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« on: July 30, 2007, 10:55:35 AM »

Californians can now rent a pooch. There's an upfront fee, as well as weekly fees that cover vet bills and food. Perfect for folks that travel a lot, and only have a week at a time to make a commitment...

http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_13289.aspx
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2007, 02:14:30 PM »

I can't imagine ever doing this, personally. I've loved and felt responsible for every pet I've ever had. If I was "borrowing" or "sharing" one, I'd worry constantly that its other humans weren't doing a good job taking care of it. And the poor animal, not being able to have the stability of one human.  Sad

I suppose it's better than being stuck in a shelter though. I think a much better idea for people who might be interested in this would be a shelter fostering program, where they could care for shelter pets part-time in their homes. It would get the animals out of the cages, give them some socialization so they'd be more adoptable, and give the foster families experience in pet care so they might be more inclined to adopt a full-time family member in the future.
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2007, 05:38:26 PM »

Somewhere else on the Internet, someone commented that, if you can't afford the vet bills etc., you shouldn't have a pet.

The counterexample was folks in places like Tennessee who take in animals that are dumped by the roadside. They can't afford expensive veterinary care, but they can feed the animals and give them shelter.
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2007, 06:38:47 PM »

I guess it's a matter of what constitutes a "better life" for the animals. IMO, getting basic care from people who can't afford expensive food or vet bills is better than languishing in shelters, getting dumped by the road, being euthanized despite good health because nobody wants them, etc. It's the same issue as people take care of feral colonies but not actually adopting or providing vet care to the ferals - they can't afford it. But the cats are still better off than they would be if they had to fend entirely for themselves. We can't underestimate the value of human caring and attention to an animal's quality of life, regardless of how much or little that human can provide financially.

On the other hand though, there has to be a line between reasonable and crazy. Otherwise you end up with hoarders who keep ridiculous numbers of animals in filthy and inhumane conditions. People need to be able to balance the responsibilities they choose to take on with how much they can afford to do. I have one cat; I could afford two or three, but not seven or eight. Some people can afford to feed and care for that many - more power to them.
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2007, 06:59:15 PM »

Bad idea! who knows what the renter will do to the animals? the dog is not going to tell. And when will they rent to the one nut what will kill it? or, rent it for some prank they want to play, or surround the dog with kids that hit and kick? the list is endless. Renting out any animal is a stupid, irresponsible and uncaring idea. Even if, the renter is well meaning, lots of people are just plain stupid.

Itchmo, there sure are some hangups and delays with these servers.
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2007, 10:12:49 PM »

BTW, this thread is really interesting, so we're going to post it on the Itchmo.com front page.

PS: Hey hobo. We're pretty sure someone else on our server isn't playing nice. So we're exerting as much pressure on our host as we can to fix the issue. (And looking for ways to get our own server.)

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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2007, 11:38:45 PM »

I have thought about the reverse situation.? Maybe someone who works long hours that can afford to care for a pet financially, but cannot swing daycare costs, could 'share' their pet during the day with a senior that would love the companionship, but is not up to the full commitment.

What a fantastic idea, Klondike!
A win-win-win situation!
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2007, 03:26:02 AM »

interesting to see this topic being discussed. News has just hit here in the UK that we're to expect our first Flexpetz franchise in London in October.

Itchmo also shows a news item on Allerca, the infamous hypoallergenic cat company. You might recall that Simon Brodie, the founder of Allerca appears to have a past filled with failed ventures, a criminal conviction, and fraud allegations. His name is also linked with companies offering to clone cats and 'create' animals that glow in the dark.

You might be able to assist me in confirming whether I am right in thinking that ColdStar Capital - the Caymen island based Inc that according to the FlexPetz website wholly owns it, has Mr Brodie at the helm?

If so, I think it's sad that this gentleman appears committed to earning a healthy profit at the expense of animals.

What do you think?

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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2007, 06:52:07 AM »

Hi Itchmo, I hope they find the server offender. I was on a server once that had some clients sending out millions of spam emails bogging down the database hopelessly. They finally found him, deleted and banned his account and the server is now lightening fast.
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« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2007, 06:13:36 PM »

laura g, and everyone, hope this clears up the Simon Brodie - Flexpetz connection.

http://www.itchmo.com/ceo-with-sordid-past-linked-to-flexpetz-dog-sharing-service-2018

We've been working on this story for days.  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2007, 06:19:45 PM »

Definitely an interesting topic and good to see it generating discussion. Especially now with this new information about Brodie's involvement.

To anyone coming to this thread from the itchmo.com article - I was quoted a bit out of context. The portion of my post that was used could have made it sound like I support this idea, and I really don't. My two previous posts in this thread, in their entirety, should make that clear. In the portion that was quoted, I was just laying out some broad comparisons: not only about "rent-a-pets" but also care of feral colonies, financially poorer pet owners, etc. (Not upset with you Itchmo as you didn't use my name - I just wanted to clarify my intentions.)
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« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2007, 07:09:46 PM »

LOL Orange. Sorry about that. Smiley Yes, I didn't use your name because I knew you were pointing out the other side of the issue which is always welcome.
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« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2007, 08:43:05 PM »

I was bringing the link over from itchmo's main site....glad it was already here.

I am forwarding it on to The Pet Press in California.

Great investigative journalism, Itchmo!

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« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2007, 10:26:57 PM »

LOL Orange. Sorry about that. Smiley Yes, I didn't use your name because I knew you were pointing out the other side of the issue which is always welcome.

No worries Itchmo - and thanks again for digging up this story. I swear, the mainstream media needs to start using you as a source.  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2007, 01:51:04 AM »

you don't know how pleased I am to see this story up and running.

and how good it feels to know that i was on the right track!

Feeling more and more confident by the day that we will never see Flexpetz in the UK. Thank goodness.
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