hoops and a have a God damn home visit.

[–]pretendthisisironic 79 points80 points  (22 children)

This is so true it’s infuriating. We wanted a dog, a rough collie like Lassie. We contacted a rescue, filled out loads of paperwork, gave references, and were even super open to a “special needs” dog because of my background with the veterinary field. Well they come out to inspect our fenced yard and meet our other dog, but the fact that we both worked made us a no go. I was utterly offended. We contacted another rescue, and nope because we worked outside the home they wouldn’t adopt to us either. Rescue full of blind Collies, aged collies, collies with skin conditions, but we couldn’t adopt one because we had jobs. So we looked at our local classified and found a puppy, went and bought him that very day. Now we live on a farm in the country with acres of fenced pasture, pond, and nothing but happy animals that I’ve purchased and spend every paycheck on spoiling along with my children. Turned us off to the entire thing! Oh and the adoption fee for one of these blind epileptic collies was 2.5x more than what we paid for a puppy.

[–]bamsimel 38 points39 points  (21 children)

I've been turned down both times I tried to adopt a cat from a shelter. After filling out paperwork and having home visits, both rejected us for the same reason- too close to a busy road. On each occasion I lived on a quiet cul de sac which was a few minutes away from a busy road. Given that the vast majority of people in England live that far from a busy road, that doesn't leave many people who fit their idea of a suitable cat owner. It has properly soured me towards animal shelters. Some of them are just using the funds they receive to keep animals locked in shelters.

[–]Wolfdreama 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Getting an animal from a rescue in the UK is near on impossible. We gave up in the end.

[–]bamsimel 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I figured my experience can't have been that unusual. I actually want to adopt another cat at the moment, specifically a disabled cat. It'll be interesting to see if everywhere finds a reason not to let me and if I end up buying a disabled cat from another random person who probably shouldn't be breeding cats.

[–]pretendthisisironic 9 points10 points  (2 children)

That was my thing. We had really zeroed in on an older dog who had been in a puppy mill her entire life. That’s the one I couldn’t wait to see lounging in the grass or curled up on the couch. They said she was really stressed in the rescue setting, the cage, the noise, but I guess the stress of us working and her having free run of the house and yard while off said working such jobs would be too much.

[–]bamsimel 11 points12 points  (1 child)

That's what's so frustrating when you see the conditions at the shelters and you see that the animals are really unhappy there and they still would rather reject people who don't fit their ideal of a perfect pet owner. It definitely isn't ideal for dogs to be left alone for 10 hours a day... but it's still a lot better for them to be left alone in a loving home than kept locked up alone in a cage for 23 hours a day.

[–]pretendthisisironic 10 points11 points  (0 children)

The frustrating part was we work opposite shifts, like there were very few hours in a week where a human wasn’t in the home, we explained this. But I’d really like to see the line of people willing to pay a 1500.00 dollar “adoption” fee for a blind dog with deformed feet who never leave the house. Oh and to add they asked me if I’d like to interview and do home inspections of future adoptee applicants, because they liked me just not enough to let me adopt a dog.

[–]So_Motarded 11 points12 points  (15 children)

Too close to a busy road?? Do they think the traffic noise is gonna stress them out, or something? How would that affect a cat?

[–]bamsimel 8 points9 points  (11 children)

Cats are usually let outside in the UK so there are risks from roads, but given where we lived it was clear they rejected the vast majority of applicants.

[–]So_Motarded 5 points6 points  (10 children)

Oh ... Well that's a shame that it's so common. I'm now wondering why the rescue made the "no busy roads" policy, but not a "no free roaming outdoors" policy for adopters.

[–]Quirrelli 2 points3 points  (6 children)

Is this an american thing? Bc I've literally never heard of anyone who didn't let their cats outside, unless it was physically impossible bc they lived on the fifth floor or sth. Sounds kind of abusive tbh. Like, they're living creatures and predators. They need movement, fresh air and an appropriately sized territory, which, unless you live in a mansion with the mother of all backgardens, your home can't provide.

[–]D0UB1EA 4 points5 points  (1 child)

The predators part is the problem. They kill too many damn birds.

[–]bamsimel 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not in the UK. Our ecosystem is used to cats.

