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Rugar

ADOPTED! May 12, 2017

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Arrival Date: 4/23/17
Breed: Great Dane
Gender: Male
Age: 1 year
Weight:
Personality: Shy, Calm
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home:
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained:  Not necessary
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Yes
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Owner Surrender
Adoption Fee: $300

Reese and Rugar were surrendered together by their owner due to a change of life. She was unable to keep the dogs and wanted them to have a better opportunity and find a home through a reputable rescue. They do not need to be placed together.

Rugar has been through a big change losing his owner and coming to our facility and we are glad that he has his brother here. He is making new friends quickly both dogs and humans.  We prefer to place him in a home with someone who has owned or has Great Dane experience. Rugar is a calm spirited dog, a little shy at first and only knows a few commands. He had lived in a home with a 5 and 7 year old child. Great Danes of his age eat 8-10 cups of food per day (divided into two meals). This is a dog that could break your budget if you don’t plan a budget. He should be eating a high quality grain free food.

If you would like to meet Rugar or both Rugar and Reese please email us to set up an appointment.

FOSTER HOME REPORT

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Reese

ADOPTED! May 18, 2017

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Arrival Date: 4/23/17
Breed: Labrador/Rottweiler
Gender: Male
Age: 3 years
Weight: 65#
Personality: Happy-Go-Lucky, Outgoing
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home:
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained:  Not necessary
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: 8+
Cat-Friendly Yes
Origin: Owner Surrender
Adoption Fee: $200

Reece_faceReese and Rugar were surrendered together by their owner due to a change of life. She was unable to keep the dogs and wanted them to have a better opportunity and find a home through a reputable rescue. They do not need to be placed together.

Reese is up to date on shots, microchipped and neutered. Reese’s known history dates back to 2015. He was brought to Ohio from a Missouri high-kill shelter and taken in by REAL Rott Rescue. Reeses’s owner did notify the rescue she needed to surrender him and we have a working relationship with this local rescue and we all agreed it would be best to have the dogs stay together with us while we find them homes. Reese was placed with his former owner in 2015. He knows sit, shake and stay. He gets along great with other dogs and lived in a home with a 5 and 7 year old. Reese loves peanut butter! He does not need a crate and he is great with people and strangers. Reese has been trained on invisible fence in the past.

His paperwork does indicate that he “nipped a kid”. We do not know the circumstances of the nipping incident or the environment he was living in to properly assess if he would be okay in a home with little children. At this time we would recommend kids 8+.

UPDATE: Reese has met some children via his foster mom and has shown no indication of having issues with kids.

FOSTER HOME REPORT

Reese is an absolutely wonderful dog. He’s usually calm, quiet, and laid back. He knows basic commands and walks pretty well on a leash. He’s good in the car and enjoys going for rides. He’s friendly and sweet, gets along with other dogs well, and does not overreact to other animals (likes cats and chickens!). He likes to chill out with his human and canine companions. Reese is house trained — zero accidents. He is not destructive at all and has “good manners”. He’s a foodie so he’s easily treat motivated.
I have seen him interact with little kids and he was great. He sat down and let them pet him and he responded with a few gentle licks. 
Something to be aware of is that he tends to be very fearful of loud noises and of unfamiliar situations. He will pull back and even start shaking a bit. Once he figures out what’s going on, he’s fine.
You really can’t go wrong with this dog.
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Fenway

ADOPTED! May 15, 2017

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Arrival Date: 4/21/17
Breed: Wheaton Terrer
Gender: Male
Age: 2 yers
Weight: 35#
Personality: Confident
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained:
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Yes
Cat-Friendly NO – No exceptions
Origin: Gallia County Animal Shelter
Adoption Fee: $250

nocatsFenway is a 2 year old Wheaton Terrier. He was surrendered to the shelter for being cat aggressive (he reportedly killed a cat). He is a confident, playful dog and likes other dogs. He is getting along well with big and little dogs. He is currently in a foster home with two other dogs and one adult and doing well. As we get to know Fenway more we will update his profile. He was recently groomed at The Mutt Hutt Grooming Salon and his shaggy coat is all cleaned up thanks to Jaimie.

Fenway is up to date on shots, microchipped and neutered.

FOSTER HOME REPORT

Fenway has a cute personality and is very playful. He loves running around the yard and the house with my two mutts. He sometimes gets carried away and can be a little overwhelming for them, maybe because he’s bigger than they are. When he’s the only dog, he’s much more mellow and laid back. Fenway is crate trained and he’s good in the car. He doesn’t bark much. He’s house trained and has only had two accidents, which were my fault because I wasn’t paying attention to his signals to go out. He is very food/treat motivated so bribery works!

