NOTE: Please note that it will likely be at *least* a 3-4 week minimum before you hear back from us after submitting an adoption application. We typically accept for new applications for a period of 7 days or until 20 applications have been received for any newly available dog. After that time period, the applications are sent on to the foster family for review and that usually takes from at *least* a few days to a week to sort through the applications, etc. :-) Most of our dogs receive several applications so this process does take some time, especially on dogs who are more popular for one reason or another. We do require phone interviews to be conducted between the foster family and potential adopters, vet reference checks and a home visit to be conducted for all potential adopters, if they are selected as the top choice applicant, which will also take time to complete. That being said, we do always let our applicants know if they are chosen or not. :-)
IF you happen to not be chosen, please don't feel discouraged as, again, we usually get several applications for each dog, and sometimes it can be very difficult to choose just one adopter. In those cases, we usually offer to keep the applications for adoption on file for any future dogs that come into our rescue. :-)
ALL adopters are required to come and pick up their adopted dogs in person from the dog's foster home (we do not ship any of our dogs). Please have road/driving transport plans in place to pick up an adopted dog before you apply! While we are not against adopters flying a foster dog in cabin on a commercial flight, please keep in mind that many are not good candidates for flying due to size and/or being a brachycephalic/short nosed breed.
If an adopter can not keep one of our grads, for any reason at all, at ANY point in time, they *must* be willing and able to return their adopted dog to his/her original foster home, despite distance and any costs that would be required to do so.
Foster Location: Fergus Falls, MN
Age: 1 year (DOB: 10-06-17)
Adoption fee: 700.00
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Marco came into SNAFU Rescue via breeder release. His breeder wanted him to be placed in a loving
home, be spoiled and live out his life as a cherished pet!
Marco is a sweet, loving buy but is still a little unsure of trusting human and it does take him a bit to open up to people, especially strangers. He loves to play with other dogs, but is very shy when it comes to people. As with all of our dogs, we always recommend slow introductions (with both other dogs and humans) when introducing a new dog to the household. Slowly, Marco is learning how to be a lovable bulldog and seems to be coming out of his shell more and more each day. It is important to remember that he is dealing with a big transition and as such, he will need a patient and understanding family. He came to the rescue not wanting to leave his kennel, and would hide from everyone by running into his kennel (his safe place). He has made leaps and bounds since then and is becoming more familiar and confident with his new surroundings as time passes, but he will still sometimes revert back to his old ways of hiding in his kennel when he experiences something that he is unsure of. His favorite things to do currently are going on car rides, chewing on anything he can get his paws on and playing with his foster sister. While in foster care he has also been great with children, under supervision, but he should still always be supervised when he is around kids, to make sure both he and they are kept safe.
Marco is still working on potty training. His foster family is working on getting him comfortable with the outdoors, and going potty outside. Patience, persistence and consistency MUST be given to him and will be the best tools for helping him succeed in his forever home. As with all our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training. He has also done great with crate training and sleeps quietly in his kennel during the night or when his foster family happens to leave the home. For his safety, he will need to keep a similar crating schedule when his humans are away from the home and/or when he is left unsupervised so he is safe and secure while no one is at home. He does not know danger and is still learning how to be a pet. He WILL get into things/chew things he is not supposed to if he is left unsupervised. Again, he absolutely cannot be left out while unsupervised!
Medically, Marco seems to be in great health. It is suspected that Marco may have a form of Pica. Pica is a medical issue referring to a dog's "craving" of a non-food item and the subsequent eating of said item. After coming into our care, Marco did have to have surgery to remove foreign objects in his stomach that he had eaten after coming into his foster home. He *will* chew on and eat small things that are accessible to him/he can get to that are left down on the ground or small pieces of dog toys that he can chew off (if he isn't being watched closely). Due to his history, he MUST be supervised very closely when out and about in the house. Think of it as a baby putting random things in their mouth and chewing on them and sometimes swallowing them. That is exactly what Marco does/will do if he's able. His adoptive home will have to make sure that things are picked up off of the floors and all areas that he has access to are dog proofed. IF he were to eat something and it were to cause a rupture or impaction, he would have to have surgery to remove any foreign items that were obstructing his stomach/intestines and a rupture could ultimately lead to his death. (Again, he has already had surgery once for this issue.) This is why monitoring and diligence is extremely important for his safety. Again, he *absolutely* cannot be left out while unsupervised and will need to be monitored very closely when his people are home and he is out and about!
He has been neutered, had a dental, is microchipped, has been heartworm tested, is up to date on vaccinations/deworming and has been given the go ahead for adoption by our veterinarian!
Marco would do well in almost any type of home. A house with a fenced yard will be preferred for him (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard) BUT he potties on a leash like a champ, so as long as his family could ensure lots of closely supervised walks in order to provide appropriate exercise, a fenced yard is not a requirement for adoption. Marco would prefer a family that loves to spend time at home and will shower him with attention and cuddles but he is also fine being home alone so long as it’s not an extended period of time (more than 6-8hrs). He would be fine going to work with his people, as long as he could be supervised and the area was dog proofed for his possible pica. If not, he would be happy to sleep the day away in his kennel with a blanket and a good (large) chew toy to keep him busy as long as his people can arrange for a mid-day potty break for him!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Marco, please submit an adoption application for him today!!