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Rescue barriers

| Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Recently my wife and I were looking into adoption of a dog from one of the animal rescue spots in the area. Each one had an application online to complete prior to adoption.

We looked at the pictures of dogs that were up for adoption and believed one was the right age, size, etc.

When we arrived at the site, we were told they were very busy and it would take about an hour for the staff to get to us. We agreed to wait.

Another staff member approached us and told us that after reviewing our application, they could not find proof that we owned our home. She further said we would need to provide documentation of ownership of our home if we wished to be considered, in addition to asking other belittling questions.

Not once did anyone ask us these types of questions when we had our children — let alone want to visit our home for an inspection.

We thought we were about to do something good. Is it any wonder that some of these poor animals stay in these shelters for months and months?

Dennis Johnston

Valencia

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