Hello to anyone who reads this. Here is my situation. Sometime around last Christmas my wife and I found 8 puppies that had been abandoned in a large rubbermaid container while visiting my mother-in-law. Feeling sorry for them I decided to take them to my home and keep them until I could give them proper homes. Over the course of the last 6 months I have managed to find homes for 5 of them. I live in town and already have one dog of my own. As such my back yard is fenced to keep the dog in. The problem is that the little dogs continually found ways to get out of the fence. One of the people that lives locally called the dog warden about the dogs getting out (as opposed to simply talking to me about it). I am now at odds with local authority as well as at least one of my neighbors. I need to find someone to take the dogs as I do not have intentions of keeping them myself. My wife does not want to surrender them to the local pound as they will most likely be put to sleep and she has become somewhat attached to them. I have not as of yet had any luck finding contact information for any rescues that may take them. The vet said that the dogs are a coon hound mix. They look like beagles to me. Any information that anyone can provide would be much appreciated.
Have you considered that last one at all? This could be remedied by just putting some chicken wire around the bottom of the fence. Just a suggestion since it sounds like you have provided them with a good home already and are already attached.
I ran chicken wire around the bottom of the fence in all places that were loose earlier this year. They still found a way out. I have been forced to tie up the little dogs at this point. As I said, I already have a dog and do not intend to keep these. My dog alone was enough to get comments from my neighbors before the puppies. I really can not keep these dogs. My weakness was taking them in in the first place I guess.
Google "hound rescues" that are around your area and explain the situation. Many will at least let you put up an add through petfinder.com a major resource for most rescues.
Also you may want to look into a no kill shelter.
As far as the dog getting out of your fenced in yard you may want to try and put chicken wire lining (burry at least a foot to a couple of feet under) the underneath part of the fence or try invisable fencing as an extra reinforcement. You may want to plant shrubs around also.
Neighbors and loose hounds do not get along. That being said I would write the nighbors a note explaining the situation; saying that you hope to find them an owner as soon as possible making sure to note what you are planning to do to help the situation. Hope you are able to find a great home for that pup!
A big "no-no" around here is to put a dog in for free in the newspapers (to many gruesome stories of whackos looking for "free" dogs; sad for legitamate people who are honestly looking for a great pet but unfortunately very true in the world we live in today)
Their are rescues that post their adoption contracts and ask that if you put a dog in a newspaper post a fee not for free (you could even donate the $ to a local shelter); have owners fill out the form, provide you with a valid ID, along with checking out their house (if something feels shady or to good to be true follow your gut instinct)
This is all news that I have picked up along the way and has been very helpful when people ask me what they should do in your type of situation... Also possibly try posting your adds in feed stores or even your local vets office as people occasionally find these to be a good outlet... Again hope this helps and good luck =)
**Sorry to the above poster I now realize you were saying for the lost and found section not the free!
they are at an age now where the females may come into heat & could get pregnant. If there is any way possible to get them neutered before they go that would be great. Your HS may have a low cost clinic.
It is unfortunate you didn't take them to the HS when they were still puppies & much more adoptable.
You can check PetFinder.com for rescues in your area but most don't take from owners & no kill's are usually full. Not to rain on your parade, just telling you how it goes.
i had a great preanese that was also a digger we called her hodini she wouild get out at the tiniest holes even she was pretty big my brother wound up putting chicken wire all around the fence we also electral fenceing that helped for awile
If they are indeed Beagles....they are escape artists! Beagles are so hard to get rescue for, the pounds, rescues, etc are over run with them. I can find 5 just at our local one at any given time.
For the fencing...have you watched them to see how their getting out. That is your first step. It may be a certain area or two that just need worked on. Second, beagles are climbers...how tall is your fence? Anything under 6 foot is pointless with these guys. Next, they are also diggers...burying fence around the perimeter is one way, also try using large brick, railroad ties, etc around the perimeter of the fence to deter them digging under. Is your fence chain link or wooden? What state are you located in? Have you searched for local breed rescues to see if they have room? Petfinder is a nice site to post rescues, though you will need to ask an adoption fee and also include that there is a certain amount refunded upon proof of spay/nueter.
Do you have pics? This would help determine the breed so you know you are contacting the proper breed rescue(s).
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