Having a fenced yard should not be a requirement for adopting a local pup in need

I visited a local animal shelter for the sixth time in one week, trying to adopt a dog with my son. Sadly, we were unsuccessful, despite our best intentions to adopt. We were told that because we didn’t have a fenced yard, we were not qualified to adopt.

My 9-year-old son and I were disappointed that we were not considered “qualified candidates” to provide a loving home for a local dog in need. Our rescue dog of 13 years, who was blind, recently passed away, and we were looking to provide a forever home for a local pup in need.

As to the specific policy referenced, I don’t think under any circumstances in Laguna Beach it would be safe for a dog to be left unattended in a “fenced in backyard” …coyote bait? So, who is to say that a fenced yard is “preferred” to three times a day romping around the greenbelt on the other end of a loving leash?

It was also made clear that the shelter did not like the idea that I would be “crating” the dog at night. I have had a dog in the family since I was a young child, and I can tell you from our experience, the very best way to make a dog feel safe and loved is to create a “safe bedtime experience” that may include a crate. 

Every dog I have ever owned has been trained to “go to bed” in his crate...In my, and many other’s opinion, it’s perfectly acceptable as a loving place for the dog to sleep.

My son and I have found our forever pup, and she is happy to be a safe “inside dog,” that will always be accompanied outside, on a leash, with love. 

Caroldean Ross

Laguna Beach