9/25/16 Update : Almost finished with heartworm treatment, handsome Murphy is getting lots of TLC and cuddles in his Foster home. He has been cat tested and did well — he gently licked the kitty. He gets along with the resident senior dog, and rides very nicely in the car. Murphy has a nice energy level and bounds up and down the 5 steps of the deck to the back yard, even with three legs. You can see Murphy watching a squirrel and easily trotting around and happily exploring in the back yard, in his video!
Murphy's Story: Murphy is as sweet as a Yellow Lab can be. He was found as a stray in AL in early August and brought to a shelter. No one came to claim him and so Sunshine was called to help him. Murphy is about 8 years old and was very underweight when we first met him. He was wearing a collar that must have been from his time as someone’s pet, but it was hanging loosely around his neck, indicating he had been on his own quite a while. Murphy has three legs, suggesting that someone also cared enough to have one leg surgically removed for something that happened in his past. Anyone who has known a “tripod dog” knows that this is not a big problem for a dog (some say dogs have three legs and a spare). Murphy looks a little clumsy at times, but he gets around just fine and is in no pain.
Murphy is not saddened by anything that might have happened in his past though. This boy is happy and smiling and always in good spirits. Everyone who meets him falls in love with him, whether it be at the shelter, vet clinic, or foster home. He has great house manners and can be left on his own when alone without crating. He likes to talk to you at times, enjoys his food and treats, and he especially likes a soft dog bed or the sofa, if invited up.
Because Murphy was in poor condition and quite underweight when we first knew him, he had to gain some weight and then go through slow heartworm treatment with the oversight of a cardiologist. He is now up to a perfect 65 lbs, is neutered, and doing very well! He is recovering nicely and will be ready to go to his forever home in mid to late October. If you would like to add a loving, happy, well-behaved Lab who will capture your heart to your life, please consider Murphy.
If you have already been approved for adoption through SGRR, please contact the Adoption Committee to be considered to adopt Murphy.
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SGRR Adoption Fees (subject to change)**
Puppies under 6 months $650
Young dogs 6 months - 6 years $550
Young dogs - Special Needs $450
Senior dogs 7 - 9 years $450
Seniors dogs 10 years and older $350
Senior dogs - Special Needs $300
Young Bonded Pairs $850
Senior Bonded Pairs $750
**Please note: The fees listed represent a slight increase and are effective for applications received after June 1 2014. We regret the need to increase the fees for our dogs, but found it necessary due to the increased costs we are faced with for each dog's care and placement.
A contract is signed the day of adoption. Under the terms of the contract, all adopters are required to bring the rescue to a vet within 7 business days. The dogs receive basic veterinary care prior to adoption. If your vet identifies an illness that an adopter is not willing to treat, then the dog is returned and a full refund is provided.
Many of our dogs are fostered in private homes and we do not have a facility to visit. We are committed to our dogs before, during, and after adoption! The rescue retains title to the dog and can never be released or sold. Should the adopters no longer be able to keep the dog, SGRR must be notified so that we can take the dog back into rescue and place it into another home. We reserve the right to remove a dog at any time should we find the adopter is no longer caring for their Golden in a way we see fit. Adopters then have to agree to follow up visits as needed.
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