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Ace

Adopted! March 8, 2017

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Arrival Date: 2/24/17
Breed: Labrador/Shepherd Mix
Gender: Male
Age: 2 years (estimate)
Weight: 55#
Personality:
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home:
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained:
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Reported Yes (not tested by SHM yet)
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Owner Surrender
Adoption Fee: $200

Stay tuned more in the coming weeks and update his profile accordingly. If you would like to meet Ace please email us to set up an appointment.

FOSTER CARE REPORT

He just moved in to a foster home…..report will be coming soon!

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Ross

ADOPTED! February 24, 2017

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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: Yes – Kids 6+ due to his age
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Owner Surrender
Adoption Fee: $200

Ross is a one year old, playful Doberman mix. He was surrendered by his family in West Virginia to a local shelter for “getting too big”. He picture is very deceiving and he is only 48# 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 will be an excellent family pet for anyone who gives him the opportunity.

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Gunner

Adopted! March 8, 2017

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Arrival Date: 1/25/17
Breed: Shepherd/Rottweiler Mix
Gender: Male
Age: 1 year
Weight: 68#
Personality:
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 1 year old Shepherd/Rottweiler mix. He was adopted by his former family and was given up due to hard times. Gunner is well socialized with dogs and small children 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 and we hope to have a foster report soon to provide additional information. Stay tuned!

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

Coming soon!

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Rosie

ADOPTION! February 10, 2017

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Arrival Date: 1/26/2017
Breed: Hound/Lab/Mutt Mix
Gender: Female
Age: 3.5 months (November 2016 DOB)
Weight: Expected Adult: 60# estimate
Personality: Outgoing, Happy Go Lucky, Playful
Fully Vaccinated: Up to date
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: In training at foster home
House Trained: In training at foster home
Kid-Friendly: Assumed yes due to age
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Rescue Transfer
Adoption Fee: $225  – Adopt the pair for $350

Puppy_facesSuzi and her sister Rosie were taken in by a sister rescue we work with. Someone was giving them away for free and the rescue stepped in to make sure they would find safe refuge and a forever home. They did not have capacity in their foster network to keep the pups so they were transferred to us so we could help. Both dogs are playful and outgoing just as any young puppy would be. They are both spayed and currently on their scheduled vaccines. Suzi is a little more shy than Rosie but nothing we are worried about – she just has a different personality than her sister.

Both of the girls have moved to a foster home where they will continue to get socialization with adult dogs, crate training and house training along the way. We will keep their profiles updated as we learn more about them.

Puppies are normally adopted quickly and anyone who has put in an application may get preference for matching ahead of a new applicant. If you are interested in adopting please fill out our online application. If you would like to meet Suzi please email us to set up an appointment.

FOSTER CARE REPORT

Coming soon!
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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.

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Suzi

ADOPTED! February 7, 2017

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Arrival Date: 1/26/2017
Breed: Hound/Lab/Mutt Mix
Gender: Female
Age: 3.5 months (November 2016 DOB)
Weight: Expected Adult: 60# estimate
Personality: Shy, playful
Fully Vaccinated: Up to date
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: In training at foster home
House Trained: In training at foster home
Kid-Friendly: Assumed yes due to age
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Rescue Transfer
Adoption Fee: $225  – Adopt the pair for $350

Puppy_facesSuzi and her sister Rosie were taken in by a sister rescue we work with. Someone was giving them away for free and the rescue stepped in to make sure they would find safe refuge and a forever home. They did not have capacity in their foster network to keep the pups so they were transferred to us so we could help. Both dogs are playful and outgoing just as any young puppy would be. They are both spayed and currently on their scheduled vaccines. Suzi is a little more shy than Rosie but nothing we are worried about – she just has a different personality than her sister.

Both of the girls have moved to a foster home where they will continue to get socialization with adult dogs, crate training and house training along the way. We will keep their profiles updated as we learn more about them.

Puppies are normally adopted quickly and anyone who has put in an application may get preference for matching ahead of a new applicant. If you are interested in adopting please fill out our online application. If you would like to meet Suzi please email us to set up an appointment.

FOSTER CARE REPORT

Coming soon!
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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.

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Suede

ADOPTED! February 4, 2017

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Arrival Date: 1/9/17
Breed: Shepherd Mix
Gender: Male
Age: 2
Weight: 40-45#
Personality: Happy Go Lucky
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Will be prior to adoption
In foster Home: Not currently
Dog Social: Yes, excellent
Crate Trained: Unknown
House Trained: Unknown
Kid-Friendly:
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Stray (Boone County WV)
Adoption Fee: $200

Suede is approximately 2 years old. He is a happy-go-lucky shepherd mix most likely mixed with Labrador or Hound. He was picked up as a stray in West Virginia and transported to our rescue to find a forever home. Suede is very outgoing, loves to play and keep up with the youngsters. He will be moving to a foster home soon and when we learn more about him we will update his profile. Based on his personality we think he’d make a great family pet.

