Cajun *NEEDS FOSTER*
Cajun was picked up running stray, very nervous of strangers, leading us to believe she'd had minimal contact with strangers. When being transported by an animal control worker in a van without a leash, she displayed wariness of the worker and earned an immediate death sentence. A Barlee's volunteer happened to be on a work stint at the shelter and asked to see the dog. She saw a dog that was not used to people and needed to be given time and space, but who warmed up nicely. She persuaded the shelter manager to allow us to take Cajun, but when she went back, Cajun had already been sedated in preparation for the lethal needle. So, Cajun barely scraped by. She has recovered fine. Cajun is super beautiful. She remains distrustful of new people but warms with time and cookies. She is active and super affectionate with her people, and smart. She intos strongly with other dogs but generally gets along with most, tho she's drivey so we avoid smaller dogs, and no cats. Cajun needs someone to go out on a limb for her, she has a lot to offer and will bark any intruder away.
NAME: AUTUMN GENDER: F BREED/MIX: Hound x Retriever AGE: ~3 yrs WEIGHT: ~50 lbs DOGS: good with most - intros strongly CATS: no KIDS: great with kids in foster family OTHER: Needs slow intros to new people - wary of strangers. Good after a slow intro. Great in car and in crate Autumn is a young hound mix who was picked up by a very busy animal control in September. When she was still there in November we were asked to pull her int our care. She's a character, who in the right home will make someone really, really happy. In the wrong one, she'll make you rip your hair out. She loves cuddles from her people, and generally likes attention from everyone, but can be standoffish initially. Given her nervousness, she likely wouldn't be a match for young kids. She's socially awkward with other dogs - she doesnt seem to know how to introduce herself, so she'll bark and act pretty ridiculous and it weirds most dogs out. She has a big bark and knows how to use it, so she isnt an ideal candidate for apartment living. She is super smart and loves to learn. She is the dog in rescue that everyone loves to laugh with. We're waiting for the perfect home to come scoop her up.
Winchester *NEEDS FOSTER**
NAME: WINCHESTER GENDER: M BREED/MIX: Bluetick Coonhound AGE: ~4 yrs WEIGHT: ~55 lbs DOGS: Warm and cold - great with most - when stressed can redirect on other dogs CATS: Great once familiar with them - barks at first KIDS: Older kids only (teens or older) OTHER: Needs experienced home and must be agreeable to certain handling keys. Experienced physical and psychological trauma prior to rescue (shot). He has rehabb'ed nicely but can be triggered into highly defensive behaviour so it's imperative that he be handled as directed. Crate-trained and house-trained. Walks well - still a bit nervous of busy areas and some vehicles. Loves all women - needs to warm up to men - loves them too after the intro. Very responsive to rewards based training (food!). As per the breed, vocal at times. WINCHESTER is a sweet adult bluetick coonhoud that was picked up stray after being shot in the leg (He has recovered just fine). When he came to us he was quite shy and timid, and needed time to get used to the sights and sounds of urban living. He was adopted September 2013 to a family who took the time to acclimate him to life as a housepet. He has done well with them overall, but has demonstrated some guarding and protectiveness around high value treats and bones. We have been asked to find him a home that can work with him with this issue. He loves sunbathing in his backyard, and is an expert toy destuffer. He is not a dog that is suitable for heavily populated urban environments as they can be scary for him, and should go into a single dwelling home as he has the deep coonhound bay. He will need a family that will handle him using all positive reinforcement training, as physical corrections will only scare him. If you are looking for a gorgeous companion with a couple quirks, look no further!
