Finding a home for a puppy

(26 Posts)
ThatLibraryMiss Fri 14-Feb-20 13:40:19

My adult DD and her partner have two dogs, the same breed but without papers. They were advised to wait until after the bitch's first season to spey - well, they kept them apart or closely supervised, put belly bands on the dog and pants on the bitch, but there are three puppies.

Yes, I know: they should have taken more care. What can I say? They thought they'd done everything, and that ship has sailed. So please, no wagging fingers; it doesn't help. The bitch is to be spayed next week - the dog is intact because he had a bad start before DD got him and the vet advises that he needs the testosterone to help with his timidity.

They're keeping one puppy, one has a new owner, but one's left. Several people have expressed interest in her but on reflection have sensibly said no. They're not going to advertise her on Pets4Homes or Gumtree so how does one go about finding a lovely home for a puppy? She's really the best in the litter, smart, sociable, raised in a home and used to lots of human contact and they want to see her go to a really good home.

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Floralnomad Fri 14-Feb-20 14:17:52

Surrender it to a rescue and they will find someone for it pretty quickly and at least then you know all the checks have been done . I assume they are keeping a boy pup to ensure that they don’t end up in this position again .

rosesinmygarden Fri 14-Feb-20 14:18:10

Would it be worth letting the local vet know? They might know of someone who has recently lost pet and would make a nice home for the puppy?

Or would a local rehoming centre or animal charity help for a donation?

mrsjoyfulprizeforraffiawork Fri 14-Feb-20 14:19:26

The only really responsible way is to take it to the RSPCA, Battersea, Dogs Trust or other reputable rescue. They would rather people did that than used any other way of rehoming the puppy. I think they can always find homes for puppies and you will be sure that the puppy's future home is properly checked out and it is going to the right sort of people.

Wolfiefan Fri 14-Feb-20 14:24:28

No papers? So not a decent breeder who could help.
Breed rescue?
They’ve been bloody stupid. I hope they’re not keeping another female who they won’t get spayed and will leave with her father when in season. angry

SutterCane Fri 14-Feb-20 14:25:56

Enlisting the help of a rescue (particularly a breed/type-specific one) is likely to be the best bet. It won't necessarily mean handing the puppy over, she may well be able to stay with your DD whilst a home is found and checks are done by the rescue.

fivedogstofeed Fri 14-Feb-20 14:33:55

Speak to a breed rescue. Get the pup vaccinated and microchipped to minimise their costs if they agree to help.


ThatLibraryMiss Fri 14-Feb-20 15:06:05

They’ve been bloody stupid.

Ah, a wagging finger. Thank you so much for your most helpful comment. It really hadn't occurred to me. Of course they're keeping another bitch to be impregnated by her father - incest is the smart thing in dog breeding isn't it?

Or maybe they made a mistake, like you clearly have never done, and are trying to fix it. And the puppy they're keeping is a dog and will be neutered, because he doesn't have his dad's anxiety.

roses, we've spoken to vets, the local nice pet shop and my dog walker.

fivedogs, she's already had her first vaccination and is too young for her second, but she'll get it (and a chip) if she's still with them when she's old enough.

Thank you to everyone who suggested rescues, I'll pass that on.

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Wolfiefan Fri 14-Feb-20 15:08:19

No I’ve never allowed an unspayed male to get at my female in heat.
And if that happened then a vet visit can prevent more unwanted puppies.
If the mother and father are very young then keeping a dog could also be a disaster.

Kirkman Fri 14-Feb-20 15:11:45

If she is old enough for her first Injections she is old enough for a chip.

I would speak to a bred specific rescue.

Kirkman Fri 14-Feb-20 15:12:16

Pets4home and gumtree are terrible places to seel a pup.

What breed is it?

frillyfarmer Fri 14-Feb-20 15:14:10

What breed are they? You could try breed clubs on FB? If they're a working breed I could help.

