Happily ever after
Animatch has always offered a two-week “trial period” for want of a better term and we will continue to do so. This is not a “test drive” but a “Plan B” if something unforeseen happens. For some returned dogs, the adoptive family is absolutely blameless. Most placements do work unless one party fails to follow the process or has not been transparent.
First and foremost, Animatch absolutely wants the best for our Adoptees, and secondly for the adoptive family. We want a lifelong partnership for our dogs; however, Animatch’s policy is, and will always be, that any dog that we place, will always be welcomed back. This ensures that our dogs don’t end up back where it all started. We have two Volunteers who do post adoption follow ups during the transition period; they are available to give some wise advise when required. In addition, we have trainers who are prepared to help out when the going gets a little rough. We will continue to do our part but the public must be forthcoming and transparent in what they are willing to do.
We have commented in the past, Lassie, Rin Tin Tin and Toto don’t often show up here! Many of our dogs have already been pushed from one lousy situation to another. Animatch wants this to be the last stop before a forever home but we ask the public to also do their part. Puppies/dogs jump, pull on leash, pee and poop on the floor, growl, counter-surf, chew on your shoes, drool, shed. There are those that bark (incessantly at times), have separation anxiety, or need many hours of exercise. We try to be as open and clear as possible about our adoptees and we ask that before you decide that you will apply for a dog you are prepared and willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the dog is with you for life.
If you are a new adopter, we recommend that you dog sit for a weekend or a week to ensure that you are prepared for the work involved. If you are not sure whether or not you have allergies, dog sit for a friend and expose yourself to many breeds. If you live in an apartment and the dog is identified as a barker, believe us ... he/she is a barker! Please don’t say you are gone for 3-4 hours when you are really gone for 9-10. There may be some tough times but we have to know that you are going to do all it takes to make the adoption a success. Our Animatch Adoptees deserve no less.
A dog will never break your heart, so don’t break his.