Post # 1
Im in a bit of a pickle, and was looking for some advice. I posted this in Pets too, but there a not very many people in the forum over there…
A little over a week ago, a little Chiauhaha showed up to my work (outside). It was very nice and when I was done with my outside work…I was like “okay little dog go home now”. The dog waited outside the door of th eoffice all evening. Even though he had no collar, he was healthy, clean, and very well behaved…so it most likely belonged to someone. We brought the dog in the office an dkept him there over night (we are 24/7). In the morning, we started making phone calls to find its owner. Long story short, there was no luck and the others in the office called the Humane Society to bring him to the shelter (NOT what I wanted but I didnt get a say…at least they couldve called a no kill shelter).
After they took him to the shelter, I decided to drive over there to make sure the little guy was okay. They had to keep him for 7 days to see if his owner called and if he had any health issues, then they would most likely put him up for adoption. The shelter though, not a great place. I get all my animals from shelters and this one was VERY crowded, VERY dirty, and just not very well run. The dog was on the timid side and looked SO scared in there with all the other barking dogs.
Now its more than a week, and they called ME to ask if I wanted to adopt the dog. And Im torn. I have a cat who most likely will be okay with dogs (she came from a shelter and is very friendly) but I dont know for sure. The dog is great with cats. Also, dogs are more money and time than cats. My Fiance and I have decent jobs, but we are trying very hard to save up for a wedding…I feel like getting a dog may hinder that. And we both work about 30 minutes away. I work a varying schedule so sometimes the dog would be alone for 2 hours tops, sometimes he would be alone for up to 9 hours. And we are young and still go on trips and stuff. HOWEVER, I do like dogs, we definitely COULD make it work with a dog, and I feel bad for this little dog. IF we were to get a dog, this would be a good one (small, behaved, not a crazy puppy, likes cats). Its just that wasnt considering a dog right now and all of sudden one shows up. Im worried it wont get adopted and something will happen to it. Hes not the most adoptable dog (he is 5 and a little timid…so most likely he wont be at the top of anyones list. I just know about him and his real personailty outside the shelter because I met him).
What would you guys do in this situation? Adopt the dog or hope someone else does?
Post # 3
If this is a kill shelter or if there is a chance he could end up in a kill shelter I would adopt him. What does your Fiance think?
ETA…maybe it’s serendipity. 🙂
Post # 4
@OctBride-2012: my Fiance is in the same boat, hes met the dog and thinks its very sweet, but its not something we were even thinking about a week ago. In fact, when we adopted our cat, we had a whole discussion about how a dog wasnt the best idea right now. I dont think we would be terrible dog owners, but im so unsure.
The shelter wont allow fostering of the dog, they only foster specific animals like cats that are healing from surgery.
Im also worried my cat is lonely. She came from a shelter and interacted with a lot of other cats, and now she lives alone. She is more like a playful dog than a lap kitty…she is so demanding with her playtime and I dont always have it in me. I dont knwo if a slightly timid dog would be the best solution for my lonely cat though?
Post # 5
you could always just adopt him from the shelter and find him a new home yourself. theres usually websites for your area to post adoptable dogs. that way he will either get a new home that will make you feel good or you will fall in love with him and keep him
Post # 6
@awolfpaw: I think having another animal round would help your cat if she is lonely. Even if the new dog is timid, he might get a lot less timid after a little time. Our dog moped around our apartment for almost a week when we got her (FI’s theory is she didn’t want to get attached to her new awesome life [she was a puppy mill breeder and then lived in a small cage outside at a rescue shelter]). After that she really perked up and now she is very playful (part of which is her breed). If you can afford the dog I would adopt him and see how it goes. If it doesn’t work out then offer him to a nonkill shelter and tell them you can foster him until he is adopted (which it sounds like you can do).
Post # 7
I say go for it! He found you afterall =)
Is he neutered? That definitely saves you a bunch of money right there if he is. He will likely need his vaccinations restarted since you don’t have medical records (the shelter may have started them). Food, toys, supplies, crate, heartworm and flea/tick prevention…it adds up, but it’s not crazy. And he won’t need as many vaccines as an adult than he would if he was a puppy.
Also, (I assume the shelter would have done this) did they scan for a microchip?
My SO and I have a dog, and he’s in his crate during the day when we’re at work, but we just make sure he gets lots of exercise when we’re home. When we go on trips we usually have friends or my parents watch him and our cat.
Just introduce him and the cat slowly, especially since the dog is timid. You don’t want to hit him with too much at once.
Post # 8
The dog would be 225$ (!!!) to adopt. It seemedunfair at first since I couldve had him for free (then a quick vet visit) before he went in the shelter…BUT it turned out he needed to be fixed. So thats more than half the 255$ fee right there. I guess the money is going to a good cause so I dotn mind paying. Its not a terrible amount for us, its just the whole saving for a wedding thing. Ill be dipping into the money I was trying to save out of this pay check to put into the “wedding account”…but it almost feels selfish not to do it. Too say “well, I COULDVE saved a dog but instead I bought wedding shoes”…eh it feels immoral almost.
Post # 9
@awolfpaw: My Fiance and I volunteer at the shelter in our town and we also foster dogs for the shelter…Have you thought about fostering him through the shelter? Basically you keep him and try to find him a home. That’s what we do….we go to adoption events in our local area to get the dogs on doggie death row adopted out! Talk to them about fostering! That way they are still responsible for all the vet care, etc. You mgiht have to take a class on volunterring and fostering first but most shelters love to get dogs in foster homes!
Post # 10
@awolfpaw: Where are you located? Call around to rescue groups in your area and see if they will go pull him out of the shelter….Most shelters charge very very low fees to rescue groups. Our shelter we volunteer only charges 10.00 for a rescue group to pull a dog….but then again our adoption fees are only 100 so it might be a bit more where you are. Where are you located?
Post # 11
@awolfpaw: I’d adopt him pronto. I can’t say no in a situation like this. And as much as I love animals, it would be worth it to me to take $225 from my wedding fund to save this little guy’s life. (I just read an article today about a couple that postponed their dream wedding because their dog needed expensive surgery).
Another option: contact a rescue group and tell them if they pull the dog (usually rescues can pull for free) that you will foster the dog for them. Many rescues can’t always pull dogs from shetlers for lack of fosters. But if you volunteer, they might do it. Plus, they usually pay for any medical, etc. needed. Win/win!!
I’m assuming the shelter checked to see if the dog was microchipped?
Post # 12
I’m a huge animal lover who’s adopted many doggies and kittens so my natural instinct is to tell you to adopt him. Keep in mind that while weddings are great and important, you’re dealing with a little life here and think of the joy he will bring to you, your Fiance and your kitty cat. It’s not like $225 is going to put an irreparable dent in your savings anyway. It’s an unexpected situation to be caught in, I know, but you will have done something so good and I’m almost sure you won’t regret taking him in. I never did with the animals I adopted. 🙂
Post # 13
I think you definately should adopt him!
And then post pictures of him in his new happy home! 🙂
Post # 14
Take the poor little guy! I think it was meant to be. I couldn’t imagine our life without our shelter pup. She is our baby and brings us so much happiness. : )
Post # 15
Why don’t you just ask them to call you if he doesn’t get adopted before it’s “his turn” so to speak. Then you don’t have to worry about it! He may be 5, but small dogs usually have good luck getting adopted.
Post # 16
Adopt him! He found you. 🙂