My name is Mayhem!

Irish Setter Dog for adoption in Murfreesboro, Tennessee - Mayhem
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Almost Home Animal Rescue of Rutherford County

Facts about Mayhem

  • Breed: Irish Setter
  • Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
June 2014 - Mayhem is doing wonderful in his foster home. We were fortunate enough to have a wonderful trainer work on Mayhem's recall and other obedience commands, and this little guy is such a jem! He still loves to run and play and gets along great with other dogs. Mayhem will be a great addition to a family who understands his activity level, and can continue to be diligent with obedience training.

January 2, 2013 ---Mayhem is not currently available for adoption. Mayhem has a very strong (bird) hunting instinct, so much so that he has no "recall" - ie, he cannot be called back.Training him to be a safe dog in the event of an emergency has proven difficult. For example, the few times he as squeezed through a gate or out a door, he will not return; he simply runs and runs until he is tired.  Fortunately, he's been safe as his current foster has plenty of space for him to run and has a double fenced property, but this is not the case with most adopters.   For this reason, we are going to start Mayhem in training with one of the area's most respected field trainers, to see if we can train him to do what his breeding and instinct is telling him to do. He will be available for adoption at the end of April but we will not start taking applications until we have a better idea of the type of home he will be best-suited for once he progresses through his training.  His adoptive home must show a willingness and ability to continue his training. Mayhem is now about a year old. Mayhem is a confident, playful, loving puppy. He loves to romp and play with other dogs and also loves the attention of humans. Mayhem is learning basic commands, working on house training, and leash training. Potential foster families or adoptive families must be prepared for his very high energy levels and need for exercise. Mayhem would benefit greatly from obedience training with his new family, but also needs a great deal of exercise and interaction in order to reinforce positive behavior and prevent boredom.

Local adoptions, only, please (within one hour on Murfreesboro, TN). Physically fenced yard, attached to the home is required. We do not allow the use of underground or radio fences. Please do not ask to be the exception. Mayhem has been neutered, is up to date on shots, and is on heartworm and flea and tick preventative. We require that all pets in the household also meet these veterinary criteria.

About Almost Home Animal Rescue of Rutherford County

About Our Rescue Group...

Almost Home Animal Rescue, founded in 2004, has quickly grown into one of the area’s most respected rescue organizations. Located in Middle Tennessee, Almost Home utilizes a network of foster homes to nurture and prepare our rescues for their transition into permanent homes. A dedicated group of approximately 30 volunteers and fosters has allowed us to achieve our current success, and we depend on the kindness of people like you to continue to expand our reach into the community. 
We can ALWAYS use more foster homes. Simply put, more foster homes means MORE SAVED LIVES. We provide all veterinary care and preventatives; we ask that our fosters provide food and water, and LOTS OF LOVE. We also need volunteers for our monthly adoption events. Please email if you can help!
Please understand that Almost Home is a strictly VOLUNTEER organization. This means your emails might not be answered the same day you send them. PLEASE do not request that we call you urgently. We have jobs, family responsibilities, and many many animals to care for. We receive approximately 100 emails per day and simply do not have to speak by phone in the initial stages. We would be happy to answer your questions via email, send you an application, and explain the process. Once your application has been preliminarily approved, we will contact you to set up visitation and also to conduct the required home visit. Sorry if we are not able to respond as quickly as you might hope, but in many cases we are working well into the night just to care for the animals, and their needs come first.

Come Meet Our Pets...

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Our Adoption Process...

We are not a shelter. We are a group of VOLUNTEERS who take pets in need into our homes until they find their "forever home." Therefore, we do not have regular hours for people to visit. We ask that you send us an email inquiry regarding the pet/pets in which you are interested, and we will be happy to arrange a visit once an application has been filled out and passed a preliminary approval. A home visit and veterinary reference are also required as part of the application process.

We require a fenced yard for nearly all our adoptions. Occasional, RARE exceptions are made (for our occasional tiny/toy/mini dogs), but they are the exception. Please, respect our decisions regarding the needs of our pets. We have spent time with them in our home environment and make our decisions based on the needs of EACH specific animal. Some are unsuitable for children (usually due to high energy levels, NOT aggression), some are better with the companion of another dog, others would prefer to be an "only child." Don't feel that we are judging your suitability as a pet owner if we reject your application for a specific dog. We are merely trying to place dogs in the environment in which we feel they will have the BEST chance of success.

PLEASE NOTE: We adopt pets in the LOCAL AREA ONLY (within approx 30 miles of Murfreesboro). We require a home visit as part of the adoption process, and we are simply not able to travel great distances to complete these visits. Please respect our policy, and do not ask to be the exception. We strongly encourage those outside our adoption area to visit their local Animal Control/Humane Society; there are ALWAYS great pets in need at these facilities.

Our adoption fees vary. Please feel free to inquire regarding fees for a specific pet. ALL our adoptable dogs are up to date on required vaccinations (parvo/distemper, bordatella, and rabies), have been dewormed, are heartworm NEGATIVE at the time of adoption, and are on flea and tick preventative (Frontline Plus) and heartworm preventative (Heartgard Plus). All previously heartworm positive dogs will be disclosed as such. All pets are also SPAYED and/or NEUTERED prior to adoption with the exception of puppies deemed not old enough for surgery. In those cases, a spay/neuter deposit is required AND we require the pet be returned to our veterinarians for the required surgery (included in the adoption fee). Please do NOT ask to adopt an unaltered animal for breeding purposes. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES is this acceptable!