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... for me, anyway.
One of the women down at the feed store told me that there are a couple of experienced sleddogs at the SPCA, so I went up there to have a look. They turned out not to be experienced, but they were both awfully sweet and I talked some with the person who's responsible for their dog adoptions. She said that they absolutely would not adopt out a dog to someone who owns an intact dog because it was a sign that the person was an irresponsible pet owner. I asked her what they do about people who have dogs they show and she said that it's never come up. I'm boggled - are there other shelters with this policy?
This is the same SPCA that spends who knows how much money sending letters to shelters across the US extolling the virtues of no-kill facilities. I stopped giving them money when they started doing that, but this was the first I'd heard about their no-intact-dogs-in-the-house policy. Crikey.

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I'm boggled - are there other shelters with this policy?

Stupid shelter "policies" like that one have probably been responsible for more dog deaths than all the box trucks in the world combined.

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The Republican-controlled Senate blocked 114 of Bill Clinton's judicial nominees

In eight years, Clinton got 377 of his nominees approved by the Senate. In comparison, President Reagan got 382 during his two terms and President Bush got 193 during his one term.# During this Presidency, Democratic Senators have forced more appeals court nominees to wait longer than a year for a hearing than in the last fifty years combined. In total, 15 of the President's appeals court nominees - including all four of the pending nominees to the Sixth Circuit - have waited in excess of a year for a hearing. # Sixteen of the President's 24 court of appeals nominees submitted in this Congress are still waiting for an up-or-down vote.

# As a result, 11% of the federal appeals court seats are vacant, 63% of which have been classified as judicial emergencies. # These delays are unfair to the nominees, harmful to our justice system, and unfaithful to the Senate's constitutional responsibility to hold an up-or-down vote for every judicial nominee in a reasonable amount of time. They affect every American who seeks justice in our courts.
# Over a year ago, the President proposed a common-sense plan to return fairness and dignity to the judicial confirmation process - a plan to ensure that every nominee receives fair treatment and that vacancies in the judiciary can be addressed in an orderly, systematic way. Under the President's plan:
* Judges have been asked to give notice of their intention to step down one year prior to leaving the bench.
* The President will submit a nominee within 180 days of judicial notification.
* The Senate should hold an up-or-down vote within 180 days of the President submitting the nomination.
# The President is matching his plan with action. Since the President announced his plan, he has submitted more than 100 judicial nominations to the Senate. With few exceptions, these nominations were submitted within 180 days of the announcement of the plan or within
180 days of receiving notice of a court vacancy or intended retirement- despite the extensive interviews and background checks required before a nomination. In those few cases where extraordinary circumstances prevented strict compliance with the 180 day deadline, nominations were announced within a matter of days following the deadline.
# Despite these efforts, some Democratic Senators continue to block the process and forestall votes on nominees to the federal courts of appeals. The Senate should give these distinguished jurists an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor. Each Senator should vote how he or she thinks best, but each nominee deserves a vote. # As President Bush said, "No matter who is President or which party controls the Senate, the American people deserve a well-functioning, independent judiciary and a commitment by all Senators to live up to their Constitutional obligation."
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() ... for me, anyway. One of the women down at the feed store told me that there are a ... they show and she said that it's never come up. I'm boggled - are there other shelters with this policy?[/nq]I'm sure there are. Most rescue groups, including mine, have this policy, but make exceptions for people who show, people who breed responsibly, dogs that can't/shouldn't be speutered for medical reasons, etc. I'm sure we would make exceptions for other circumstances, including responsible owners who have researched the issue and made a conscious decision not to speuter, but such circumstances haven't arisen to date. I can understand that this shelter has not encountered potential adopters who show dogs.

I know a lot of people who show, but not too many who adopt shelter dogs. My group has had applications from quite a number of people who have intact dogs that they intended to breed. None of these dogs were being shown or competed in any way, but they were AKC registered. We try to educate the public whenever possible, explaining that dogs shouldn't be bred just because they're purebred and have nice temperaments, and I have a file of nasty letters to show for it.

For many, perhaps most, of the people that the average shelter encounters, failure to neuter is a sign of irresponsible pet ownership; it certainly is in our county, where hundreds of kittens and puppies are brought in from spring through fall. Policies and guidelines are not, IMO, a bad thing, but each case should be taken individually and exceptions made as appropriate.
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For many, perhaps most, of the people that the average shelter encounters, failure to neuter is a sign of irresponsible ... and guidelines are not, IMO, a bad thing, but each case should be taken individually and exceptions made as appropriate.

Right, and that was what surprised me. I asked them about vet references, trainer references, home visits, etc. but she wasn't budging. I'm used to rescue groups having somewhat more rigid policies but this was the first time I've encountered a county or municipal animal shelter that was like this.

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For many, perhaps most, of the people that the average ... case should be taken individually and exceptions made as appropriate.

Right, and that was what surprised me. I asked them about vet references, trainer references, home visits, etc. but she ... rigid policies but this was the first time I've encountered a county or municipal animal shelter that was like this.

Maybe huskies are much easier to find good homes for there than they are everywhere else in the country?
Mustang Sally
Maybe huskies are much easier to find good homes for there than they are everywhere else in the country?

I don't know. They're not that popular here, although I do see some from time to time. These two are pretty cute - they're Mason and Shelby at
http://www.spcaonline.com/sp adoptdog.htm (scroll down). Both are almost certainly purebred.

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Maybe huskies are much easier to find good homes for there than they are everywhere else in the country?

I don't know. They're not that popular here, although I do see some from time to time. These two are pretty cute - they're Mason and Shelby at http://www.spcaonline.com/sp adoptdog.htm (scroll down). Both are almost certainly purebred.

They're cute all right, and they definitely look purebred to me. I am relieved to see that neither is a red and white bi-eyed. Is Image not spayed?
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