Jul 22, 2003, 4:18 AM
We adopted 2 dogs from SPCA
We adopted 2 dogs from SPCA and let me just explain how the whole thing went.
When you go to SPCA, many of the dogs are in various "wards" depending on their age and conditions, and in front of the wards, there are pieces of paper with information about each dog - name, age, breed, description, medical records (whether the dog has been vaccinated) etc. The paper also tells you how much the adoption fee is.
It ranges from RM150 (mix-breed) to RM800 (pure-bred). Yes, it is rather surprising that there are quite a few pedigree doggies. (We paid RM 200 for a Spitz mix and RM800 for a pedigree Basset Hound.)
The doggies there are all neutered/spayed and I think most of them have gone through tests for heartworm. They have also received necessary vaccination and if the next round of vaccination is due soon when you adopt the dog, you can bring your doggie to SPCA for free vaccination.
Once you decide on your future canine mate, you fill in a form with your address and contact number.
(I think we had to pay some deposit then.) They may ask you a few questions to see if you're prepared for adoping a doggie. Then they tell you that they will come one day and inspect your house. (They won't tell you when they are coming.) In our case, they came during the daytime while we were away and just left a note that said "KIV" (keep in view)meaning that they can't give us the dog.. yet.
To be honest, we were rather upset that they were so fussy when we were trying our part to help them and especially when we have already been living with 3 dogs and they knew it. I called SPCA to find out why we didn't get a straight approval and was told that there was a small gap underneath the front gate and that a small dog could squeeze him/herself out.
I called them up again and told them that we would make whatever necessary changes. I also asked them to come again to see how we live with our 3 dogs and to explain how ready we were to welcome another member of the family. Passion and perseverance paid off, and we got another doggie. Since the doggie had just been spayed, we had to wait a few more weeks until she fully recovered and was ready for coming home.
SPCA may be a bit strict with their inspection, but I guess they want the dogs to go to good homes as much as we want them to, and please please do not give up just because they didn't say "yes" in the first round. Physical surrounding is of course very important, but the prime importance is your love and commitment to the doggie.
By the time we got our 2nd dog from SPCA - no.5 in our canine family - the people at SPCA remembered us and let us take the doggie home for a couple of days before we formally adopted him to see how he and the other doggies get along.
Well, hope our little story can give you a bit of help when you adopt doggies from them....
One more thing, since this forum is a spin-off from the "Dog Rescue and Adoption" forum and in that forum, there are talks about posting pictures of some dogs for adoption at SPCA. If I take some pics there, can I post them at the Photo Gallery or is there any dedicated place for "dogs for adoption" photos?