Rudy is a 6-8yr old Mastiff mix who is here because his owners surrendered him to animal control. He seems to be a bit lost but is adjusting to life at the shelter. He was very excited to see me come to the kennel with a leash and couldn’t wait to go for a walk. He went potty when he got outside. He was easy to handle during physical exam and wanted to be close to me. This boy is a “talker”, he will sit and speak for treats! He seems to get along with other dogs but doesn’t seem to be a fan of cats. We think Rudy will do well into any home looking for a larger dog. His new family will need to be patient and provide guidance as as he learns the rules and expectations in his new home. Rudy is just looking for an new family to love. We think he is best suited to be in a family with h children 10yrs of age and over.
Dogs are generally tested with dogs of their own size; and dog meets with the resident dogs are always encouraged. Although dogs may do well with other dogs here at the shelter, not all dogs like all other dogs. We do not procedurally test large dogs with cats. Our cat test should be used as a general purpose screening only to rule out overt aggression; we always recommend caution when introducing dogs to cats in the home. Recommendation on suitability of placement with children by their ages is based on behavioral observations including energy level and response to body handling. We never recommend leaving young children unsupervised with dogs, and we cannot guarantee the behavior of dogs with children, other pets or cats. Dogs are tested for food protection/aggression with people, but not with other dogs. We recommend feeding other dogs away from current pets and supervising new dogs and current dogs around toys as well. Behavior evaluations should be considered as a snapshot of the behavior of the dog at this point in time; JHS believes all dog families need to be prepared to invest time and energy into training as well as provide common sense management of their new dog. We always encourage family to do some research on the breeds or mixes of breeds prior to adoption as many can have some unique characteristics that may or may not fit into their families. Always remember that the majority of dogs at our shelter have been exposed to or may have kennel cough. Kennel cough is contagious to other dogs, please talk to your vet if you have any questions about kennel cough prior to adoption. Please ask your adoption counselor at time of adoption if you have any unanswered questions regarding illnesses and treatments of the pet that you are adopting. For more information about this dog or any others at our Shelter, please visit www.joplinhumane.org. We are the Joplin Humane Society in Joplin, Missouri. 417–623–3642