Before being rescued by a loving family looking to rescue a Doberman, Tater had been dumped at the county landfill without a collar, so no one could help find her family. She was dumped with her (alleged) dog mate, whom we will refer to as her brother, who ended up being adopted with Tater. Both Dobermans were  adopted just before Thanksgiving from the Ottawa County Animal Control shelter. On Thanksgiving Day Taters brother got really sick and was in the emergency room for a couple of days getting better. It turns out he is going to have a lifelong illness and it would be best for his health to not be around other dogs. So, his owners reached out to Secondhand Mutts for help. They had to make a hard decision on who to give up and it was Tater because she was more adoptable than the sick brother. Tater is a 2 year old Doberman female, black and tan, natural ears and a docked tail. She is spayed, up to date on shots and microchipped. 

TaterSHM_bodyTater’s Story in her own words:

“I don’t remember much about my past life. I think I was loved once, because I remembered what a doggy bed was when I found it at my foster parent’s house, and I love to be around people. I could be around people all day long, but I also do pretty good on my own. My foster parents have given me free reign of their house, and I have had no accidents and caused no damage. I am happy to sleep all day in my nice, clean, warm comfy bed. I think I probably spent a lot of time outside in my past life, because I have a skin condition from flea bites.  My foster parents though are helping me to get better and I don’t itch anymore. All of my fleas are gone – hooray! Now I am just waiting for some of my hair to grow back. 

And I think I may have had a recent heat cycle or even a “false pregnancy,” whatever that means. I like to play with the small stuffed toys my foster family gave me and lick them, like they are my babies.

But I really want to be in a house where I can get all of the love I deserve. I had a hard life too, so now it’s time for me start living the good life. I am happy to sit with you and be a good dog while you watch television, or take a nice long walk. I have shown my parents that I like to run around and play. I am even pretty good at being off leash since I have a super size yard right now. I have never run off, because I want to be near them all the time. I do like to hunt in the farmer’s field next door though, so my foster parents don’t know how I would be around cats.  That would need to be tested with a real kitty-cat. “

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 $250

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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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