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  • Beautiful Great Pyrenees in local shelter

    Hope this type of topic is OK!

    There is a beautiful neutered and microchipped purebred male currently available for adoption in the shelter were I work. He is an adoption return who, while an absolute sweetheart, would do best as either an only dog or in a home with no other large male dogs. He played with my female mastiff cross foster puppy the other day and was just fine, even when she showed a little attitude. He has not been a working dog, only a pet and our shelters policy allows us to only adopt out animals as pets. Though rescue has offered to assist with transitioning him if the right home is found We are an open admission shelter and it is hard enough to place animals with no issues, so I am really trying to spread the word on this big beautiful guy. If anyone is interested please PM me and I will be happy to provide more info along with pictures, location and adoption requirements. His adoption fee is ridiculously low but the shelter caretakers are so attached to him they will be picky about who adopts him!

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    You're going to have far more luck generating interest about this dog if you post where in this very large country he is. Preferably in your subject line.

    Good luck finding him a home!

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      #3
      I will only say he is in southern VA. I would prefer to communicate with anyone interested prior to them calling or visiting the shelter. Unfortunately our office staff does not always make a good impression on potential adopters.

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      • #4
        Were you contacted by a G. Pyr rescue organization? If so, I'd encourage you to let the rescue take him and place him in an appropriate home. Having worked with breed rescue in the past, they typically do a great job making sure the new owners truly know the breed and the dog in question.

        http://greatpyrenees.rescueme.org/Virginia

        http://www.agprescue.com/

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        • #5
          I hope you find him a home.
          Just like our eyes, our hearts have a way of adjusting to the dark.--Adam Stanley

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            #6
            We would love(and prefer!)for rescue to take him but they have no room right now. We work very closely with numerous rescues but lately even they are having a hard time placing dogs. If it were that easy to just transfer him I wouldn't be posting here.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Nicker View Post
              He has not been a working dog, only a pet and our shelters policy allows us to only adopt out animals as pets.
              I hope this guy finds a great home but this is why shelters & rescues get bad names.

              Originally posted by Nicker View Post
              His adoption fee is ridiculously low but the shelter caretakers are so attached to him they will be picky about who adopts him!
              Which means the best home in the world will probably be turned down because of some personal peccadillo on the part of a shelter worker.

              Sorry to gripe early in the morning but seriously, animal shelter people need to put the animals first and not their Disney-fied version of the world.

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              • #8
                I disagree. I think shelter employees DO do a great job finding appropriate homes for dogs. I think people do not understand how difficult it is to see dogs come back from adoptions because the people were not properly vetted. Nor do I think people understand how tough that is on the dog. If this dog has never been a working dog and the shelter adopts him out as a working dog, then they are setting him up for failure.
                Good for Nicker working hard to find him the RIGHT home not just ANY home!

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                  Originally posted by chancellor2 View Post
                  I disagree. I think shelter employees DO do a great job finding appropriate homes for dogs. I think people do not understand how difficult it is to see dogs come back from adoptions because the people were not properly vetted. Nor do I think people understand how tough that is on the dog. If this dog has never been a working dog and the shelter adopts him out as a working dog, then they are setting him up for failure.
                  Good for Nicker working hard to find him the RIGHT home not just ANY home!
                  I think shelters TRY to do a great job finding appropriate homes for dogs. Thankfully they do try! But the reality is that certain breeds just don't make good "pets" for the average person.

                  The Great Pyrenees rescue won't try to find him a foster home? I know that breed rescues probably vary in quality (and total number of volunteers), but most of the time they will beat the bushes hard to come up with anything, and then they will move the dog out of state, if necessary.

                  What about national rescue groups:

                  http://www.nationalpyr.org/

                  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Natio...06484026098388

                  http://www.greatpyreneesrescuesociety.org/

                  Unfortunately I don't know any Pyr breeders but I wonder if maybe you can find a local breeder that might be willing to help:

                  http://www.gpcaonline.org/
                  http://gpcaonline.org/rescuecontacts.htm

                  Good luck!

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                    Originally posted by Anne FS View Post
                    I hope this guy finds a great home but this is why shelters & rescues get bad names.



                    Which means the best home in the world will probably be turned down because of some personal peccadillo on the part of a shelter worker.

                    Sorry to gripe early in the morning but seriously, animal shelter people need to put the animals first and not their Disney-fied version of the world.
                    Seriously? I don't even know where to begin in responding to this absolute ridiculousness.

                    Since you need me to clarify "picky" I'll give you a few examples....

                    He won't go to a home with 6 children under the age of 5, or to an unemployed couple on gov't assistance living in a mobile home on the verge of collapse, or to someone who just wants a big dog to chain in the yard 24/7. He will go to a home with someone who can, and has shown they can, handle a 115 pound (yes I did weigh him) dog with a few issues. This is his second visit to our shelter, if he gets adopted we want to do everything possible to make sure he doesn't return.

                    I've euthanized more animals then I care to count, and so have my coworkers. We all work damn hard to find good homes, the majority of us take our work home in more ways then one. We deal with the animals that "no-kill" shelters and rescues turn away, there is nothing "Disney-fied" about my job. But it does feel damn good to see an animal you cared for healthy and in a happy home.

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                    • Original Poster

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                      S1969, I will see if our shelter has contacted those rescue groups you've listed. Thanks. I know the ones we have talked to have "feelers" out for either an adopter or a foster home. Considering his issues it's hard since the fosters all already have dogs in the home.

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                      • #12
                        I know from experience only dog foster homes are tough to find. The collie rescue I used to volunteer with has a member who sits on a Great Pyr rescue board (I think in KY). I've sent her a message...hoping she comes up with something.

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