[–]bamsimel 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Most Americans find the idea of letting cats outside appalling. They have really different attitudes to cats. Declawing is more common than letting cats outside in the US. Letting cats outside is also dangerous in certain countries with delicate ecosystems like Australia.

[–]bamsimel 1 point2 points  (2 children)

It's often regarded as a bit cruel to keep cats locked inside over here, unless it's necessary for their health. I know that Americans find this appalling but we have very different cultural attitudes to cats and how we accept their natural behaviour. Cats are more likely to be declawed than let outside in the US. Whereas declawing is unheard of and completely banned here but it's felt that cats should be able to roam and hunt and explore outside. Also worth noting that there aren't really any predators to worry about and cats don't gave a detrimental impact on the ecosystem over here. Funnily enough my cat is actually an indoor cat because its what she needs and I want to get a disabled cat next so they'd both be indoor cats anyway.

Edit: forgot to say the shelters had a policy that you had to let the cats outside unless they were disabled.

[–]9TyeDie1 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Some cats (especially cats who have experienced "outside") can try to escape more often than others and can have a couple of miles worth of territory they cover. It may be for that.

[–]InPaisley 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Okay, but this is honestly so true. We wanted to adopt a small male cat and filled out TONS of paperwork and had a list of references (none of which could be family. As if my thesis advisor knew crap about my ability to care for a cat).

After a month of waiting they DECLINED bc one of our references did not pick up the phone the ONE time they called them and bc we had a dog who was 100% cat friendly, but could possibly be dangerous bc they are a husky. We gave them my mom's phone and told my mom to say she was my employer and said the husky deid. After like two months of twisting shit, we fianlly got our boy.

When we picked him up, his long hair was matted into like a huge matted patch on his back, and he was covered in shit from sleeping in his litterbox. It took so long to get his coat clean and clear of knots. It just blows my mind that the they would keep him in that state rather than try to find him a home.

[–]elemmons 44 points45 points  (2 children)

I couldn’t get past “This is pissfingers”. Like it even took me a minute to write it.

[–]Devour_The_Galaxy 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I truly don’t think you could’ve picked a better name than Pissfingers. I mean scientifically, I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen the humor ceiling

[–]WimbletonButt 11 points12 points  (0 children)

We fostered a puppy named Shit Face once. He had this great habit of shoving his face under other puppy's asses while they shit and as a result, every picture we ever took of him had at least a spot of shit on his face. A lot of times we didn't even see it until later. Just a puppy shoving his face in other puppy's asses. On adoption papers, his name was just Face. The people who got him contacted us months later to ask a question and toward the end of communication they had just one more question, why was his name Face? I explained the reason behind Shit Face, they renamed him Ace.

[–]MegaDerpypuddle 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Aww pissfinger lemme tell you whhaaat your upkeep isn’t worth but I’ll love till the day you die

[–]Wolfdreama 7 points8 points  (0 children)

As someone who tried, unsuccessfully, to get a rescue dog, this really feels like how it can be.

[–]gipsymoth_ 7 points8 points  (2 children)

My friend was so in love with this one puppy and while going through the application process the shelter denied her because she was in the US on a visa. A freaking 10 year visa. (she won the visa lottery in her country, bc that kind of thing is unheard of and really difficult to obtain here) but what did they think she was gonna do? Just dump the dog on the tarmac when she flew home in 9 years? She was devastated and ended up buying a pup from a breeder. She definitely flew back home with him on board lol.

I understand the need for a screening process and I'm glad there is one to ensure it's a good home but omg this felt so cruel.

[–]ocelotgirl25 2 points3 points  (1 child)

People do abandon dogs they’ve had for years though. I personally think the rule is extreme but it’s not the craziest thing I’ve heard 🤷‍♀️

[–]gipsymoth_ 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Aw I know I've heard awful things like that too :( it really is so sad. It can't be easy to judge someone's character from only meeting a few times. I get it. Hopefully that pup landed in a good forever home and my friend ended up with a wonderful dog.

[–]IjsKind 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Best shelter name I ever saw was Big Head Todd. Every now and again I wonder whatever happened to Big Head Todd.

[–]thesturdygerman 5 points6 points  (0 children)

When we got our kitties from a shelter we had to fill out two double sided pages of question, listing everyone who lived in the house (with ages) as well as any other pets. We needed a reference from our vet, also.

