Bo: An Update from Austin, Texas

Hello, Secondhand Mutt Family,

I wanted to send you an update on Bo. He moved with me to Austin, TX in September of 2016 and has been enjoying all the dog friendly parks and places around town. After working for 2 years as a school based therapy dog, he’s had a few months to relax and settle into his new home. He has lots of trails to explore, fields for fetching, and creeks for cooling off.

In February, Bo will join me at a counseling practice to continue working with children, families, and adults. He seems eager to get back to work as he makes an effort to say hello and check in with every person we meet on our walks. Bo has touched so many lives since his adoption, and I cannot thank you enough for pairing him up with me. As a co-therapist he has helped scared and confused kids feel safe, and he can rebuild trust for those who have lost it in ways other interventions cannot. He reminds me everyday what it means to listen without judgment, and shows by example that no matter what has happened to you, life is joyful and loving if you are open to it.

Attached is a picture of Bo taken on Christmas Day during a walk in the park at the end of our street.  He is a happy, wonderful dog and I wanted to let you know how much he means to so many people.

Thank you for the work that you do.

 

Betsy and Bo

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Griff

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Arrival Date: 3/23/27
Breed: Beagle
Gender: Male
Age: 7 years
Weight:  45
Personality:
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home:  Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Not Necessary
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: 12+ Recommended
(he’s stressed around little ones)
Cat-Friendly
Origin: Owner Surrender
Adoption Fee: $200

Griff is a middle aged beagle. His owners wanted to do what was best for him and remove him from the home where he was stressed out by small children. Griff has been with the family since he was a puppy and sometimes when life change at home dogs have tough times adjusting. This was a very difficult decision for the couple who have owned him his entire life but out of respect for the dog they decided to enlist us to help them find him a home. Griff will be moving into a foster home with two other dogs and a quite atmosphere. We will report back how his adjustment period goes and then be sure to match him up with a forever family.

Griff would do best in a home with older children and no cats. A fenced yard is a plus!

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FORMER OWNER REPORT

Grif-faceGriff is a very friendly, kind dog.  He loves people and is often very energetic and jumpy when he sees new people, even people that he already knows.  Often it takes him a while to settle down when someone comes over to the house (anywhere from 5-15 minutes).  He is housebroken and knows how to ring a bell on the doorknob when he needs to go potty.  He goes outside at our house on a tie-out.  If he gets outside on his own, he will run away (typical for the breed) so a fenced yard or tie out is recommended.  Which he has done at least 5-6 times here.

He is very good with children.  We have a 3 year old and a 6 month baby.  He is very patient and sweet with them, letting them climb on him, pull his ears, take his toys, etc.  I have never seen him show any signs of aggression.  However he does not like when either of them cry or throw tantrums.  I think it stresses him out and he hides under our bed.

He seems fine with other dogs, but he does not like cats.  He has never interacted with them personally but he definitely hates when the neighborhood cats get in our yard.

He can be very mischief still, he eats any and all food that is left unattended, even for a minute.  He gets into the garbage and the dirty diapers.  He doesn’t really chew stuff anymore, but he picks stuff up to carry it around, and thus some of my sons toys often have bite marks .  He definitely has separation anxiety, which started after the kids were born.  He also does not like to be separated from us at all, for example when we have company, sometimes we put him downstairs if it is too much, and he will cry and scratch on the door the whole time never calming down.  At our house he is allowed on furniture, He used to sleep in our bed with us, but now he mostly sleeps on our couch, or in our room underneath our bed.

He is very energetic and wants to play all the time and probably should have 2 walks a day, which we can not always do.  He used to be very affectionate and want to cuddle and lay on my lap.  But he has not done that recently. I think he is jealous of the kids.


FOSTER CARE REPORT

Check back for a report. 

