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Luke

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Arrival Date: 5/15/17
Breed: Doberman Pinscher
Gender: Male
Age: 2.5 years
Weight: 100#
Personality: Happy-Go-Lucky, Energetic, Playful
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes
House Trained: Yes – But not necessary!
Kid-Friendly: Yes
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Rescue Transfer
Adoption Fee: $250

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heartworm_positiveLuke is a nearly 3 year old Doberman Pinscher. He is black and rust and weighs just over 100#. He was transferred to us from Gentle Ben’s Giant Breed Rescue in Pennsylvania. Noreen, Gentle Ben’s director took him in and he’s been with her for quite awhile. He was easy to fall in love with and it was very difficult to give him up. However, his health came first and the rescue was unable to secure a foster home for Luke to recovery in after his heartworm treatment which is necessary for any dog going through the injections. A volunteer reached out to us knowing we specialize in Dobermans and have ‘The Extra Mile‘ fund for dogs like Luke and we agreed to take him. It took us about a month to secure a foster home but once we did we arrange his transport. Thanks to our volunteers we were able to transport Luke from the Pittsburgh area to Cleveland over Mother’s Day weekend. Gentle Ben’s Large Breed Rescue took care of all of his medical needs leading up to his transport including his neuter and vaccines. We are very grateful for the care they provided and consider them ‘rescue family’ now! Please consider making a donation to our Extra Mile Fund or Gentle Ben’s to help offset the hundreds of dollars spent on Luke prior to his arrival.

Luke is a very strong boy and ended up being surrendered to a rescue after escaping from his previous home. He was on the run for two week before being apprehended and when he was he had lost a lot of weight but is now back to a healthy (well, he could use to loose a few pounds) 102#. Luke is extremely social with people and he absolutely loves other dogs. He is great with kids but due to his size and former history of escaping we feel a home with children younger than 10 may not be the best choice (kids have a tendency to come and go and leave doors open and we’d hate for him to get out again). We would also recommend he live where he has a solid wood fence so he does not have the ability to climb or see out of the fence and jump it. A six foot fence is idea but we are open to screening applicants to find the best home/yard for his needs.

Luke_fosterLuke should continue to socialize with dogs as that is his favorite activity. Enrolling him at a daycare would be an excellent idea or having a second dog in the home is even better. He loves big and small dogs and has no issue with any dogs. He is more on the submissive side and has respect for others. He needs some work on his basic obedience. Dobermans are loyal and working breeds and they thrive on working for their owners. If he is given the opportunity to take a training class and polish his skills on sit, stay, down, heel and come he will be an Ambassador for the breed!

Michelle and John are fostering Luke through is heartworm recovery process.

Michelle and John are fostering Luke through is heartworm recovery process.

Luke started his first heartworm injection treatment on May 18th and is now recovering for a month in a foster home. He has to remain calm and he is not allowed to play with other dogs. He is crate trained and will be walked for exercise and potty breaks. He goes back for his second treatment which is a bit harder on dogs sometime mid-June. We are open to placing him and providing the treatment while he’s in his forever home as long as the home provides him with solace and peace to recover.

If you are interested in adopting Luke please fill out our adoption application. We tend to have lots of interest in Dobermans due to our experience with the breed. Ultimately we will screen and select the best home for Luke.

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Jonny Legs

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Arrival Date: 5/13/17
Breed: Labrador/Terrier Mix
Gender: Male
Age: 6 months
Weight:  35# (5/3/17)
Personality: Happy-Go-Lucky
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
Origin: Richland County Animal Shelter Transfer
Adoption Fee: $225

Jonny_face_carJonny Legs is a happy-go-lucky Labrador/Terrier mix pup! He was dropped off at a shelter in Richland County with a presumably broken rear leg. The shelter reached out to us to see if we could take him in and care for him. We agreed and our awesome volunteers scrambled and made the 3 hour round trip drive to pick him up and deliver him to a foster home in Brunswick. He spent a couple nights there and then arrived in Cleveland to get his leg checked out and move into a new foster home.

Jonny Legs has a broken bone that can’t be fixed with surgery or casting. The leg has healed too much to treat it so he is on strict cage rest and keeping weight off his leg. Being a temporary tri-pod is not stopping Jonny from getting around though! In a few more weeks he should be able to put weight on his leg and later in life he may need pain medicine if he shows signs of arthritis. Swimming would be a great activity to get Jonny involved in.

