Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pet Pickle

I know a woman who has a dog, but can't really afford to take care of it, and doesn't have the health to give it proper attention. I inquired about the "ARF" program in our area that provides free dog food for dogs of low income families. But one of their requirements is that the dog must be spayed or neutered. This woman's dog isn't spayed, so she doesn't qualify for the free food, and she can't afford to have the dog spayed. Her health situation is very precarious, and she could die any day. She wants to find a home for this dog, but doesn't know how to go about it. She also doesn't want it to go to the pound. My understanding is that most rescues are full, and it's difficult to find one that will take another dog. Even the rescues for purebred dogs are full. This is really a difficult situation.

This dog looks like a doberman/ german shepherd mix. She is on the smaller side, and probably only weighs about 50/60 pounds. But she has been kept outside all the time, and hasn't been socialized properly. She also isn't house broken. She is a very sweet dog, and also a good watch dog. She is only about 3 or 4 years old. I think she could adapt to a new home, but it would have to be a home that would know how to train her.

This is a really difficult situation because I would hate for this dog to be taken to the pound and euthanized. It's not her fault that her owner chose unwisely when deciding to get a pet. I sure wish I knew what to do to find this dog a home. Do any of you that are in the Bay area have any ideas?

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