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Old 01-09-2005, 04:57 PM
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There is a stray living near my home, I feed him every night and have done so since augest. I'd love to have him as a pet and take him to the vet because his been hit by a car twice. People have told me he sits at the end of my driveway some nights. Any suggestions or questions would be helpful.
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Old 01-09-2005, 05:07 PM
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Why haven't you taken him in?
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Old 01-09-2005, 05:26 PM
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If you have been caring for this animal since August (5 months), then you are the caretaker already... What I can't underatand is why you haven't taken your dog into a vet, or at least a local shelter so that he could be looked after. Once responsibility has been taken for another living creature (such as feeding for 5 months), you have a moral obligation to follow it through to the bitter (or sweet) end.

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Old 01-09-2005, 06:28 PM
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Well, some of the SPCA's around here will help you with costs if you take in a stray animal
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Old 01-09-2005, 06:40 PM
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I am assuming you haven't taken him in already because he shies away from actual human contact although he has no problem eating what you leave out for him.

I would imagine that this would take a considerable amount of time, effort & patience on your part with you spending an immeasurable amount of time outside.

Do you have any other pets? How close does he come to your house to eat the food you put out for him? How big is he? I am guessing that he doesn't appear to be aggressive; however, with a dog that is a timid as I imagine he is, you will need to be careful especially if he felt his route of flight wasn't available to him.

Are there any rescue groups near you who might be able to actually help you out in getting him or giving you suggestions on what has worked for them in the past in similar situations?
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Old 01-09-2005, 07:08 PM
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How does he act when you feed him? That's heartbreaking to think of him sitting in your driveway at night. Sometimes the right animal finds us and we just have to open our hearts and homes. There is always a lesson and a reward when an animal chooses to come to you.
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Old 01-09-2005, 09:16 PM
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I agree. I always think if an animal finds you, there is a higher reason and one to be respected. Does he shy away from you when you go near him? If he has been hit twice by a car, he most likely is in need of some medical attention. I applaud you at wanting to take him in, but please try to get him to the vet as soon as possible for his health and safety. I know that is probably easier said than done if he won't come near you.
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Old 01-10-2005, 05:22 PM
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The food is never in my driveway, its impossible and unsafe to leave food out because of other dogs passing by AND because we have a bear issue. There were footprints in this mornings fresh snow that are the same size as his. I havent taken him in yet because he wont come near me. Within 15-20 ft he gets jumpy and starts looking to get away. I want to take him to a vet but Im afraid of the following: Ill take him in, they will show me a bill, and I wont be able to afford it. Then, they will say its inhumaine to let him suffer like this and then try to adopt him out. When that happens they will find out he's not the adopting type and kill him.
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Old 01-11-2005, 12:15 AM
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Why don't you call the vet and explain the situation? You never know, the vet may be willing to help you with him. It never hurts to ask. They may even have a way to help you win him over.

I once sat for four hours, talking softly to the young female German Shepherd someone brought to my Grandmother (I called her Nanny - much less stuffy and formal). Lady had been terribly abused and was just terrified of people. After four hours she finally crept out and put her paw on my leg. Sometimes it just takes a measure of patience.

Try sitting, not facing the dog, looking more to the side, just talking in a soft voice, with the food dish four or five feet away. Don't try to touch him; just talk to him. Do that for a few days, putting the food a little bit closer to you each day.
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Old 01-11-2005, 09:46 AM
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Are you nearby an SPCA or Humane Society? If so, they are legally bound to come and try to catch him, as he is injured. So call, explain what has happened to him, and suggest that a dog trap be set up on your property (they look like really big cat traps- and don;t hurt the dog at all!). When they catch him and take him to the vet- let them know that you could foster him if need be. And then keep him on leash at all times...
If a foster home is available then the risk of him being PTS because he is not adoptable goes WAY down! Good Luck!

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