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Meet-Our-Mutts in April: Shaker Heights

Saturday, April 21, 2017

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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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Thumper

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Arrival Date: 3/14/17
Breed: Doberman Pinscher
Gender: Female
Age: 8
Weight: 75#
Personality: Happy-Go-Lucky, Loyal
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Will be prior to adoption
In foster Home:  Seeking Foster Home
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: None Needed
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Yes – raised with kids since 8 weeks old
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Owner Surrender
Adoption Fee: $250

 

Thumper_kidThumper is an 8 year old Doberman Pinscher. She is black and rust with a cropped tail and docked (but one flops) ears. She was raised by her former owner since she was a pup at 8 weeks old. She grew up with kids and most recently the family had a baby and the baby is very allergic to Thumper. Sadly, they had to make a choice and Thumper needed to find a new home. If you are looking for a loyal dog who needs no work look no further. She is house trained and does not need a crate. She LOVES kids and knows some basic commands. Her former owners could take her off leash in the yard and she is not a risk for running (although we do not recommend this with any newly adopted dog). She does need to be spayed which we will take care of prior to her adoption. She also has a few skin tags that we will remove when she is under anesthetic.

If you are interested in Thumper please let us know via email or fill out our online adoption application.


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Seeking a foster home. Check back for a report. 

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Ridge

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Arrival Date: 3/13/17
Breed: Pomeranian Mix
Gender: Male
Age:
Weight: 25#
Personality: Fearful, Shy
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered:  Will be prior to adoption
In foster Home:  Seeking Foster Home
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained:
House Trained:
Kid-Friendly:
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Rescue Transfer (Stray in Columbiana County)
Adoption Fee: $200

Ridge was on the run as a stray in Columbiana County (Ohio) for two weeks. He was eluding capture by many good Samaritans, volunteers of the shelter and the dog warden. Finally a trap was set and he was caught and taken to the shelter. We got word about Ridge through social media networking that the shelter would only release him to a rescue due to his fearful issues. Knowing a rescue would be able to get him the care he needed rather than risk adopting him to the public too soon that was the best option for Ridge. We contacted the dog warden and they were happy to know we had dealt with scared and feral dogs (Wilbur and Orville) in the past.

Ridge is a young, medium sized male. He will be moving to a foster home soon so we can get to know him better, build trust and get him on a schedule. He will be properly socialized with our pack. He has already met Thumper who is a confident female and is providing him with a calm energy as a kennel companion. We will consider applications for Ridge and would prefer to select a home without young children at this time. A fence in yard is not a requirement as most dogs with fear issues need to be leashed when they are out in public.

If you are interested in Ridge please let us know via email or fill out our online adoption application.


fosterhomeFOSTER CARE REPORT

Seeking a foster home. Check back for a report. 

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Don Knotts

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Arrival Date: 3/10/17
Breed: Terrier / Labrador Mix
Gender: Male
Age: 5 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:
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained:
House Trained:
Kid-Friendly: Yes
Cat-Friendly
Origin: Rescue Transfer (Stray in Mansfield)
Adoption Fee: $200 or $300 for the pair!

John 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 five 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!

fosterhomeFOSTER CARE REPORT

Seeking a foster home. Check back for a report. 

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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, Eager to Please
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Will be prior to adoption
In foster Home:
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained:
House Trained:
Kid-Friendly: Yes
Cat-Friendly
Origin: Rescue Transfer (Stray in Mansfield)
Adoption Fee: $200 or $300 for the pair!

John 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!

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Seeking a foster home. Check back for a report. 

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Tom Hanks

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Arrival Date: 3/9/17
Breed: Terrier / Labrador Mix
Gender: Male
Age: 5 months
Weight: 25# and growing
Personality:
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained:  In Training
House Trained: In Training
Kid-Friendly:
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Neglect Case – Vet Release
Adoption Fee: $225

TomHanks_face2Tom Hanks is a young puppy who’s life started out rough for no reason at all except his former owner sucks. He was thrown against a wall and broke his leg in the process. He was taken in by a veterinarian clinic in Lorain County where he received the care he needed and was released to us to find him a home. Tom is expected to have a full recovery from his broken leg. His cast was removed the first week of March.