He loves other dogs and is currently living with a female bully mix in his foster home. He is crate trained (necessary for his recovery and any young pup) and house trained. We are looking forward to finding this sweet soul a forever home. Unfortunately he has been restricted from living in cities with Breed Restriction Legislation (BSL) and is not permitted to live in local municipalities: Garfield Heights, Parma and Lakewood. Please check with your city laws on pitbull terrier restrictions. Phoey on those cities who are missing on on allowing their residence an opportunity for a wonderful canine resident.

Jonny Legs is up to date on shots and will be neutered prior to his adoption. If you are interested in adopting Jonny please fill out our adoption application online or email us to set up a meet and greet. Jonny_body

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Sofie

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Arrival Date: 5/13/17
Breed: Siberian Husky Mix
Gender: Female
Age: 2.5 Years
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Personality:
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home:
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Yes
Cat-Friendly
Origin: Owner Surrender
Adoption Fee: $200

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Harley

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Arrival Date: 2/19/17
Breed: Doberman Mix
Gender: Male
Age: 1 year
Weight: 48#
Personality:
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Recommended 12+
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Owner Surrender
Adoption Fee: $200

Harley (formerly Ross) arrived in February and was adopted in March by a local family. He was returned due to being too protective and “nipping” at the children in the home. The family sought training and Harley is highly trainable but will need someone who can continue to work through his protective ways and provide him with a home that is better suited for his personality.

Harley is a one year old, playful Doberman mix. He was originally surrendered by his family in West Virginia to a local shelter for “getting too big”. His picture is very deceiving and he is only 50# now and we don’t expect he will get much bigger. He also has a very serious look on his face and when you meet him he’s really just a playful funny guy!

He loves to play fetch and bring the ball back. He is getting along great with the other dogs here and has started beginners obedience. Based on the former owners feedback as well as the trainer (Paramount Dog Training) he would do best in a home with older (teenage) children or no children at all. We do believe with more training and exposure he will be able to overcome his issues being around small children. Harley will need plenty of exercise and is a working breed mix and is eager to work for his owner. 

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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: Not tested yet but all signs indicate yes
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Gallia County Animal Shelter
Adoption Fee: $200

 

Blossom is as sweet as they come. 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. She will be moving into a foster home in the coming days and we will report back more about her soon.

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.

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Don Knotts

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Arrival Date: 3/10/17
Breed: Terrier / Labrador Mix
Gender: Male
Age:  months
Weight: 30#
Personality: Happy-Go-Lucky, Eager to Please
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: Yes
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Rescue Transfer (Stray in Mansfield)
Adoption Fee: $200 or $300 for the pair

Don_towelJohn 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. It’s always nice to have a pair of dogs arrive together so they can keep one antoher company during their transitional decompression phase before heading into a foster home.

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Don Knotts is about six months old, he’s a happy-go-lucky pitbull terrier mix puppy. He is around 30# and will probably stay the size of a “pocket pitty”. He is young, playful and eager to please. He and John Ritter 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! However, if you are looking to adopt two great dogs look no further….this pair could be a great pair to place together!

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Don Knotts is your typical puppy who has energy and loves to play. He is crate trained and house trained (but expect some transitional accidents coming into a new home). Don has been exposed to younger kids and does very well. His nickname is Donuts!

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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. It’s always nice to have a pair of dogs arrive together so they can keep one antoher company during their transitional decompression phase before heading into a foster home.

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! However, if you are looking to adopt two great dogs look no further….this pair could be a great pair to place together!

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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Ritter 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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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

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Meet-Our-Mutts in June: Pet People

06/03/2017

June 3, 2017 19565 Detroit Road Rocky River, OH 44116 12:00 to 3:00 pm Join us for an afternoon of pet pampering at Pet People. Our volunteers will be chaperoning three lucky dogs to spend the afternoon with the customers and associates of Pet People.

Meet-Our-Mutts in June: PetValu

06/17/2017

June 17, 2017             Creek View Commons 8249 Chippewa Road Brecksville, Ohio 44141 12:00 to 3:00 pm Join us for an afternoon of pet pampering at PetValu. Our volunteers will be chaperoning five lucky dogs to spend the afternoon with the customers and associates of PetValu.

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