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Best of luck in this.

it doesn't look like she is going to let me have him checked by my vet before committing to adopt him... I'm baffled.[/nq]To be fair, I don't know of any adoption group that does this. Groups normally have dogs vetted by their own vets - - whatever the dog needs - - and of course any existing vet records go with the dog. Most groups encourage adopters to take the dog to their own vet for a well dog visit within a week or so after adoption. If something is found that our vet missed (which has never happened), we'll pay for treatment.

That's how my group operates, and if someone wanted to have a dog checked out by their vet prior to adoption, I'd probably say no too, because I don't quite see the need. My vet is a better vet than most, and he's more familiar with this breed than most. If the adopter doesn't trust my judgment concerning vet care, we're not going to get along well.
Mustang Sally
it doesn't look like she is going to let me have him checked by my vet before committing to adopt him... I'm baffled.

That is bizarre. Standard advice is to always take a new pet to the vet for a going-over.

Not before adoption, though. If everyone wanted to take a dog they were interested in to their own vet prior to adoption, it could be a logistical nightmare.
Mustang Sally
To be fair, I don't know of any adoption group that does this. Groups normally have dogs vetted by their ... breed than most. If the adopter doesn't trust my judgment concerning vet care, we're not going to get along well.

I completely see your side of this. Thank you for the insight.

Lynne
Does that also mean that she doesn't take animals back?

I'm waiting to hear back from her on this.

Lynne
it doesn't look like she is going to let me have him checked by my vet before committing to adopt him... I'm baffled.

My $.02. I don't know any rescue around here that allows a potential adopter to take the dog to the ... adopted, or while the dog is in it's trial run, sure. But not before. Part of this is paperwork/liability related.

Ditto.
Your request may have sent up some sort of red flag about your commitment to a dog that in the long run, turns out to have health problems, although that certainly was not your intent.

Yep.
Mustang Sally
Best of luck in this.

it doesn't look like she is going to let me have him checked by my vet before committing to adopt him... I'm baffled.

What are their return policies though?
Also, can you have his full medical records sent to your vet for a "hands-off" as opposed to hands-on) evaluation of his health?

Did she give a reason why you couldn't take him to your own vet first?

Baffling indeed.
Tara
My $.02. I don't know any rescue around here that ... sure. But not before. Part of this is paperwork/liability related.

she doesn't do trial runs or that would have been my first request. I understand the liability issue.

She doesn't? That's a big red flag right there.
Does this mean she doesn't take back a dog if it doesn't work out either?
Your request may have sent up some sort of red ... have health problems, although that certainly was not your intent.

Very good point. And yes, that definitely wasn't my intent. Damn.

That *is* a good point. How honest do you feel comfortable being with her about your concerns at this point?
Tara (waiting the last few hours before my little "test run weekend" begins!)
she doesn't do trial runs or that would have been my first request. I understand the liability issue.

She doesn't? That's a big red flag right there.

Why? There are plenty of good rescue groups that don't do "trial runs", feeling that they can tend to encourage people not to commit.

Mustang Sally
That *is* a good point. How honest do you feel comfortable being with her about your concerns at this point?

I hesitate to bring up that "this other rescue said this about you." Especially now that she may be letting me go ahead with the adoption and vet check with the option to return him if my vet finds problems.
Tara (waiting the last few hours before my little "test run weekend" begins!)

How exciting!!

Lynne, once again, chewing on her foot
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