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Rogan

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Arrival Date: 7/8/17
Breed: Beagle Mix…. Pom/Beagle/Lab…Mutt!
Gender: Male
Age:  1-2 years
Weight: 20#
Personality: Scared, Shy, Curious, Playful
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Will be prior to adoption
In foster Home: Seeking Foster Home
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes
House Trained:  Yes
Kid-Friendly: 10+ (for now as he makes progress)
Cat-Friendly: Yes
Origin: Owner Surrender
Adoption Fee: $200

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Rogan WVRogan was picked up as a stray in Boone County, WV and taken to the local shelter. The shelter in this rural area is congested and overrun with dogs and the dogs there are all at risk of being euthanized. Rogan was especially fearful of people during his stay but not so much as to show any aggression when he was approached. Only a few volunteers could handle him and they saw a dog that should be given opportunity. One of our most rewarding types of dogs to take in are those who are scared and desperately need to be socialized. We are able to provide scared dogs with stability, decompression and other dogs to communicate with and show them the way to happiness. Rogan is a welcome addition to our program and we are excited to watch him transform and find a forever family when the time is right.

Rogan has been spending his time decompressing in a quarantine space. He has met a few dogs including Ted and Big League Chew (our long time resident and welcoming committee dog). Rogan perks up when he’s around dogs and comes out of his shell. Humans must approach him quietly and he will allow a soft touch but in most cases look away cautiously. He is very curious and we know that in time he will come full circle. Rogan will continue to meet dogs and then acclimate to the daycare pack when he is ready and then we will move him to a foster home.

Check back for an update on Rogan or email us if you would like to meet him.

 

FOSTER HOME REPORT by Julie M., Brunswick Ohio

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Rogan does extremely well in the house. He exhibits no destructive behavior or excessive barking; I’ve only heard him bark twice. He is also house trained. He has no food aggression issues. While Rogan doesn’t mind being crated there’s really no need. While I am at work he enjoys spending time with his foster brother, Bulleit, sitting in the bay window watching the neighborhood action. That’s where both of them can be found when I arrive home.

Rogan loves other dogs. He’s become very attached to Bulleit. Wherever Bulleit goes, Rogan follows. Whether it’s inside the house or within the fenced yard he keeps very close to Bulleit. He has been exposed to other dogs and does well with them. I have not yet cat tested him.    

Rogan is very slowly coming out of his shell with me. Although he remains hesitant and afraid when approached, as previously mentioned, he never shows signs of aggression. Instead, he puts his head down and looks away or rolls over on his back although he’s exhibiting less of the rolling over behavior. He cautiously takes treats now and happily greets me at the door when I arrive home. He is allowing more “pets,” particularly if Bulleit is receiving them at the same time. When he is relaxed and feeling “protected” by Bulleit in those moments, he is very loving, curious and playful. He enjoys the affection and even nudges Bulleit out of the way for more attention but then often quickly backs away because he becomes frightened again. He still doesn’t trust his human (me). Bulleit and I are slowly working on it.

Rogan is a joy to have in the house. Updates to come as Bulleit and I keep working to socialize him and show him the “doggie” ropes.

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Ted

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Arrival Date: 7/8/17
Breed: Tree Walker Hound
Gender: Male
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Personality:  Happy-Go-Lucky
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Will be prior to adoption
In foster Home: Seeking Foster Home
Dog Social: Yes – No small dogs due to prey drive
Crate Trained:  No
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Yes
Cat-Friendly No
Origin: Stray – Boone County, West Virginia
Adoption Fee: $200

Ted-carTed is a big old hunk of love…..and he has “happy tail” to boot! Ted was so excited to leave the county kennel in West Virginia he wacked his tail so hard it started to bleed (thus, “happy tail”). Ted was found as a stray and taken to the local shelter that is over run with dogs and forced to euthanized dogs when they are overpopulated. We were happy to add Ted and Rogan to our adoption family and help find them homes.

