Found a pit-mix stray, am out of my depth. Philadelphia, PA

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Re: Found a pit-mix stray, am out of my depth. Philadelphia, PA

Postby Nickdawg » Fri Jun 25, 2010 5:38 pm

thank you for helping her - you may find this link helpful http://www.pbrc.net/foundpit.html

also see http://www.badrap.org/rescue/stray.html

dog/dog "stuff" - I would not be letting her meet dogs she doesn't know at this time....

http://www.badrap.org/rescue/dogdog.html
http://www.badrap.org/rescue/socializing.html
http://www.badrap.org/rescue/multidogs.html
http://www.badrap.org/rescue/keepingthepeace.html

you should also contact/pm haircrazie016 on this board as she is in your area and does pit bull rescue work/fostering and will likely have good advice for you

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Re: Found a pit-mix stray, am out of my depth. Philadelphia, PA

Postby PITtsburgher » Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:53 pm

Hey, I got your PM but I'll reply to you on here so that if anyone else needs info they can get it.

Your first step is to fill out a found report - someone may be looking for this dog. Do this at the animal control shelter (ACCT): their number is 267 385 3800. You also should do one at PSPCA: their number is 215 426 6300. I'd also put up flyers in the area where she was found, and a found-pet ad on craigslist. I'm assuming your vet scanned the dog for a microchip; if not you can take it to the vet or any shelter to get it scanned. If you get a number, call the microchip company and see who it's registered to.

I'm glad you are aware of the shelter situation in Philadelphia. One option here is to get the dog adopted out yourself - get it fixed, and then find a home for it. You can get cheap spay through PSPCA (pspca.org) which is on Erie Avenue in north Philadelphia. It would be about $110 for the spay at PSPCA. There is also PAWS (phillypaws.org) on Greys Ferry Ave in southwest Philadelphia - they also do discount surgery. Morris Animal Refuge on Lombard St does a spay voucher program which may be even cheaper (morrisanimalrefuge.org).

As far as finding a home, as a foster I have had the best luck with craigslist. You can also list the dog on PBRC. If you live in an apartment building, put up flyers in the elevator.

Another option is to talk to the animal control shelter (ACCT) at 111 Hunting Park in north Philadelphia. They may be willing to let you turn the dog in as a stray and then foster it after the 48 hour stray hold is up. They will cover medical care as long as the dog is in foster care, including getting her spayed. You would have to ask them if this arrangement is OK but give them a call and find out. They also screen their adopters and would be able to do that for you.

Another way to go is to contact all-breed rescues in Philadelphia. The ones that come to mind are For the Love of the Underdog and Second Time Around Rescue. I know they both take pit bulls and are good rescues; there are probably many more that I'm not as familiar with. I'm not very familiar with Main Line Animal Rescue - I think they do mostly small dogs - but you could contact them too. If they are unable to take her, ask them for other rescues that may be able to.

If it comes down to having to surrender the dog, you can take it to ACCT or you can take it to Morris Animal Refuge. Unfortunately euthanasia does become a possibility at both places - my guess is that Morris would be a better chance but I don't know their statistics.

I'm in West Philadelphia also so if you want my opinion on her body language around other dogs I could probably help you with that.

GOOD LUCK!

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Re: Found a pit-mix stray, am out of my depth. Philadelphia, PA

Postby tarnation » Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:45 am

Sounds like you are getting some excellent advice. You are doing a great thing in responsibly rescuing and rehoming a dog--it takes a lot of work! As others have said, definitely get her spayed before adopting her out.

I think it's wonderful that you made a personal website for her--it will be really helpful to have her listings at various rescues direct people to your website. One suggestion: photos are incredibly important. You want the very best photos you can get, which means a lot of photo-taking. It's often good to have photos where the dog is very affectionate or snuggly with a person, and/or with kids if the dog is good with kids. Beautiful photos with good lighting 'sell' the dog. You want to maximize your applicants so that you can be choosy in picking the right situation for the dog--there needs to be something about your photos that causes the person flipping through Petfinder to send you an email.

Best of luck with her!

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Re: Found a pit-mix stray, am out of my depth. Philadelphia, PA

Postby Nickdawg » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:08 am

what a doll! she does look very mixey to me... glad you are getting good support/info....

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Re: Found a pit-mix stray, am out of my depth. Philadelphia, PA

Postby Nickdawg » Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:45 pm

how is Ms. Pinky?


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