He does need leash training and more work on basic commands. He can be stubborn when he doesn’t want to do something and he will growl if he gets startled. The biggest negative is food possessiveness and theft. He will go after the other dogs’ food and treats if they’re not done eating, which causes spats. He will jump up to see what’s available on kitchen counters/tables. We are working on all of this but it’s a process that will need continued reinforcement.

Fenway’s positives far outweigh the negatives. He would do great in a home where he will get a lot of attention, play time, and exercise. Older kids would be recommended since he can be a bit feisty. He’d be a wonderful and fun companion.

 

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Rosey

ADOPTED! June 28, 2017

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Arrival Date: 4/22/17
Breed: Doberman Pinscher
Gender: Female
Age: 4 years
Weight:  55#
Personality: Calm, Eager to Please, Shy
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Currently Seeking
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes – Likes for Sleeping
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Yes
Cat-Friendly Yes
Origin: Owner Surrender

RosieSHM_skinRosey was surrendered by her second owners so that she could the medical attention she needs along with a better life. Her second owners, who already have a household of dogs, took her in from someone in November 2016. Those folks were using her for breeding and discarded her.  When they weren’t able to breed her they left her outside and didn’t take care of her.  She was left, tied to a tree in a field without food or water. She was eating leaves to survive.

In January 2017 Rosey presented with poor skin and was given antibiotics and standard vetting from Save Ohio Pets, a local nonprofit group that helps people and pets. In March she returned to the clinic and she was still not in good health (skin and lethargy). In April she was rechecked for mange and those results came back negative. The volunteer veterinarian told her owners they needed to take her for further testing and the family was unable to afford it and surrendered her.

She was very easy to please and loves treats. All of the volunteers at Save Ohio Pets fell in love with her. We suspect given her symptoms and skin she could be hypothyroid so we had a full blood panel done and she is completely healthy. She did test positive for parasites and we are treating her for those. Rosey’s coat will improve now that she is eating high quality grain-free food as long as she continues with a good diet. She is getting medicated baths weekly and taking antibiotics currently (not for a lifetime).

Rosey is good with other dogs, big and little and loves people of all sizes!  She knows “walk with you”, “sit” and “take it easy”. She is house trained and does not need a crate but likes to sleep in one. She lived with dogs and cats harmoniously. She has natural motherly instincts and loves pitbulls and miniature pinchers are her favorite breeds to hang with. She loves belly rubs. She can be a little reserved meeting new people but once she knows you watch out: she is velcro! Rosey is up to date on shots, microchipped and spayed.

UPDATE: Rosey has been getting weekly medicated baths and you can see a huge difference in her coat:

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FOSTER HOME REPORT

She loves to cuddle and loves to sleep right next to you in bed, she bats at you with her paw to get attention and then loves to hold hands once she gets it. She took a bit to warm up to my dog, she was a bit jealous of him at first but eventually she warmed up to him. She’s vocal and likes to talk sometimes, and it’s adorable. She also needs someone who can keep her busy, I noticed she has started to chew on a few things around the house when she’s left alone. 

 

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Eirene

ADOPTED! April 27, 2017

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Arrival Date: 4/17/17
Breed: Aussie Mix
Gender: Female
Age: 12 years
Weight: 22#
Personality: Mellow
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes
House Trained: Some Accidents
Kid-Friendly:
Cat-Friendly Unknown  – Assumed Yes
Origin: Gallia County Animal Shelter
Adoption Fee: $200

IreneSHM_bedEirene is a senior who was abused and neglected by her owner. She was taken away by the county shelter and a plea was made to us and we agreed to take her. Irene has been through enough and deserves to spend the rest of her life where she feels safe and loved. She quickly moved into a foster home (thank you Chris!!!) where she is living with a miniature Poodle (former Secondhand Mutt) and being pampered and getting the peace and quiet she deserves. Eirene has had a few accidents in the house (transitional or could be from age or a recent surgery) and we recently learned she has a heart murmur. We will continue to monitor her health while we seek the best home possible for her. She would do best in a home where she can get undivided attention, love and affection.

Eirene is up to date on vaccines and preventatives, spayed and ready to find a forever home. Irene has been through enough and deserves to spend the rest of her life where she feels safe and loved.

