Adoption....

Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by sillysally, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. sillysally

    sillysally Obey the Toad.

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    Questions for chazzers with adopted (rehomed, shelter or rescue, or found) pups....

    Where did you get your dog?
    How did you decide on that individual?
    Would you adopt again?
     
  2. Emily

    Emily Rollin' with my bitches

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    Where did you get your dog?

    A local no-kill rescue.

    How did you decide on that individual?

    Honestly, it will sound corny, but there was just a spark with Mackenzy. She looked right at us when we spoke like she desperately wanted to know what we were saying. She was just... right.

    Would you adopt again?

    Probably not. She's a fantastic dog, no doubt, but my interests lie elsewhere, and I don't really want to deal with another altered dog unless I have to. Plus many places won't adopt dogs to homes with intact dogs anyway. I'm sure I'll have "rescue" animals throughout my life, they probably just won't come from formal shelters or rescues.
     
  3. AdrianneIsabel

    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    Arnold was found. Shamoo was a CL rehoming (by a friend who was her pet sitter when the owner went to hospice). I decided to keep Arnold because I fell for him day 1. I kept Shamoo because I figured no one else would want her and then became totally head over heels for her. I would absolutely adopt again.
     
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    Where did you get your dog?

    Meg: She was a transport from West Virginia from a high-kill shelter. My good friend runs a rescue, and took down the general stats I wanted (age, gender, coat) and said she'd start pulling dogs that fit those needs. Meg was one of the first she brought up here with me in mind, and she arrived at midnight one night. The next morning, I got a phone call saying "I have your dog". I did foster her for a few weeks first before deciding for sure, but it was right.

    Gusto: He was from an oops litter on an Amish working farm. Their working BC got pregnant with who-knows-what. The litter was essentially abandoned in a nasty trailer on the property. BC rescue got wind of them, and a friend went to pick them up. I saw a photo on Facebook and said "I need this puppy".

    How did you decide on that individual?


    See above for the generals. Meg was almost nothing like what I wanted. She had dog issues, she was scared of the world, and she had a badly scarred elbow and a limp. Exactly not my agility dog prospect. But she was so, so good about everything. I got tears in my eyes the first time I saw her, when she was limping around the room and a child who was there picked her up by her front legs and lifted her. Meg didn't so much as give the kid a mean look. She was just too good of a dog to say "you aren't what I want" to.

    Gusto - Well, he was exactly what I was looking for. And so, so bad.:lol-sign:


    Would you adopt again?

    Heavens yes. While I wouldn't pull buying a dog off the table 100%, I will more than likely adopt all my future dogs. I've hit the jackpot both times.
     
  5. Shai

    Shai & the Muttly Crew

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    Where did you get your dog?

    Kim - Petfinder. ~3 months old.
    Webster - Fish store. Convoluted rehome. ~1 year old. ​

    How did you decide on that individual?

    In both cased I was looking to add a dog but really I just fell in love with both their faces and type. Totally rational :p

    Would you adopt again?

    You betcha.​
     
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  6. Kaydee

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    Where did you get your dog?
    Humane Society on Evergreen in Newark, NJ

    How did you decide on that individual?
    We decided on that shelter because we figured it was doing a good deed, it's a big city shelter full of critters that desperately need homes...or they won't be there the following week.

    We decided on Sophie after meeting dog 1 who was a big happy guy who was dragging the linebacker sized handler down the hall...then dog 2 who seemed to be a shell shocked lab mix...

    Under the pile of barking and growling there was Sophie, clay covered and bone skinny. Anyone doing one of those dog evaluations wouldn't have even noticed her. But the third time I returned to her kennel after doing the paperwork she saw me. And somehow wriggled above all the other dogs and did this great leap over their heads-" SHE"S HERE FOR ME!!!!ME!!!ME!!! Then I knew she picked me.


    Would you adopt again?

    Absolutely, and from the same shelter too. You have to steel yourself to go in there and have some definite idea of what you want. We got our cat Levon there too, one of a kind personality.
     
  7. k9krazee

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    I got Jack from a rescue when he was 5 months old. We already had 4 dogs and I was currently looking at a different dog, older female, in the rescue but was having a hard time getting my parent's on board. The next week I went to an adoption event and the dog I originally wanted had been adopted but there was a lab mix puppy (Jack). My dad has a soft spot for labs and it was the only dog he agreed to on the spot, so I took him home. If I had to do it all over again he is totally not the dog I should've picked but I was desperate. I would totally like to rescue again but it'll be an adult dog that I've had te opportunity to meet & interact with multiple times and I will definitely be pickier.
     