Ted just arrived and will be moving to a foster home where we will get a report about his at home behavior and update on how he is doing. He has acclimated well with the pack and is seemingly a happy-go-lucky fellow that loves other dogs and people. Hounds can be mischievous and tend to hunt for food and little critters but they are also excellent family pets. They do require a lot of exercise and Ted is no exception.

Ted is up to date on shots and will be neutered prior to his adoption.

Check back for an update on Ted or email us if you would like to meet him.

FOSTER HOME REPORT

Coming soon!

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Trixie

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Arrival Date: 6/1/17
Breed: Jack Russell TerrierMix
Gender: Female
Age: 11 years
Weight: 32# (as of 6/2/17)
Personality: Shy at first, Outgoing when warm
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Unknown
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Yes
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Owner Surrender
Adoption Fee: $200

Trixie is an 11 year old Jack Russell Terrier mix. She is a hefty 32# and is now on a weight loss regime to get her down to 20#. She is otherwise healthy and happy. Her owners had two dogs and were moving and opted to have Trixie euthanized. In the veterinary and rescue world this is known as a “convenience euthanasia” and lucky for Trixie the clinic intervened and bought some time while they networked to find her a rescue. We stepped up and the owners delivered her to us and signed her over. She arrived spayed and having some of her vaccines. She has been to our vet clinic and has all of her vaccines now up to date including her heartworm test. We are focusing on having her lose weight and have put her on a low calorie food to help that process. She will also have access to exercising more at daycare with her new friends. Trixie is a love bug so if you’re in the spirit of adopting a senior dog giver her the opportunity….she won’t disappoint!

If you are interested in meeting Trixie please fill out an application or email us. Look for her at upcoming events too!

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Trixie is a darling little(sort of)dog. Once she gets over her initial nervousness, she’s friendly, sweet, and mellow. She loves to go for walks, ride in the car, and hang out in the yard. She gets along with my two mutts but isn’t really interested in playing, at least so far.  She seems to prefer human company and spends a lot of time chilling or napping next to or on my recliner.
When I leave, I sometimes confine her in the kitchen, which has worked out fine. If I’m gone for a short time, she has the run of the house. She is housebroken–only a few accidents. No need for a crate.
I have been putting chicken broth on the  dry diet food which has helped. She’s used to it now and is eating fine. Her activity/play level is increasing as she loses weight. She’s pretty agile for an older gal and runs up and down the stairs and jumps up on the bed easily. She could probably use a little leash training but it’s not a big deal. She does bark, mostly when outside,  but not excessively.
If you are looking for a calm, easy, and nice senior dog companion, Trixie may be the one for you. She certainly deserves a new lease on life
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Blossom

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Arrival Date: 4/17/17
Breed: Hound/Shepherd Mix
Gender: Female
Age: 4-5 years
Weight: 50# Estimate
Personality: Gentle, Happy-Go-Lucky, Soft
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home:
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained:
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: No Small Children (defensive of food and toys)
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Gallia County Animal Shelter
Adoption Fee: $200

Blossom is as sweet as they come but she needs to learn some obedience (she likes to jump up!). She is a larger dog, brindle in color and her personality is gentle and sweet. She is most likely a Plothound/Shepherd/Labrador Retriever mix. She was transferred north to us from a rural shelter in southern Ohio. Blossom is up to date on vaccines and preventatives, spayed and ready to find a forever home. She recently had a fatty tumor removed from her belly and is a healthy middle aged dog. Blossom is estimated to be between 5-7 years old. She does like other dogs but is a little overwhelmed in a large pack environment. She would do best as an only dog or a second dog in the household baring we have a good match for her. Blossom loves toys, she will collect her toys and entertain herself for hours throwing toys around. At this time given her excitement jumping we would not recommend her for a home with small children.

