Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
So frustrated... please advise
This is kind of a long backstory...an acquaintance of mine passed away recently. She had several GSDs and was very involved in dogs and training. She had no other nuclear family and her relatives were not in a place to take on several GSD and unfortunately she had no backup plan for them. Luckily her friends and acquaintances were able to quickly place all but one. The last one is a four year old male working line GSD. He was already passed around before he was sold to my friend. After she passed, he was taken in by a local trainer/breeder. That person sold him to someone, then THAT person GAVE him away on Craigslist, and then THAT person took him to the shelter and tied him to the fence in the middle of the night!!! The shelter found out who the dog was, got in touched with the deceased sister, and she officially "signed" him over to the shelter and sent them his paperwork.
Several of us again rallied to help him and we were told by the shelter that they were not releasing him to a rescue, would accept applications for a period of time, then screen everyone and call everyone back. I know multiple people who applied either to permanently adopt him or to offer him a rescue/foster spot. No one, including myself, ever heard back from the shelter one way or the other so we all kind of assumed he found a good home quickly.
Fast forward like two more months and the shelter calls my friend who runs a rescue in our area saying that the dog in question is STILL at the shelter, not doing well, can she please take him now. This was after my friend/her rescue and several of us who actually KNOW this dog (including one person who is very familiar with his lines as he has bred them) offered to foster or permanently adopt the dog and were told that there was no reason because of the high volume of applications and interest he was getting at the shelter. Once I was tipped off that he was never adopted and no one was ever called back, I tried to contact the shelter to get details and offer help on behalf of my friend who runs the rescue and some other mutual acquaintances of the deceased who were upset and sick to hear that the dog was never placed. I never heard back from the shelter.
Then last week I get an e-mail from a woman who has adopted him from the shelter. I'm not sure how she got my contact but it doesn't matter. I told her everything I knew about the dog and his training. She said he was in very poor condition (health wise) and has not really been responding as far as bonding, training, etc. Well no kidding...he is now on his NINTH home just since I've know him. The last e-mail I got sounded like she was committed to working with him. That was last week.
Just now I got a voicemail from a mutual acquaintance of the deceased (one who has been helping place all her dogs and make sure they STAY placed) saying that the woman who adopted him doesn't want to keep him and says she has a "contract" to return him to the shelter, but my friend is very worried that they will just PTS because they don't know how to deal with him.
I have no idea what to do. I cannot take in this dog. He is an intact male, same age as Nikon. Nikon is good with all my foster dogs, flyball dogs, and my friend's dogs but he does not like other intact males his age/size and I know that this dog also is not OK with other males. Also I hate to say it but I just don't like this dog, I never have liked his temperament. I want to help him of course, and help my deceased friend, but how the heck am I supposed to place a dog that is now emotionally and physically damaged, going on his tenth home (probably more, since I don't know his full history before my friend bought him but he was passed around before that). I don't know anyone that wants a dog like this, I don't even know anyone that can foster a dog like this right now. He cannot be put in boarding because of his condition and what it does to him being in a kennel. My friend with the rescue is getting SIX dogs in from California on top of the dogs she already has (she is a one person show, bless her heart). Since we do not have as many GSDs in shelters here she raises money and then pulls dogs on death row in CA so she can't just tell them sorry, they can't come because of this stupid shelter here giving us all the run around for the past four months!
OMG *why* do shelters behave this way?!?!?!