NAME: FINLEY GENDER: M BREED/MIX: Australian Cattle Dog AGE: ~2 yrs WEIGHT: ~45 lbs DOGS: great - bit pushy CATS: chases them KIDS: not aggressive but mouthy - older kids OK OTHER: great in crate, can be vocal, good in car, very active and smart, great recreational dog sport prospect FINLEY is a very handsome 2 year old Australian cattledog. He was originally surrendered to a shelter for showing some discomfort around kids while eating. He spent a couple months waiting for a home that never came. We agreed to take him into our rescue program at the beginning of May. While with us he has proven to be everything a young cattledog is known for. He's chock full of energy and will need an outlet for this. That said, we've discovered that with intense activities he will develop a bit of a limp. We are looking into possible causes, but its likely the result of a previous injury he sustained before his time with us. It certainly doesnt stop him from giving it his all, and loves frisbee, fetch (though its mostly one sided I play and you watch right now) and chewing on his bone. He is super smart, and will need someone who can keep him equally challenged mentally. He came to us knowing no obedience which we are working on with him in his current home (did we mention he is smart and loves learning new things?). He is working on crate training, and is housetrained. He has done well with other dogs, though isn't always a fan of very exuberant or in your face dogs. He's currently untested with cats. Given his breed and exuberance, we're looking for a home with older kids or a child free home. If you are interested in this handsome hunk, feel free to fill out an adoption application.
NAME: AUBREE GENDER: F BREED/MIX: Terrier x?? Part hyena? AGE: ~3 WEIGHT: ~30 lbs DOGS: Good - see other CATS: Good - see bio KIDS: Good OTHER: Reportedly previously leash-reactive - seems to vary with handler. Good in crate and in car. Fostering with a toddler with no issues. This little moppet is named AUBREE and she landed in a shelter, picked up stray. A woman fell for her completely and visited every day, and when her stray time was up she took her home. She was broken-hearted when she brought her back after less than a week - apparently she was very leash reactive. So far we're not having leash issues with her, or minimal...but she's just arrived. She milled about with the other 5 dogs on her transport with no issues and she's standoffish with strange people, but quickly warmed to them on transport day as well. She's a small/medium sized dog with a wirey type coat, possibly some type of terrier mix. She has had exposure to children as per her temp adopter and did fine, though because of her guarded nature I don't think a home with small human siblings is the best match. She would do well with another chill dog or as an only dog - she also tested beautifully with cats. She is showing some onleash reactivity, which we'll address in foster care in order to hopefully nip in the bud. Aubree was brought up here with an approved adopter in mind who we are still determining whether she'll match. So while she's available, we won't process any apps specifically for her until/unless it's determined that she's not a match for our approved applicant. She's been very cuddly with her foster family and they are thoroughly enjoying her. Someone is going to luck out on this speckled muffin.
NAME: GOLDI GENDER: F BREED/MIX: Retriever x Spaniel AGE: ~10 months WEIGHT: ~35 lbs DOGS: Excellent CATS: Excellent KIDS: Timid - see bio OTHER: Behaviour is consistent with a dog that was not socialized to anything until late puppyhood. Skittish and flighty but fighting her fears very much. NEEDS TO BE IN MULTI-DOG HOME - temp'ed in a dog-free home and was very scared there. Zero aggression - very playful - just conflicted about whether she should be near humans. Given space, she comes around and will even come up on furniture to be near other people and animals. Not a mean bone in her body, and very very playful with other dogs! Cuteness alert! Do they get much sweeter than this? I wish GOLDI could tell us about her past...but her behaviour reveals a lot. She was described in the shelter as extremely fearful but not even remotely aggressive - and not leash broken. It was an absolute pleasure to meet her in person. She is quite young (approx 10 months) and skittish as we were expecting. However she has this joie de vivre that bursts out of her, and she is clearly trying to conquer her fears - and winning! Her behaviour is very much like our "HOD dogs" from a few years ago; she is fearful, not aggressive whatsoever, and her behaviour is consistent with having received no exposure to or handling by people prior to her shelter time. This is not very tricky to rehabilitate - it just involves a low key household with quiet and patience. And, hand feeding initially, to reinforce the connection with scary humans and great things. I suspect Goldi will do fine with other animals and kids, after rehab...she is just a kind spirit who is lacking the confidence to be bold and demonstrative with people. She is learning about being a house dog. Did I mention she is just as sweet as can be? We'd like to get to know her a bit more in foster care, but I'm very optimistic about her future, and someone is going to get a pint-sized little wonderpup in Goldi
NAME: CHUBBS GENDER: M BREED/MIX: Labrador Retriever x AGE: ~18 months WEIGHT: ~60 lbs DOGS: Excellent! CATS: Excellent! KIDS: Excellent! OTHER: Visually impaired - left eye removed, right eye has some impairment in vision. No problems getting around, very sweet, great with everyone and everything We don't have too much information on Chubs at this time as he's on our wait list and not with us at this point. He was adopted and returned due to no fault of his own. Despite being visually impaired, he gets around great and is reportedly great with everyone and everything. Great family dog potential.
