• Screening potential pet adopters is no joke

  • While watching an episode of “Modern Family” last week I was reminded of how rescue groups can sometimes look to the public.

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  • While watching an episode of “Modern Family” last week I was reminded of how rescue groups can sometimes look to the public.
    The couple in “Modern Family” wanted to adopt a kitten and was indignant when they were asked to complete an application. “What?” one of them snorted, “It’s only a cat!” To animal rescue volunteers everywhere those are dirty words; you might even say they’re fighting words.
    First of all, there is an apathetic attitude that many people hold toward pets. People think that if it doesn’t work out they can always give it away or take it to the municipal shelter. Many animals end up in municipal shelters that have been in more than one home or with more than one rescue group.
    Adopting a pet needs to be a lifelong commitment, much like children are a lifelong commitment. This is why rescue groups use applications to screen potential adopters. They want to be sure prospective families will commit to the animal and not just get rid of it when the first problem occurs.
    In the eyes of those who give their time, love and compassion to these homeless animals, it just doesn’t make sense to place an animal in a home that is going to be temporary when it is already in a transitory situation.
    Animals can become emotionally scarred just like humans. Foster children can suffer from emotional problems from living in unstable environments; animals are the same. Some volunteers take some of these scarred animals as their own because they know that the animal has a very slim chance of ever being adopted.
    Another reason to screen adopters is to prevent animal abusers from getting a pet. A seasoned rescue volunteer can recognize when the person wanting an animal isn’t really interested in companionship. Some animal rights groups would like a national registry for animal abusers. Suffolk County in New York has taken the lead and already created an animal abuse registry.
    People who are put off by applications can always go to the municipal shelter and adopt an animal. Even then, one should be prepared to commit to that animal. Daily routines, training and where the pet will sleep among other things should be taken into consideration before adoption.
    People shouldn’t be angry with rescue groups who request applications and references. These people should put themselves in the shoes of the ones who pull homeless animals from overcrowded shelters or situations of neglect or abuse. These volunteers spend countless hours with these animals nurturing them and working with them. They see and hear about things that most people don’t want to know about and yet they hang in there and continue their work. Animal rescue volunteers are to be admired for all they do for homeless animals.
    Page 2 of 2 - The following animals are available for adoption at the Independence Animal Shelter. Visit the shelter at 875 Vista Ave. or call 816-325–7207 for more information. If you have an animal control problem, call 816-325-7205.
    • 17063746 female retriever mix, 1 year.
    • 17210379 male Chihuahua mix, 4 years.
    • 17237191 female Shih Tzu mix, 3 years.
    • 17244064 male Siberian husky mix, 2 years.
    • 17250957 male Labrador mix, 2 years.
    • 17255976 American bulldog mix, 2 years.
    • 17264718 female shepherd mix.
    • 17272074 male Labrador/hound mix, 1 year.
    • 17272083 female Labrador/hound mix, 1 year.
    • 17279457 female Labrador mix, 8 months
    • 15619463 female cat, medium hair, orange, 1 year.
    • 16760850 male cat, shorthair, gray/black, 2 years.
    • 16804041 female cat, medium hair, gray/orange, 2 years.
    • 16804591 male cat, longhair, white/black, 3 months.
    • 16804613 male cat, longhair, black/brown, 3 months.
    • 16857255 male cat, shorthair, gray/black, 3 years.
    • 16861816 female cat, medium hair, brown/white, 3 years.
    • 17022641 male cat, longhair, yellow/white, 5 years.
    • 17031921 male cat, shorthair, black, 2 years.
    • 17056421 male cat, shorthair, blue, 7 years.
    All cats are either spayed or neutered.
    There are 18 dogs, and 78 cats and kittens available for adoption.

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