A while back I rescued two Siberian Huskys from a man who refused to give them the care they needed. They were underfed, no shots, had heartworms and everything else. I took them in, gave them there shots, heartworm treated them, and fatened them up. It finally came time to find them good homes and I had great success. They each got the home that suited them. I was extremely overjoyed. I kept in touch with each family over the next few months and all seemed well. Everyone was happy and they seemed to love their new dogs.
Overtime, the contact was less frequent but still talking.
My problem is..I went into the pet store to buy some dog food and in the back there is a wall where people put up flyers who have dogs to be rehomed or are selling puppies and things like that..I always like to look..lol..
I started glancing around and noticed a dog that looked familiar to me..it was one of the Huskys I had rescued and found a home for..UP FOR SALE!!! This lady has her up for sale as a "purebred" siberian husky..which I told her she is not!! I even told this lady many many times that is something happened and she could no longer keep the dog then I would take her back. I told her to please not giver her to anyone else or sell her..and she is anyway. It broke my heart..to see my little rescue pup up for sale when I was the one who gave her to a home that I thought would love and care for her.
How would you handle this? Would you ask for the dog back? I want to ask for her back, but what if she wont give her back..she obviously wants money.. Should I allow her to find a home..but what if she does not get a good one? This worries me. Please..any advice? Should I contact her?
Sorry, there is no written agreement..I kind of did this just out of feeling sorry for the pups, so I took them in on my own. I thought I was doing something wonderful for these dogs..making a difference. Now I feel like crap because of this.
One Trick, how can you use the word "dispose of" like that? I care what happens to these dogs.
Oh..and Yes, I took the add down myself..
Well, you can *ask* for the dog back, but I assume you didn’t have the woman sign a contract saying the dog had to be returned to you if she couldn’t keep it? Well, you’ll know for next time to get it in writing….then you’d have something to take to court.
Nothing you can do about what type of home this dog finds unless the woman will agree to let you help find the home. But since the dog isn’t purebred, you probably couldn’t get the kind of money she wants.
I guess how I would approach it is to contact the woman, and in a CALM voice say you saw the flyer. Pause to see if she says anything…. then go on to CALMLY remind her that the dog is not purebred, so shouldn’t be advertised as such…another pause to see if guilt kicks in…then remind her of the conversation you had saying you’d take the dog back if she couldn’t keep it, and tell her you’d like the chance to re-home it. She might reconsider, she might not.
I know you’re angry–and you have every right to be–but if you lose your temper, you’ll likely lose any chance of taking the dog back. Try to work *with* her, for the dog’s sake.
If she refuses to budge, then I’d go back and write on any flyer of hers that I could find, something like "I am the person who originally rescued this dog from a bad home and placed it with this person. The dog is NOT purebred and the person is well aware of that." Up to you if you want to add "I offered to re-home the dog, but this person just wants $$$".