Can a rescue organization claim a dog as their own for its entire life?
October 11, 2012 6:38 PM Subscribe
How much legal weight does a shelter dog adoption agreement carry if the original adopter (who signed the agreement) has died?
posted by anonymous to law & government (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My friend was a lifetime dog owner. He also had leukemia. When his last dog died of old age a couple of years ago he was in two minds as to whether to adopt another rescue due to his health concerns. It was clear that he would love to be able to have another dog and that having that other dog would make a vast difference to his quality of life so my wife and I as dog lovers and his friends suggested that we become godparemts to a new dog so that if anything happened to our friend he'd know that we would look after and love the pup. So that's what happened.
Fast forward to today and my friend died a couple of months ago, the dog is snoring comfortably on the couch next to me and has slotted right in with our little pack (me+wife+other dog)
Now it seems the rescue organization is making noises to my friend's family about taking the pup back. it seems from the adoption agreement that they "retain superior title" to any dog they adopt out and as such can ask for him back under any circumstances.
Clearly I don't want this to happen. I made a promise to my friend and the little guy is part of our family now.
So my questions are;
Does anyone have any experience of this?
Can a rescue really claim superior title for the entire lifetime of a dog?