If you would like to meet Suede please email us to set up an appointment.

FOSTER CARE REPORT

Coming soon!

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.

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Rush

ADOPTION! February 13, 2017

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Arrival Date: 1/7/16
Breed: Terrier Mix
Gender: Female
Age: 3
Weight: 45#
Personality:  Happy-Go-Lucky, Releaxed
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home:  Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Does not need a crate
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Yes – All Ages
Cat-Friendly: Curious, No Drive
Origin: Owner Surrender (owner died)
Adoption Fee: $200 or $250 for the pair

Miley and Rush were taken in via the Lakewood Animal Shelter. Their owner passed away and they were taken to the shelter when the extended family could not figure out a way to keep the dogs. Ideally, we’d love to place the pair together but we are open to separating them if that is what ends up being best for the dogs.

FOSTER CARE REPORT

Our Man Rush….Lets start with the ride home in a car with children and adults. He did great! He stood the whole ride to Geauga County and whined only a couple of times. When we stopped at my daughters house he spotted the 3 cats outside and stepped up on the back of the front seat to check them out and stared them down and whined a bit. When we reached my house he went  potty outside came in and enjoyed everyone in the house. He drank some water and ate very little food, so I feed him out of my hand and got him to eat 1 cup a little at a time.
RushSHM_couchAfter everyone went home it was time for bed he hopped on my bed and slept all night never got up once. In the morning we went out side he went potty and came back in he laid on the couch and the floor and napped off and on. I had a visitor stop by so I put him on the leash and took him for a walk around the property and he found some leaves and trees on the side of the yard and did his business. My neighbor walked his small dog up to meet Rush and that also went well, no hair stood up on his back and they just did the doggie sniff…He is very friendly with everyone he has met and very laid back.
He has not barked at all but when I left him in the house and I went to the garage for a while I heard him howling quit a bit..lol….. it was funny. He has played a little with a few toys and rolled on his back and let us rub his tummy. He is just very tired and I am giving him a much quite and rest as he wants. So I am enjoying him very much he is a great dog he is house broken as far as I can tell no accidents yet, but I take him out often and I will leave him home alone tomorrow and then we will see. I am giving him the run of the house. No crate we shall see how that goes.

He walks very nicely on a leash. Kid and people friendly, knows sit , stay and come by his name. He is a good boy. He is getting what he needs right now at my house. It is my pleasure to have him here.

 


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.

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Miley

ADOPTED! February 10, 2017

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Arrival Date: 1/7/16
Breed: Terrier Mix
Gender: Female
Age: 9
Weight: 45#
Personality: Happy Go Lucky
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Excellent
Crate Trained:  Not necessary
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Yes
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Owner Surrender (owner died)
Adoption Fee: $200 or $250 for the pair

MileySHM_foster2Miley and Rush were taken in via the Lakewood Animal Shelter. Their owner passed away and they were taken to the shelter when the extended family could not figure out a way to keep the dogs. They had some adjustment time getting used to the dogs at daycare and stayed at The Mutt Hutt for about two weeks before we secured two (different) foster homes for them. They have both adjusted well to their new tempoary living environments and we are confident the pair does not need to live together. If they were adopted together there is a discount for adopting the pair.

FOSTER CARE REPORT

MileySHM_toyWhen spending time with Miley, you’d never think she’s 9 years old.  She is so playful, loving, and energetic; her tail is always wagging.  She loves to carry toys around and you can see the conflict on her face when we go out for walks about whether she’d rather go out or keep holding her toy.  She’s filled with energy when we’re walking and is working on not tugging as much, but luckily she’s not a huge dog (45 lbs).  She’s only had pleasant interactions with other dogs and doesn’t seem to have interest in cats or squirrels; I’ve only even heard her bark once, and I’m not sure what that was at.  She’s met some kids and isn’t phased by them– as long as they’re ok with kisses.  With her all energy, please be sure to keep her on a leash (unless you have a fenced in yard) — she gets so about potentially going she’s bolted out the door too soon and run down the street, but then comes right back like nothing has happened.  
While she has plenty of energy outside, inside Miley is content to just relax and cuddle up on the couch or floor, or run after her toys if you throw them.  She has so much love to share and is so fun to chill with.  We used her crate the first few days to test it out, and we’d wake up in the morning to her crying, so we haven’t used the crate and haven’t heard her crying in the AM.  She’s also done some crying when we leave (or doesn’t know I’m still around) but it doesn’t last too long.  We’ve just been leaving her out of the crate now and she roams the house fine.  She’s home for 8 hours a day alone and hasn’t ripped anything up except her toys, and hasn’t had any accidents inside (knock on wood).  
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Miley is an awesome gal who is sometimes a little shy at first, but will soon be cuddling right up on you.  Give her a shot!

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.

