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Updated on Tuesday, June 10

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QUESTION: I got a puppy as a present however, he is way too big and too much work. I cannot afford to keep him/have no time to give him the care he needs. He will be 1 y/o in a month and is a large dog. What do I do? :( :(

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  1. 1) Kill the person who gave you the puppy...or at least make sure they never have a dumb idea like that again.

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    1. We all hate you RL. Haven't your graduated? Get off this forum because no one has or ever will like you.

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    2. well, he may be a dick, but he has a point. Its like if i am your friend, and for your birthday I give you a baby (human). WTF? As cute as it may be, you may not be ready for a baby.

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    3. I actually enjoy reading RL's posts. Hate me if you like. Don't go, RL!

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    4. @d: That would be hilarious! You should pitch this idea to some humane society group for an ad to run against this kind of gift giving.

      @e: I'll try to drop by from time to time ^^

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  2. :(( If you really can't take care of him any more, see if any of your friends or family will want to adopt him. Or give him up to the Humane Society

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  3. Not sure of the backstory OP, but I hope this isn't a case of the giver not checking with you first to see if you even wanted a puppy in the first place. I hope the puppy finds a good home.

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  4. This makes me so sad. When I volunteered at my local SPCA in high school they never let people adopt dogs/cats as gifts unless the person knew in advance. Pets are a huge commitment and not a good "surprise" gift!! Hope the puppy finds a new home. Maybe place an ad on kijiji as well as checking around friends and family?

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  5. Try not to give him up to a shelter btw, chances are high that he'll just end up dead within a few weeks.
    Always best to find a friend/coworker/... who can take care of the pet.

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    1. The shelter in KW won't kill a healthy dog.

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    2. Are they explicitly a no-kill shelter?
      Also, how long do you think the dog can stay healthy when any dog around can be sick and the conditions are *very* far from good.

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    3. Umm...the centre has a very good disease control program. I have seen dogs there for months (due to behaviour issues) and never get sick and eventually find the right home.
      They have great conditions and the dogs are very well cared for and loved.

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  6. I would post on Facebook to see if any friends are interested.
    Kijiji can be a good place too (my sister got a dog off Kijiji).
    I would just make sure to meet the person interested first to make sure they are serious and capable of taking care of the dog. That way you won't worry about whether or not he is in a good home. :)

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  7. asian here

    i can eat it

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    1. i don't know why this persists. It's not even that funny

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    2. why do you think it's supposed to be funny? i'm offended that you think me eating a dog is a joke. i have in fact eaten dog meat on more than 1 occasion and i'll tell you it tastes amazing. if given the choice, i would eat dog meat on a regular basis.

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    3. @7b, 7a here. I don't know if you're trolling, but as you can clearly see (though I doubt it by your answer) 7 meant it in an offensive way so yes, he wanted it to be crude humour. I'm well aware some cultures do eat dog meat and that by itself has nothing to do with my post.

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  8. Give it to a grease monkey asian (they'll eat it)
    ps. I hate them all

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    1. Do you hate dogs and wish they to be eaten by Asians or do you hate Asians for eating dogs?

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    2. Probably just thinks its cool to hate Asians.

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  9. Wait, is that really RL? Is here really back?

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  10. Put some spices on it and grill it alive to preserve the tenderness. Then eat it.

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  11. I am highly involved with the KW Humane Society. Here is my advice.

    If the dog is already neutered, consider finding a friend to give the dog to. When re-homing a dog, ask these sorts of questions:
    1) Do you have experience with a large breed dog?
    2) How many hours will the dog be alone a day?
    3) How much time will you devote to walking/playing with the dog?
    4) Will you take the dog to training classes?
    5) Has everyone in the household met the dog and agrees to care for it?
    6) Are you allowed to have animals in the house (if it is rented)?
    7) Once you take this dog, will it be a life long commitment? Ie - if you move, will you make sure it is to a dog friendly home?
    8) Will it be living with other pets? If yes (other dogs), arrange a controlled setting for the dogs to meet prior to giving the dog to them
    9) Will children be in the house? A large dog can easily knock over toddlers.
    10) Is the yard fenced?
    11) If roommates are getting the dog, who really owns the dog? Who does the dog go with when one person moves out?

    If the dog is not neutered or the re-homing yourself does not work, I suggest:
    1) DO NOT PUT IT ON KIJIJI IF IT IS NOT FIXED - a backyard breeder or puppy mill will scoop him up and he will NOT have a good life. Yes, some people find great dogs through kijiji. BUT some people will say make it seem like they are a perfect family just to turn around and breed the crap out of the dog for money.
    2) Call the Humane Society (519-745-5615 ask to speak to Jenny). I think we are full right now, but you can be put on a list and when we have an open spot we will bring your dog in based on the dog coordinator's discretion.
    3) Contrary to popular belief, your dog will not be euthanized unless it is a serious medical issues or is a danger to humans (ie - human bite history). At 1 year old, if the dog is friendly and good with children or other animals, it will be adopted quickly. Even if it is not good with other dogs, I am sure it will still find a home rather quickly (1 month-ish)

    Whoever gave you that dog was irresponsible. You are doing the right thing by admitting you are not able to care for this dog. Don't feel ashamed as you were never asked to be in this situation. If you are willing to hold onto the dog until the Humane Society can take him in, I really feel it will be the best option. Call ASAP.

    Lastly: the benefits of adopting through the KWHS (and in turn the benefits your dog will get) include: microchip implant, spay/neuter, vaccines, flea and heart worm preventative treatment, vet check, time spent with a dog specialist, if the dog has special behaviour needs it will go through a behaviour program to help correct those issues.

    I hope this helps.

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    1. Good info. Props to you.

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    2. OP here. This is great advice, thank you!

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