FOSTER HOME REPORT

Current Foster Home:
Blossom is awesome!!  She is so sweet….except while eating.  While eating she is defensive of her food (something to watch in a home with other dogs or small children).  She eats her food immediately.  She drops a few pieces here and there but cleans up the floor after she eats everything out of the bowl. She loves to be outside.  A fenced in yard or invisible fence would be great for her.  She spends a ton of time in my backyard.  She periodically comes in to get a drink and goes right back out.  We have gone for at least two walks per day for a total of 3-5 miles.  She is strong out of the gate for about five to ten minutes and then slows down.  She really likes going for walks.  She tried to chase a Mack truck yesterday.  I explained to her the truck would win that fight but I do not think she was listening.

She is house trained and has not have one accident.  She met my parents and could not have been better.  She walks up to people and sits.  Just wants some love.  She will get petted until your arms fall asleep and then will play with her toys or lay down.  She is very independent yet just clingy enough.  She follows you around the house and likes to be wherever you are.  But she also likes her space and has no trouble being alone outside for a while.  
She is high energy and needs her exercise.  She barely ever barks.  She chases my neighbor’s car along the fence line and barks at it, but that is it for her making noise.  She is indifferent to people and dogs while on walks.  She will chase squirrels periodically and almost always goes after chipmunks.  She is not destructive.  She roamed free in my house and did not cause any damage.   She is treat motivated.  She is very playful and loves to be active.  

I do not know how she would be with small children [Secondhand Mutts is recommending a home without small children].  She has food aggression and may be possessive of her toys.  If she brought a toy over I would throw it or play with her.  However, most of the time she chases her toys and flings them around the room on her own.  I petted her while she was eating and she growled.  So I just let her eat in peace.  I had her sit and stay before I fed her.  She is very good at that.
She is very affectionate and very sweet.  She is a fantastic dog. 

Foster Home: 4/20/17 to 5/11/17
Blossom arrived in our home a pretty anxious dog — not sure how long she had been outside of home life, but it was easy to see that she wanted to like and trust us. Within the week she was hopping up on beds to sleep with various members of our family (depending on who went to bed and when) and snuggling in like she’d been there all her life. She is an affectionate dog.

Not too long after her arrival, she also found her bark and took it upon herself to protect us from the squirrels and birds that frequent the back yard, as well as the neighbors who would come and go. It was a notification bark though, not a threatening one. This was her spot and we were  her pack — interlopers should just keep moving. Her favorite spot to keep watch was the window seat in the front of our house. It was a bit of a jump for her, but she really enjoyed watching the comings and goings of the neighborhood.

Blossom is clearly a hound and is interested in scoring people food if/when she can. At family meals she would make a tour of the table, nosing around everyone’s space (told at each one, ‘No, your food is over there,’), and then, resignedly, she’d head to her bowl and eat her kibble.

It doesn’t look like Blossom has had had much obedience training. She would sit on command if she saw you were holding a treat, but not with any consistency. She will also need leash training. She would need a harness on walks to prevent us getting our arms pulled off. (We have one that slips under her front legs and joins together behind her shoulders — that worked pretty well.)

My teenage daughters absolutely adored this dog and she was very sweet with all of us.

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John Ritter

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Arrival Date: 3/10/17
Breed: Terrier / Labrador Mix
Gender: Male
Age: 1 year
Weight: 45#
Personality: Happy-Go-Lucky, Some Fear Issues
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Will be prior to adoption
In foster Home:  Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained:  Yes
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Older Kids Please
Cat-Friendly  Unknown
Origin: Rescue Transfer (Stray in Mansfield)
Adoption Fee: $200 or $300 for the pair!

Ritter_bedJohn Ritter and his best bud Don Knotts came in together from the Richland County Dog Warden’s shelter in Mansfield. We had originally requested to pull Don Knotts and then saw video of the pair playing together and knew the shelter could use help so we agreed to take both dogs. They were excellent companions on the drive north to our facility and have been best friends since arriving. Don Knotts was adopted in July 2017.

John Ritter is about a year old, he’s a happy-go-lucky pitbull terrier mix. He is around 45# and will be filling out a bit more to top off at around 50#. He is young, playful and eager to please. He and Don Knotts do not need to stay together long term…both dogs are great dogs and will be able to easily transition into forever homes once we find them!

