Find a Home for Your Dog
Not that long ago, you were thrilled to have
a puppy of your very own. You never dreamed you'd have to give him up
someday. Even if you can't keep him any more, your dog still depends on
you to do what's best for him, just like he depended on you when he was
a puppy. Now, more than ever, he needs you to make the right choices for
Throughout this booklet, we're going to be direct and honest with you.
Your dog is your responsibility. He has no one else but you to look out
for his interests. It'll take effort, patience and persistence to find
him the right home. He deserves your best efforts.
Finding a new home involves several steps. Before you start, there are
some important things you should know...
...About Animal Shelters...
Shelters and humane societies were created to care for stray and abused
animals. They weren't meant to be a drop-off for people who don't want
their pets anymore. Shelters, on average, take in 100 new animals or more
each day. Let's face it - there won't be enough good homes for all of
them. Even the best shelters can't boast much more than a 50% adoption
rates. Only the youngest, friendliest, cutest and best-behaved dogs are
going to be adopted.
By law, stray pets must be kept several days for their owners to reclaim
them. They may not be destroyed until that period is up. These laws don't
protect dogs that have been given up by their owners. They may be destroyed
at any time. Shelters don't want to kill all these animals but they don't
have a choice. There just isn't enough room for all of them. Shelters
today are so overcrowded that your dog could be killed the same day it
Being purebred won't help your dog's chances of adoption either - almost
half of the dogs in many shelters are purebreds. Because some people are
afraid of certain breeds, some shelters will not put them up for adoption
at all. Your dog may be as good as dead when it walks in the door. If
your dog is old, has health problems or poor attitudes toward strangers;
its chances of adoption are slim to none.
Sending your dog to a shelter in hopes that he'll find a good home is
wishful thinking. It's more likely that you'll be signing your dogs death
warrant. A shelter is your last resort only after all your best efforts
... About "No-Kill"
shelters and Breed Rescue services ...
True "no-kill" shelters are few and far between. Obviously,
no one wants to see their pet killed so the demand for no-kill shelter
services is high. So high that they're forced to turn away many pets because
they don't have room for them all. Sometimes they have to choose only
the most adoptable dogs to work with.
Breed Rescue services are small, private, shelter-like groups run by volunteers
dedicated to a particular breed. Most of them operate out of the volunteer's
home. Like no-kill shelters, demand for their services is high, so high
that your dog may be turned away for lack of room. A breed rescue can
still help you place your dog by providing referrals to persons interested
in adopting your dog. You'll have the most success if you follow the rescue
service's advice and are willing to do your share of the work to find
a new home. Good Shepherd rescue can be reached at 518-393-0755 or email
...Step 1. Soul Searching
Do you really have to give up your dog? There's a big difference between
being forced to give up your dog and wanting to "get rid of him".
Search your heart for the real reason why your dog can't live with you
anymore. Be honest with yourself. Your answer will probably fall into
one of two categories: People Problems or Dog Problems.
...The Most Common People Problems:
"We're moving - we can't find a landlord who'll let us keep our dog."...
Many landlords don't allow children either but you'd never give up one
of your kids if you couldn't find the right apartment. Affordable rental
homes that allow pets are out there if you work to find them. Most people
give up too easily. See the end of this article for suggestions that might
help you find an apartment and still keep your dog.
"We don't have enough time for the dog"...as a puppy, your dog
took far more of your time than he does now. A dog doesn't really take
that much time. Grooming can take less than an hour a week. Are you really
that busy? Can other members of your family help care for the dog? Will
getting rid of your dog really make your life less stressful? When they
look closely at their lives, people often discover that the dog isn't
cramping their style as much as they think. Doggy Daycare
is available in many places. A local student could also be hired at a
nominal fee to walk with your dog in the afternoon, making the time you
spend with your dog more enjoyable.
...The Most Common Dog Problem:
Behavior problems...If you got your dog as a puppy and he now has a behavior
problem you can't live with, you must accept the fact that you are at
least partly responsible for the way your dog is now.
...You have 4 options:
1 You can continue to live with your dog the
way he is.
2 You can get help to correct the problem.
3 You can try to give your problem to someone else.
4 You can have the dog destroyed.
Obviously the first option is out or you wouldn't
be reading this booklet. You're probably most interested in Option 3 so
let's talk frankly about that for a moment.
