Fenced yard requirement - reasonable?
I'm a regular on a couple other GardenWeb forums but not here so I appreciate any answers I receive!
My husband and I are long-time pet people, both having been raised with animals. We've done our share of rearing them as well over 36 years of marriage. Most of our dogs and cats have come from rescue organizations. We are now ready to adopt another dog and are running into a major problem. The local rescue orgs absolutely refuse to release a dog to a home without a fenced yard. We live on a golf course and homeowners regs prohibit fences so we're stuck!
We have an elderly sheltie and 3 cats. Over the years we've had other shelties and even raised a litter of Norwegian Elkhounds... all without benefit of a fenced yard. We walk our sheltie twice daily, on a leash. Because of her age (14) she also gets to walk around the yard with us and we let her out for quick potty breaks without a leash but I wouldn't do that with a new dog until I was absolutely positive they were not a runner. I'm very frustrated with this and am wondering if it's just our local sheltie/collie folks or if this is a national trend. I've begged them to come out for a home visit and to speak with our vet and neighbors to get testimonials about our 'pet competence'. I'm not sure at this point if I have unreasonable expectations or if the rescue folks do.
So what do you think? Can dogs be properly cared for without a fenced yard?