online is good, too.
I once inherited some dogs whose owner died, well, sort of, i guess *i* was put in charge of finding these older,
mixed breed dogs who were both a lil bit chubby, and knew zero cues or tricks, and both pulled on their leashes,
some new home. Not the most marketable dogs in some people's eyes, right?
well, i made a facebook page for the two dogs, and also listed the dogs on Craig's list, "need home, owner died" thing.
I studied each dog for a while, and wrote up their best qualities, really emphasizing those qualities
.......... and took several photos of each, and did lil hearttugging write up on their facebook page.
I asked all my local pals to pass on link to that FB page all around FB, to anyone who lived in this area. It did get passed all around FB.
so you CAN make a FB page JUST FOR CHANCE, about Chance only.
I tell ya, i had soooooooooo many responses, wow, i had to begin the screening process via phone calls to trim down to those who will get live interviews to meet the dogs.
For real, my pals and i who were working on this together, came up with questionairres, after reading some of the 'real' type adoption questions.
We met the ones who DID make it past the phone call interview in a group, not just me, for safety sake.
(some got vetoed right off the bat during those phone questions, ppl who hit dogs, etc)
We had about a dozen great "finalists", (again, this is for some scruffy looking, chubby older dogs, which makes it kinda impressive, imo, i might be good at advertising
that we had big talks amongst ourselves over who
gets the dogs.
We could not find anyone to take both dogs together, but, it all worked great anyway. REALLY SUPER GREAT ENDING for both dogs,
they are with owners who adore them and dote on them, and got them into shape and keep them busy.
Really really neat match ups.
One dog who was very very outgoing and adored (and hogged) all att'n, he went to a fitness trainer gal,
who ran her own workout place, and she saw getting the chubby flabby dog to be fit as a great project!! and she takes the dog to work with her everyday, that dog is almost never alone. He is the greeter at the fitness salon. Lol, that dog does look buff now, i gotta say! The dog can even jog a lil bit now!! rofl. and has huge farm to play on, and is spoiled rotten outa control.
The other, bigger, even slower dog,
got adopted to a healthy, active older woman, who had lost her husband and her last dog, she was done grieving and now had a hole in her life..... she needed that dog, and i could tell, she was gonna dote
on this older chubby dog. It seemed a great match, a dog whose owner died, + an owner whose dog died......
She drives an SUV specifically cuz she feels dogs prefers SUVs,
which i found adorable, and she walks that dog a mile or two now each day at the river park, and i see them sometimes. Her grandson got her a headhalter to walk the dog. That dog is also in shape now and really has blossomed under her care---he is now a MUCH happier dog.
She is absolutely besotted with that dog. Perfect energy match there.
She has big fenced yard and installed a doggie door just for the dog.
This woman's last dog had been dog agressive, and she often goes to big family picnics with lots of dogs, so we had to show her how dog-friendly this new dog is, and she sends me photos of Buck playing with all his new dog relatives hanging out together. She couldn't be happier, and the dog follows her everywhere all day.
I still get annual letter from their current owners,
complete with current photos.
The older lady, i found through Craig's List,
and the fitness guru, i found on facebook, through the page i made specifically FOR just the 2 dogs whose owner had died.
ANYWAY, MY POINT IS,
YOU REALLY CAN TAP INTO THOSE SOURCES,
to lure in ppl to check out Chance, and DO write up all his most adorable features, qualities, customs, habits, likes, etc. Of course, all potential adopters have to screened and interviewed,
but, do consider a FB PAGE for Chance, and listing him on Craig's List.
and even youtube, if you add in placard into your videos "THIS CLEVER DOG NEEDS A HOME/is for adoption/etc" or something, with link to the org in charge of placing the dogs,
who knows who might see that on his youtube video? GOOD LUCK DILLY!!!!!!!!