Look at this cute guy! Rufus is currently being fostered by some kind people, but he needs to find a home. He was picked up off the street, but clearly wants to be with people.
Here's his story via his rescuer, Jessica:
I found Rufus while visiting my parents in California - he was running the streets with a German shepherd on July 29. The shepherd had tags, but Rufus didn't; my intention was to call the shepherd's owner, but I didn't know what I was going to do with Rufus. (I was catching a flight to New York to go home in three hours.) I opened the door to get the shepherd in the car and Rufus weaseled his way in. He was so excited, I didn't have the heart to take him out.Rufus needs a home!
When I came home with Rufus, my father insisted on letting him go because he and my mother couldn't keep him, and after a while, I gave in and Rufus was taken off leash. He wouldn't leave so my father walked around the block with him, and he disappeared.
I was so guilt-ridden, I decided to look for him about an hour later.
When I got near the car, I heard a thumping sound - it was Rufus' tail hitting the back seat. He was in the car! He'd found his way back and jumped in through an open window. When he saw me, he jumped back out. He was so excited to see me. At this point, I wasn't letting him get away again. We set him up at my parents' house in a small area where he was sheltered from the sun, but not the ideal area for a large dog. As you can see from the photos, he's very thin, has a skin condition on his ears and tail, and his neck has very little hair on it - I imagine from being tied up at his previous "home."
He has been an absolute sweetie to everyone, even children. He's fine with my parents' dogs, but doesn't seem too fond of cats. The vet thinks he's 5-6 years old; he's also 44 lbs., male and unaltered (as of right now). He likes toys, hardly barks, and just seems content to be safe.
My mother, however, recently had a heart procedure, and Rufus is too much for her to handle. I'm hoping to find him a home as he won't stand a chance at the shelter. He's not the most attractive dog right now, but with some love and attention he will be a beautiful, healthy-looking guy.
For more information, contact Jessica at 646.509.9141 (cell) or 212.209.8367 (work), or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org