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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-04-2017, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Older Couple In Ontario Wants Adult GSD

Hi, a friend contacted me today to say she knows an older couple who live near Toronto, Ontario who are looking for a GSD. They have a large rural property and are looking for an adult dog to adopt and pamper. They are in their 80's but in good health, and the husband only recently retired from his business.

They have always had GSDs, and when their most recent dog started having mobility problems, they actually bought an SUV and a ramp so he could still get in and out of their vehicle! Sadly, he eventually had to be PTS at the age of 15.
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Not seeing a link that will let me edit my post, so just posting again to add that the couple travels a lot, so they may be willing to drive/travel a fairly long distance to pick up a suitable dog.
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There are many GSD rescues, they could start an internet search

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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-04-2017, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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From what I've seen, GSD rescue in this part of the world is in a pretty sad state. Many sites are outdated, or have no dogs available. Sites that do have dogs often have very poor information about them. They don't even give the dog's age or what part of Canada they are located in.

I will suggest it though, and give them some of the better links.

I also have a friend who needs to rehome a female from a litter she bred 2 years ago. The family that took her can no longer keep her. And yes, my friend is one of the GOOD breeders that will take a dog back if the people can no longer keep it. The dog is younger than what this couple wants, but I know the history of this litter (they grew up in my house!) and have met both the parents, so it's better than taking a gamble on a dog with a totally unknown history.
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Speaking of Dogs Rescue and Animal Angel Rescue Foundation are both good Ontario rescues that often have GSDs. They might be a good place to start if looking to adopt a rescue.

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Another GSD website I was on had a very active rescue section, and at that time, I was looking for a dog I could rescue. However, one thing I always insist on is meeting a dog in person before adopting. The available rescues were mostly in Florida, California, or some other area thousands of miles away.

When I finally found a gorgeous female I wanted to rescue, I had to drive all the way to West Virginia! It turned out she was extremely dog aggressive, and I had to have her euthanized after she killed another dog... It was my fault, too. I left a gate open, and she got loose. One of the worst days of my life, for sure!

I've checked out all the local rescue website, and there are MAYBE 2 or 3 suitable dogs out there. That is, if the information on the sites is up to date, and they haven't been adopted yet.

Many of the dogs on the GSD Rescue FB page have posts that say "Oh, I WANT her/him! Is the dog still available?" And there's no response after those posts.

I tell ya, adopting a rescue in this neck of the woods isn't easy. It seems everyone must spay/neuter their pets! I had a friend who wanted to get a pup for her daughter. The shelters had NOTHING but large adult dogs, and she wanted a medium sized dog. Even though she wasn't being picky, it took her months to finally locate a male boxer mix. He was already a year old, and was in a shelter 2 hours away from where they lived!

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Petfinder.com - most humane societies and many, many rescues post their dogs there. It's a very good resource.
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It's probably a really long shot. But last I knew German Shepherd Rescue of New England has a senior female who has been in rescue a LONG time, really desperate for a foster or adopter, she has been moved to a boarding kennel because they don't have a suitable foster for her. She needs to be the only dog.

Maybe these folks could adopt her? I doubt it's their regular policy to adopt to people so far away but this girl really needs somebody.

I volunteer for them. If they want to contact about the dog (Daisy) I could let them know I suggested it so they don't think it's weird for someone in Toronto to inquire
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Castlemaid, if someone wants to charge a rehoming fee, I'm okay with that. Just about every rescue out there does that, and sometimes it's a pretty hefty amount. They have to care for the dogs they've rescued somehow, and donations often just don't cover it.

Also, asking for a small amount of money helps keep the dogs out of the hands of unscrupulous people, who may want to use them for dog fighting, or sell them to medical research labs.
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