Joce, are you in a position with the shelter you linked to where you could put in a good word for her and maybe share the story of her compassion for Cooper so that they will adopt to her (when she's ready) even though she has an almost 5-year old? I hate to see good owners turned down because of something like that. And I would sure hate to see a good dog miss out on the chance to live with Cavy. I can understand if it's a tiny dog and could easily be hurt by the child, but a medium or large child friendly dog is a good fit for a family with a child!
This is the pound and I truthfully think they will adopt to anyone with the money to do so. They have changed a lot recently(dogs used to be put down every four days) but I don't think they look into who is adopting yet. I've never heard of them turning someone down. I do know of a couple different people who go in and rescue from there and then they adopt them out to. They get some of the cutest dogs sometimes too! this is where my little beagle mix came from like twelve years ago:)
joce, the one in mansfield or the one that was in quaraintine? The one in mansfield adopts to whoever goes in with the money, they do no checks at all. Which before the adoption fee was like 30$ which meant anyone can go in and adopt whatever. Now their adoption fees are 75$-115$ some are even $200 of course the $200 are the "special" dogs that look purebred or are. But with the higher adoption fees people think twice about adopting because it's more money and they are less disposable..
Oh. When I was at the vet today paying the bill I had asked the vet if people just drop their pets off because I would like to save a dog then buy from a breeder. He suggested the Prison Program thing and gave me a number to call. The only down side to that is that I really enjoy training the dog myself which is why I want a puppy. But at least it is an option.
Was it mansfield you got yours from? I think the quarentine one I heard of was in cuyahoga county but I'm not sure. I was trying to listen cuz our friends were looking for a dog but as soon as they said they got one I forgot where that was!
Our friends ended up getting a beagle mix from some people that have a beagle rescue in medina. They wanted to go with an older dog(even though shes only like 6 months) because they got a golden mix that was just nutts. I have never thought that about a dog before but this dog was just completely unstable. these people set them up with their dog and I guess were all around great to work with. she even came out when their dogs was acting sick to check on her for them. I don't know if its only baeagles she rescues but I could try to get her number for you if your ever interested. I only know what they have told me about ehr but from that she sounds great to work with. I think they said she goes around to the pounds/shelters to so she may even be able to help you get a breed you actually want. They wanted something else but finally decided on that just because they trusted the lady so much.
there is also OASIS in Oberlin which shouldn't be that far and they always have alot of dogs and I have never heard of anyone getting a sick one. They may be a little more strict with their adoptions but I think if you told them your situation they would help you too.
***Edited By: joce on 8/8/2005 8:00:12 PM*** Reason: d
This really bites. Cooper was the perfect dog for me and he would have fit in so nicely here. He would have had a big fenced in back yard and a pool to swim in (if he wanted to) and anything else a puppy would need. I'm so fustrated, upset and really sad all in one. I really wanted him to live.... That and my son still thinks cooper is at the vet. I haven't been able to tell him yet cause I know he'll be just as sad and hurt as I am. About a year ago when we got Lily (our cat) we had her sister instead but died 4 days later due to an infection she had before I even got her. It was some big word that I cant remember. Even now a year and some later he still goes around saying.. Remember my sick kitty that went to heaven to be with daddy? I just can't imagine him going around saying that with Cooper, the kitten (Foxy) and his dad.
At our vet we recommend waiting until the puppy has had a full series of shots before bringing it into a home that has been infected by parvo. Usually pups get three or four parvo shots depending on the vet and their last one is usually given around 16 weeks. It would be tough to wait if you got a puppy, but you might be able to find a friend or family member who could keep the pup until its safe to bring it home. Or adopt an older dog. I feel so bad for your loss. Parvo is not a fun virus. I will be thinking about you. Poor little Copper. I wish he could have made it. Hang in there!
I am very sorry for your loss, I have been there also. When I was younger my father and mother bought a small pup from a shelter for my brothers and I, well she had tape worm and we were forced to return her to the shelter the next day because they would not let us have her until she was fully healthy (some crappy rules back in the 80's). Anyway, I am very sorry again, I know it is hard!! I would probably recommend going with a reputable breeder, I am not too fond of shelters anymore.