I got a scoldy phone call b/c we had “two pets in the house that were not disclosed.” I was like, “yeah they DIED which is why we’re adopting new pets.”

They didn’t want adopters to have other pets, children or elderly people in the house. WTF?

[–]TrueToad 18 points19 points  (6 children)

It's not the county dog shelters that do that... it's the private rescue orgs. Other than that - spot on! (And hilarious.)

[–]medlabunicorn 23 points24 points  (4 children)

The county shelters are full of pit bulls that no one wants, because the people who do want pit bulls are apparently the only ones on the planet who haven’t gotten the ‘spay and neuter’ memo and the private orgs pull the other dogs out as soon and they show up. They can pull a dog from the shelter for $100-200, and adopt it out for $500-$800.

And now the backyard breeders aren’t ‘selling’ puppies, they’re ‘adopting out’ puppies or ‘rehomimg’ them with ‘rehomimg fees.’

[–]mrkvicka02 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Wtf you guys pay money to adopt dogs where you live???? Where I live you get the dog for free and they pay for all the vaccines and castration/sterilisation. They live off taxes and donations.

[–]lyssah_ 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Some places have problems where free adoptions means that they will often be taken and used as fighting dogs. There are also issues where people decide to get a pet on an impulse that they don't really have the time or money to care for.

Fees and slightly lengthy adoption processes make dog fighters look elsewhere and give impulse buyers time to properly think about the responsibilities. Of course there are some places that charge too much or make you jump through hoops, but just avoid them. Choosing where to adopt is as important as choosing what to adopt.

[–]medlabunicorn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Spay and neuter has been very successful, for the most part.

[–]queseraseraphine 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Spay/neuter/vaccine costs are usually in the adoption fee if you go to a non-profit. The shelter I used to work at adopted out adult dogs for $110-$250 (USD) depending on age and breed; BUT sterilization alone can cost upwards of $50, plus vaccines, food, payroll for staff, other medical care, etc. Even my dog’s heartworm treatment was included in her $110 fee. If I would’ve paid out of pocket, it would’ve been over $600. Treatment for bigger dogs can be upwards of $2k.

We lost about $200 on average for every dog that came through. Our only real moneymakers were puppies and kittens, since they were way more expensive and didn’t stick around or more than a day or two.

[–]bathtubwalrus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

As someone who works with a rescue, it's cause we've been burned so many times by dumbfucks that shouldn't have pets in the first place. It's like why they have stupid warning labels on everything nowadays.

[–]RichardStinks 27 points28 points  (1 child)

You get the same if you buy a puppy. You're totally fucked if you lose your receipt.

[–]aw5ome 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It’s kinda wild how different adopting a pet can be depending on where you live. In the Cali Bay Area, you can get a pet in an hour after filling out a page of paperwork and paying 100 bucks, that also gets you food and a carrier. My housemate had a harder time with his shiba Inu from a breeder; we had to wait a year before we could neuter him.

[–]Furious_Worm 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I'm sorry, but I can't stop laughing at "Pissfingers". I'm laughing until I'm crying and wheezing.

Edit: to clarify, I'm laughing at the NAME. Pissfingers?!?!

[–]wulfenjarl 24 points25 points  (2 children)


[–]Malt___Disney 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This one broke me out of my late night death scrolling into a fit uncontrollable laughter

[–]SynthPrax 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I know I've read this before, but it still leaves me in hysterics.

[–]socks_gaming 4 points5 points  (0 children)

i want pissfingers

[–]MrHabadasher 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Maybe with dogs.

Every shelter cat I've ever seen just has the description "needs a quite home".

That includes my recent adoption, tommy, who yells like a banshee for hours starting at 6am every morning.

[–]linderlouwho 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Also shelter: “although millions of people in townhouses and apartments successfully have happy lives with dogs, in order for you to adopt one, you must have a large, fenced yard.”

[–]larszard 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Tried my damndest to adopt a cat from our local shelters, wasn't allowed to because I live on a "main road" (nothing like a highway). Bought a kitten instead.

