By the way - what did you guys think of this?
My opinion is twofold...
1. Agreements are agreements. Legal and binding. MANY rescue places (in fact, I think most) have a clause which states if you do not want to keep the dog - you must return it to them so they can place it. This is their job. I had to do this with a dog I adopted (before Mr. Farnsworth - shhh, don't tell him somebody tried to hump Flea before him).
2. It's her show and I love her AND I empathize with the situation. Plus, I respect that she apologized and said it was her fault. But I don't think she should have mentioned the rescue or even the situation on air. This does NO good for a group which is only looking out for animals - because now THESE people are receiving death threats, etc. Not cool.
3. In my opinion, the rescue should go back and screen the family the dog was with, within their own parameters and if they are suitable...give the poor guy back. They shouldn't hold out, out of spite because this has now been made a public issue.
The other thing is - dogs are amazing at 'bouncing back'. We can't help but anthropomorphize them but the thing is, they don't pine or feel bad for themselves or what have you. They live in the moment - so wherever Iggy goes, the home will be a good one and he will be happy and that's what counts. I get it - but don't sweat it Ellen. Think of all the cruelties levelled against animals. At least this pup will be loved wherever he ends up. He's one of the lucky ones!