If you were looking for a dog and could select from all kinds of dogs
and puppies, would you deliberately choose one with a behavior problem?
No, certainly not - and neither would anyone
else. To make your dog desirable to other people, you're going to have
to take some action to fix his problems.
Most behavior problems aren't that hard to solve. We can help you with
them if you'll give it a try. Good Shepherd K9 Rescue can recommend training
instructors that are close to you, and several wonderful books for do-it
Think hard about Option 2 before deciding it won't work for you - because
the only option you have left is number 4: Having the dog destroyed. That's
the bottom line. If you, who know and love the dog best, won't give him
another chance, why should anyone else? Think about that.
...IF YOUR DOG HAS EVER BITTEN
If your dog is aggressive with people or has ever bitten anyone, you can't,
in good conscience, give him to anyone else. Could you live with yourself
if that dog hurt another person, especially a child? Can you deal with
the lawsuit that could result from it? You stand to lose your home and
everything else you own. Lawsuits from dog bites are settling for millions
of dollars in damages.
Our society today has zero tolerance for a dog with a bite history, no
matter how minor. A dog that has bitten - whether or not it was his fault
- is considered by law to be a dangerous dog. In some states, it's illegal
to sell or give away a biting dog. No insurance company will cover a family
with a biting dog. And to be perfectly honest, no responsible person in
his right mind would want to adopt a biting dog.
No matter how much you love your dog, if he has ever bitten anyone, you
only have one responsible choice - take him to your veterinarian and have
him humanely put to sleep. Don't leave him at a shelter where he might
be frightened and confused and put other people at risk. Don't try to
place him as a "guard dog" where he might be neglected, abused
or used for dog fighting.
As hard as it is to face, putting a potentially dangerous, biting dog
to sleep is the only safe and responsible thing to do. It's the right
thing to do.
Step 2. Call your dog's
Before you do anything else, call the person you got your dog from and
ask for help. Even if several years have passed, responsible breeders
care about the puppies they sold and will want to help you find a new
home. They may even take the dog back. At the very least, they deserve
to know what you intend to do with the dog and what will happen to it.
If you can't remember the breeder's name, look on your dog's registration
papers. If, however, you do not feel comfortable releasing the dog back
to the breeder, don't do it. If you got your dog from an animal shelter
or rescue service, read the adoption contract you signed when you adopted
him. You may be required by the contract to return the dog to that shelter.
...Step 3. Evaluate your dog's
To successfully find a new home, you need to be realistic about your dog's
adoption potential. Let's be honest: most people don't want "used"
dogs, especially if they have health or behavior problems. Your dog will
have the best chance if he's less than 4 years old, is healthy, friendly
to strangers, obeys commands and adapts quickly to new situations. Look
at your dog as if you were meeting him for the first time. What kind of
impression would he make? Would you want to adopt him?
Most people want a dog that will greet them with a wagging tail or will
at least allow them to pet him. If your dog is aggressive to strangers,
is "temperamental" or has ever bitten anyone, finding him another
home may not be your best option.
What kind of home do you want for your dog? A large fenced yard? Another
dog to play with? Children? No children? Make a list of what you feel
is most important for your dog. Then get real. No home will be perfect,
of course, so you'll have to make compromises. What kind of people are
you looking for? What will you be willing to compromise on? Once you have
a firm idea of what you're looking for, it will be easier to plan your
search and get the results you want.
...Step 4. Get your dog ready
Your dog will be much more appealing if he's clean, well-groomed and healthy.
First, take him to the vet for a check up. He'll need a heartworm test,
a DHLP and a rabies vaccination if he hasn't one within the last 6 months.
It is likely that your vet will recommend a fecal to ensure that the dog
is free from parasites. Be sure to tell the vet about any behavior problems
so he can rule out physical causes.
If your dog isn't spayed or neutered, do it now! Don't waste your time
trying to sell your dog as "breeding stock" even if he's AKC-registered.
Frankly, no reputable breeder will want him unless he came from a well
known show dog fancier in the first place. The only kind of "breeder"
who'll be interested in your dog will be a puppy farmer or a dog broker.
Brokers seek out unaltered purebreds for resale to puppy mills or research
laboratories. That's not the kind of future you want for your dog.
