Niagra County, New York – This dog is a “fire-breathing demon,” but the Niagara SPCA wants you to adopt him.
The Niagara SPCA, a nonprofit animal shelter in New York’s Niagara County, has garnered attention on social media for its bold ad for rescue dog Ralphie, who is looking for a new home.
Most adoption ads focus on the animal’s good qualities—traits that can make a prospective family choose a dog or cat as their forever home.
But the Niagara SPCA chose a different technique for Ralphie.
“We don’t really have a lot of good things to say, so we’re just going to get it out there,” the shelter wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
The SPCA explained that “on the face of it, he is an adorable, highly sought-after young dog. People should be fighting for him through our doors.”
But in reality, “Ralphie is horror on a small scale,” says the shelter. “We’re sure what you’re thinking: My ankles will be fine. We warn you, proceed at your own risk.”
The shelter wrote that the 26-kilogram dog had already been taken in twice. His first owners brought him home after a failed training process. Then, “It’s been two weeks in this new home and he was given to us because he was ‘annoying our older dog,'” the shelter continued. “What they really meant was, Ralphie is a fire-breathing demon and will eat our dog, but hey, he’s only 26 pounds.”
Ralphie is “a complete moron – even half,” the shelter wrote.
“Everything belongs to him. If you dare to test his ability to possess things will cause anger,” they wrote. “If you show a moment of weakness, prepare to be taken advantage of.
“The ideal home for Ralphie is a Mother of Dragons or adult home free of other animals, with an owner who will keep him calm and strict, putting up with zero shit,” they added.
But brave potential adopters won’t be alone in their quest to combat Ralphie’s fiery nature. According to the shelter, “Ralphie’s previous trainer will provide his new adopters with the training tools they believe he needs to succeed in a home.”
The Niagara SPCA told CNN that Ralphie was still available for adoption Friday.
The report used information from CNN.