I hear what you are saying, but being one of those volunteers...yep, it doesn't pay anything - I speak from first hand knowledge that it's very difficult to keep up with people. On some occassions we have let dogs go home without the s/n and it nearly every time was a nightmare to get scheduled. I know that our local shelter has the same issues trying to keep up with people. It's not about convienience for me, I know that most of our dog folks would rather NOT s/n a dog so young, but we know what happens when they get out the door without it and the fines involved by the State if we don't have record that it was done. It's a lot of work for volunteers to keep up with people who don't stay in one place, change numbers, don't want to be bothered, etc.Well, I agree with you on that topic ... I also don't think pediatric s/n is good for the dog in the long term; I do know that it's a fact of life with rescues and shelters and unfortunately, I think it's become a convenience for many of them. One less thing to keep tabs on, to do at a later date -- we're quite the convenience society now, and IMO that's not always good!
Rowley was neutered when the rescue took him from the shelter, at which time he was about 8 months old. That's quite young enough, thank you, and if I had owned him from a pup, I would have let it go another 4-6 months. But it's a good deal better than 8 WEEKS of age!
So yes, I totally do see your point on that.
I know I'm not a typical adopter in the way you guys mean and you know way more about rescue than I do, but I'm much more likely to do the spay/neuter than keep a rescue updated with how my dog is doing. I don't think I've contacted Bella's rescue more than once - to let them know we updated her microchip and tell them she'd settled in. If they'd said, "It's important that you do XYZ by this date and bring her here to do it" I would have. It just never occurred to me that they'd want me to "check in." I figure it's just one more email in an overflowing inbox. So I don't think not saying "hi" means they're not taking care of the dog.the 'typical' adopter rarely bothers to keep in touch just to say hi and give updates on how their dog is doing so expecting them to follow thru with a spay/neuter is most likely asking WAY too much
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