This little lady is the reason Blaine and I aren’t able to be foster parents. Yep.
Blaine and I have thought about being foster and/or adoptive parents in the past. We don’t talk to other people about it much because well… who knows if we will be able to and the few times we have mentioned it we have gotten negative responses. At the end of last year I was on craigslist looking for jobs for Blaine. I came across a company looking for foster parents. I clicked. I couldn’t help but contact them for more information. I was upfront and stated that we weren’t quite ready yet, but wanted to know the requirements and I added at the very end that we have 4 dogs and 3 cats. That mean’s we’re loving/nurturing people, right?
A few weeks pass after they promise to call me and I figure they weren’t down for the zoo we currently have in our home. Then I get the phone call. Let me veer off a little and say, I give my house phone number to people I don’t want to have my cell phone. People I don’t know, companies I sign up with, etc. This means I don’t answer my house phone. One morning I heard it ringing. For some reason I answered. It was the foster agency. Fate? I thought so. Not so much, though.
She assured me that they have no problem with the amount of pets I have “as long as they aren’t Pit Bulls, Dobermans or Rottweilers.” Well, crap. I let her know that one of our dogs is a Pit Bull and she proceeded to ask “Would you be willing to find her a new home?” The world stops for a second. I quickly replay what she said in my head to make sure my answer fits the question. “That is absolutely out of the question.”
Pause, pause, pause…pause, pause… “Ok – well if you change your mind, let me know.”
“Yeah – that’s not going to happen. Thanks anyway.” And I hang up, probably more annoyed than I should be.
|She loves the snow… in case you couldn’t tell.|
Ok — I know some people aren’t animal people and that’s fine. And some parents are offended that I’m offended because children outrank dogs. And some people DO get rid of their animals when a child comes into/is coming into their life. (Which I 100% disagree with and you should probably never ever tell me you did that if we want to be friends.)
I was totally insulted that she asked that. You think someone who has as many pets as I do is willing to just kick one out the front door? NOPE.
I understand their rule. Those dogs have bad reputations (read: bad owners, bad previous owners, etc) so they can’t risk it. Although – I think my Chihuahua would be more of a danger to anyone, to be frank. But what about the Pit Bulls, Dobermans or Rottweilers that are certified to go to hospitals to cheer up patients? I’m pretty sure they don’t let vicious dogs in there.
Don’t even get me started on the fact that the only statistics available are for reported dog bites. If a Chihuahua bites you, you’re less likely to go to the hospital than if a Doberman bites you. Just sayin’.
You see, we are willing to open our home and lives to a child who needs us, but because we also open our home and lives to animals who need us – we can’t.