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    Need to adopt out my dog?

    I just registered here and a few other places because I'm out of ideas and looking for suggestions. I need to put a dog up for adoption but haven't received response from any of the venues I've tried so far, so I thought I'd ask around to see what you guys might be able to suggest for finding her a home. Here is the situation:

    About 3 weeks ago my car broke down about 60 miles from home. While waiting for a tow truck I noticed a dog in the road being honked at and nearly hit by cars several times, so I got the dog out of the road, gave it some water, and started walking it door-to-door around the area for the next 1-2 hours. Nobody knew it, so when my tow truck finally arrived, I called the local animal control to pick it up. They are a kill shelter, so I asked them to list me a last resort if it came time to put the dog down, because I can't live with that death on my conscience. 10 days later, they called to tell me it was scheduled to be euthanized the next day, so I went and officially adopted it.

    The next day, while listing it up for adoption on craigslist, the apparent previous owner contacted me to tell me it was their dog, and that it had gotten loose the same day I found it. When I asked about how the dog came to be loose, I discovered they had been keeping it tied up on a leash in a corner of their yard, and they think a neighbor was messing with it and let it go. She also had tapeworms and was somewhat underweight (ribs showing a lot, but not hips or shoulder blades). They did not want to compensate me for the adoption fee of $120 (which covered spaying, DHLPP, bordetella, and rabies vaccinations, plus 6-month supply of heartworm prevention and leash/harness set), and I did not really want to send the dog back into a situation like that where it is not receiving proper care. The previous owner stopped responding to me when I asked if they had a fenced yard, and have not responded to any of my subsequent e-mails, so I guess they decided it's not worth it.

    The problem is I already have 5 rescue pit bulls of my own (3 more than I wanted but I love my babies and many have troubled pasts that the average dog owner might not be able to deal with), and I simply cannot keep a 6th. I need to rehome her, but have received little response on craigslist, no response from any of the local shelters I looked up and contacted, and am not quite sure where else to find shelters or organizations that can help me find her a home.

    Relevant details about her:
    She's definitely very young, probably 6-8 months old (she's very tall and has big pupppy paws so she'll probably grow much more). She weighs about 50 lbs (when picked up, underweight, probably weighs more now), and as stated, has been spayed and vaccinated against Distemper/hepatitis/parainfluenza/parvo/leptospirosis, bordetella, and rabies. She tested heartworm negative and is on heartworm prevention. She had tapeworms and is on dewormer for it right now. She is not microchipped. She appears to be a black lab mixed possibly with boxer. The previous owner claimed she was a pit bull mix, but she does not exhibit any pitbull traits. She is extremely friendly with people as well as other animals. She is learning some basic obedience (she just learned "Sit" and "Down") and is being potty trained. She's got a small puncture wound on her left leg that is healing, so there is a bald spot around it until all the hair grows back in fully. Her name is Lola, and she is very energetic. She appears to be terrified of crates, but we're working on that with her.

    I will not let her be euthanized, but I do need to find a way to place her into a good home as quickly as possible. Because I have dogs from troubled pasts involving fighting and severe aggression toward other dogs, I never leave them unsupervised with other dogs when I have to leave the house. They have been rehabilitated and play happily with other dogs now, but I just don't take the risk of leaving them alone unsupervised. I don't have the room or energy to manage an additional dog. Please let me know of any resources I might not be aware of for rehoming this dog. Thanks for any help!

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    Re: Need to adopt out my dog?

    thanks for saving the dog. Do you have any no kill shelters in your area?
    Also see more details here: http://rescuing.webs.com/#If_you_cant_find_the_owners_68_8798808344293635
    Some of it is local to San Antonio but some of it is universal.

    Caution - be extremely careful of anyone you find - especially craigslist. There are some good people on that site and some really really bad people. Do vet checks, criminal back ground checks, etc..
    More info on rescuing here: http://rescuing.webs.com/

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    Re: Need to adopt out my dog?

    Oh yeah, I don't know if this forum has a central physical location, but I'm in Orlando, Florida. I have searched Google for shelters in my area and found a lot of cheap-looking websites with broken links and not much information. I contacted several of them, including even some cat rescues and breed-specific rescues (pugs, pekes, and pits). I also contacted the Haven (the guys that adopt out animals at PetSmart on the weekends). I haven't received any responses from any of them, not even to say no sorry we're full. I might take the scooter and drive around town to see if I can find any that didn't turn up on Google. I also placed ads on craigslist, petfinder, and one other seemingly popular pet adoption site I can't remember the name of right now. I'd be happy to take more links to more popular adoption sites that let you post listings, I'll post her everywhere. I don't really want to put up fliers in my area because I live in a particularly crappier part of town with a higher crime rate, and I don't trust the people around here to be responsible dog owners. Every time I walk my dogs, someone stops me and asks questions about their bloodline and if they're fixed and other crap that sets off my bullsh*t detector and I just know they are either some backyard breeder wanting to make a quick buck off pit bulls, or worse, some criminal interested in fighting them. I absolutely HATE being asked about the bloodline and nose color of my dogs when people find out I have pit bulls. It makes me want to stab these people in the face.

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    Re: Need to adopt out my dog?

    Is there any way you could get wih your local lab/boxer rescue or an all breed rescue? They could list you as a foster home & give you a courtesy listing on www.petfinder.com, the local humane societies & shelters in your area might also do this.

    Just a thought.

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    Re: Need to adopt out my dog?

    Quote Originally Posted by uberwulu View Post
    Every time I walk my dogs, someone stops me and asks questions about their bloodline and if they're fixed and other crap .
    I know what you mean. I had the same issue when I lived with my Akita Mix (RIP).

    DD has a great idea. Most no kill shelters are always over capacity but maybe if you realy emphasize that you will keep the dog until adopted, they might work with you.

    Good luck!

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