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He is at the Spotsylvania Animal Shelter in VA. As relayed to me today by shelter staff. He grew up with a female dog, was bought from a breeder at 2, lived outside for 5 years. Has not made a peep or barked since being dumped at the pound. Grew up with teenagers, no small children. Timid, not aggressive "very protective" he is about 10-20lbs underweight. Does not care to have his nails trimmed, has not been trained.

He was thrown out in a backyard and is 7 years old. I was told the GSD groups know about him and won't touch him, why I don't know. Probably because he is 7 and no manners. He can die any day.

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That poor boy. He didn't ask for this sad life.

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"I was told the GSD groups know about him and won't touch him, why I don't know."

It is a very sad case. However, we all know how extremely full all of our GSD rescue groups are right now. From what I understand, this dog has no interest in people. Most foster homes have their family [children included] and other animals to think about. Where and who is suppose to foster him, probably for a very, very long time, and have the resources to help him through his many years of neglect?

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Surely there is something to be done to help this poor boy?
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if he "has no interest in people" it will be so difficult to find any help for him. very sad.

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What does "no interest in people" mean? He is aloof? He is afraid to bond? He has no desire to please?

My first rescue dog was all those things, and yes it requires patience, but he's certainly not a lost cause.

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Like the local spca 'round here, I tried to use them to rehome Roxie, I even brought videos of a Bh routine and a couple of cute tricks. The didn't want to see it and they took her to be evaluated. I was told she just sat there, wasn't interested in them, didn't respond or play, just stared at them. I asked if they tried in German or wanted her Kong. I tried to explained that it took three days before she started to warm up to us. They wanted a a sloppy happy cur that would roll over on the spot, not a "real" dog.
Anyway, Roxie is still with us and at my feet most of the time and a snuggle bunny with her "family"

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Unfortunately all rescues are overflowing. VGSR has posted a request for foster homes in the general section. The solution is, during the hard economic times when dogs go first, is more people volunteering to foster.
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I realise every rescue is full. But I don't necessarily think that the assessment of "no interest in people" is very helpful. To me it sounds as if he is one of those dogs who does not do well in a shelter environment and has given up hope.

I agree with MaxGunnar's post - some dogs take a while to trust when they have been betrayed. I have also heard of dogs who were terrified or paralysed in a shelter changing almost magically once they were out.

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