NAME: JEWEL GENDER: F BREED/MIX: GSD x AGE: ~10 months WEIGHT: ~37 lbs DOGS: Yes - see notes CATS: As per contact, yes KIDS: Exposed to kids 10+ - fine OTHER: Slated to arrive at the end of the month from VAFA shelter in Iran. Currently staying in a foster home with 2 other dogs so no problems expected. As per shelter contact, exposed to cats and kids 10 and older and fine. A proper bio will be posted once we get to know her.
NAME: Delilah GENDER: F BREED/MIX: Beagle AGE: 10+ WEIGHT: ~40 lbs DOGS: Most likely - see bio CATS: Untested KIDS: Untested OTHER: Senior, abandoned roadside with other dogs, had milk but no puppies, can be vocal, fearful (not aggressive) - coming around This girl with the beautiful eyes is on our wait list and not with us yet. She was abandoned with some other dogs at the side of the road; one was a nursing dam with a young litter, and this girl had milk but no puppies. All the others in the group have been rescued except for this old girl. We don't know much about her except that she's very fearful in the shelter, but not aggressive, and is coming around. Her condition indicates likely past neglect. Really needs someone to go out on a limb for her.
Here's Bailey! She was surrendered due to what we'll just call irreconcilable differences with the other female dog in the home. Her owner took great care of her and was sad that it could not be worked out. Bailey is actually doing very well with other dogs so far - but she does have an air about her where I could see her not taking any cr@p from a dog that was so inclined to dish it to her. She is a bit cautious with new people, but comes around. She has anxious tendencies in some situations and leaving her home and driving here seemed to have left her confused and a little scared. Other than the common rough first couple nights crated that many orphans go through, she's working through this well in foster care. She has a chill dogbrother that she's playing with and as per her foster family, is an easy keeper in the house, and good company on the work-from-home days. Bailey's breed mix is a mystery...I think we've settled on American Hoonose, or perhaps Shloundsky. She's approx 60 lbs and has been turning a lot of heads. I see her best matched with a family with older kids, but she would also be a good potential match for a couple. She's somewhat active and smart so would enjoy being busy with "me" things (eg recreational agility). She seems to have basic obedience and is ready to bond. She has lived with cats prior.
NAME: KINGSLEY GENDER: M BREED/MIX: Beagle x Spaniel? AGE: ~8/9 yrs WEIGHT: 28 lbs DOGS: Good - doesn't interact much CATS: Barks at first - playful once familiar KIDS: Older kids only OTHER: Was morbidly obese - down from 53 lbs to 27. VERY food-motivated and can be guardy of resources - and will try to hock food from a table or plate. Convinced he's being starved to death and acts that way. Loves walks, pulls a bit on leash, great on a flexi lead, loves his crate, knows some commands and will now wait for a verbal release before eating. Barky when stimulated, stops quickly. KINGSLEY is the most adorably unique dog out there! Originally pulled from a high volume shelter he was adopted in 2014 by a young couple. They love him to pieces, but decided he's not meshing in with their lifestyle and have asked us to find him a new home. While he was with us he let us know that his favorite things in life involved sunbathing and eating. He is definitely a be near you dog, but isn't necessarily one that wants to cuddle 24/7. He's done well with dogs his size, and cats that don't run away scared, but will often need time to warm up to bigger dogs. True to his border collie roots he will chase cats or small animals that run. He was briefly exposed to kids on his first night in foster care, and was ok, but he has been protective of himself when handled (ex being picked up to load into a vehicle or at the vet) and because of this we are looking for a child free home. He seems to gravitate to men vs women, and loves to have his ears rubbed. He has the best tail - it looks like it was docked, but its about 8 inches long and bushy! He is definitely a unique looking guy!
