Okay, so we adopted our bitch from a well-known rescue 6 weeks ago. They took us around their puppy wing, as none of the adult dogs they had at the time suited our requirements, and we just fell in love with Nyssa right away. It was the next day when we filled out their forms with them, and became aware that they have a requirement that their dogs must be neutered at six months.
That didn't sit well with me, and I tried to argue with them, that best practice nowadays suggests later neutering is preferable, but they stopped me right there, basically insisting that they cannot trust adopters to be having sexually mature dogs, and not further exacerbate the problem of too many unwanted dogs around the country. I can see their point, as far as it goes, but clearly I would not be letting her loose in season, and am now really cut up by the idea that either her health or temperament could be ruined by too early neutering.
Yes, I can see you all thinking, well then I shouldn't have adopted from this rescue! Perhaps you're right. But now I have, and am caught in the dilemma. Her spay is booked in their centre in December, but it does say on there to please let them know if that doesn't suit, so they can book another dog in for the appointment.
So should I just cancel, and field calls from them for the next few months, assuring them I will be doing it soon, and that no, Nyssa has not been in a situation where she could get impregnated? Should I try to get my own vet to basically perjure himself, and pretend to them that he has done it? Or should I just suck it up, get her done in December, and hope for the best?
Obviously I do feel really stupid now. I told myself at the time that it would be ok. Lola was done early, but then, she did end up a somewhat nervous dog in certain ways. My aunt assures me her wonderful dog was done at 6 months too, but then she is quite small, and these things tend to be more so with bigger dogs. I just really do want to do the best for Nyssa, but am not terribly keen on breaking a promise, or ticking off the rescue either.
Any advice very much appreciated