I’ve said all along, AWL is not an adoption agency. We are a rescue organization. But, because of our rescues, we end up in the mode of seeking qualified, quality homes for them when they are ready.
We have a lifelong responsibility to these dogs/cats, both a legal responsibility but more importantly an ethical and moral responsibility. When adopting a dog (or cat) via AWL we insist that you sign a contract after some time together with your knew friend. The contract demands that AWL must be informed and given FIRST CHANCE to take the animal back if you find you can’t/don’t want to keep your new family member. AWL must be part of any re-homing, because whomever you think you have found to take him/her from you MUST meet our screening and background requirements. The same goes for euthanization. We state clearly that any behavior problems you are having with the animal, we will work with you to resolve the problem(s)… but we can’t do that without your involvement and contacting us. And most importantly, without you meeting YOUR contractual obligations as stipulated in the contract YOU signed when you committed to your adopted dog or cat.
Bluntly put, if YOU can’t live with your obligations YOU will agreed to in the adoption contract, then DON’T ADOPT AN ANIMAL FROM AWL. We WILL bring violations of the terms of the contract to the attention of appropriate legal authorities and your chain of command.
Mia Mattsson Mercer