NAME: Marco GENDER: M BREED/MIX: Shih Tzu x AGE: 3/4 WEIGHT: ~20 lbs DOGS: Yes - see notes CATS: Untested KIDS: Untested OTHER: Arrived in June from VAFA shelter in Iran. Injured when found - recovered but missing his right eye. Currently staying in a large shelter loose with many other dogs so no problems expected with other dogs. A proper bio will be posted once we get to know him.
Bunny (formerly Pani)
NAME: Bunny GENDER: F BREED/MIX: Terrier Mix AGE: 5 WEIGHT: 13 lbs DOGS: Ok CATS: Good KIDS: Untested OTHER: She is a sweet and sassy little lady. Loves her human and the belly rubs and snuggles that come with them. She is house and crate trained, loves her crate. She is fairly low key and for the most part an easy keeper. She is showing possessive tendencies of 'her things' around other dogs which we are working on in foster.
ARRIVING JULY Rose 2 Y/O female spayed Currently all we have is very sweet well behaved that is supposedly good with other dogs. Rose was found as a stray and had to have one of her eyes removed. Will find out more when she arrives in foster care.
ARRIVING JULY This is all we have so far: Hey Ladies, we have these two babies surrounded to the shelter by their mom who's old and can't take care of them anymore after her husbands death. They've been living with other dogs and cats and are very social and kind. Aroosak (means Doll in Farsi )is 5, spayed female around 18 lbs Have lived in a house with dogs and cats
ARRIVING JULY This is all we have so far: Hey Ladies, we have these two babies surrounded to the shelter by their mom who's old and can't take care of them anymore after her husbands death. They've been living with other dogs and cats and are very social and kind. Baby 4, spayed around 38 lbs Have lived in a house with dogs and cats
Hanna *Adoption Pending*
NAME: Hanna GENDER: F BREED/MIX: GSD x AGE: ~10 months WEIGHT: ~37 lbs DOGS: Yes - see notes CATS: As per contact, yes KIDS: Exposed to kids 10+ - fine OTHER: Slated to arrive at the end of May from VAFA shelter in Iran. Currently staying in a foster home with 2 other dogs so no problems expected. As per shelter contact, exposed to cats and kids 10 and older and fine. A proper bio will be posted once we get to know her.
Jay *Adoption Pending*
NAME: JAY GENDER: M BREED/MIX: Treeing Walker's Coonhound AGE: ~4 WEIGHT: ~55 DOGS: See bio CATS: See bio KIDS: See bio OTHER: Scheduled to arrive late May - still in shelter, limited information. Surrendered to shelter for 'snapping at' (not connecting) toddler who had approached him while he had a bone. Shelter staff love him, we will post a proper bio once we get to know him.
Buck *Adoption Pending*
NAME: BUCK GENDER: M BREED/MIX: Labrador Retriever x AGE: ~4 WEIGHT: ~60 lbs DOGS: Most likely - see bio CATS: Most likely - see bio KIDS: Excellent OTHER: Visually impaired (not fully blind). Staff favourite. Very chill, easy to walk, great with everyone. Shelter contact raves about how great he is. This lovely smile belongs to BUCK. He is a young adult male Retriever mix who is scheduled to arrive at the end of the month (May) from a high-volume shelter. We don't know a lot about him yet other than that the shelter contact could not say enough nice about him. Children come in on Saturdays to read to the dogs and they all want to read to him - dog walkers all want to walk him. Due to his disposition as described and his visual impairment, we're not anticipating any issues with other dogs, cats or kids, but he's not officially tested yet. Further details will be posted as we get to know him.
