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Looking for Home Sweet Home

Posted Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 4:47 PM

Hank is a very handsome guy, don't you think? He is ready to meet his new family.
Today we are spotlighting one of our favorite dogs, Hank. Hank is a Black Lab mix, he's got a little something extra going there, but we aren't sure quite what! He is a nice, big dog, friendly and loves to spend time with people. He is more likely to get along with a female dog, and currently shares a kennel successfully with a female. Hank has been at the Shelter for quite some time, and he says that he's tired of our place and is ready for a REAL home. What a loving and loyal companion he will be for some lucky person. He is neutered and up-to-date on all his immunizations. Call us today about Hank--660-831-0420. You can view all our pets on-line at www.salineanimalleague.org

UPDATE*** August 25, 2012 Hank was adopted! And everyone at the Shelter did the Happy Dance!!

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I adopted our gorgeous black, large "mystery" pup six years ago from our shelter. He was still a young puppy and had been in really bad shape when found outside the shelter one morning. In fact, the staff wasn't sure he would even live, but he hung on. We entered his life after he'd been in the shelter for about five days. He did require some additional tending, and medications for some intestinal parasite issues after we had him at home, but he rallied even from that and today is our marvelously handsome, sleek, "satin-facie" flat-coated retriever!! Who knew?!? I am often stopped on the streets when I am walking him and asked what kind of a beautiful dog he is? Even cars will pull over to admire him. We have never regretted our black pup adoption and can't imagine life without him. And, by the way, he is absolutely stunning in photographs, especially if you are at his level when taking the picture. Yea for black dogs!

-- Posted by WanderingNot Lost on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 3:46 PM

I have "rescued" black dogs exclusively for nearly thirty years. One advantage to doing so is that there are many more varities to choose from than with any other color, and I have appreciated that expansion of options. In my opinion it is self limiting to exclude based on color.

-- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Fri, Apr 20, 2012, at 1:47 PM

"Luvthoseowls" brings up a very good point--why is Hank having problems getting adopted? "Snorkel" provides excellent information that gives insight into the problems that large black dogs face. Currently at the Shelter we have at least 5 medium to large black dogs, and at least one smaller black dog. Whatever the reason, black dogs are just harder to place, period. My personal experience since being hired to work at the Shelter last August is that I have never had reason to be afraid of any of the black dogs. Now there have been a few others that gave me cause for pause (very few!!!), but I have found the black dogs (who are usually Lab mixes) to be friendly, smart, eager to please and mostly able to get along with other dogs. Larger dogs also can present unique problems regarding living space, and let's face it--big dogs eat a lot! It can be a big responsibility to take on a large dog.

In cooperation with the Saline Animal League, who funds our veterinary needs, we have periodically offered special adoption fees on big black dogs. Our first and foremost concern is finding an appropriate, safe and loving home for each of our animals. Those who are in the market for a pet should come down to the Shelter and see what we have to offer.

Gina Hare, Manager

-- Posted by Gina Hare on Wed, Apr 18, 2012, at 4:52 PM

Do you have a lot of big black dogs? Could you have a big black dog special, like half-price adoption fees or adopt one- get one free??

-- Posted by luvthoseowls on Wed, Apr 18, 2012, at 11:48 AM


This helps explain some about black dogs. It is really about size and color. They also tend to be the first ones put to sleep.

-- Posted by snorkel on Wed, Apr 18, 2012, at 10:11 AM

Why do you suppose he's not finding a home? Is he shy or loud? He's such a handsome guy and if he's as friendly as you say, there must be something else going on.

-- Posted by luvthoseowls on Wed, Apr 18, 2012, at 8:06 AM
Marshall Animal Shelter
It's strange, but everything I've read suggests black dogs are the last to be adopted, especially big dogs. Some of that may be due to the fact that they don't photograph as well. I'm not sure if that's the case here. Have there been a lot of little dogs adopted out recently?

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The Marshall Animal Shelter is located at 325 N. Grant Ave., Marshall, MO,65340. Phone number is 660-831-0420. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week, except holidays, and by chance or appointment. Adoption fees for fully vetted dogs $100 and fully vetted cats $90. View our pets at www.salineanimalleague.org.
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