Shelters seem to unfairly judge
We finally thought we found the right dog for us. She was a one year old lab/shepherd mix named Sadie that is in foster care currently. We met Sadie at an adoption event after seeing her on petfinder.com. She was as sweet as could be and got along great with our 2-year-old son. After not hearing back from anyone at the shelter (Second Chance Rescue) for three weeks and submitting two applications, I was notified they would not adopt Sadie to our family because Aaron smokes cigarettes (never indoors, mind you).
We have been turned away from multiple shelters. Most times it is because we have a 2 year old, but this denial has me feeling rejected and unfairly judged. Although we will keep trying to adopt a pet from a shelter, we are getting pushed toward buying a puppy from a breeder. It seems that with the horrific "puppy mill" stories and the many dogs needing to be adopted, the strict requirements for adopters may be defeating the very purpose of these shelters.