Tom Hanks is extremely under weight but grateful for his new beginning. He is about 5 months old, a mix of Labrador and Pitbull Terrier. He is currently in a foster home living with another dog, getting crate training, structure and house training. TomHanks_body

We look forward to socializing Tom with the other dogs here as soon as he’s gained some weight and confidence. Please check back to read his foster report in the coming weeks.

FOSTER CARE REPORT

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

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Bob

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Arrival Date: 3/4/17
Breed: Bloodhound
Gender: Male
Age: 10 years
Weight: 113#
Personality: Happy-Go-Lucky
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: No (will be prior to adoption)
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Not Necessary
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Unknown
Cat-Friendly Unknown
Origin: Stray
Adoption Fee: $250

ExtraMile_logo_squareIt’s dogs like Bob that we go The Extra Mile for and boy it is going to be a long mile for this heart breaker of a hound dog.

When we received word from our friends at the Richland County Animal Shelter there was a dog in desperate need of medical attention we knew we had to help. Bob, a stray Bloodhound, was picked up in Richland County and brought back to the local shelter and was immediately loved by the staff and volunteers at the shelter. It was obvious that he needed medical attention given the two large protruding tumors coming out of his neck, the cantaloupe sized soft tumor lodged in the side of his neck, his extremely smelly and infected ears and his ever-so-obvious blindness. Bob was happily walking into walls making the rounds at the shelter greeting everyone his Bloodhound nose could sniff out.

bob-carWe put a call out to our volunteer transporters and Monica stepped up and made the near four hour round trip to pick Bob up and bring him back to Cleveland. It was a smelly ride but rewarding nonetheless. He arrived safely and promptly sniffed his way inside where he was greeted by the staff at The Mutt Hutt. Much to his surprise he was getting a much needed bath! We did our best to wash away his odor making sure to be extremely careful around his ears and his exposed tumors and then he was dried off and awaited his next ride from his newly appointed foster dad Doug.

Doug, a volunteer that started fostering for us late last year, is no stranger to large breed dogs. A former owner of the mighty Saint Bernard breed Doug is  a man with a soft touch we had hoped he and Bob could make it work for a week as roommates. Doug met Bob and he was up for the challenge and agreed to take Bob home. We are so grateful to have a place for Bob while we continue to seek a long-term, committed foster home until a forever home is secured.

Bob made himself quite comfortable at Doug’s house:

“I tried to barricade him in the kitchen when I went to work. I set up two layers of barricades which were very solid. I came home to find him sleeping on the couch in the living room. He is big, clumsy and blind. Yet somehow he delicately moved my barricades, walked to the couch and sacked out. Without damaging a thing.”

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bob-vetNext up our volunteer Justine offers her assistance to take Bob to see Dr. Liz and Emily at Gateway Animal Clinic for a medical work up. Once again Bob was a big hit with the staff at the clinic impressing everyone with his sit command. And then the work to check Bob over began:

♥ Skin issues and infection throughout his body will be treated with antibiotic spray, medicated baths and medication
♥ Sores cover his legs and underbelly from neglect will be treated with antibiotic spray
♥ Double ear infection leaving one to plug their nose as soon as his 12″ ears are flopped open will be treated with medicated plugs
♥ Eye exam determines severe eye infection and possible blindness will be treated with a two-step eye drop and ointment
♥ Exposed dangling tumors stuns the veterinarian staff of how neglected Bob was by his former owner will be removed at a later date
♥ Blood draw and lab results indicate Bob has a lot of protein in his urine which we will re-test in two weeks now that he’s on a healthier diet routine eating higher quality food.
♥  Heartworm test results are negative (phew!)

