Letter: In such situations, someone will be disappointed

We are responding to Chance Liscomb’s letter to the editor in last week’s paper about his recent experience with the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL). We are sorry that he felt he was not treated properly with regard to the application process.

RAWL strives to make the adoption experience a pleasant one. As part of the application process, each applicant is evaluated based on both general criteria and on criteria specific to the individual dog. In this case, it was our shelter director’s professional opinion that the dog in question required a fenced yard.

When Mr. Liscomb met and applied for the dog in question, he was aware of the requirement for a fenced yard and that there were other applications already submitted for that dog. He chose to apply even though in a multiple-application situation there are no guarantees of being approved. Another applicant was selected as the best match for this dog. Mr. Liscomb’s disappointment is understandable, but in situations with multiple applicants for a given dog, everyone who is not selected ends up being disappointed. It is simply unavoidable.

Our mission is to do our best for the dogs that come into our care. Part of that is making sure that prospective applicants meet all required criteria for adoption. Our 96-percent average adoption success rate speaks to the effectiveness of our methods.

RAWL has served the homeless dogs of our community for more than 20 years. We would like to thank the community for its ongoing support and many opportunities to successfully place our sheltered dogs in their forever homes. We look forward to serving the homeless dogs of Rappahannock County for the next 20 years and beyond. We wish Mr. Liscomb all the best in finding his next canine companion.

Board of Directors
Rappahannock Animal Welfare League

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