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    Where did you get your dog?

    Mammoth: The rescue I work for pulled him on his last day in a WV shelter. He was wasting away and my mother stepped forward and suggested we foster him. Being seventeen and dying for my very own dog, I spent almost three months calling potential adopters and telling them that he was aggressive and awful and GO AWAY HE'S MINE.

    Bailey: Not a rescue persay, but we picked him up as a cull from another hunter after he'd been struck by a vehicle.

    How did you decide on that individual?

    To be honest, both boys fell into our laps. We weren't looking for a dog in either case.

    Would you adopt again?

    I didn't think I would adopt in the first place. So the rational answer is "no"...in that I won't seek out a rescue dog. But the reality is that animals seem to just show up at the right place and time, and I'm not so good at turning them away.
     
  9. thehoundgirl

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    Where did you get your dog? The shelter I worked at.
    How did you decide on that individual? Well, I wasn't looking for another dog, but Dixie caught my eye when she came in to the shelter at 9 weeks when I was working that day and she has an awesome personality so my parents and I decided to adopt her.
    Would you adopt again? Yes.
     
  10. MandyPug

    MandyPug Sport Model Pug

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    Where did you get your dog? Private rehome out of the paper classifieds
    How did you decide on that individual? She was batsh!t crazy and literally scaled the front of me to lick my face at 12 weeks old.
    Would you adopt again? If the right dog came along.
     
  11. elegy

    elegy overdogged

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    Where did you get your dog?

    Luce: Harrisburg city shelter
    Mushroom: rescue through a vet's office in NJ
    Harv (RIP): York city shelter

    How did you decide on that individual?

    Luce: there was something in her expression when she was in her kennel that was appealing, reminded me of another dog I knew and liked. And then she dove snorting and snorgling into my lap and kissed my face and that was the end of it.

    Mushroom: He needed a home. Luce liked him. He liked Luce.

    Harv: I was looking for an old, medium-sized, male dog. He fit the bill. He was a nice dog. That was all I was looking for.

    Would you adopt again?

    Yes, absolutely. I'm a little iffy on rescues and all their hoops and requirements, but my experiences with shelter adoptions have been good and I would do it again.
     
  12. MicksMom

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    Where did you get your dog?
    Heineken- my husband found him running down the sidewalk in Kingston, NY soon after we got engaged. He brought him to my parents, where I was living, "just for over night". We put up posters near where he was found and ran an ad in the paper. Nobody claimed him. Ten years later, Heineken laid down to take a nap and didn't wake up.

    Mick- a local rescue group

    How did you decide on that individual?
    Heineken- his personality. By the day after he was found, I was dreading the phone ringing.

    Mick- again, personality. While the other pups in his litter were making all kinds of noise and jumping against the front of the crate, Mick was quietly sitting at the back watching everyone.

    Would you adopt again?
    Yes. We looked into rescues before we bought Caleb. Just couldn't find the right dog.
     
  13. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    Where did you get your dog?

    A friend or neighbour of my aunt's found her on the highway (interstate) and couldn't keep her, asked my aunt to keep her and she couldn't but promised to find her a good forever home.

    I hated dogs at the time, and never wanted a dog. I was terrified thanks to an aggressive dog that was allowed to roam in the neighbourhood. For the first week and a half, I yelled whenever she came near me while I was on the couch.


    How did you decide on that individual?

    Wasn't really a choice, it was her or none and my parents decided to take her.

    Would you adopt again?

    Absolutely.


    I'll add as well, that all of my ferrets have either been private rehomes (Rascal, Renegade and Rogue) or through the rescue (Harley and Ella), and will always be (unless I ever get a breeder ferret)
     
  14. Cthulhu7

    Cthulhu7 Mitch & Erin

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    Where?
    Nearby humane society in the next county.

    How did you decide?
    Cthulhu ran with me for a bit, then jumped in my lap and smiled/stuck his tongue out. That was all I needed.

    Adopt again?
    Yes, but next time it's puppies only. Even a dog that's only a year old can have a past, and without knowing it's really hard to know what issues may arise. In Cthulhu's case, dog aggression.
     
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    Where did you get your dog? Zoie came from animal services in Tampa

    How did you decide on that individual? I had been looking half heartedly for a while. The second I saw Zoie, I rang up my mom to come meet her..NOW. She was loud in the kennel and mom didn't like that very much...mom took out a shepherdy mix, and we didn't click. We took out Zoie and she was just 'the one'.