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Octavius

ADOPTED! January 19, 2017

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Arrival Date: 12/23/2016
Breed: Doberman Pinscher
Gender: Male
Age: 2 years
Weight: 75#
Personality: Weary, Anxious, Loving
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Needs more confidence
Crate Trained: Not recommended
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Not Recommended
Cat-Friendly Cat Curious
Origin: Owner Surrender
Adoption Fee: $250

nokidsOctavius or Tavi for short is a young, male Doberman Pinscher. He was a product of some neglect and misguidance by his former owners. They downsized into a smaller home and couldn’t keep him inside so they opted to contain him in a crate on an uncovered porch. He picked up some serious crate anxiety as a result of being crated for long hours and having little contact with his family. The family who surrendered him acquired him when he was a year old and we do not know his history prior to that. Tavi has been around older children but due to his hesitation and fear (which we don’t want anyone to mistake as aggression) we recommend he moves in with a someone who does not have little kids at this time. He is a bit shy of men and may have had a prior negative experience trusting men as he retreats and barks. In dog language he’s telling us that he’s unsure so he will need some positive reinforcement, patience and guidance.

octaviousshm_bodyTavi is loyal as they come and loves to snuggle on the couch. He has a favorite teddy bear his first Ohio foster mom gave him and he loves having it around. He was transported to us just before Christmas and spent a couple days decompressing in an emergency foster home and then moved into our facility after the holidays. He has slowly (but not surly) met some other dogs and we will continue to introduce him to dogs while he’s in our care. We do not think he has had much experience around other dogs so he can get overwhelmed a bit with large groups but has shown a more calm demeanor around small groups of dogs. He really likes the little dogs.

tavishm_couchTavi has been introduced to one cat and did show some curiosity but not aggression. He takes commands well. If he is placed in a cat home we would recommend that cat have claws and be dog-savvy to tech Tavi the way. He will also need constant observation with cat introductions for a period of time until all animals in the home are comfortable with one another. Tavi has moved into a foster home and is now living with with just one gentleman at this time. His foster dad is slowly working on his ability to be crated and feel comfortable (he did damage a crate pan when left alone his first day). Slowly but surely we believe Tavi will come around and make an excellent dog for someone who is looking for a loyal companion who wants to please.

FOSTER CARE REPORT

 Coming soon!

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.

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Dakota

ADOPTED! February 7, 2017

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Arrival Date: 12/16/16
Breed: American Eskimo
Gender: Female
Age: DOB: 8/29/2013
Weight: 20-25#
Personality: Anxious, Shy, Fearful
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes (but shy/scared)
Crate Trained: Yes – Loves it!
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Not Recommended
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Owner Surrender
Adoption Fee: $250

nokidsDakota is a pure bred American Eskimo. She was born in August 2013 and purchased by a family who raised her with their children. As she matured she was getting toy possessive and posed a risk to the kids so they surrendered her rather than euthanizing her (which was the plan until we intervened). Dakota has clearly been loved but has not been socialized properly from a young age. She has had little exposure to dogs so we are working through that at daycare and in a foster home. Dakota is very comfortable in a crate and tends to den in her crate to feel safe. She will require an owner who is patient and willing to work through her issues, accept her for who she is and not overwhelm her.
Dakota is up to date on shots, spayed and microchipped. We are screening applications and recommend a home without young children at this time.

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dakotashm_bodyAlthough it’s only been a few days, here’s what I can tell you about Dakota: Dakota is an interesting dog, full of contradictions. She is usually quiet, although she will start barking occasionally for no apparent reason. She is house-trained, no accidents so far. She’s been sleeping quietly in the crate at night. She can be affectionate and sweet but is also often aloof and stand-offish. She can be ornery and very stubborn and won’t listen to even simple commands like “come” or “want to go out?” or “lay down”. A good thing is that even when I make her do something she doesn’t want to do, she hasn’t nipped or snapped once.

dakotashm_body2I started keeping a leash on her in the house so that I can get to her without having to chase her around. Her issues with Ric (mostly) and Rosey are based in jealousy. She likes to be “the queen” and can really over-react if she thinks they are getting too much attention. She will ignore them for hours and then have a fit out of the blue. She doesn’t know how to play without getting mad so she needs more socialization.  The leash is also helping me to control that situation better. She is not particularly treat-motivated so that doesn’t work. Rosey and Ric usually spend several hours every day keeping my dad company.

Dakota acts differently when she’s here by herself–calmer and more responsive. She has pretty much stopped the endless pacing and pillow humping. I guess at this point I would say she should be in a home where she is the “only child” and with adults who have experience with pure-bred diva dogs.


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.

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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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Events

Meet-Our-Mutts in April: Rocky River

04/01/2017

Saturday, April 1, 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 April: Brecksville

04/15/2017

Saturday, April 15, 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.

Meet-Our-Mutts in April: Shaker Heights

4/21/2017

Saturday, April 21, 2017 16675 Chagrin Blvd. Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120 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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