A family was denied the ability to adopt a dog because the neighborhood they lived in was not considered “suitable” by the rescue organization according to Randy Mac and Amy Corral reporting from East Hollywood.

The family wanted to adopt a Yorkshire terrier, in part, as a companion to their older dog.  While the family lived in an apartment building, that should not have been considered a bar to a successful adoption.  Imagine how many dogs would be homeless in New York City or other similar cities if apartment living was to be considered an inappropriate environment for a dog, no matter how small.

The rescue organization did not cite the apartment as problematic, or the potential new owners, only the neighborhood.  Such a rejection reeks of discrimination, and should be a warning to all.

As previously reported, the “adoption” or “rescue” process can be quite onerous, and many potentially suitable pet owners are either turned away or refuse to comply with the intrusive questions and required lifelong permission for random, unannounced home visits-at least as long as the pet is alive.

In this case, reportedly, “[t]he president of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles) says the income level of a neighborhood shouldn’t be a factor in choosing where a dog should be placed.”

Here, the Yorkie in question could have had a new home, and the family a new pet, but for the rejection of the adoption request.

According to the American Kennel Club “Yorkies are easily adaptable to all surroundings, travel well and make suitable pets for many homes. Due to their small size, they require limited exercise, but need daily interaction with their people.”

© American Kennel Club
© American Kennel Club

Responsible pet owners in any neighborhood, elite or not, would be able to provide the care required to keep Yorkies or other dogs happy and healthy.  All owners must be willing and able to provide routine veterinary visits, proper preventive care through immunization and parasite control, proper nutrition, and sufficient social interaction for successful long-term pet ownership.

For the family rejected in East Hollywood, hopefully they can find a pet store or breeder that sells Yorkies in that part of California.