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Old 06-06-2011, 10:29 PM
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Saturday afternoon I found a pit bull in my backyard looking at Chip...I leashed him and took him into my garage because the grandparents were out of town. I tried all day to find him a foster home...called every pit bull rescue in Indy, called the rescue I volunteer for, called my vet, called friends, etc. I only found ONE woman willing to foster and she led me to believe she would be picking him up tonight...and then this morning she told me I needed to take him to the shelter and she would try and get him in four days.

The issue is he won't have four days once he's taken there...the shelters aren't pit-friendly. I am in a lot of trouble for having him in the garage...my boyfriend's grandpa is giving me the cold shoulder and pretty much proving that maturity and age are not related at all.

I have to have him gone tonight...my vet offered to let him stay IF I paid for an exam and the shots needed (rabies + DHPP + bordatella), but that equals about 150$ and I don't have that to spend on him right now. Even then, he could ONLY stay for one night...I got in trouble at work 3 times today for being on the phone because I was calling so many people. I put up ads on Craigslist asking for fosters and have e-mailed a random rescue that put up an ad saying they had spaces available for small breeds BEGGING them to keep him for just four days...I offered to pay for gas, food, toys, bedding, etc., whatever they need, and that if they can wait for the half-price wellness clinic on Wednesday, I would pay for his vet bills...the other forum I'm on said "well you're just assuming your grandparents won't let you keep him" and yes I did, but I only got to keep him overnight because I swore he'd be out tonight...at this point if he's not out I think I'm going to have to pack up my clothes for work tomorrow and take the pit and spend the night in my mom's driveway...she can't keep him at her house either and I don't have an extra crate.

ANYWAY, someone did e-mail me saying "hi very interested need a good dog please call me" with their number and against my better judgment, I called him...every piece of intuition in my body is screaming don't let him go to some random couple off Craigslist...so should I let him go to these people or pack him in my car and stay in my mom's driveway?

Mitch (boyfriend) keeps telling me to call back the supposed foster mom again but I am so furious with her I don't know what will happen...I mean #1 what sort of rescue tells you to take the animal to the shelter and says they'll go get him in 4 days and #2, she told us earlier she wasn't able to help outside of providing a crate and I'd have to come get it because she was "too busy", which is her other reason for not taking him.

I am emotionally exhausted and have been crying all day...I feel like I am failing this dog and am terrified he will go to another bad home. I am not interested in keeping him but I REALLY need a foster...I have 3 1/2 hours left.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:30 PM
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Ugh...the couple interested just called to say they are no longer interested. This poor dog...I don't know what to do. If someone else of Craigslist wants him, should I go for it?
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:33 PM
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UGH, what a horrible situation to be in . I hope you were able to work it out!!
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:37 PM
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A family just called saying they need money to pay their gas bill and that they will keep him for the four days if I give them like 50$...they would have him outside but would keep him in at night...
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:55 PM
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That doesn't sound like a good idea. You paying them $50 for them to keep him for 4 days... If you did that I wouldn't be surprised if they called tomorrow to say that they can't keep him after all or after 4 days you went to get him and he "had escaped" and was gone.

I would grit my teeth and take him to the shelter. They have to keep him for so many days since he was a stray and that may be enough time for the foster person to be able to get him (at least that's how most shelters work, unless pit bulls are banned in your city then they might just euthanize immediately).

This may not be a popular opinion but there are worse things out there than a humane death. What if you gave him to a random person without being able to really check them out and it turned out to be a fighting ring? That would be a much worse life than if he had been euthanized at a shelter.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:58 PM
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I often hear horrible Craigslist stories..! I think its important to find out as much as you can on these people and maybe even offer to take the dog to them. If you feel uncomfortable at all just inform them that you have changed your mind. Whats the worse than can do besides be upset.
**Note not all Craigslist buyers are bad owners. I got my little Zoey off of Crigslist and I love her to the fullest. I was lucky enough to get her from a Chi. lover who has now become a good friend. We exchange pictures often ((she kept one of the puppys)).
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I have somewhat good news...two people have called me saying they foster pit bulls...one had to leave a v-mail and I will call her back. That person said she has been fostering for two years. Another person I have been talking to for about 10 minutes says she has 4 of her own and at one point had 12...she said "there is always a way to work with a pit bull" when I asked what she would do with problems.

Should I call the woman who left the v-mail, speak with her, and then decide between them???
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:13 PM
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I like the first couple better...they do have kids though. They said they can pick him up tonight and that they have been considering fostering for about a month and recently offered to take in a few of their friend's fosters, but saw my ad and decided to wait.

They do not feed great food but Chip's foster mom truly cared about her dogs and they were fed Dog Chow so I do not want to judge.
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