After the newlywed phase of my marriage, we decided to try and have a baby. How hard could it be? Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it. You do what comes naturally and, nine months later, there’s the bundle of joy.
Except it didn’t happen that way. We had to see special doctors, follow stressful timelines, take pills, and temperatures, and shots. What was supposed to be a fun and hopeful time, turned into left us feeling sad every month. Eventually, things fell into place and all the stress and anger and finger-pointing dissipated as we prepared for the new baby.
Sound familiar to those of you waiting for a dog or a puppy? You finally decided that the kids are old enough, you bought a house, put up that fence, or arranged your work schedule to be there for your dog. You fixed whatever the reasons were stopping you from getting a dog, so how hard could it be?
Like my battle with getting pregnant, it appears that adopting a dog these days is pretty hard. Until the Safer-at-Home orders around the country, it was pretty easy to find a dog. Thousands of dogs were transported to Wisconsin and surrounding states primarily from the South each month. The process was simple; find a shelter to work with, look at the cute pictures and read the bios, get an approved application, hop in the car, meet some dogs, pay the adoption feel, and drive your pooch home. Easy, right?
Not anymore. There is still a massive bottleneck in moving dogs from point A to point B. What does that mean to you? For most of you lately, it’s meant perusing not only our NEW PAWSibilities adoptable dogs page and following us on Facebook, but you’ve also turned into a stalker on sites as far as you’re willing to drive. It means completing countless applications, falling in love with a photo, taking time off work only to find that and every other dog has already been adopted. The highs and lows of doggy adoption are real and we are experiencing a lesson no one wanted to learn about supply and demand.
We are working hard to make adoption a reality for more people but there’s only so much we can do. Finding a way to get the dogs here is only part of the challenge. Every dog requires being seen by a vet, needs all the vaccinations, must be spayed or neutered, dewormed, microchipped, and more. We pay all of the costs associated with bringing each dog here and those costs must be paid upfront. Without grants, donations, and the income from daycare and boarding we are severely limited in the number of dogs we can bring in. Our grooming income is slowly growing but it will take months or even years to go back to where we were before the Pandemic. But we are trying!
As an organization, NEW PAWSibilities has had to change the way we do business. People who want a dog will need to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to finding their perfect pet.
Since this pandemic started in March and we had to go to specific days and times for adoptions over 95% of those who have adopted have had an approved application on file with us for close to four months or more. A significant percentage have adopted from us in the past and we have not changed our vetting process because, as has always been the case, we want what’s best for the dogs. We are proud to say that we have one of the lowest return-to-shelter-rates in the country and we are working hard to make it even lower.
We have always allowed people to put down a 50% non-refundable deposit to hold a dog with the complete understanding that if they choose to not adopt the dog for any reason the deposit becomes a donation and the dog becomes available for adoption. We have always had the policy but we don’t encourage it because it’s important that people meet the dog first to make sure it’s a good fit. Because of the severe shortage, people are opting to go this route rather than to once again not go home with a dog.
The deposit cannot be shifted to another dog. Your approved application is still valid but you will need to pay the full adoption price on the dog you finally choose. If the dog becomes available it will go back on the site to be seen and hopefully adopted.
If you do not have an approved application on file and you are interested in adopting please apply ASAP by going to our adoptable dog’ page and either clicking on the coming soon graphic or on any dog’s picture as soon as they are uploaded. APPLICATIONS ARE NOT DOG-SPECIFIC! Even if you are waiting until the next transport of dogs arrives it makes sense to apply now. We have been overwhelmed with wonderful people and we know there are only so many we can help right now but it all starts with an application. If you are a renter you MUST have proof of landlord approval in the form of a lease or a letter from your landlord.
All applications with be processed as soon as possible and a status email will be sent. We are hopeful that things loosen up soon because we know it’s disappointing to continue searching for a rescue dog or puppy only to lose out again because of the vast numbers of adopters. The very best way to keep current with all the changes in policies because of COVID-19 is by liking and following us on Facebook.
We are located at 2300 Algoma Blvd in Oshkosh. Please visit our website at to learn more about all of our dogs, our adoption fees, and the process. All dogs are deleted as soon as they are adopted so always check first to make sure they are still available.
I never wanted a dog. But then I met Coconut and like the quote says, “Meeting you was not the first day of my life; it was the first BEST day of my life.
Thank you for hanging in there with us as we work hard to stay open, rescue dogs, and