Ritter has some slight fear based issues we are working on pin pointing and resolving. We believe he would do best if he could be placed with an owner that can spend the time with him he will need on training. We are willing to provide up to 3 lessons to get the training started with his approved adopter. At this time given he has not had much home life structure he would do best in a home with older (13+) kids and not a home with small children. His fear is not aggression it’s hesitation and not being exposed to much at a young age and he is in a phase were he needs to learn more and continue into a training program.

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Ritter2Ritter cuts an imposing figure, with his boxy head on his solid, muscular body. He is alert and on guard as we take our walks, constantly sniffing the indicators of who has gone before us, and looking up and down the block ahead. He currently has a pretty narrow definition of who is in his pack and can be trusted (the four members of our family and maybe one or two regular visitors) and a broad one of who might pose a threat (everything and everybody else). His new family may want to do some specific training around this. We walk him with a harness to cut down on the pulling, cross the street to avoid other dogs/walkers and give him plenty of closely supervised time to adjust to new people in our house.

Because he is slow to warm up to new people, first-time meets are a little stressful. He’s barky and not a cuddly wag-fest. (Clearly he has had some history with people who were unkind or unreliable.) But since he’s tagged us as his family, he is the sweetest, most snuggly bundle of love and loyalty you could ever hope to have on your side. His favorite place is with his big head lying across our laps or curled up right beside us. He may be standoffish with strangers, but he wants to greet our family members with a big hug –front paws on our chest and his snout to our nose– tail going like crazy. (We are working on subtler ways to say hello and discourage him from jumping on people — he’s a lot of dog.)

We’ve found Ritter is only moderately interested in playing Fetch with a ball but he LOVES to chase sticks… and when he’s tired of Fetch, he flops down and likes to chew his quarry down to little splinters. He has a strong chewing instinct but he has not destroyed any of our things — probably because we have several bones around for him to satisfy that urge. He generally comes when he’s called, and will sit if you have a treat, but doesn’t respond to a lot of other commands. We’re working on that too.

We’ve had a few accidents in the house ~ likely stemming from his medication after his neutering and unfamiliar surroundings. They are not regular occurrences, but we’ve noticed that he does need to get out shortly after his meals.

Ritter is going to make a great dog for someone that realizes his potential beyond his initial reactions. He’s like a hedgehog ~ he appears prickly and unpleasant at first, but he has a soft belly and a sweet nature once you get beyond the outer layer. That said, I would discourage him from being placed in a home with younger children. He is a strong dog.

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Gunner

 

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Arrival Date: 1/25/17
Breed: Shepherd/Rottweiler/Labrador Mix
Gender: Male
Age: Under 2 years
Weight: 70#
Personality:  Energetic, Confident
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Yes
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Owner Surrender
Adoption Fee: $200

Gunner is a Shepherd/Rottweiler mix and he is under 2 years of age. He was adopted by his former family and was given up due to hard times earlier this year and then we placed him in March 2017.  We were contacted after a few months in the new home with an update that there is a job change and Gunner is not getting the time and attention he needs and is now seeking a third home. We are homing “third time is the charm” in his case.

Gunner is well socialized with dogs and would be an excellent member of any family who adopts him. He is very playful and loves toys. He is currently in a foster home until he is placed. Gunner is a candidate for continued obedience training wherever he goes and we are happy to help offset the cost of his training with one of our recommended dog trainers for applicants who are serious about adopting him.

If you would like to meet Gunner please email us to set up an appointment or look for him at one of our adoption events held the first and third Saturday of each month. For event information click here.

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FOSTER CARE REPORT

Gunner is a wonderful guy; very sweet and loving, and quite the mischievous goofball. 

