Thank you for considering one of our wonderful dogs for your family. Our dogs come from all over Madison County Tennessee; from the high kill municipal facility, found as strays, abandoned by owners, surrendered to us by broken hearted families that simply cannot keep the pet because of harsh circumstances.
Our STATDawgs, as we like to call them, receive all of the vet care that they need; routine vaccinations, deworming, blood tests, spay/neuter, and the treatment and/or management of any health issues.
Our STATDawgs are not housed in a shelter type environment. They are each placed in a private home to be fostered. They are given the opportunity to learn proper house manners, basic commands and social skills. They learn to be polite on outings to adoption events, walks, and monthly visits to the local veteran's home where they bring joy to the residents.
We will provide you with a full and honest health record as well as full disclosure about behavior and temperament from the foster.
S.T.A.T. makes a substantial effort to assure that adoptable animals are in good health and of good temperament. It is possible, however, that undetectable illnesses or conditions may be present or incubating at the time of adoption, or that dogs may exhibit behavior that was not observed during their foster period. Therefore, S.T.A.T. does not make any guarantee as to age, behavior, breed, health, temperament or ultimate size of any animal.
I was living on my own and doing just fine, thank you very much. I was a tough, independent type and people had always let me down so I learned to take care of myself. I was never rude or unfriendly to people, but the house and fence life were not for me. Sure, it was hard to find food sometimes, and when the weather was bad I got a little jealous of those pampered pooches with their soft beds in safe houses, but I did not let it get me down. I could take care of myself.
One day, though, the worst thing happened to me. I was walking through an area where I could not see the ground and suddenly I heard a loud snap and pain shot up from my foot. A big heavy metal trap had snapped it's jaws on my foot and leg. I have never been in so much pain.
I was taken in by a family who pried the trap off my leg and and bandaged me up. They fed me and gave me a safe place to sleep under their carport. The pain did not ease and soon my leg began to smell really bad.
That's when the rescue people got involved. I moved to a new house and started making the trip to the doctor's office every few days. I was miserable. At the new house I was not allowed to sleep outside or roam around. I slept in a kennel and while my new person was a work I had to stay in the kennel so I would not damage my foot. But I could not stand it and I destroyed kennel after kennel during those early months. Sometimes I would hurt my foot even more while clawing my way out, and then there would be another trip to the doctor. When I was outside I was fenced in and though the yard was nice and the other dogs in my new home accepted me and played with me, I longed for my freedom.
As time passed I became accustomed to this way of life and began to see the benefits of being a pet. Eventually I could be loose in the house, and you know, the fenced yard is not really that bad when you know that you are loved. My foster mom takes me for walks and on hikes and that is always a lot of fun. We also go to a place my foster mom refers to as 'The Veteran's Home' where I get to visit with senior citizens who love to bury their hands in my thick fur. I love visiting them and I don't let the wheelchairs or walkers bother me at all.
Sometimes we go to adoption events and people come up to see me. I don't know if I really want to find a family, I'm pretty happy where I am, but I know that if I find a permanent home then my foster can help more dogs like me. Maybe I am ready to find my forever place. I know that I never want to go back to being a stray.
You must complete an adoption application, which will be fully reviewed by members of the executive board and board of directors of S.T.A.T.
All required fees must be paid in advance before the animal is released.
You must be 21 years of age and have a valid photo identification.
Certain animals MAY require an 'in-home' visit by a volunteer prior to release.
If you rent, you must provide the name of your and phone number of the landlord and the landlord must approve of the animal being on the property/in the house.
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NOTE: Some shelters have physical locations you can visit; some of these shelters may only have pets for a limited time, so please do not wait for a reply—just go visit the shelter! Other organizations are rescue groups run by busy volunteers who may take a while to reply. You can find information about the shelter or rescue group caring for this pet, and their adoption procedures, on the pet's details page on Adopt-a-Pet.com.