Updated February 5, 2024
Cassie has a long history of neglect. She was found outside as a chained dog in a neglect case, and ended up at a shelter that was completely inundated and immediately put her on the euthanasia list. She came in overwhelmed and a little bit frightened, but very much receptive to a kind hand and a little snuggle. She LOVES to be close to someone, and she loves to play!
She has blossomed into a friendly little chunky monkey who just wants to snuggle and give kissies. She wants to remain a homebody, lap dog, in a quiet home. She’s looking for someone who’s happy to have a sort of introverted life. She is crate trained and very easy to be around. She’s friendly and social with all of the people she meets, but she’s not necessarily a super outgoing dog. She would be happy to sleep in her crate while someone goes to work, as long as it was followed by her person coming home and spending time with her. Other dogs make her a little bit nervous and defensive, so we want her to find a home as the only dog. She has no idea what to do with a cat. In her cat tests, she was not aggressive. But we are going to label her no cats at this time.
We need someone to give her a chance. She’ll be a little bit of a project, But most of what she needs to accomplish is through passive learning- just being allowed to be a house dog.
Not ok with cats
Ruthie came in from a neglect case where she was kennelled her entire young life. She was one of the lucky few hounds to make it out of the previous shelter. She came to us emaciated and needing medical attention. But she is now healthy and at a normal weight and learning how to do lots of things! Ruthie is crate trained and is making progress on potty-outside training, basic commands, and “being polite”. She’s extremely treat motivated and although she does not have a lot of basic obedience yet, she walks awesome on a leash and really enjoys being engaged and given learning opportunities. She’s a diamond in the rough , but anyone who knows hounds, knows they make great, fun-loving, joyful family companions. She is cat friendly! And yes, she does bay. 🙂
Ok with cats
Sage is a one-ish year old Cane Corso who loves to play, but is also a puppy who knows how to settle down, especially when it’s time for a nice snuggle and some affection, which she absolutely soaks up.
She walks so nicely on a leash even though she is young. She has basic obedience like “come”, “sit” and “lie down” and she is also crate trained.
As is typical of the breed, she needs five or ten seconds to adjust when meeting new people, but she gets the message pretty fast with a cookie and a little hang out time that strangers can become fast friends.
She is a gentle but goofy dog who is probably going to end up being about seventy or eighty pounds.
She is a joy to be around.
Cat test pending.
This is Clover, a two-ish year old dog. She came in with her big best friend Haddie, an older black lab. Realistically we realize we probably will not be able to home them together, but what a bonus that would be!
She is spunky and playful even though she only has three legs! She gets around well and does not need a cart. She loves to play and is potty trained.
We would love to place her with Haddie or by herself.
Ok with cats.
Haddie is a 10 plus year old black lab. She is a very large black lab and weighs about eighty pounds. She has been on a diet with us which has improved some subtle “hip stuff” (hind weakness with many stairs) that we noticed when she first came in. Whoever would like to adopt her will need to keep her on cosequin/dasaquin supplements and be aware that she may need some additional treatments in her old age.
She is a lovely dog. Typical black lab. Although she does get persnickety with other dogs. It could be because she doesn’t want to get bumped around but she tolerates Clover’s puppy-ish antics very well.
She is a very nice, low maintenance dog who just wants a family and a snuggly bed of her own where she can live peacefully during her final years.
Ok with cats.
Dahlia is a 5 year old staffordshire terrier who is healthy and fun and just needs to be shown once and for all that she won’t be abandoned again.
She lived successfully in a home with other dogs and was a daily doggy daycare attendee, playing without issue with 30 dogs at a time, until her humans decided to euthanize her for “drooling too much”. The daycare staff loved her so much, they took her in, in order to spare her that awful, unfair fate.
Well, she hasn’t drooled at all with us. But we can’t imagine causing such emotional trauma to anyone for the crime of drooling.
She is a big dog weighing in at over 65 pounds. She has a big blocky stature. She is a giant teddy bear. She loves to play with toys and she is somewhat of a Velcro dog. She has been good with most of the dogs at the sanctuary, although we can tell when she is in pack she gets a little nervous and confused- she’s gone through a ton of change in a very short period of time.
She will fit right into a loyal home- snuggles, rides and just chilling will help heal the scars on her great big, soft heart.
We are looking for a home for her where she can be the only dog for atleast a little while she gets acclimated and learns to trust that she isn’t going to get bounced or moved again for the 3rd time this year.
She walks awesome on leash, has great obedience, and knows how to be a BFF.
Not ok with cats.
Maddie Lou is a 11-12 year old 30 pound female dog who’s spayed and ready to go. She’s sweet-sweet-sweet and loves other dogs.
Even though she is an older dog she loves to play and she’s so agreeable with everyone she meets. She has an upbeat personality and is so easy. She’s also happy to be crated with a blanket and a toy and has good house manners. She was definitely a beloved family member at some point. We were told that she lived with someone who died and she was found in very poor condition. She is now gaining weight and waiting for someone to love her through her golden years.
We hope she’ll find someone to take her home and treat her like family for whatever time she has left- if her enthusiasm for life is any gauge of the time she has left she will be with you for a long time! She could live with a chill cat, but probably not a spunky cat. Would prefer not to have to navigate too much cat-culture.
Ok with cats? Depends…
Loki Is a 3-ish year old neutered Shiba Inu.
He is extremely playful, fun and energetic.
We are looking for an adult only home for Loki and one that understands that he has one issue that needs to be managed- Loki gets very reactive around medical procedures, and grooming of nails. In these situations he needs to be lightly sedated or muzzled and this is a must. He will bite if someone comes at him with nail clippers or needles and he thinks he’s going to be forced to do something that he perceives as extremely scary. That’s literally his only issue- we know about it, we work around it here at the shelter, and we want to find someone who wants to take that on whole heartedly because even in spite of that issue, he is a really fun, sweet little dog. Making arrangements to adopt a dog like Loki will also mean that you have a veterinarian and/or groomer who is willing to work with a dog like him.
