New York Shelter Wants You to Adopt This ‘Jerk’ Dog


This dog is a “flame-breathing demon” — but the SPCA of Niagara wants you to adopt him anyway.

The Niagara SPCA, a nonprofit animal shelter in Niagara County, New York, has garnered attention on social media for its bold ad for Ralphie, an animal looking for a new home rescue dog.

Most adoption ads focus on an animal’s good qualities — qualities that might lead a potential family to choose a dog or cat as their forever home.

But the Humane Society of Niagara chose a different technique for Ralphie.

“We don’t actually have a lot of good things to say, so we just want to say it,” Shelter wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

The SPCA explained, “At first glance, he is a very popular and adorable puppy. People should be knocking for him.”

But in reality, according to the shelter, “Ralfie was a little bit of a terrorist”. “We’re sure you’re thinking: My ankle will be fine. We’ll warn – use at your own risk.”

The 26-pound dog has been adopted twice, the shelter wrote. His first owner relocated him after the training process failed. Then, “after two weeks in this new home, he was handed over to us for ‘pissing off our old dog,'” the shelter continued. “What they actually mean is: Ralphie is a fire-breathing demon who will eat our dog, but hey, he’s only 26 pounds.”

The shelter wrote that Ralphie was a “complete jerk – not even half”.

“Everything belongs to him. If you dare to test his ability to possess these things, anger will follow,” they wrote. “If you show a momentary weakness, be prepared to be taken advantage of.

“Ralphie’s ideal home would be the Mother of Dragons, or an adult home with no other animals where the owner would lead him calmly and sternly — zero nonsense tolerated,” they added.

But the brave would-be adopters won’t be alone, battling Ralphie’s fiery nature. According to the shelter, “Ralfie’s previous trainers will provide his new adoptee with the training tools they feel he will need to succeed in the family.”

Ralphie was still available for adoption as of Friday, the Humane Society of Niagara told CNN.

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