Spaying or neutering guarantees that your dog won't end up in a puppy
mill. It's the best way to insure that a family who wants him only as
a best friend and member of the family will adopt your dog. If you can't
afford the cost of surgery, check with your vet, local shelter or rescue
group for information about low-cost spay and neuter programs that are
available in some parts of the country. Having your dog neutered or spayed
is the best going away present you can give him. It may save his life!
Give your dog a brighter, healthier future - make the appointment today!!
If your dog has never been tattooed or microchipped, this is a great time
to do it. It's not unusual for newly adopted dogs to get loose and become
lost. A permanent ID will help your dog get back to you or his new owners.
Groom your dog. Bathe him if necessary. You want your dog to look beautiful
and make a good impression. He needs to be clean and well-dressed! Trim
his nails and clean his ears. If you can't do these things yourself, take
him to a groomer. Get rid of his old rusty choke chain and buy a nice,
new, strong collar and lead.
Set a reasonable adoption fee. The key word is "reasonable".
You can't expect the new owner to pay you anywhere near the same price
for a "used" dog as they would for a shiny new puppy. A reasonable
range might be between $65-150, enough to help offset your advertising
and veterinary costs.
...Step 5. ADVERTISE!
Word of mouth doesn't go very far. Don't be afraid to use classified ads
to advertise your dog. Done right, it's the most effective way to reach
the largest number of people. It's easy to write a good ad that will weed
out poor adoption prospects right away. Internet access is also another
helpful tool in advertising.
Your ad should give a short description of your dog, his needs, your requirements
for a home and of course, your phone number. The description should include
his breed, color, sex, the fact that he's neutered and an indication of
his age. Hints: if your dog is less than 2 years old, state his age in
months so he'll be perceived as the young dog he is. If he's over three,
just say that he's an "adult".
Emphasize your dog's good points: Is he friendly? Housebroken? Well-mannered?
Loves kids? Does he do tricks? Has he had any training? Don't keep it
a secret but don't exaggerate either. Knowing his name doesn't make him
State any definite requirements you might have for his new home: fenced
yard, no cats, kids over 10, whatever. Try to say these in a positive
way - for example, saying "Kids over 10" sounds better than
"No kids under 10". If your Rottweiler doesn't like other pets,
say "should be only pet" rather than "doesn't like other
Always state that references are required. This tells people that you're
being selective and that you're not going to give your dog to just anybody.
This statement will do a lot to keep people with bad intentions from dialing
Never include the phrase "free to good home" in your ad even
if you're not planning to charge a fee. If possible, don't put in any
reference to a price at all. The chance at a "free" dog will
bring lots of calls, but most of them won't be the kind of people you're
looking for and many of them will be people you'd rather not talk to at
Your ad should look something like this:
"German Shepherd: beautiful, young adult
male, neutered. Friendly, housebroken, well-behaved. Best with children
over 10. Fenced yard, references required. Karen 555-1234"
Along with your local newspaper, advertise in all
major papers within an hour and a half's drive. Schedule your ad so that
it appears in Sunday's paper - the issue that's the most well-read and
widely circulated. If your budget is very limited, choose to run your
ad only on Sundays rather than throughout the week. Nearly every community
also has small, weekly "budget-shopper" newspapers that offer
inexpensive classified ads. Take advantage of them!
Don't be discouraged if your phone isn't ringing right away. Most people
give up too soon. It can take a month or more to find a new home, so plan
on advertising for several weeks. Put a phone number in the ad where you
can be easily reached or use an answering machine. People can't call you
if no one's home to answer the phone.
Newspapers are just one way to advertise. Take a good cute photo of your
dog and have copies made.
Duplicating photos can be done for as little as a quarter each at most
photo shops. Make an attractive flyer on colored paper that you can have
copied for a few cents each. Attach the cute photo of your dog. Your flyer
doesn't have to be expensive, professional or computerized, just neat
and eye-catching. Since you're not paying for words, you can write more
about your dog than you could in a newspaper ad. Be descriptive!
Post your flyers at grocery stores, department stores, vets' offices,
pet supply stores, grooming shops, factories, malls, etc. - anywhere you
can find a public bulletin board. If you have friends in a nearby city,
mail them a supply of flyers and ask them to post them for you.
...Step 6. Interviewing Callers.
"First come, first served" does not apply here. You are under
no obligation to give your dog to the first person who says he wants it.
