ADOPTED! August 15, 2015


Read about Kerby’s journey to Secondhand Mutts here.

Kerby is estimated to be 5-7  years old. He is a male, Border Collie/Aussie/St. Bernard mix (best guess!) that arrived from the City of Cleveland Kennel picked up as a stray. Kerby is a gentle soul and has a lot of love to give. He would make any family complete. He know some basic commands and appears to be crate trained. Kerby is able to jump a 4′ fence and he is a bit too obsessed with cats for us to recommend he lives with cats unless they are really good with dogs. Kerby is up to date on shots and microchipped.


He and my older, laid back dog got along fine. I think he may do best around his size or larger breeds, as he seems to think small dogs are cats, too, or need rounding up. He knows commands and hand signals and is doing much better on the leash. We have walked every day during our six weeks. He enjoys modeling our dog, Sam. He is still having a few potty accidents in the house. He really wants to drink a lot of water. He eats fast, also. I think he may still be stockpiling from when he as on the streets. You may need to limit water intake or only offer it with meals so he doesn’t have inside accidents. Sometimes I also think he forgets that he’s outside to potty (in the backyard), as he gets distracted with cars riding by (he gives has in the backyard as I’m on a corner lot), dogs walking by outside our fence, etc. A corner lot is not for him! He will potty and poop on the leash when we walk. 

He’s loving, mindful, eager to please, and submissive. He is still a little hesitant around my boyfriend, but not my son.  If you raise your voice he will cower, but not tremble. Again, he was getting better as the weeks went on. He is trusting and loves to eat and loves to have you throw his Kong frisbee we bought him. He also enjoys retrieving tennis balls. He loves attention and slept on my bed sometimes, and other times slept on the floor next to my bed. No dog aggression issues and when my dog would give him a warning bark about a toy, Kirby would immediately retreat. He respected Sam immensely. 

I think he would make an excellent agility dog. He would love that type of activity. I did not take him to the lake or any dog parks while he was with us. I tried to get him to get into a baby pool of water in our backyard and he wanted no part of it. His hair is growing in nicely and his ribs aren’t as visible, but he could still put on a few pounds in my opinion. Overall, he’s an excellent dog. Not a counter surfer and not a chewer. 


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 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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