A father has vehemently criticized the adoption policies followed by animal charities after he was denied ownership of a dog because he had two young children.
Mark Cole says that the charity, Blue Cross, rejected his application to adopt a Husky cross named Caz on the pretext that he had children of age four and five.
Mark, who is a formerly registered dog breeder, said that he wanted to adopt a dog and give him a happy life, but he had dropped the idea of getting a dog from the shelters. Mark believes that the shelters run by animal charities have ridiculously strict policies when it comes to adopting out their dogs. Mark is now forced to buy a puppy instead of adopting a dog from a shelter.
Mark and his family already have a Basset Hound, and now Mark wants another dog as a companion.
Mark told reporters that his children Thorin and Arwen love dogs a lot and were devastated when their Jack Russell had died. Mark added that he was a responsible dog owner, and he was continuously training both his kids and the Basset Hound named Fili to interact appropriately.
Mark said that the kids could pull tails, and the dogs could also behave a bit dangerously sometimes, but he always supervised the interactions and told the kids what’s wrong and what’s right.
Ryan Niele, an animal behaviorist at Blue Cross told news outlets that Blue Cross does not discriminate against anybody based on income or children. Ryan added that the animal charity has robust assessment procedures to match homeless canines with the most suitable new homes so that a long-lasting relationship between both the parties could be achieved.
Ryan said that some particular animals are sometimes assessed by the behaviorists as not suitable for a home with little children for safety reasons.
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