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Pets matched with homes

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Regarding Emily Kemp’s letter (Reader Input, Jan. 25) commenting on Auburn Area Animal Rescue Foundation’s pet adoption practices: First of all, AAARF has no record of Ms. Kemp’s father applying to adopt a dog from AAARF in 2010 so I suspect this is something that took place in 2009 or before. Without knowing the specific circumstances of Ms. Kemp’s father and which dog(s) he applied for, I cannot speak to why he was “denied” an adoption. It’s possible that he just wasn’t the best match for the dog(s) he was interested in and he took that to mean he was being “denied.” Secondly, AAARF has undergone some major changes in management since early 2010. As a result, we have shifted our focus primarily to cats and kittens while we work on recruiting and training more foster homes for dogs and puppies. In 2010 we adopted 51 dogs and puppies into what we felt were the best possible homes. We euthanized no dogs in 2010 and none remain in foster care. It seems that answers the question of us “depriving pets of a great home.” Just because they didn’t go to Ms. Kemp’s father does not mean they were “deprived of homes.” AAARF has taken in over 7,350 animals since April 1997 and placed them in permanent loving homes. We generally adopt out 125 to 150 dogs per year and 300 to 350 cats per year. AAARF has a 100 percent guarantee which means that we will take our animals back at any time in the future should the need arise. As a result, it is important to us to make sure we are very selective in the initial adoption process. Our goal is to make the best possible match for the pet, not to accommodate the needs of individual applicants. We often get multiple applications for our adoptable dogs and then select what we feel is the best possible match for each dog. It’s a simple supply and demand issue. For every small-breed dog we take in, we often get five to 10 applications. Since the majority of the animals we take in have already lost one home, we do the best we can to provide our rescue animals with a permanent, stable home. Cassandra Reeves, co-founder, AAARF