Loki could do well in a home with cats that are used to being around playful dogs. He tries to initiate play when they’re at his level, but moves on if they don’t reciprocate it. However, a nervous cat may not appreciate Loki’s presence. He also likes other dogs as well, although some dogs think his antics are extremely annoying.
He would be the perfect dog for an adult only home, where he has a little fence to run around to get his sillies out, with people who truly don’t mind making arrangements when it’s time for him to have procedures performed.
Ok with cats? Depends…
Gidget, who we call Gidgy for short, is a 3 to 4 year old spayed dog who is so loyal and sweet and pleasant to spend time with. Want someone to keep you warm at night? Play ball with you in the back yard? Keep you company in the office? This is your girl!
She is a great listener and has pretty good basic obedience, including this cute little “beg” pose that she does when she’s offered a treat. She definitely had a home that spent some time with her as a puppy and she’s wondering where the heck they went. As we understand it, she got loose and was picked up by animal control but sat waiting for her family to come and get her, which they never did.
Gidgy is fine around other dogs in passing, but she doesn’t necessarily trust or enjoy all of them and so we are looking for a home where she can be the only dog. She has met cats at the sanctuary -she seems to think they are toys to play with. Although we believe she could learn overtime to cohabitate with one- to keep it simple for her, we’d like to find a home where she can start out as the only animal and just get settled again. The less she has to figure out the less chance she gets bounced- the last thing this poor loyal dog needs is to get her heart broken again.
She would be a great dog for a home with kids, as she loves people of all ages (kids who, as we always say, are well behaved).
Not ok with cats.
Lucky is an 8 year old mix, full of fun loving affection. Well trained and loving to be part of anything social- she mastered basic obedience 1-3 and was class superstar!
She is good with some dogs but can get too excited and a little noodgey. She is great on leash and is polite in pulic social environments. She can meet other dogs nicely, but she’s a bit too quick to overreact if another dog gets up in her grill in a way she doesn’t understand.
We’d love to find her a home where she can be the only animal- not because she absolutely has to be, but because it would be nice for her to have all of the attention while she gets used to a new routine, settles in and finally reacclimates to homelife.
She loves kids, toys, people, couches, car rides, and adventures.
Not ok with cats.
Our sweet little poodle dude is such a loyal, sensitive, intelligent boy! Really, this dog has a shining personality. He is the director’s favorite, greeting her with enthusiasm and giving joyful affection when he sees his favorite people. Bax is somewhere between 3-4 years old. We believe he is a poodle/schnauzer mix- and what a great mix that is! He is smart, and very trainable, and loves to go for rides and long walks. He’s so happy to sit by your chair and relax and just watch the sky. He can be energetic but loves to settle down for a snuggle. He doesn’t bounce off the walls, but he will pick up and motivate if there is an exciting adventure offered, like water play pondside- which he loves.
Baxter is crate trained and walks well on a leash, but he is learning not to pull- pretty easy to teach through the stop and change direction technique. He pays close attention to his caretaker and takes direction easily- this is the kind of dog tricks trainers look for when they train for movies. He’s really quite the little character.
Bax likes some other dogs, but he needs to be told not to be a little stinker with some. Chill dogs are his favorite, other high-strung dogs are not a great match at all as he can be reactive when forced to be around other reactive dogs, and it does not bring out his best side. But he communicates clearly- so it’s easy to judge and really, there is no need for him to be forced to interact with situations he isn’t equipped to deal with. His cat tests also make us feel like a no-cats home would be best.
We will miss this little man, and all of his affectionate kisses and enthusiasm for life.
Not ok with cats.
Bonnie is a 3 to 4-year-old husky mix who came in with puppies and was a very very playful, kind, and attentive mama. She is spayed and ready to find her own home. “Bonbon” as we call her, likes other dogs and she’s also fine with cats. She is a really pleasant companion, loves to play, has a funny sense of humor, is polite at meal time and also happy to settle down and lounge. She is a very quiet, observant and patient dog. She’s also strikingly gorgeous.
She is crate trained and actually likes her crate, knows how to “sit” and is a pretty easy dog. Her only issue is that she absolutely can never get loose. She will run like a wild woman and you’ll never see her again.
Ok with cats.
Scout is a lively younger dog, between 2-3 years old. Not sure of the mix, but she is 40 pounds, and may have some Catahoula in her mix. She is pretty good with other dogs who are dog social and like to play.
Scout is an athletic dog who would love to learn how to be a jogging buddy. She came in pretty green, and she needs to learn how to walk on a leash without turning it into a “keep up with me” marathon, but she does love to go for walks. She is totally freaked out by the prospect of having to go into a vehicle- and we can tell it’s because she got dumped off at the scary shelter where she almost died during her last ride with her family. See, she is definitely not an under-socialized dog. She is already familiar with so many things, and besides being unsprayed, she came into the shelter we found her in pretty good health overall- including being heartworm negative, in good weight, and with no fleas- which is unheard of in the area of her origin, unless a dog was a family housedog.
She is very trainable; she is food motivated and also responds well to general praise and encouragement. She won’t enter her new home knowing all the things that might be expected of her, but she will be worth the investment of time. She is crate trained and knows to potty outside. She’d enjoy a life where she can have access to a fence or regular rigorous walks- really the combination of the two would be perfect, but one or the other is fine. She loves the water, loves to play fetch the stick, and her favorite treats are whimsies.
Potential to live with cats