My husband and I are volunteer fosters for the Lone Star Miniature Pinscher Rescue - North Texas. We were fostering the dog Erin is talking about. I completely understand that this was frustrating for her, having to wait and then not getting to adopt the dog. I do want to explain the situation from our side though.
This dog was given up because people were breeding chihuahuas and miniature pinschers and selling them for super cheap just to make a few bucks. They were all given up and Karen took the min pins and another agency took the chihuahuas. This dog however was a mix, so no organization wanted to take him, and he was going to be put to sleep. Karen saved him. My husband and I fostered him to help him "come out of his shell." He was so shy and didn't even know how to play. I had to hand feed him.
After a month he was ready to be adopted, and we started talking to applicants. Then another dog he was given up with came down with a terrible disease. She passed away about a month ago. We had to then hold our foster for an additional few weeks to make sure he didn't have the same condition. During that time an application came in that was local and seemed just perfect. Karen and I talked a lot about all the applicants going back and forth, trying to determine what was best for him.
The first visit doesn't always go well, so we have to keep all the applicants as possibilities. We visit the home to make sure it is dog-friendly, we meet the family and see how they interact with the dog and how the dog interacts with them. Sometimes we leave with the dog because it is not a match and call the next applicant that seems right for the dog. Other times we adopt the dog to the family, but after 24-48 hours they realize it is not a good match or they don't want a dog after all, and we end up driving out to pick the dog back up and go on to the next applicant. Each time this happens it is a stress on the dog, and takes up hours of our day.
This time the visit was perfect. He was so happy and loved the little girl. I saw him play with a toy for the first time in their house. It was absolutely perfect for him. We then had to let all the applicants know that he was no longer available and recommend other dogs to them.
Karen has over 50 dogs in rescue. Some of them come in and get adopted with in a couple of weeks, and others never get adopted. one of my fosters is a sweet dominant girl who has been returned twice now. As much as it would be easier to take these dogs to grocery stores to get them adopted by who ever and never follow up, that wouldn't be best for the dogs.
I'm just a volunteer, I really don't know much about how this process is supposed to work, but from the inside and knowing Karen I can tell you that I have been very impressed with her love for the dogs that she rescues. She hurts so much when one gets sick and dies. She is quick to provide medical treatment for injured animals. And she really puts a lot of thought, time and energy into finding the best homes for these rescue dogs. What she is doing through this rescue is so amazing and my husband and I both feel so privileged to be a part of it.