 

FOSTER HOME REPORT

Eirene is still settling in, but I see a little more of her personality every day. She was named after the Greek Goddess of Peace.  This girl needs peace in her life.  She is so sweet and deserves a loving home for her senior years.   Loving, patient people need apply. 
She is a gentle old soul.  I’m not sure if she hears very well but when she sees me, she wags her tail and her eyes light up.   For all this lady has been through she still trusts.  No signs of aggression. I don’t think she knew about stairs before, but we are working on it and she is learning..  who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  She walks slowly on the leash with me and Chance (former and adopted Secondhand Mutts and superstar mini poodle) and they are fine together.  I have not seen any negative behaviors towards people or other dogs. She is fine in a crate.  Has accidents in the house and we are working on house training. 
She would be great in a quiet household.  I’m not sure she would do well with kids as she is timid.  

 

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Harley

ADOPTED! June 3, 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: 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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Diamond

ADOPTED! May 12, 2017

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Arrival Date: 4/17/17
Breed: Siberian Husky
Gender: Female
Age: 2.5 years
Weight: 50#
Personality: Anxious, High Energy
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home:
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly:
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Fayette County Animal Shelter
Adoption Fee: $250

Read about Siberian Husky‘s before applying! Husky’s are not suited for just any family or individual. They require an active owner who can keep them occupied and burning off their energy for the first 5 years of their life. They also required grooming either at home or professionally.

Diamond is a 50# (smaller than usual) red and white Siberian Husky female. She is your typical husky full of energy and has lots to talk about. Diamond was surrendered by her owners to a rural shelter in southern Ohio and transferred north to find a home through our rescue. She will be moving into a foster home so we can get to know her a bit better and match her up to an adopter.

Diamond is up to date on vaccines and preventatives, spayed and ready to find a forever home. She would do best in a home with a fenced yard (but that is not a requirement).

FOSTER HOME REPORT

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Scarlett

ADOPTED! May 2, 2017

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Arrival Date: 4/6/17
Breed: Doberman Pinscher
Gender: Female
Age: 5
Weight: 75#
Personality: Happy-Go-Lucky, Shy, Nervous
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes, not necessary
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Yes – All ages, raised with an infant
Cat-Friendly  No
Origin: Owner Surrender (Military Deployment)
Adoption Fee: $250

Scarlett is a 5.5 year old Doberman. She was born on July 4th, 2011.  Her owners are a military family and are unfortunately unable to bring her to their next duty station where Dobermans are not allowed. Scarlett has been with the family since she was a puppy and was rescued from a bad situation at a puppy mill when she was 10 weeks old. This was a very difficult decision for the couple who have owned her her entire life but out of respect for the dog they decided to enlist us to help them find her a home. 

Scarlett lived with a Yorkie her whole life and does well with other dogs.  The owners also have a 16 month old daughter that Scarlett does well with, with supervision (of course).  She has also done well at family gatherings with nieces and nephews of varying ages 6 months-10 years.  Scarlett would do best in a home no cats as she does not understand that they do not always want to be her friend. A fenced yard is a plus!

FORMER OWNER REPORT

scarlett_bodyScarlett is a very friendly, kind dog.  Although she can initially be nervous around strangers, especially men, upon proper introduction she loves people and loves nothing more than being around her family as much as possible.  When introducing new people to the house make sure she sees you let them in and being friendly to them.  She may take 10-15 minutes to warm up to men especially, and she may growl as she walks up to smell the person, but she has never shown actual aggression during an introduction.  She is housebroken and will bark and whine at the door she is accustomed to going out of.  She is used to going out by herself in a fenced yard, or accompanied on a leash if no fence.  She also will bark or whine at her food or water bowl when at meal times or when she is thirsty.

She is very good with children, with supervision (all dogs should be supervised around children).  We have a 16 month old, and she has also regularly been around school aged children.  She is very patient and does not show aggression when our daughter goes near her toys, bones, or food.  She may move suddenly and try to get away if she is tired of the attention from the toddler and wants to be left alone. 

She has lived with a Yorkie her whole life and would love the company of another dog, but she does not do well with cats.   

She is not a chewer unless she is extremely bored or nervous and does not having anything appropriate to distract her.  She has stayed at kennels and boarding facilities while we were out of town and always has a good time.  We receive very positive reviews from the boarding facility staff when we pick her up.  She is very high energy when she is not exercised properly.  She would do best with walks every day, a big yard to play fetch, and trips to the dog park.  She will steal unattended food that she can reach.  We do not crate her when we leave the house, but we she enjoys hanging out in her crate and treats it as her own little house.  She is a huge sweetheart and softy and would be very happy to play all day and then cuddle with her people all night. 

