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Animatch gets applications ..... lots and lots of them

In 2018, once again we received just under 4,000 applications and 300 dogs were adopted.  That means 3,700 people did not get the Animatch dog that they wanted.  Keep in mind that some people do change their mind but the vast majority are let down.  Who said adopting a dog or puppy was an easy task?  We understand the frustration but adopting a dog from a reputable rescue takes time and effort.  Animatch asks that you not take it personally or even worse yet head out to buy an “on line puppy”.  Yes, there won’t be any questions asked and you can probably get a puppy very quickly.  However, purchasing a puppy from a puppy mill or back yard breeder is on you, not the rescue that took 5 days to answer your request.  It is natural to feel disheartened when you don’t get the dog whose photo you stare at day long on your computer.  Please understand that Volunteers are working to find the perfect home for a dog and not the perfect dog for each applicant. 

A few things that you can do to make our job a little easier:

  1.  Read the biography for each dog.  If it says the dog is not good with cats, the dog is not good with cats.  We believe that your cat is amazing with dogs but our adoptee isn’t. 
  2.  Don’t ask what breed the puppies are?  How big they will be?  Are they good swimmers?  For the majority of our adoptees, Animatch has no clue!
  3. If you aren’t willing to do toilet training, chances are that we don’t have a dog for you.  The anxiety of moving from a shelter and change in environment can cause accidents.  I may take a few days, a few weeks, months, to get back on track.  If you don’t have the patience, you can be honest but please realize that we make no promises.
  4. Be honest about the time away from home, the amount of time you are willing to dedicate to exercise, and whether or not you will do obedience training.  Have a plan before we call you.  Who is your dog walker (friends and neighbours will not do this on a daily basis)?  Where will you be taking obedience training?
  5. Ensure that all adult family members are on the same page and ready to adopt BEFORE completing a questionnaire.   

When you say “I do” to your new dog, it should be for life!  So, take your time.  Animatch has noticed people are impulsive and impatient.  They decide they must get a dog one day and expect to have the dog sitting in their living room one week later.  Rescues and shelters aren’t about supply and demand and the places where you will find dogs at a moment’s notice are no doubt from backyard breeders or puppy mills.

Dogs (and cats) are entering rescues and shelters each year at an alarming rate …. and not all are going out alive.  So, if you are 100% certain that you want to adopt and know that you have the time, the money, the desire to exercise and train, then apply at all reputable rescues.  Visit or

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