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This is long, but I just need to vent.
In March, my rescue pup passed away from complications related to Cushings. I lost my ferret 2 weeks later. I sunk almost $8,000 into vet bills in the span of 4 months. I was absolutely crushed and grieving.
May comes around and a lady in a parking lot was giving away a litter of puppies. They were all in pretty bad shape (ticks, filthy, swollen parasite bellies). One in particular looked worse off. I couldn't leave her behind. I should also preface this with I don't really like puppies to begin with. I've worked as a pet sitter for a lot of years (not currently) and I'm generally just not a fan. I've had foster puppies before and had no issues finding them homes. Work was slow at the moment and I was living with a friend while in the process of purchasing a condo. I felt like 4-5 weeks would be enough time to clean the puppy up, get her some vet care, and find her a home.
Once the puppy (Arwyn) is clear of parasites, I post her adoption ads. I get a few inquiries, but one feels really perfect. We meet and talk and everything goes well. We schedule a day for me to do a home visit and finalize the adoption. Day of, the potential adopter cancels as she didn't realize how expensive shots and a spay could be. She didn't want to look into low cost clinics. At this point, I have a week until I move into my condo and will be really busy. I take her ads down thinking moving into the condo with her won't be too bad. It. Was. Hell. I still don't know how I survived.
There were a few more potential adopters, but all fell through, were caught in lies, or were not a good fit. It's now been 6 months and I hardly get any inquiries for Arwyn. She's posted on Petfinder, Pet Harbor, Adopt-a-Pet, and multiple Facebook groups. She's spayed, microchipped, DNA tested, and UTD on shots. She's leash trained, potty trained, knows over 20 commands, isn't destructive, is good with other dogs, and so on. She's crate and car trained when she wants to be. I am very up front about her special needs (seperation anxiety if left alone without another dog, fearful of new places and people, very high energy) and do ask a few basic questions, but nothing extreme.
Arwyn is a good puppy, she really is. But she needs a home with a yard and another dog. She's scared every time we walk around the condo (people, sounds, etc) and all potty breaks take forever. I can't leave her alone at the condo despite the fact we've been working on separation training for months. I work from home and am unable to get much work done while she's here. I can't leave her home alone because she will bark the whole time, so she has to go to my friend's house or doggy daycare. Arwyn also seems to have mild to moderate allergies which means experimenting with different foods and supplements. I'm not in a place in my life where I have the time or energy to help her work through some of the issues she's developed. I did hours and hours of socialization with her when she was a young puppy. I have dog training experience. But I am so emotionally and mentally done. I have so much going on in my life and am struggling to take care of myself as it is. I haven't really bonded with Arwyn either. It's not her fault, but she's not a dog I would ever meet and want to adopt. She's not a pet sitting client's dog that I would love to be around all the time. And I still have intense grief from my losses earlier this year. Stark (my pup) was the love of my life.
I've reached out to a couple foster based rescues to see if they would be willing to take her, but one hasn't gotten back to me in weeks and another said they couldn't take her, but would do courtesy posts. No one has made an inquiry in 2 weeks about adopting her.
Anyway. I don't know what to do. If I take her to the local humane society, she'll be terrified. If I leave her anywhere she'll be terrified, but I was hoping if I could just find someone patient with another stable, confident dog, she'd be ok eventually. But no one wants to adopt her and I don't know if she'll ever get adopted. I don't know if I can survive that. I feel so stupid for taking her on, but I was grieving and wanted to do some good. All my other foster pups have stayed a max of 2 months, usually closer to 1 month. Arwyn is loved and spoiled and cared for, but she deserves a home that can and wants to give her everything. And I deserve to be able to take care of myself.
Tldr; I can't and don't want to keep my foster puppy, but no one is interested in adopting her. I've been looking for 6 months. I can't find a rescue to take her either. At my wits end. In Southern AZ if anyone has resources.
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