From the Washington Post: If you’ve ever rescued a dog or adopted from a shelter, you may have had lots of questions about where the dog came from or why s/he has an odd behavior or two. Conversely, if you’ve had to rehome your dog, you may wonder how things turned out. Now there’s a way to find out.
Connie Bekavac founded Pet Parents’ Place to allow old and new families of the same dog to email each other to take some of the mystery out of the adoption process. When you give up a dog or when you adopt, you can go to the site, enter a description of the dog as well as the microchip number (if available), upload a picture, and provide your first name and email address. The family on the other side of the adoption can search and contact you if they find a match. It can be a forum for sharing cherished memories, making new friends, providing tips to make the dog’s transition easier, and even sharing vital medical information that may have gotten lost in the shuffle.
It’s well thought out, not allowing the publication of addresses or last names so the old family doesn’t try to reclaim the dog from the new family. And they recommend not contacting the old family if the new family thinks the dog may have been abused or mistreated.
There are about 1,000 dogs currently entered into the database, and the site is growing every day.
It seems like it can put a lot of minds at ease on for both old and new families. Best of all, it’s free!
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!