From the little I know about animal rescue organisations, they are stretched to the limit as it is. I can't imagine they have the time, staff or money to mentor people in situation where they are thinking of rehoming a pet. Their limited resources probably have to be focused on accepting the pet and trying to find it a new home.
OP I hope you can find a solution you're happy with
I think if I had been given some coping strategies instead of them saying yeah we will take the dog tomorrow.... I could have persevered and we could have got through it.
Personally would say leave the dog where it is and let it be re-homed. Your son has accepted that the lady wanted it back and he is ok with that. It would be even more stressful to get the dog back again and find that it is still too difficult and have to send it back again.
If I was in the same position, I would give it some more time and get settled after the relationship/de-cluttering, etc then sit down and chat with your ds about getting a dog. That way you can work out then best dog to get for your situation.
Gives me an idea though, I always could volunteer to do this for these shelters, talk to people evaluate dogs etc a way I can help dogs since I am no longer in the position to actively rescue them although its a goal I have for the near future.
Oh yes, 48 hours is a short time. It takes about 2 weeks for a dog to settle into its home, and a few weeks for kids to learn how to act around them. Dogs need time to adjust as do kids. The choice is yours but if every you get another dog and need help please dont hesitate to PM me and I will help as much as I can.
I am still thinking about re-adopting the little dog. I talked to my GP and she thinks I would be able to cope now. I keep looking at his picture everyday. Just want to do the right thing.
I wouldn't unless I knew the dog wasn't going to be adopted and they were going to euthanized it.
Dogs are HARD work. If you couldn't cop after 48 hours I think I'd just let it get re-homed.
i hope the dog finds a good, stable loving home.
When i have meltdowns i dont surrender my pets. I think you need to sort out your issues. A pet is for life.
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