    Skye was tied outside the vet office I worked at. They sent her to animal services and I visited her often. One day the ACO came up and told me she had broken her leg in the kennel and were going to put her down...so I took her, and the rest is history.

    Boomer was dog #3. We had moved to FL, and decided on getting another dog. Went shelter shopping, got him from some high kill place I think in st. pete. My first choice was actually a redbone hound, but we were concerned about that dog getting along with our old akita mix. Boomer fit in perfectly.

    Casey was dog #2, she was being hand raised by a friend of the family's through a shelter. We didn't look at any others, my mom always wanted a GSD, and we took her home at 5/6 weeks. My aunt adopted her brother, and my aunt's neighbor adopted the other brother.

    Would you adopt again? Yes, but I'm a sucker for the urgent lists and 'saving' something at the last moment. I'll probably always have some sort of hick hunting hound mix (like Skye) from a shelter. I might be interested in a herding mix from the shelter but where I'm interested in sports, health testing is a concern. Romeo has genetic retinal atrophy and is going blind...Zoie has luxating patellas..it's a big concern.
     
  16. Paviche

    Paviche Duuuuude.

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    Where did you get your dog?

    He came from the National Brittany Rescue & Adoption Network.

    How did you decide on that individual?

    They did, really. There was a particular dog I was interested in when I applied but by the time my app had been processed, he had found a new home, so they basically said "Well we have this one, would you like to meet him instead?"

    Would you adopt again?

    Absolutely! I think I want my next dog to come from a breeder because I've never had that experience, and there are certain benefits (knowing the dogs health history/ancestry/etc being the big one) but I'm sure there will be more adopted dogs in my future too.
     
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    Where did you get your dog?
    Argon- Through a shelter I used to work at
    Gambit- A shelter in KY
    How did you decide on that individual?
    Argon- I didn't. One of my old coworkers called and told me he had lost his home after 5 years. Would I take him for 2 weeks? And the rest was history...
    Gambit- Mint mojitos were very involved. I was tipsy, cruising 1800saveapet and looking for whippets. Then ACD's. Then Aussies. Then I saw his puppy picture and thought, yep, there he is.
    Would you adopt again?
    Yes, but I would be much more cautious. Gambit's shelter screwed me in every way possible (well, of course they're coydogs, but if we tell people that, no one will take them :mad: ). I would probably want to foster first, especially with Argon's DA issues.
     
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    Where did you get your dog?
    Found Buster in a car park when he was about 8 weeks old.

    How did you decide on that individual?
    Noone else would pickup the dumped puppy screaming his head off outside the shop. We tried to find his owners/rehome him for 2 weeks before we decided he just tried too bloody hard to be a good dog.

    Would you adopt again?
    Yes, under the right circumstances.
     
  19. maxfox426

    maxfox426 My dog tickles my soul

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    Where did you get your dog?
    Local Humane Society.


    How did you decide on that individual?
    We came to look at his sister, but she was adopted out just as we arrived. When they took her out of the pen, Baby Morgan sat down and cried the most pitiful "woooooooooooo". Then he came to the side of the pen where I was standing, stood up, and "woooo"ed in my direction. That was all I needed.


    Would you adopt again?
    I would.
     
  20. AussieAshley

    AussieAshley love herds

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    Where did you get your dog?
    We saw an ad for a westie in a foster home on Kijiji (a lot of the smaller rescues here that have their dogs in foster homes versus a shelter post their dogs on it)
    His litter was dropped off at the vet by a shady byb, where they where kenneled for awhile, then put in a foster home.

    How did you decide on that individual?
    I was casually looking for a small dog and had narrowed it down to cocker, mini-poodle and westie. I e-mailed about a poodle and the Westie and went to see the westie first. He had been adopted out with his brother and then returned because the two together where to much for her. This poor little dog was 5 months old and going on his fifth home. I went in stoically vowing that I would view the other dog the next day before making a decision. Then this rediculous looking little scruffy flop eared westie bounded up to me and crawled into my lap and cuddled for a 3/4's of an hour until I left....to buy puppy provisions for the following day as he was clearly mine. The foster mom said he was loaded with spunk and loved to hike and swim and she picked my application because everyone else wanted a lap dog and that was not going to work for this guy. He really was meant to be mine I think.

    Would you adopt again?
    Absolutely! My next terrier will be an adopted one for sure.
     

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