You have every right to ask questions and choose the person you think
will make the best new owner. Don't let anyone rush you or intimidate
To help you along, we've included a list of questions that we ask our
callers. Make copies of this list and fill in their answers as you speak
to your callers. If you like, you can also mail the application for your
callers to fill out and return to you. Get out the list you made with
your requirements for a new home and compare it to the answers the callers
First of all, get your caller's name, address and phone number. Deceitful
people may call you from a phone booth or give you a fake address. Ask
for information that you can verify. Does the caller's family know about
and approve of their plans to get a dog? If not, suggest they talk it
over with their spouse and call you back. The same applies to people living
with a companion or roommate. When one person adopts a dog without the
full approval of the rest of the family, the adoption often fails.
Do they own or rent their home? If renting, does their landlord approve?
You'd be surprised how many people haven't checked with their landlord
before calling you. If you have doubts, ask for the landlord's name and
number, then call him yourself. Be cautious about renters - they're quicker
to move than people who own their homes and movers often leave their pets
behind. Remember, you're looking for a permanent home for your dog.
Does the caller have children? How many and how old are they? If your
dog isn't good with kids, say so up front. How many children can make
a difference depending on your dog's personality. A shy dog may not be
able to cope with several children and their friends. Very young children
may not be old enough to treat the dog properly. If the callers don't
have children, ask them if they're thinking of having any in the near
future. Many people get rid of their dogs when they start a family.
Have they had dogs, especially the breed of your dog, before? If yes,
how long did they keep them?
These are very important questions! How they treated the pets they've
had in the past will tell you how they might treat your dog. The following
answers should raise a red flag and make you suspicious:
"We gave him away when we moved." Unless they had to because
of unavoidable problems, moving is a poor excuse for giving up a pet.
Almost everyone can find a place that will allow dogs if they try hard
If they gave up their last dog that easily, there's a good chance they'll
give yours up someday, too...."We gave him away because he had behavior
problems." Most behavior problems poor housebreaking, chewing,
barking, digging, running away - result from a lack of training and attention.
If the caller wasn't willing to solve the problems he had with his last
dog, he probably won't try very hard with your dog either.
"Oh, we've had lots of dogs!" Watch out for people who've had
several different dogs in just a few years' time. They have never kept
any of them for very long.
Do they have pets now? What kinds? Obviously, if your dog isn't good with
cats or other animals and your caller has them, the adoption's not going
to work out. Be up front. Better to turn people away now than have to
take the dog back later. The sex of their other dogs is an important consideration.
For German Shepherds, alpha issues can arise in both male and female dogs.
Some breeds of dogs often do not get along with another large dog of the
same sex. Dog fights can be serious problems and one dog can hurt or even
kill the other. We recommend that you don't put your dog into a home with
a dog of the same sex unless you're absolutely sure they'll like each
other. Be absolutely sure that the potential adopter could break up a
dog fight if one were to occur.
Do they have a yard? Is it fenced? Your dog will need daily exercise.
Without a yard, how will he get it? Can the caller provide it with regular
walks? If the yard isn't fenced, ask how he plans to keep the dog from
leaving his property? Did the caller's last dog wander off or get hit
by a car? If so, how will he keep this from happening to his next dog?
Does he understand that an independent dog will wander off if left unsupervised?
Thathe may have a mind of his own and may not like to come when he's called?
Does he know that keeping a dog tied up can have a bad effect on the dog's
Where will the dog spend most of its time? Although some dogs love to
be outside whenever they can, a whole life outdoors probably isn't what
you have in mind for your dog. Dogs always kept outside are sometimes
neglected, lonely and may develop behavior problems.
Why is the caller interested in your breed of dog? What do they like about
them? Find out what kind of dog "personality" they're looking
for. Many people are attracted by a dogs beauty but don't know anything
else about them. They might not have the slightest idea what a certain
breed is all about and might not like its temperament and characteristics.
If their expectations don't match your dog's disposition, the adoption's
not going to work. Be honest about our breed's good and bad points. Is
your dogs breed really what they're looking for or would they do better
with another breed?