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Mable

ADOPTED! April 21, 2017

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Arrival Date: 4/4/17
Breed: Shih Tzu / Poodle
Gender: Female
Age: 10+
Weight: Under 15#
Personality: Shy, Curious
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Scheduled prior to adoption
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: No necessary
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly:
Cat-Friendly
Origin: Abandoned / Neglected
Adoption Fee: $200

Our rescue takes in all kinds of dogs from puppies to seniors to medical cases and we don’t discriminate. We are an equal opportunity rescue if you will. For the last decade we have helped out the folks at the Richland County Animal Shelter many of times taking in dogs when they were over populated, dogs that were getting ready for the euthanasia list, dogs with heartworm, dogs with tumors (most recently Bob the Bloodhound) and this week we took in a senior toy breed. After reading a post from Lori, one of the volunteers we work closely with at the shelter, and we knew we had to step up and help.

“This little old girl breaks my heart. She was left in the outside cages at the shelter. She was so matted that there was nothing else to do but shave her down. Her legs and feet were the worst I have ever seen. I have never come across toenails as long and curled as hers. There is no way she could even walk. She doesn’t seem to see, either.  Susan sent me a text to see if I was coming to the shelter today, so that I could groom her. I couldn’t even imagine how bad she looked. Rachel helped me get her groomed. We are hoping someone may recognize her ‘before’ picture so that the Dog Warden can talk to her previous owner. Rachel and I decided to name her Mabel. I am taking her home over the weekend to spoil her.”

Mabel is a senior Shih Tzu/Poodle mix. Abandoned at a rural shelter. Blind. Confused. Alone. Neglected. Her skin unable to breathe due to all the matting. Her nails curled (and we mean curled) and curled and curled making it impossible for her to walk.

This was the no name dog left behind in the dark of the night:

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Thank you Richland County Animal Shelter for being there for Mable.

Shame on her owner for not asking for help. We hope you are caught and ‘Goddards Law‘ finds you.

mabel-after2This is our Mable. Maybe your Mable?

Luckily for Mabel we have terrific, fast acting volunteers and within an hour of hearing about her we had a volunteer signed up to drive to Richland the following day and bring her up to Cleveland. Another volunteer from our Foster Provider network stepped up and picked her up that very night so she could stay in a home and have companionship. She went to Gateway Animal Clinic this morning for a check up, vaccines and heartworm test. Mable is now up to date on shots, she is heartworm negative and she will be spayed in the coming weeks. Her teeth are in need of a good cleaning which we will take care of through donations made to The Extra Mile fund. She is unable to produce tears and will remain on eye drops for the rest of her life.

Mable is sweet senior and she is looking for a crash pad to call home. She likes dog beds, dogs and being held or on your lap. If you are looking to give an old gal a fresh start for the remainder of her time (and we hope it’s years!) please apply to adopt her.

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Napoleon

ADOPTED! May 9, 2017

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Arrival Date: 3/30/2017
Breed: Pekingese/Cavalier Mix
Gender: Male
Age:
Weight: Under 20#
Personality:
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Scheduled prior to adoption
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained:
House Trained:
Kid-Friendly:
Cat-Friendly
Origin: Stray
Adoption Fee: $200

Napoleon was found on March 23 alone on a street corner on the near west side of Cleveland. He was not wearing a collar, did not have a microchip and he was not neutered. The Good Sam that found him reported him to the local animal agencies as well as vet clinics to try and locate his owner. They also went door to door and utilized social media as well as lost dog websites to report him as a found dog. After a week he was surrendered to our rescue to find him a home. We also reported him to the City of Cleveland Kennels and Cuyahoga County Kennel as a found dog, listed him on our website as a found dog and shared him in social media.

Napoleon is now fostering with a family and living with 2 adults and 2 large dogs. He is adjusting well and will soon be socializing at daycare (after he’s neutered of course). We will have more information on him in his foster report coming soon. He is scheduled to be neutered later this month, he is up to date on shots and now has a microchip.

FOSTER REPORT

Napoleon has a lovely disposition.  He is gentle and sweet, he likes to cuddle up by your feet or on the couch.  He interacts well with the other dogs, but he does not need to be in a home with another dog.  We have not seen him interact with children but we have no reason to be concerned, we think he would be fine with them.  We have not seen him interact with cats.  

He is house trained and crate trained – he has had minimal accidents adjusting to his new foster home.

He does not know his basic commands of “sit”, “stay”, etc yet.  He does not know proper leash walking etiquette.  We believe he would learn quickly, and he is making great progress every day.

He really is a sweet little dog.  He shows no signs of separation anxiety.  He also loves car rides.

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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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Gateway Animal Clinic

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Meet-Our-Mutts in Brecksville: Pet Valu

8/19/17

Saturday, August 19, 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. Trixie & Ted

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.

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