Ear Infection
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Sores on legs
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Sores on his belly
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Tumors on his neck
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Throughout his exam Bob insisted on being a happy-go-lucky hound dog making sure he’s getting extra treats for being an extra good patient. When he was all done he was transported back to The Mutt Hutt where he patiently waited for his foster dad to pick him up and start spoiling him again.

Bob will require weeks of medical care which we have committed to providing. Dr. Liz recommends we start with the skin, ears and eyes and have him checked out in two weeks to see how things have progressed. From there she will make a determination of the steps to take to surgically remove his visible tumors and the tumor under his neck skin plus neuter him while he’s under anesthetic. Bob will be receiving medicated baths two times a week to help with the itching and skin infection. Good thing he likes the ladies at The Mutt Hutt Grooming Salon!

Doug reported to us quite a bit in the short time he’s had him as a house guest and we wanted to share his report:

“He is housebroken and not destructive. His vision is bad (if existent at all). He bumps into a lot of things but nothing slows him down. He is very curious and loves sniffing around. He is very trusting. He will go wherever you lead him, including up and down stairs. He is very good on a leash. He does not pull or chase things. He bumps into bushes, trees, fences and the like, but he seems to really enjoy going for walks. He met my parents and was very gentle. He likes affection and did not show any aggression whatsoever.

He ate his food immediately when I put it down in front of him. He is a little messy (food falls on the floor and gets stuck in his joules). But he cleans up the floor and sniffs out every piece of food that falls out of the bowl. He drinks a lot of water. I thought my Saint Bernards slobbered after drinking but Bob puts them to shame. His ears go in the bowl and it looks like a pipe burst when he comes up for air. Have towels nearby.

Unbelievably gentle and ridiculously cute.

He sleeps well and seemed to get comfortable pretty quickly. He is pretty big so I felt bad putting him in the crate. I then figured he has had a rough go and could use a little couch time.”

bob_face2We estimate the veterinarian expenses alone to care for Bob will be $1500.

If you would like to help please consider making a donation to The Extra Mile Fund or click here to make a donation through Paypal. You may also send a check directly to us in the mail to:

Secondhand Mutts
c/o Bob the Bloodhound
2603 Scranton Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Welcome to the Secondhand Mutts family Bob. We are happy to have you here and are looking forward to helping you feel better and finding you a wonderful forever home to live out your days on a couch (hopefully).

Stay tuned to our calendar of events to find out when you can meet Bob at Pet People or PetValu during one of our upcoming Meet-Our-Mutts adoption events.

 

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What about Bob?

ExtraMile_logo_squareIt’s dogs like Bob that we go The Extra Mile for and boy it is going to be a long mile for this heart breaker of a hound dog.

When we received word from our friends at the Richland County Animal Shelter there was a dog in desperate need of medical attention we knew we had to help. Bob, a stray Bloodhound, was picked up in Richland County and brought back to the local shelter and was immediately loved by the staff and volunteers at the shelter. It was obvious that he needed medical attention given the two large protruding tumors coming out of his neck, the cantaloupe sized soft tumor lodged in the side of his neck, his extremely smelly and infected ears and his ever-so-obvious blindness. Bob was happily walking into walls making the rounds at the shelter greeting everyone his Bloodhound nose could sniff out.

bob-carWe put a call out to our volunteer transporters and Monica stepped up and made the near four hour round trip to pick Bob up and bring him back to Cleveland. It was a smelly ride but rewarding nonetheless. He arrived safely and promptly sniffed his way inside where he was greeted by the staff at The Mutt Hutt. Much to his surprise he was getting a much needed bath! We did our best to wash away his odor making sure to be extremely careful around his ears and his exposed tumors and then he was dried off and awaited his next ride from his newly appointed foster dad Doug.

Doug, a volunteer that started fostering for us late last year, is no stranger to large breed dogs. A former owner of the mighty Saint Bernard breed Doug is  a man with a soft touch we had hoped he and Bob could make it work for a week as roommates. Doug met Bob and he was up for the challenge and agreed to take Bob home. We are so grateful to have a place for Bob while we continue to seek a long-term, committed foster home until a forever home is secured.