References: Get the phone number of their vet (if they've had pets before)
and three other personal references. Call those references! Explain that
John Doe is interested in adopting your dog and you want to care, annual
vaccinations and heartworm preventative. Were they in good condition and
well-groomed? How long have they known this person? If they were placing
a pet, would they feel comfortable giving it to this person? If they have
owned a pet before, call animal control in their town and inquire whether
there have been any complaints about their dogs. If they have had to pay
fines for dog at large, do not adopt your dog to them.
...Step 7: The In-Person Interview
Once you've chosen a family (or families) that you feel are good candidates,
make an appointment for them to see the dog. You should actually set two
appointments: one at your house and one at theirs. Going to their house
lets you see whether their home and yard are truly what they said they
are and whether your dog will do well there. It also gives you an opportunity
to call off the adoption and take the dog back home with you if things
aren't as represented, if you think there'll be problems or if you just
get a bad feeling about the whole thing.
If they already have a dog, make plans to introduce the dogs on "neutral"
territory, like a park. Most dogs resent meeting a strange dog at home.
They may be hostile toward the new dog or even start a fight. It is best
to first introduce two dogs through a chain link fence where they will
be off leash and can't harm each other. In this situation, they can act
naturally as if they were in the wild.
If the family has children, ask them to bring them to the interview. You
need to see how the dog will react to them and how the children treat
the dog. Some allowance should be made for kids' natural enthusiasm but
if these children are undisciplined, disrespectful to your dog and not
kept in hand by their parents, your dog could be mistreated in its new
home and someone could get bitten.
Do you like these people? Are you comfortable having them as guests in
your home? Would they make good friends? If not, don't give them your
dog. Trust your instincts. If something about them doesn't seem quite
right, even if you can't explain what it is, don't take a chance on your
dog's future. Wait for another family!
On a final note: Ask the potential adopters if you can visit with your
dog on occasion. If they say no, be very leery and reevaluate
this person's potential for being a good owner.
...Step 8. Saying Good-bye
After the interviews are over, give the new family a day or two to decide
if they really want to adopt your dog. Make sure they have a chance to
think over the commitment they're making. While they're deciding, get
a package ready to send along with your dog. This package should include:
your dog's medical records and the name, address & phone number
of your vet.
your name, address & phone (new address if you're moving)
your dog's toys and belongings (dog bed, blanket, etc.), a supply
of dog food & special treats he loves
an instruction sheet on feeding, special needs, etc.; some reading
material about the Rottweiler breed.
collar and leash; ID and rabies tags
if your dog is not neutered/spayed, do not release the AKC papers
until proof of surgery has been supplied
Set aside a special time for you and your dog to take a last walk together
and say good-bye. We know you'll cry. Do it now, in private, so you're
clear headed when he has to leave. He may be confused about being left
with strangers and you won't want your emotions to upset him even more.
...There are some things you need to explain to the new family before
they take your dog home: The dog will go through an adjustment period
as he gets to know his new people, learns new rules and mourns the loss
of his old family. Most dogs adjust within a few days, but others may
take longer. During this time, they should avoid forcing the dog to do
anything stressful - taking a bath, obedience training classes, meeting
too many strangers at once, etc. - until he's had a chance to settle in.
Tell them take things easy at first and give the dog time to bond to them.
The dog might not eat for the first day or two. Not to worry - he'll eat
when he's ready. Some dogs temporarily forget their training. A well-housebroken
dog may have an accident during the first day in his new home. This isn't
unusual and rarely happens more than once.
...Step 9. Paperwork
Have the new owner sign an adoption contract with a waiver of liability.
We've included a sample contract you can use. Keep a copy for your records.
A contract will help to protect the dog and the waiver of liability helps
to protect you. You don't have a crystal ball to predict what your dog
might do in the future. Remember - a waiver of liability will not protect
you if you have lied or misrepresented the dog to his new owners.
Tell the family they should call you if the adoption doesn't work out.
Let them know you want to keep in touch and will call them in a few days
to see how things are going. Tell them to call you if they have questions
or problems. Be willing to take the dog back home if things don't work
out the way you both expected.
SAMPLE ADOPTION CONTRACT:
Adopter's Name:____________________________ Phone: ________________________________
Former Owner's Name: _______________________ Phone: _______________________________
Dog's Name: ________________ Breed: _____________ Age:________ Sex:____
Date of last Vet Check-up_________ DHLP_______ Rabies______ Heartworm
Next vaccinations & Heartworm check will be needed:_____________
Tatoo Number _______________
To the best of my (former owner) knowledge, this dog has no defects
that would make it unsuitable as a family pet. I certify that this dog
has never bitten or injured anyone.