Without wanting to "finger wag" given they've already demonstrated they're not really competent dog owners (what the fuck is a belly band when it's at home?) I would urge them very very strongly not to keep a puppy, it is a disaster waiting to happen.

bb2605 Fri 14-Feb-20 15:17:11

@ThatLibraryMiss I would suggest maintaining the advertising that you have done until your DD finds a suitable home. If going down the rescue route then contacting a specific breed rescue but not handing the dog over unless absolutely necessary - once it's handed over it becomes legally not the responsibility of your DD and she will have no say in what happens to it - maybe I'm being very negative here but at the RSPCA is known to put thousands of animals down every year so please please avoid them at the very least. If your DD can look after the puppy whilst it is being found a home by the breed rescue that will be the best case scenario because it also gets socialised and used to a family life instead of being kept in a cage with limited contact and picking up bad habits that put it at risk of needing to be rehomed again. I honestly would try and find it a local home through vet clinics - it might take longer but your DD can then do a home check herself and can include a contract with the sale/rehoming contract that stipulates they have to return it to her for first refusal if they ever want to get rid of it. I know that most people who work in rescue centres are lovely dedicated people who genuinely adore animals but it is never the same as being in a home environment and it does undoubtedly cause behavioural issues to develop which put its chances of being rehomed at risk.

JillAmanda Fri 14-Feb-20 15:24:32

I agree that they should hand the pups (plural; they’ve proved that they can’t cope with being responsible owners to 2 dogs let alone 3) to a rescue. Potential homes will be checked for suitability. Your DD and her partner can’t really be relied upon to judge who’s suitable since presumably they deem themselves adequate owners.

tabulahrasa Fri 14-Feb-20 15:28:19

“And the puppy they're keeping is a dog and will be neutered, because he doesn't have his dad's anxiety.“

Slightly off topic, but there’s a fair chance he might have, things like that are inherited...

Anyway, as other people have already said, a rescue...

bloodywhitecat Fri 14-Feb-20 15:31:43

I'd try a breed rescue too, my little 5 month old shitbag puppy came from a good rescue, we were one of many to offer him a good home.

Froq Fri 14-Feb-20 15:33:12

Another vote for a rescue.

Many, certainly the one I foster for, will allow the pup to stay with your DD if she’s concerned at the thought of ‘giving up’ the pup to a rescue - I know a lot of people do feel like this.

Pup can also be placed in foster so there’s no need to worry about putting him in a cold shelter - another misconception many have.

Froq Fri 14-Feb-20 15:34:29

And I completely agree with JillAmanda but doubt it’ll happen.

AvocadosBeforeMortgages Fri 14-Feb-20 17:45:57

Another vote for going via a reputable rescue.

If the dog is a cross, then still try the two relevant breed rescues. Some will take crosses of their breed, particularly if it's a popular breed. For instance, the Red Foundation will rehome dachshund crosses.

I know one of my local rescues does a "home from home" scheme where dogs can stay with the owner until a new one is found, thus avoiding the need for a stay in kennels. A puppy will be snapped up, quite reliably so.

slartibarti Sat 15-Feb-20 12:33:15

If your DD can look after the puppy whilst it is being found a home by the breed rescue that will be the best case scenario because it also gets socialised and used to a family life instead of being kept in a cage with limited contact and picking up bad habits that put it at risk of needing to be rehomed again

bb2605 - You must know some terrible rescues. Are you in the UK?
I've not come across any that treat puppies like this.
Easy to check out a rescue before letting them have the dog.
Most are well aware of the need to for socialisation and pup would go to a foster home to get used to cats, other dogs, children etc.

JKScot4 Sun 16-Feb-20 12:07:40

what area are you and I can recommend a rescue, most have waiting lists and they will assess the home and adopt on a neuter/rbu contract to ensure dogs safety.

ThatLibraryMiss Sun 16-Feb-20 14:46:45

The puppy's in SE London (I'm not). We think she has a home, but I'd appreciate a rescue contact in case this one falls through.

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AvocadosBeforeMortgages Sun 16-Feb-20 15:10:24

All Dogs Matter in North London does a lot of rescue via fostering and has a good reputation locally

pigsDOfly Sun 16-Feb-20 15:16:26

If the puppy is in SE London then Battersea dogs' home would surely be the logical place to start.

They will do all the necessary checks and a puppy will be snapped up in no time.

Jace16 Sat 07-Mar-20 15:00:55

And the puppy they're keeping is a dog and will be neutered, because he doesn't have his dad's anxiety.“

You want to bet? The stupid breeder i got my puppy from had parents like this and i can assure you I've being paying for it for the last five years and my dog has to be pts !!! How irresponsible and i bet your daughter didn't tell the naive new owner about 'dads' issues.

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