Smart and very social toward people as well as other animals, also very strong and excitable. He is house-broken and crate trained. Gunner is VERY HIGH ENERGY: he loves the dog park, he has never met another dog he doesn’t like, his enthusiasm for meeting other dogs can be quite astounding. If allowed, Gunner would happily spend his entire day playing and rough-housing with every dog at the park. During short periods of down time, Gunner’s enjoys his chew toys or a Kong filled with peanut butter. At bedtime, he likes to be near his people, he usually sleeps with myself or one of my daughters. 

Gunner is still learning basic obedience: Because he just loves everyone, people as well as animals, he is always very excited about meeting and greeting them. But, he is very strong, and often forgets himself in his excitement. He knows basic commands and walks well on a leash, until he sees another dog while on a leash, then his enthusiasm quickly takes over and he can be quite difficult to control. Continued basic obedience training is an absolute must for Gunner. 

Not only is Gunner strong and energetic, he is also quite intelligent and he gets bored quickly. When he is left alone outdoors for more than a few minutes, his boredom can lead him into mischief. He would do best supervised or having a playmate (dog or person) rather than be left outside to his own devises. 

Gunner’s idea of the perfect family is one that has lots and of time and energy for him, and he would absolutely LOVE another dog in the family. Gunner does not tire easily, he needs lots of daily physical exercise, he would make an AWESOME running partner. Due to his strength and exuberance, a family without young children would probably be best.  Children 10+ recommended. 

Medical: Gunner is fully vaccinated and receives monthly heart worm and flea preventatives, Gunner has mild skin allergies that have been well controlled with a grain-free diet and a fish oil supplement, with occasional Benadryl for flare-ups in the spring and fall. 

 

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Big League Chew

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Arrival Date: 6/28/2015
Breed: Beagle, BullDog, Pomeranian
Gender:  Male
Age: 3-4 years
Weight: 35#
Personality: Happy-Go-Lucky, Anxious, Fearful
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: As needed
Dog Social: Yes, Excellent
Crate Trained:  Yes
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: 12+
Cat-Friendly Yes
Origin: Boone County West Virginia (2014)
Owner Return/Surrender (2015)

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We are not a traditional shelter, we are a cage-free facility. All dogs are temperament tested and must get along with other dogs to stay here. Appointments must be made in advance to meet our Secondhand Mutts. Please call 216-664-9660 or email rescue@secondhandmutts.org to set up a time. We are closed on Sundays. We prefer to adopt to local families but will consider long distance adoptions.

Adoption Fee $200

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Our Adoptables Are
  • Socialized in a cage-free dog daycare environment
  • Dog-Friendly
  • Cat Tested (upon request)
  • Fostered in real homes
  • Spayed or Neutered
  • Temperament tested
  • Veterinary Health Checked
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Distemper Vaccinated
  • Rabies Vaccinated
  • Bordetella Vaccinated
  • Heartworm Tested
  • Microchipped
  • Flea Preventative
  • Heartworm Preventative
  • Groomed prior to adoption

Services provided by
Gateway Animal Clinic

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Events

Dunks for Dogs

8/30/2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Join us for a fun night! Dunk some of Cleveland’s favorites! All proceeds benefit Friends of the Cleveland Kennel/City Dogs and Secondhand Mutts. All are welcome to attend, admission is free! Raffle prizes, 50/50 raffle and lots of fun at the Dunks for Dogs event!   Step on up, give a […]

Secondhand Stuff: Flea Market & Rummage Sale

9/23/17

Saturday, September 23, 2017 Interested in selling your stuff? pots are first-come, first-serve until they are gone. Contact Leah Kubiak by August 30, 2017 at lmkubiak@secondhandmutts.org for seller information and reservations.

Just Add Salt+: A Fine Dining Experience to Benefit Secondhand Mutts

10/1/17

Sunday, October 1, 2017 SAVE THE DATE! Join us for a fine dining experience at one of the “hottest new restaurants in Cleveland”. There is limited seating available for parties up up to 15. Co-owners Jessica Parkison and Chef Jill Vedaa will serve up an amazing five courses paired with wine. Cash bar cocktail hour […]

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