Part of my responsibilities at Wings of Rescue is to visit open admission animal shelters throughout the country and it has been eye-opening to see how poorly run by comparison both the Los Angeles County and City shelter systems are.
One only has to go to Miami Dade County’s outstanding shelter – which has gone from killing 70 percent of its dogs five years ago to a 94 percent live release rate.
The fact that we cannot locate the owner of a stray that we have in our care center, does not allow the breeder/rescue to claim ownership of it.
We can certainly contact the breeder/rescue to attempt to locate the owner (sometimes the only info the microchip company has is the breeder/rescue), but that does not give the breeder/rescue any claim to the animal.
In the event that we experience a situation where co-ownership is alleged, we will be sure to provide any party with an established ownership interest the opportunity to redeem his/her pet from our care.
The takeaway from the DACC’s newest mouthpiece is that the DACC is NOT going to feel particularly obligated to return responsible rescue organizations’ pets to them should they be impounded.
and Control has careened from one ill- conceived policy to another. Holmes wrote: It has recently come to my attention that there may be some confusion regarding microchip registration and animal ownership.
The latest came in a directive issued last week by Harold W. While microchip registration is a valuable tool in determining legal ownership, having my name associated with a microchip for an animal does not always mean that I own the animal….
Most responsible rescues’ contracts also include clauses prohibiting the transfer of ownership and insist on any pet being returned to them should an owner decide to either transfer ownership or relinquish their pet.
Responsible rescues view pet ownership as a lifelong responsibility and always take back their pets no matter how old or infirm they may be.
Often times, a breeder or a rescue will have a clause in their adoption contract that says they have a ‘right of first refusal’ on the animal.