get several calls a day concerning owner surrenders or stray dogs. We
love that there are so many wonderful people out there willing to help
the breed, but unfortunately we cannot take them all in. Here are some
steps to follow. This is intended for people that have found an
obviously friendly dog. Please use caution when approaching any animal.
1. Can you find the owner?
If the dog does not have a collar or tags you can take it to a local vet
or shelter to have it scanned for a microchip. Walk around the
neighborhood and ask people if they know the dog. Sometimes kids know
more than adults. Post found dog fliers around the neighborhood and
check lost dog postings. Post a found dog ad on petfinder or Craigslist.
2. Find a responsible home for the dog.
Ruff Road Rescue does not have a shelter location and we have a limited
number of foster homes, so we are unable to take in every stray animal
that we find. Some people choose to foster the homeless dog until they
are able to find a home. This can be a challenge, but it is highly
rewarding. The most important thing to remember when bringing a dog into
your home is to keep it, and your other dogs safe. Crating a dog in a
secure kennel is a great way to avoid trouble in your home. You can
sometimes find inexpensive crates at local thrift stores or on Craigslist.
3. Is this dog adoptable?
If you are unfamiliar with the breed make sure that the dog is evaluated
by an experienced pit bull owner. We can help you in understanding the
temperament of a dog. Dog aggression is very common in bully breed
dogs, but human aggression makes the dog NOT adoptable. If a dog is
showing any signs of aggression towards people the dog should NOT be
adopted out. Think about what home would be best for the homeless dog.
Should he be an only dog? Can he live with cats or children? Does he
need an experienced dog owner? When advertising your dog make sure you
include breed, age, sex, spayed/ neutered, medical conditions,
temperament, lives with dogs? cats? kids?, and include a great photo.
Ruff Road Rescue has a page dedicated to courtesy posts for dogs looking
for their forever homes. The pound is littered with unwanted pit bulls
due to overpopulation so Ruff Road Rescue recommends that all animals be
spayed or neutered before going to their new home. www.mashvet.net
offers low cost spay/neuters and has several mobile units around the
4.Picking the right home
Please be very picky about where your new addition goes. We strive to
make sure that all our dogs make it to successful loving homes. Conduct
interviews, do home checks, keep in touch with the adopters. People that
are going to be loving owners are the ones that have nothing to hide.
These are all things that you can do to ensure the dog makes it into the
right home. One of the most important things is to be patient. The fist
home is not always the best home.