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Need help with rehoming a dog

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ProtegeMoi Fri 14-Feb-14 17:11:54

I have been desperately trying to rehome my lovely, well behaved dog for the last 2 months with no luck and things are getting worse so I'm really struggling.

I don't want to rehome him privately so have contacted every rescue centre in my area, offered to make a donation to cover his care and understood they will not be able to help immediately but I'm getting nowhere. So many don't even answer the phone, or return messages. One asked me to email and have never responded to the email, or the subsequent messages left.

I'm starting to feel like privately rehoming him is the only option but I wanted to guarantee him a good home and I don't know how I can do that this way.

Does anyone have any other suggestions? It's breaking my heart to have to let him go so I just want what is best for him.

ProtegeMoi Mon 17-Feb-14 00:38:10

I know this nutty but I've spent 2 months contacting rescues and getting nowhere, the situation gets worse day by day so I have no choice! What else can i do?

If things continue must longer he WILL bite, the fact he hasn't so far is amazing and shows his good temperament because I would have certainly defended myself by now.

ProtegeMoi Mon 17-Feb-14 00:40:37

Queen - small children amazing! I have an 18 month old and he lies on the floor so she can reach to stroke him, passes her toys when she chucks them and licks yoghurt off her fingers to make her laugh. Sheep I have no idea, he's never met one.

excitedmummytobe Mon 17-Feb-14 16:29:49

It must be a difficult situation to be in. If you have to go down the private sell route then perhaps sell to someone whos home you could visit to vet them first? could provide reassurance after all iv never understood how people just let someone come and pick up their dog. how do you know they even have a suitable home?!

ProtegeMoi Tue 18-Feb-14 01:10:13

This is what I'm so scared of, and why I have spent months trying to find him a rescue place.

I've contacted so many now, told them I'm happy to wait for a space, offered to make a donation to cover all his costs while finding him a home, offered to keep him with me while they find him a home. Everything I can think of and none have been willing to help. It seems like they only help the people threatening to throw dogs onto the street to put them asleep rather than people who genuinely want the best for their dogs, it's very sad.

Spoke to yet another breed specific rescue today who told me he is too old for them to take, he's not even 4 yet, how can that be too old?

Dirtybadger Tue 18-Feb-14 01:25:53

Try joining dogpages ( and posting a private rehoming "ad". Firstly people from rescue may see it and offer to help, secondly more genuine folk than on other sites use it and thirdly you can find advice on the safest private rehoming possible.

Eastpoint Tue 18-Feb-14 08:21:13

Black retrieverX might be able to help you, they specialise in black dogs as they are often hard to rehome. This is their website

They are also on facebook

minkersmum Tue 18-Feb-14 09:06:29

Apologies if someone has suggested ig already but what about Dogstrust? Have you tried them?

whatwoulddexterdo Tue 18-Feb-14 09:42:40

Are you in the south?
All sorts dog rescue are brilliant

ProtegeMoi Wed 19-Feb-14 16:26:12

Dogs trust? Aren't they a pound not a rescue? Or is it Cheshire dogs home I'm thinking off.

MothershipG Wed 19-Feb-14 16:45:45

NO! Dogs Trust are a big no kill rescue organisation, definitely worth a call.

needastrongone Wed 19-Feb-14 16:49:36

Dogstrust are huge! Massive charity. And will not put a healthy dog down. I would definitely contact them.

HenriettaPie Wed 19-Feb-14 17:06:51

Hope you get a home sorted

SauvignonBlanche Wed 19-Feb-14 17:08:01

Good luck. flowers

ilovedogsandcats Sat 22-Feb-14 17:02:41

Have you tried Homeless Hounds in Preston?

chocaholic73 Sun 23-Feb-14 13:23:56

Try here - they take dogs from all over so don't be put off by them not being near to you. DH takes our dog training with them and they really care. May be able to advise you if nothing else.

ProtegeMoi Thu 27-Feb-14 00:08:23

I seem to have exhausted every option and getting nowhere sad

It's soul destroying to realise there is no help out there. So called rescues have advised me he is too old at 4, they can't rehome males, to dump him somewhere as then they will have to take him as abandoned and even to put him to sleep!

It's looking like the pound is the only option left but that will destroy me to have to do that, him suffering eventually biting my son and losing his life as a result will destroy me more however. I just don't know what to do anymore. This is hard enough already.

nuttymutty1 Thu 27-Feb-14 08:36:39


Have you registered on dog rescue pages?
Log onto all the facebook pages you can agilitynet, obedience UK, dog training tips, Rottweilers loers, rottweilers UK, Rottweilers Life line etc.

Plaster your dog everywhere.

Make all dogs owners see his face on at least a couple of pages. Don't put him in a pound he will have a week of captivity and then be PTS.

needastrongone Thu 27-Feb-14 09:03:19

Did you try Dogstrust?

It doesn't sound like your dog will bite, he sounds lovely enough to give a warning snap, and you sound lovely enough to be vigilant and be aware of his warning communications.

Agilitynet often have adverts on for rehomes, put as much information on as you can, some pictures, explain the situation.

If you keep posting, I am sure folk will come up with ideas.

sebsmummy1 Thu 27-Feb-14 09:20:01

Ok, if it were me and I had exhausted all avenues I would approach your local newspaper(s).

You have a very genuine and sad reason for rehoming what sounds like a gorgeous dog with a fabulous temperament. I also think it highlights the situation with so many animal charities and rehoming centres at the moment. Donations dropping, demand rising. I wonder if off the back of a newspaper article you may be inundated with offers for help.

Certainly worth a try. I'm sure your local paper would have a website. I would ring the articles section.

Good luck xx

minkersmum Thu 27-Feb-14 09:21:05

I also agree that these pages like nuttymutty1 suggests are worth a try.

I am on one for bc's and they often have rescues and they are rehomed/fostered fairly quickly.

There has to be someone out there.

Why would a rescue tell you to dump him somewhere? Thats really helpful hmm

Owllady Thu 27-Feb-14 09:26:40

Bizarrely I thought of yesterday when I saw an advertisement poster for ARAS, Bedford. Have you tried them?

Owllady Thu 27-Feb-14 09:30:30

kilmuir Thu 27-Feb-14 09:34:49

? Large breed dog rescue

misdee Thu 27-Feb-14 09:52:09

Try heathlands in Royston. They are slow at replying, but please keep calling.

Driveway Thu 27-Feb-14 09:54:33

What about getting a trainer in to help him deal with your son for now, if it's getting worse by the day?

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