Marcia, in an ideal world I agree with you. (In case this wasn't already obvious, the hypothetical "she" is my own real situation.) I'd like to see that happen too. It's just that in some parts of small town rural America, being judged for yourself and not by your family connections (whether positively or negatively) just isn't going to happen. So the point of my question was more to get at what people were realistically going to think.
I had suspected that, as NebraskaCat confirmed, it was indeed going to be a factor.
I adopted Zephyr from a city shelter in Northern Canada, and the workers there described me as "stellar" and "exactly the sort of person we're looking for" - because whether my extended family were good pet owners just didn't come up. Here, things are very different.
I'm somewhat of two minds about it, because on the one hand I can't helping thinking that if the situation were otherwise totally identical but our last name was Smith instead of something recognizable, the issue would disappear. On the other hand, I would never blame a shelter for doing whatever is necessary to ensure the animals are going to a good home.
I guess at this point I was more just looking for answers about what would happen, and leaving aside the shoulds because it is what it is.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
The Boys: Maisie, Zephyr, and Cullen.
Last edited by Blakeney Green; 03-10-2013 at 04:45 PM.