You've never attended a RF and are going off of comments made people who were BANNED from club events or who had friends BANNED from club events. I think this is a bad reason to make a decision on a club or event you have never attended.
RodentFest is making an effort this time around, due to complaints made by parties (mostly representatives of the ECMA who would like to see RF shut down, as it is their competition - just as they do EVERY TIME a new club surfaces on the east coast, as well. RodentFest is their only current competition) to have more health checkers. People never reported sick animals to RF reps. and only posted negative comments AFTER the event, without making ANY effort to bring it to RF's attention AT the show.
I am NOT a representative of RodentFest. But ALL of my animals WERE health checked at the last RF event, and I did NOT see a SINGLE sick animal in that building and I DID look at EVERYTHING. And here I am 7 MONTHS LATER - AND I DO NOT HAVE A SINGLE SICK ANIMAL PICKED UP FROM RODENTFEST.
Anyone who has attended multiple rodent events (INCLUDING RODENTFEST) KNOWS that you are supposed to do a PRE and POST quarantine for ANY event. If someone WERE to pick up animals AT RodentFest AND AT the "after party" and then go home to find an animal has an illness 2 weeks later (as some illnesses can be asyptomatic for MONTHS, like Pastuerellosis, and only display in younger or animals with already weakened immune systems), then WHO do you contact? Do you contact RodentFest or the people who were at the hotel? Do you not see a problem with this? So if I get mice at RF and someone else goes to your event and gets mice from BOTH, then has an illness pop up, then they do not know who to contact about the problem, how do I KNOW I'm not supposed to be looking out for it too, just in case? It IS against club rules, which is why there were previous issues with the ECMA show being held in conjunction with (AT THE SAME TIME AS) RodentFest, as it broke QT procedure for BOTH clubs. This is the SAME thing.
Lastly, Beth, you want healthy, beautiful animals from a breeder that gives a ****? I give a ****. A BIG one, and I see a HUGE problem with this. And any breeder that has hosted a show OR helped with a show OR KNOWS QT procedures in and out that gives a **** SHOULD see a problem with this. And if you don't, then you don't give as much of a **** as you thought you did. And I WILL be at RodentFest, if all of my plans go accordingly. I even volunteered for health check duty, to be sure that I can make a difference to see the END of this ridiculous nonsense.
Casey, you have issues with RodentFest's health checkers? Well, what if your health checkers have no clue what they are doing and miss something? Then will there be more comments made about sick animals at RF?
And, here's my point, you did NOT realize the health check was poor until is was "pointed out to you"? Then I'm sorry, whose opinion of sick animals and poor health check are you basing your decisions on? Your own or someone who has a biased against RF?
Lastly, if someone travels with mice that go to both events, and half of them get health checked into your event and half of them health checked into RF, and some of them fail health check at EITHER event (maybe some have an issue that rode in the same cage that do NOT pass RF's health check, but the other mice that get OK'd into your event do not have any symptoms, but carry), then that's a serious problem. How could you not think of this?
You have a problem with RodentFests health check, so you are choosing to break QT for EVERYONE who attends both events and potential problems for anyone that attends RodentFest - HYPOCRITICAL.
Either go to RodentFest or DON'T GO and plan your own swap LATER.