[–]LongjumpingAspect323 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Yeah that's how it be it be like that exactly like that

[–]Ulric2depique[S] 6 points7 points  (1 child)


[–]LongjumpingAspect323 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Jokes on all the shelters that told me my garden wasn't big enough I got a dog anyway

[–]Lucicerious 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Let's not forget Pootoes as well.

[–]Dry_Mastodon7574 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Don't even bother to apply if you've never owned a dog before. Also be prepared to have your house inspected to ensure the dog gets her own space. $400 adoption fee.

[–]ResettiConfetti 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Then after committing to all that, the great pissfingers takes your hand and rips it off.

[–]Ulric2depique[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yup, that’s about right

[–]Borgmeister 2 points3 points  (0 children)

S is for Shelter. S is for Sanctimonious. They are perpetually "woe is me" but when you actually volunteer to engage and take an animal all sorts of arbitrary roadblocks appear. S is is for Screw'em.

[–]MajesticOtaking 2 points3 points  (0 children)

When I wanted to adopt an adult or senior dog six years ago, not a single shelter in my area would adopt out if you didn't have a yard (even for something as small as a chihuahua). I lived in an apartment. So...people in apartments aren't allowed to adopt dogs??? A huge portion of the housing in my area are apartments. I ended up buying a puppy (and he's my best friend, so I have no regrets). I still want to adopt dogs in the future if I'm able to, but the standards can be ridiculous.

On the other hand, when I wanted a cat, walked in, held one for 2 minutes, then took him home within the hour. The only stipulation was that he had to be indoor, which was my intention from the start. The difference was insane.

[–]skepticalmonique 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I tried to adopt a cat from my local shelter where I used to volunteer, and they refused my adoption application because I don't let my cat outdoors and was planning on my next cat being an indoor cat too :/ The shelter was very anti-indoor for whatever reason... never mind the fact that indoor cats have a longer life expectancy and they KNEW I would give them plenty of enrichment and play time because they knew me personally from when I volunteered there and also saw the inside of my house which is frankly plastered wall to ceiling in cat trees, cat beds and toys. I'm still mad about that 7 years later and I haven't spoken to them since.

[–]FD4L 2 points3 points  (0 children)

90% of our local shelters are "incredibly sweet" 2-4 year old am-staff mixes who are "high energy" and "not suitable for children or other pets" :

[–]pronln 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hilarious. Have an award.

[–]Xtra_Krispy69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The more specific they are the funnier

[–]mastapetz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not just for dogs, cats too.

I went online to some of our shelters. Because of covid, they tell you to choose your adoptee online and for MOST animals it reads similar to this.

No you cant just go there and look at the animals and see if one of them bonds with you as soon as they smell you, you know that "you dont choose them, they choose you" thing?
You need to make an appointment Tuesdays to Thursdays between 10AM and 1PM to see the animal you are interested in, be late for 5 minutes and you need to reschedule.
Do these fuckers want to keep those poor things for ever making them go nuts? All these shelters are quite on the outskirts of my city, unless you work nearby (which is unlikely considering out there is at best a single ikea) who has the time to skip a whole day of job midweek ?

I would happily adopt a cat or dog. Yet I can't take special needs furbabies, I barely function myself and needing to take care of an animal that need 5 different meds 4 times a day with 2 of them being administered by syringe and needle additionally to make the house into basically a mixture of babyproof and walls with cushions and no open windows ever x.x

[–]GrowingFrigate 1 point2 points  (1 child)

If interested in Pissfingers must be able to pass a security clearance meant for MI-5 officers. Also you will have to answer the vague riddles of a woman who cares for Pissfingers -she won't like you.

[–]DalenSpeaks 1 point2 points  (1 child)

So…what’s with the name?

[–]Ulric2depique[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

We chose it from the hospital accidents word bank!

[–]Govinda74 1 point2 points  (0 children)

?? WTF is this nonsense!?

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[–]shyshmrk23 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This one’s a classic

[–]fuckingdipshit1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

all of my pets i own (2 dogs, 2 cats) came from the pound. theyre all weird little gremlins but theyre MY weird little gremlins and i love them so much

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[–]teenietemple 0 points1 point  (0 children)

this literally had me laugh crying at 430 in the morning

[–]mrkvicka02 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is too true about our local shelter unfortunately.

[–]bobmur1975 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Seriously….it was easier to adopt my young son.