I (adopter) understand and agree to the following terms of this contract
and understand that non- compliance with the terms of this agreement
gives the adopting agent/former owner the right to reclaim this dog
without refund of adoption fee. An adoption fee of $_________ will be
collected at the time of adoption.
This dog shall be kept and cared for as a family pet in a humane manner
and given appropriate shelter and medical care for the duration of its
I agree to abide by all state and local animal control and leash laws.
I understand it is my responsibility to become familiar with these laws.
I understand that ________( former owner/agent) ______makes no guarantees
or warranties regarding the health or temperament of this dog. I agree
to adopt this dog and to be solely responsible for this animal and any
damages that may result from its actions. ___________ (former owner/agent)
_____ shall not be held liable for the behavior of this dog or any damages
it may cause. I understand that this a binding contract enforceable
by civil law.
Date of adoption: _____________________
Former Owner's Signature
Moving, but can't take your dog?
Moving is the most common reason why people give up their pets. It doesn't
have to be this way.
1. Most people give up too quickly in their search for rental property
that accepts pets. Don't be quick to jump on the first apartment you see.
There'll probably be a better one available soon.
2. Widen your search. Most people only look as far as the classified ads.
Many landlords list their property through real estate agents or rental
associations rather than the classifieds. Take advantage of rental services
that help tenants find apartments. Ask friends, relatives and coworkers
to keep an eye open for you. Many apartments are rented via word of mouth
before they're ever advertised in the papers.
3. A home that allows pets might be in a different neighborhood than you'd
prefer. It might be a few more miles from work. It might not be as luxurious
as you'd like. It might cost a few dollars more. Are you willing to compromise
if it means being able to keep your dog?
4. "No Pets" doesn't always mean "no pets, period."
Many landlords automatically rule out pets because they don't want the
hassle. Many of these landlords are pet owners themselves. Just because
the ad says "no pets" doesn't mean you shouldn't go see the
apartment anyway. During the interview, ask the landlord "Are pets
absolutely out of the question?" If he answers, "well...",
you have a chance! Hint: You'll have better luck asking this question
in person than over the telephone - it's harder for people to say no to
...To encourage a landlord to
let you keep your dog...
bring your well-groomed, well-behaved dog to the rental interview.
Show the landlord that your dog is well-cared-for and that you're a responsible
owner. Bring along an obedience class diploma, Canine Good Citizen certificate
or other achievement certifications if your dog has them.
offer an additional security deposit or rental amount to be able
to have a dog.
bring references from your previous landlords and neighbors, as
well as from your dogs trainer. Invite the landlord to see your
present home to show him that the dog has not damaged the property nor
been a nuisance to the neighbors.
use a dog crate. Landlords are much more receptive to dogs that
will be crated when their owners aren't home.
5. In difficult times, people often have to move in with relatives or
friends who don't like dogs. This doesn't have to be an impossible situation.
Use a dog crate when you're not home or when your family doesn't want
your dog underfoot. A portable kennel run can be set up in the yard for
exercise and can be sold later when you have your own place and don't
need it anymore.
6. Don't think you're being unfair to your dog by moving into a smaller
place than what he's used to. Dogs are very adaptable, they can often
adjust even faster than people. Where he lives isn't as important to him
as who he lives with. He wants to be with you and he doesn't care where
This article adapted from "Find a Home for Your Rottweiler"
North East Rottweiler Rescue & Referral,
PO Box 917
Westford, MA 01886
Adapted from When You Can't Keep Your Chow Chow" written by Karen
Privitello, Lisa Hrico & Barbara Malone, Chow Chow Welfare League of
Reproduction other than for personal home use is prohibited without permission
of the Chow Chow Club, Inc.'s Welfare Committee.
For additional copies or permission to reprint, contact:
The Chow Chow Club Inc.'s Welfare Committee
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Janesville, WI 53546
Chow Chow Welfare Hotline 608-756-2008
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maintains a owner surrender page.This does not mean that your dog will
be immediately placed because it's on the internet. Surrendering families
are responsible for screening their own applicants and ensuring that their
dog goes to a good home.
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