I know you are all going to think I am evil, but I have to get this off my chest. I'm a middle-aged man with a six figure salary who works from home on three acres of land. I loves dogs, and really would like to have one as a house pet - but I refuse to adopt from a rescue service. Why? The process is just too hard.
In order to adopt a rescue animal, I have to fill out an application to see if the rescuer deems me worthy of adopting one of their little angels. I have to provide character references, veterinarian references, lists of every animal I have ever owned and what the disposition of those animals was and an essay on my thoughts of what the proper way to raise/feed/care for an animal is. I have to have someone come inspect my home and talk to my HOA. I have to agree to periodic checkups on the welfare of my adopted animal and agree that if the rescuer doesn't like what they see, I have to give up the animal. And pay all of the expenses to make that happen. WHAT? Why would anyone ever agree to such onerous stipulations?
The thing that makes me the most upset is that I didn't have to do any of that before I brought my baby home from the hospital. How does it make sense to anyone that adopting a rescue animal is harder than becoming a parent to a human child?
I would go to a breeder or a puppy mill before I would allow my rights to be abrogated so thoroughly as a rescuer contract requires.
I'm sure someone will reply that I am probably not a good fit for an animal anyway, and that I am the kind of person you are trying to keep animals away from. Fair enough, I guess that's your right. But I think it is heartbreaking that burdensome application processes will keep a rescue animal out of my home.
Are you sure that your processes are actually supporting your end goal? Your requirements are so excessive that people like me will just go to a breeder or puppy mill. I don't want to do either of those things, but you've made it too difficult to rescue.
Recently, without any evidence, the state of Nevada has stated that these bunnies have diseases (which they do not) and they have started exterminating them, even though rescue groups have been making progress catching and rehoming the buns. Some of them have managed to escape the extermination attempts (so far) and people trying to save them need some assistance. Here is some information on what is needed. If you, or anyone you know, can help please contact them. https://www.facebook.com/vivian.sylvesterbackmann/posts/10155933752611007