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All of my dogs have been adopted from city shelters and have been great dogs, so I definitely agree that rescuing itself is not the problem.

You might consider the humane society, which I believe are all no-kill shelters. When I was looking to adopt last year, I looked at the Humane Society nearby and went to see one of their dogs. They were great about disclosing her fear issues around children (which we don't have) and let me know that their trainers had been working with the dog for several months. I met her and saw that her fear issues were quite severe; and since we live 1/2 block from an elementary school, I passed on the dog. But I was really impressed with how much work they put into rehabilitating that dog, and the other dogs they had, and how honest they were about disclosure. And the dog had a happy ending too -she ended up being adopted by one of the trainers who fell in love with her!

Even my local city shelter employs a dog behaviorist to work with their dogs. I adopted a young boxer there and they were great in helping me address her high energy needs and her skittishness around large dogs. You might even contact them (your local city shelter) and see if their staff can do an assessment of your dog and see if he would be adoptable with proper training from them. Kepler seems like such a cutie, and there might be a good fit for him out there. My sister-in-law adopted a dog similar to Kepler and it worked out quite well for them, they adore her, even though the rest of us know to stay clear of the dog. They are a quiet retired couple and it just worked.

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Just make sure it's a LOCAL "Humane Society". HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) is a TERRIBLE organization that actually kills a HUGE proportion of the dogs and cats they rescue. They are an extremist animal rights group and have recently lost their right to call themselves a non-profit because of their mis-use of funds.

Bad, bad people.


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You might even contact them (your local city shelter) and see if their staff can do an assessment of your dog and see if he would be adoptable with proper training from them.
That's a very good idea. I will call and see if they can do that. We have put out feelers with dog people to see if anyone who has experience with dog issues/dog training would be willing to take him for us. But this is another good option.

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We found a lady who says she will take Kepler! She owns two other dogs. One is a certified therapy dog and the other is a rescue who had stranger fear, too. She was already planning on getting a third dog from the shelter when she heard about Kepler. It is not final yet (hopefully by Saturday), so I don't want to get too excited, but it looks very good. That is such a huge relief to me.

It was so refreshing all the questions she was asking me about his history, his vet care, his temperament, etc. And then of course I have been asking her tons of questions about her living situation, her job, her other dogs, her experience training dogs. It looks like her home will be the ideal situation for him, and that she has the experience needed to hopefully help him manage his anxiety.

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We found a lady who says she will take Kepler! She owns two other dogs. One is a certified therapy dog and the other is a rescue who had stranger fear, too. She was already planning on getting a third dog from the shelter when she heard about Kepler. It is not final yet (hopefully by Saturday), so I don't want to get too excited, but it looks very good. That is such a huge relief to me.

It was so refreshing all the questions she was asking me about his history, his vet care, his temperament, etc. And then of course I have been asking her tons of questions about her living situation, her job, her other dogs, her experience training dogs. It looks like her home will be the ideal situation for him, and that she has the experience needed to hopefully help him manage his anxiety.
That is good news. My fingers are crossed that everything will fall into place and Kepler will well cared for, as I know that is your ultimate goal for him.


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I am so happy that you may have found a home for Kepler! It will be such a load off your mind if this works out and a new start for this cute little guy.



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Glad to hear you have found a good home for Kelper. I know it must be difficult for you, but it is the right decision.

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Good for you and good for little Kepler. I am so happy to hear that this is working out.

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This entire thread has been absolutely heartbreaking but I am so glad that it's working out for all of you. Best wishes to little Kepler and hugs for your entire family - I can only imagine how rough it will be to bid him adieu.

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I talked to another lady from HRI today, a local contact. These are just fantastic people. Everyone from HRI has been so helpful and caring, both about me and my family and about Kepler. I'm so glad I joined this forum. I would not have known about HRI if I hadn't joined the forum, and they have really been lifesavers through this whole process of finding a new home for Kepler. I cannot say enough good things about them.

She said she obviously can't take him through HRI, but if all else fails she can try to rehome him on her own, unofficially. She also said based on all the facts (we talked for a long time), he probably was a puppy mill dog and was likely abused. She thinks - and I agree - that he would probably do best in a home of a homebody who has lots of experience with training dogs. And she said she would send me a list of questions to ask the lady we're meeting on Saturday to help us make sure she's a good fit.

As it gets closer to when we might have to say goodbye to Kepler, I get more and more sad. It's the best for him, but it's going to be hard on us all. I've made him special homemade dinners all week. And I'm definitely going to have a good cry when it's all over.

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I talked to another lady from HRI today, a local contact. These are just fantastic people. Everyone from HRI has been so helpful and caring, both about me and my family and about Kepler. I'm so glad I joined this forum. I would not have known about HRI if I hadn't joined the forum, and they have really been lifesavers through this whole process of finding a new home for Kepler. I cannot say enough good things about them.

She said she obviously can't take him through HRI, but if all else fails she can try to rehome him on her own, unofficially. She also said based on all the facts (we talked for a long time), he probably was a puppy mill dog and was likely abused. She thinks - and I agree - that he would probably do best in a home of a homebody who has lots of experience with training dogs. And she said she would send me a list of questions to ask the lady we're meeting on Saturday to help us make sure she's a good fit.

As it gets closer to when we might have to say goodbye to Kepler, I get more and more sad. It's the best for him, but it's going to be hard on us all. I've made him special homemade dinners all week. And I'm definitely going to have a good cry when it's all over.
Your post brought tears to my eyes. I feel so sad for you, your family and Kepler, as well. Of course it's the right thing for you to do but ,none the less, difficult. I hope the woman you're meeting with will be a good fit for him and, if not, that the HRI contact will be able to help you out. You will get through this, although it may take a bit of time. Chin up. You are in my thoughts.


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