Post # 1
Im in a bit of a pickle, and was looking for some advice.
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 Fh and I liked that breed, we would probably adopt, but we are VERY picky about dogs.. Make sure if you do decide to get him that your FH is ok with the breed… But that being said (again) if we were into that breed, and in that situation, he would be ours 🙂
Post # 4
My Fiance and I are cat people. We have two cats and don’t plan on getting a dog. But if I had found the dog, knowing me, I would probably get overly attached to it and would bring it home 🙂
Post # 5
@hiroshymatetrastar: My Fiance is in the SAME boat. He realy likes the dog, has met the dog, but knows that dogs are different than cats. We are both animal people who would most likely become crazy-animal-people if we had no self control 😛 We just dont want to see any animal hurt or sad. Its so sad when a poor animal ends up being alone all its life. But Im not sure if I am the person to make that happen, since it may be alone at times here. ALSO I forgot to mention we will eventually be moving someday (in the next year?) for my job. Not sure where…but adding a dog would mae the move harder. BUT I already have a cat, so it wont be easy either way. :/
Post # 6
@BookaholicBee: haha thtas how I feel. But that also feels irresponsible. Like “OH HAII look a dawg! Lets keeps him!”. HA! We are very logical people and weigh every option before jupming into somthing. The issue is here, there is no logical answer. Both sides have good arguements.
Post # 7
I’d report that shelter if it’s not being run properly.
That being said, if you’re torn I’d say go for it. Dogs are awesome!
Post # 8
I’d pull the dog and foster until a good home is found. Sounds like if they called you and the shelter is “ick” it’s in danger of being put down. So “adopt” with the intent of not keeping… to save him/her and find a good home… and if it works out that having him/her around is good? Keep:)
BUT please don’t place on craigslist or give for free… interview whoever you allow to adopt if you don’t keep!
Post # 9
@awolfpaw: Will the shelter allow you to foster the dog? You could use that as a trial run, and if the dog isn’t for you, then at least you are giving it a better home until an adopter can be found. My local Humane Society allows volunteers to foster (though you have to sign up as a volunteer and attend their foster parent orientation first)…
When we were looking for a dog, we were pretty picky about the size/breed/age etc. It’s a big committment… a little dog can live 15-20 years if you are lucky. We ended up falling in love with a little papillon/chihuahua/JRT??? mix; however, despite playing with her @ Petsmart for 3 hours, we couldn’t get a good read on her personality. We asked the rescue if we could foster her first… after having her home for about 2 hours she showed her true colors as a totally affectionate lovebug… I called the rescue the next morning and said we were keeping her. BEST DECISION EVER… she has brought so much happiness to our lives, I honestly don’t know what we’d do without her. We ADORE her!!!
Don’t get the dog simply because you feel bad… but if you think he might be a good fit for your family and you want a dog, I’d go for it. Good luck!
Post # 10
@78h2o: I asked, they only foster certain animals (ones with health issues, very young kittens with their moms, seniors….) According to some information I found online, this shelter is rather “euthanazia friendly”…aka they are quick to put an animal down.
Another thought in all this is my cat my be lonely. She came from a shelter and interacted with lots of cats. Now she lives alone and is alone a good amount of time. She is not a lap cat, she is more like a playful dog. Sometimes Im just all out of play, she is so demanding! But at night she howls sometimes and she can be rather destructive. And we have floor mirror that she sees herself in that she in CONSTANTLY trying to go behind…and I think she is looking for this “other cat”. I dont know if a dog will fix this though.
Post # 11
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I agree with CindyReilly… Even if the shelter don’t have an official foster program, you could adopt him and find a good home for him if he doesn’t get along with the cat.
Post # 12
I am NOT a dog person but if I was in your situation, I would seriously considering taking him and then working on adopting him our yourself. You may find him a home or maybe decide to keep him, but either way, he’s better off than in the shelter, especially if it’s a high-kill one.
Post # 13
I would definitely adopt, but then again I have a small dog that I adopted from a high kill shelter (and he is the best dog ever!). To call a shelter “euthanazia friendly” is really unfair. They probably lack the funding and space to house the number of animals that come their way, it really comes down to irresponsible pet owners. Like the saying goes, “Saving one dog won’t change the world, but it will change the world for that one dog.”
Post # 14
If you think you and your fiance you handle it, and that your cat and the dog would get along…why not? Life throws curveballs, definitely, but sometimes they are good ones, like this could be. I adopted a dog in January this year and I really thought the cost to maintain him would be higher…but it’s not. And he’s a 60lber, so he eats more food than a chiuahaha would. The inital vet bills were a couple hundred, but after that it’s just food, poop bags & toys (both of which can be found at a dollar store!!), the occasional treat.
If you get a chill dog that fits with your lifestyle, you’ll find it’s not much different than having a cat (especially if you could train him to use those wee-wee pads indoors for the days when it’d be longer hours than normal). I’ve had both…dogs/cats like to sleep, sometimes play, love their food, like cuddles and belly rubs. I think as long as you know the personality this little guy has would be a good fit for your family then you can’t go wrong. Good luck with whatever you guys decide!
Post # 15
so, just an update. We decided to take the advice of the Bees and at least bring him home and, if needed, we can find it a home better than than can. So my Fiance went over there to submit the application for adoption and talk to them. We plan on bringing the dog home tomorrow morning, that way we can go out and get the doggie supplies tonight and it is ready…
…OMG-this is what happened when he got there:
First he stood at the desk for 45 minutes because THEY MISPLACED the dog. He wasnt in his usual cage and couldnt figure out where he might be. And they wer ein no hurry to find him.
WELL they found him and SURPRISE the dog is sick! First off: why didnt they look at the dogs records and mention this AT THE DESK?! second of all, no one knew. They were like “oh haai, look at that!”. Turns out, the dog has kennel cough and has been on meds since this morning. When we asked questions about the dog being sick, all they kept sayign was “dont worry, its not serious, its like if you had a cold”. Which may be true (Ive had a dog and know about kennel cough) BUT THAT WASNT MY QUESTION! I wanted to know if it would effect my cat. Or if it was smart to bring a sick dog home and stress it out more than it already is! And then, they put him right back in the kennel with the other dog. Im not a vet so I dont know, but I might be worried OTHER dogs would then get sick.
Im so glad Im getting that dog out of there. Hopefully he will be okay :/
Post # 16
Small dogs get adopted pretty quickly, so I wouldn’t worry about him. You should get a dog when you’re 100% sure you’re ready, and when you’re able to break up your day more so they won’t be left alone so long.
Edit: I just read your update and what a mess! I can’t believe they’re that disorganized but they’re just probably trying to do the best they can with way too many dogs and not enough money. It sounds like you made a good decision to get him out of there.