What’s Next

Yesterday, I posted about Edwin’s need for an adopter, new foster, or new rescue in the very near future.  Thank you to everyone who shared him!  We are extremely grateful for the support.  I wanted to add a bit more information about why we can’t continue to foster him, what his options are, and provide a bit of the information we discuss with potential adopters.

Why we can’t continue to foster him

I feel terrible about this.  Like I’m abandoning my dog because I’m moving and couldn’t be bothered to search for dog-friendly housing, and like I’ve failed Eddie because we have not yet found an adopter.  However, I know that couldn’t be further from the truth and none of this will impact Gambit.

We’ve had Edwin since late March 2012 when he was sprung from the shelter, and if we could foster him indefinitely until a home is found, we would.  Unfortunately, our situation is a bit complicated and involves many unknowns.

My husband is finishing his graduate degree in early August.  I am very excited about this, as the last 5 years of my life have been planned around him going to grad school.  We had to make the decision about whether to renew our lease in February.  It expires the day after graduation and we were not permitted to extend it or go month to month.  Notice at my work is usually several months rather than two weeks, so my decision about whether or not to stay was needed fairly early.  While I enjoyed my job, we decided not to settle down here.

At this time, we are trying to relocate but do not know where we are moving.  This may involve a temporary move, either locally or to PA.  If we sublet here, Edwin would end up in the same situation after a couple months with less time to find a new place.  If we head back north, we will be too far from the vet clinic that runs the rescue.  They provide all of their rescue animals’ veterinary care, so we can’t just take Eddie to another vet if we took him with us.

Since we do not know where we are moving, we cannot at this time try to search for a rescue that may be willing to take him on while we continue to foster.  If we figure things out quickly, I am definitely going to look into this route.  We do intend to continue fostering, so if we were to end up needing to go with one of our backup plans and Eddie is not adopted when we are able to start fostering again, I’ll be begging our new local rescues to take a possible transfer with the promise of a new foster home in the long run.

Adopting him ourselves is not something we can do at this time.  We also believe that we are meant to continue fostering.  Due to Eddie’s slow adjustment period to new dogs, it would not be fair to him or good for his training to live in a place where there are other dogs constantly coming through.  While Edwin and Rusty have been long-term fosters, there is no guarantee that others won’t be shorter – our next longest foster after them was 3 months and our shortest was 5 days.

Eddie’s options

As I said yesterday, there are back up plans in place for Edwin but we would like to avoid those if at all possible.  Currently, the options are:

  • Stay at the vet clinic (back up plan).  I am not sure whether they would have a 10×10 kennel for him in the yard near some of the other rescue dogs or if he would need to stay in a crate with walks on leash.
  • Stay in the adoption room at the humane society (back up plan).  He would be safe since he is already vetted and there are more potential adopters coming through.  His vet spends a lot of time at the shelter and pulls heavily from their urgent list.
  • Find a new foster through his current rescue.  I posted information in this yesterday, and foster applications are now available on their website.
  • Transfer him to another rescue that is foster-based and may have more potential adopters looking for adult dogs.  There should be transports available since the shelter works to have urgent dogs pulled by northern rescues.  Eddie would not need a quarantine period and is up-to-date on shots.
  • Find his forever home (the ideal).  We would love to know that Edwin is in a forever home when we move.

Be on the lookout Monday for more details on what Eddie is looking for in a home – the things we usually discuss with potential adopters.  While he is not the lick-your-face dog, the dog park dog, or the dog that would be totally unfazed by a gaggle of shrieking toddlers falling on him while sleeping or pulling his tail, he is a wonderful dog and there are many homes in which he would be a great fit.

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Eddie is looking for his forever home or a new foster home.  Applications for both adoptive and foster homes can be found at crossroadsanimalrescue.org.

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7 Responses to What’s Next

  1. It’s rough to have to leave a foster before he/she has found their forever home. When we moved out to Oregon, we were still fostering Teeny. We had her for almost 6 months and obviously couldn’t take her across the country with us. Adopting her was not an option simply because neither I nor Rufus felt a connection to her. She was adorable and fun (to me, not Rufus haha), but we just didn’t click the same way I would like to with my next forever dog.

    Good luck in your search! I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that Eddie finds his forever home 🙂

    • Yeah, we love Eddie but we know his is not our dog. With Gambit, we just knew. Same for my dad and Nellie – Nellie decided that my dad was her master and it was clear as day. There is definitely a difference between a dog you love and a dog that is meant to be yours. It doesn’t change that I will always miss him and wonder how he is doing, of course! I hope Teeny has found her home now that you have been in Oregon for some time.

      • She has! In fact she was returned a few times during foster-to-adopt periods due to some pretty intense leash reactivity (which can be incredibly daunting to Chicago city dwellers). In the end our friend and previous roommate asked me if she was still available a few months later, and I told him she was. He had missed living with her and was willing to take on her issues. Now Teeny is a part of his family 🙂 It turns out I’ll still get to see her crazy face once in awhile haha.

      • That story sounds awfully familiar, I must have read the adoption story! I can see the reactivity being difficult in Chicago. One person who met Eddie lived in a building where he’d be seeing other dogs in elevators and small stairwells frequently… eek, that’s harder than loose wandering dogs. I definitely think foster-to-adopt is great for certain dogs rather than just getting returns or having people be stuck with an animal they can’t handle and have difficulty adopting an appropriate pet due to the return history.

  2. Morgan says:

    I’m really rooting for you guys, I know how tough this must be. Just out of curiosity, is the rescuing helping you promote him as well? Are there adoption events you might be able to take him to so people could see him in person? Or maybe just take him on walks with a big “Adopt Me!” vest on? Also, The Shelter Pet Project has a huge following, maybe you could email them and see if they will feature him? (They do one dog or cat a day.) Anyways, you may have done all of these things already, just trying to help! I’ll keep sharing in hopes maybe, just maybe, someone sees him!

    • The rescue is helping, they have posted on Facebook that he needs a new foster or adopter ASAP and have updated his petfinder to reflect that as well. He got more shares and comments than usual but we haven’t been told that anyone’s called to ask about him as a result. They haven’t done many adoption events recently (I think mostly for lack of time, and many volunteers are college students who are gone for the summer) but we did bring him to a major adoption event at PetSmart and to be viewed as an adoptable dog at the clinic’s 5 year anniversary party. No bites at either, but they helped majorly with his training. We do need to put his adopt me bandana back on now that neighborhood residents are changing with the school year -we had slacked on it! He actually was featured on Shelter Pet Project over the winter and got one inquiry from it but they didn’t seem to be serious. He’s had a few meet and greets recently, but none have been the right fit.

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