Bob made himself quite comfortable at Doug’s house:

“I tried to barricade him in the kitchen when I went to work. I set up two layers of barricades which were very solid. I came home to find him sleeping on the couch in the living room. He is big, clumsy and blind. Yet somehow he delicately moved my barricades, walked to the couch and sacked out. Without damaging a thing.”

bob-couch2
bob-vetNext up our volunteer Justine offers her assistance to take Bob to see Dr. Liz and Emily at Gateway Animal Clinic for a medical work up. Once again Bob was a big hit with the staff at the clinic impressing everyone with his sit command. And then the work to check Bob over began:

♥ Skin issues and infection throughout his body will be treated with antibiotic spray, medicated baths and medication
♥ Sores cover his legs and underbelly from neglect will be treated with antibiotic spray
♥ Double ear infection leaving one to plug their nose as soon as his 12″ ears are flopped open will be treated with medicated plugs
♥ Eye exam determines severe eye infection and possible blindness will be treated with a two-step eye drop and ointment
♥ Exposed dangling tumors stuns the veterinarian staff of how neglected Bob was by his former owner will be removed at a later date
♥ Blood draw and lab results indicate Bob has a lot of protein in his urine which we will re-test in two weeks now that he’s on a healthier diet routine eating higher quality food.
♥  Heartworm test results are negative (phew!)

Ear Infection
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Sores on legs
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Sores on his belly
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Tumors on his neck
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Throughout his exam Bob insisted on being a happy-go-lucky hound dog making sure he’s getting extra treats for being an extra good patient. When he was all done he was transported back to The Mutt Hutt where he patiently waited for his foster dad to pick him up and start spoiling him again.

Bob will require weeks of medical care which we have committed to providing. Dr. Liz recommends we start with the skin, ears and eyes and have him checked out in two weeks to see how things have progressed. From there she will make a determination of the steps to take to surgically remove his visible tumors and the tumor under his neck skin plus neuter him while he’s under anesthetic. Bob will be receiving medicated baths two times a week to help with the itching and skin infection. Good thing he likes the ladies at The Mutt Hutt Grooming Salon!

Doug reported to us quite a bit in the short time he’s had him as a house guest and we wanted to share his report:

“He is housebroken and not destructive. His vision is bad (if existent at all). He bumps into a lot of things but nothing slows him down. He is very curious and loves sniffing around. He is very trusting. He will go wherever you lead him, including up and down stairs. He is very good on a leash. He does not pull or chase things. He bumps into bushes, trees, fences and the like, but he seems to really enjoy going for walks. He met my parents and was very gentle. He likes affection and did not show any aggression whatsoever.

He ate his food immediately when I put it down in front of him. He is a little messy (food falls on the floor and gets stuck in his joules). But he cleans up the floor and sniffs out every piece of food that falls out of the bowl. He drinks a lot of water. I thought my Saint Bernards slobbered after drinking but Bob puts them to shame. His ears go in the bowl and it looks like a pipe burst when he comes up for air. Have towels nearby.

Unbelievably gentle and ridiculously cute.

He sleeps well and seemed to get comfortable pretty quickly. He is pretty big so I felt bad putting him in the crate. I then figured he has had a rough go and could use a little couch time.”

bob_face2We estimate the veterinarian expenses alone to care for Bob will be $1500.

If you would like to help please consider making a donation to The Extra Mile Fund or click here to make a donation through Paypal. You may also send a check directly to us in the mail to:

Secondhand Mutts
c/o Bob the Bloodhound
2603 Scranton Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Welcome to the Secondhand Mutts family Bob. We are happy to have you here and are looking forward to helping you feel better and finding you a wonderful forever home to live out your days on a couch (hopefully).

Stay tuned to our calendar of events to find out when you can meet Bob at Pet People or PetValu during one of our upcoming Meet-Our-Mutts adoption events.

 

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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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