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post #1 of 165 (permalink) Old 07-02-2019, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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I need help rehoming my dog (Southeast Texas)

I need to rehome my dog Lobo. I am moving and there is just no way that I can take my dog with me. He is a High Content German Shepherd Mix who's 4 Years Old.

My dog is friendly with people but has had some aggression issues with dogs, particularly large male inact dogs. A lot of it has been poor handling by me but I really need to find him a home.

I need to find a rescue preferrably in Southeast Texas.

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post #2 of 165 (permalink) Old 07-02-2019, 07:46 PM
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You've been around long enough here to know how some rescues generally feel about taking on aggressive dogs, so I think you need to be very realistic about what you're asking. Dog-aggression prevents many dogs from entering foster-based rescues, as foster families nearly all have personal dogs that they want to keep safe. Many (but not all) breed rescues also try to avoid mixes, as they're harder to adopt out if the people who are coming to breed rescue to adopt are looking for purebred-looking dogs.

I'm sure that you're also aware that good rescues in your area are inundated with dogs -- Houston is a high-kill city, and last I heard, the GSRs there had more dogs needing help in shelters than available foster space. Many of those shelter dogs have no issues -- dog friendly, people friendly, no problems at all, and will be put down for lack of space. Dog-aggressive owner-surrendered dogs in my city get walked straight from the drop-off room to the euthanasia room -- they're not even put up for adoption.

If you contact rescues, your best chance is probably to (a) ensure your dog is fully up to date on vetting (and neutered), so you're not asking them to pay for neutering, and (b) offer to foster your own dog until a home is found by the rescue. Many of us don't like doing that though because at the last minute, people tend to get cold feet and decide to keep their dog, after we invest months finding a great home--this happens literally on adoption day when there's a lovely new family waiting to welcome the dog, and the owner suddenly realizes they can't bear to part with the dog after all. So don't be surprised if they decline your offer, and don't take it personally -- it's because some rescues have been burned by investing a lot of time into helping rehome dogs like this in the past.

Instead of burdening overtaxed rescues in your area, I recommend investing your own time to try to find a home through Rehome by Adoptapet:
rehome.adoptapet.com/r/86902
You can list the dog on the website free of charge, right next to the shelter and rescue pets. It generates an adoption app and adoption contract. (The rehoming fee gets donated, so that nobody can sell dogs on the site.)


Dogs that must live as only-dogs take longer to find homes for. Most people don't want to manage that. Try to plan to start looking for a new home a few months before your move, as this kind of dog (a mix with issues) is likely to take longer to place in a good home. It can be done -- emphasize his good points in his bio but be honest about his issues, and what kind of home is needed for him.
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I'm sorry to hear that.I've always enjoyed your posts.Best of luck to you.

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This is sad. You made many posts about the joy, laughter and adventures that you had with your friend. His happiness and even his life depend on what you do now. Is there a way you can make other arrangements so that your life can accommodate him?
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I remember your posts as well. I'm sorry you have to rehome Lobo. I don't suppose a friend or family member would take him or keep him for you until your circumstances change? Wishing you the best.
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If you can at all manage it, reconsider the rehoming. From what Magwart says it doesn't bode well for a dog-aggressive dog in that part of the country. As in, he'll be euthanized and terrified before that.

I will say if you wanted to drive to the northeast and put him in one of our local shelters, he'd be all set and good to go. We have a no kill shelter around here, and really great staff willing to work with a dog. So that is an option for you. If you were to do this, make sure he is HW negative and has a clear health check from the vet.

We actually import dogs from Texas/Georgia because there is a shortage of dogs.
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Looks like from your IG page, you really love your dog too (and he's a handsome one). You also put in some time and effort to train him. We don't know what your reasons are, but like MineAreWorkingline asked, any other options that can help you keep your dog? Like, can a family member or friend take the dog? Or can you move to an apartment that accepts dogs? It would be a shame for your dog to have go through a "3rd chance." Anyway, good luck.
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I appreciate the kind words but Iím currently desperate and cannot find a home for him.

The shelter he came from wonít take him and neither will many other shelter since heís not from the town that the shelter is located.

I am out of time and have no options, I donít know what to do.

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Can you temporarily board him somewhere?

If you need equipment to maintain control of your dog, understand youíre hanging on to your dogís body because youíve lost his mind!

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Can you temporarily board him somewhere?
Thatís gonna cost me a lot of money.

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