Hank *Adoption Pending
NAME: HANK GENDER: M BREED/MIX: Redbone Coonhound AGE: ~1 year WEIGHT: ~65 lbs DOGS: Great! CATS: Chases them KIDS: Too much energy for little ones. Bigger ones ok OTHER: Loves kids but doesn't yet understand what is too rough. Not aggressive - loves everyone - just too much for little ones. Great in crate, in car, pulls on lead. Puts himself to bed early evening. Vocal as per breed - not an offlead prospect (unless area is enclosed). Very social. Who doesn’t love a Coonhound?! We have had so many great hounds come through rescue over the years, we’ve developed a special affinity for them - and many of our supporters have become coonhound fans as well. Hank is a gorgeous Redbone Coonhound with awesome ears and the typical Coonhound lungs. He is fostering with 2 female dogs and doing great with them - we’re still working on the cats. He’s interested and barking, but we need to do a little more work to see if he’ll settle in. He’s about 18 months of age and very adolescent, and true to his coonhound roots - goofy, noisy, and loves the luxury of furniture. He’s keeping his foster family on their toes with his counter-surfing and is learning to walk nicely on leash, using a Sporn. Hank is friendly and loves his teenage human foster brother especially. He does well in his crate and puts himself to bed by 9pm and sleeps till morning. If you’re a coonhound person…here’s your guy! Handsome - sweet - and all hound.
Cheshmak ("Wink") *Adoption Pending
NAME: Chesmak ("Wink") GENDER: F BREED/MIX: Terrier x AGE: 2 WEIGHT: <20 lbs DOGS: Yes - see notes CATS: Untested KIDS: Untested OTHER: Slated to arrive June 2 from VAFA shelter in Iran. Injured when found - recovered but missing her right eye. Currently staying in a large shelter loose with many other dogs so no problems expected with other dogs. A proper bio will be posted once we get to know her.
Sophie *Adoption Pending*
NAME: Sophie GENDER: F BREED/MIX: GSD x AGE: ~10 months WEIGHT: ~35 lbs DOGS: Yes - see notes CATS: See notes KIDS: Exposed to kids 10+ - fine OTHER: Slated to arrive at the end of the month from VAFA shelter in Iran. Currently staying in a foster home with 2 other dogs so no problems expected. As per shelter contact, exposed to kids 10 and older and fine, but "doesn't like cats". A proper bio will be posted once we get to know her.
Scout *Adoption Pending*
Meet SCOUT! This drop-dead gorgeous mostly Great Dane was abandoned at a dog park. He had the piece of mind to have this happen at the park where one of our rescue colleagues was with her dogs...thankfully, since she took him to the pound and then followed up when his owners didn't claim him. At the end of it all, he has ended up here with us. Scout is a young adult, estimated at about 18 months of age. He is the picture of health, and shows no signs of having been mistreated by humans. He also shows no signs of having been trained or taught much! He has a great attitude however, and is very smart and food-driven, so he is coming along. He isn't really aware of his size and that it makes jumping up on people a really bad idea - but he's learning. We're still getting to know him, but so far he's done great with dogs, cats, and all people - in the car, onleash, and in the crate. Scout is on a foster-to-adopt, meaning he came right in to an approved applicant, but since we have not seen him in a home environment prior, we want to ensure that he's the match we felt he could be before he arrived. I'm not sure his people will be wanting to let him go - but there are so many other big, young, happy dogs needing homes, so if he looks like someone you would be interested in, don't be afraid to apply - it's never hard for us to find a dog needing rescue.
Archie and Bear *Adoptions Pending*
Warning - graphic cuteness follows! These two little muffins came from another rescue. Information is hard to decipher but from the paperwork there appear to have been 8 puppies initially who tested positive for parvo - we cannot get details on the treatment, but they don’t appear to have been hospitalized but possibly treated at home - Archie (white) had several large sores where he may have gotten fluids, some infected. They have gone through the incubation period with us and appear to be healthy, and have started vaccines, so we don’t anticipate problems outside the usual risks for puppies. These guys appear to be short-haired mixed breed puppies - possibly pointer, hound, or retriever crosses. They are being well socialized in boarding but they really need to be out into homes! Archie is the larger and the stronger personality of the two - he is constantly vying for human attention and jumping up, sometimes all over his brother, who more politely waits his turn. These guys were estimated at 10 weeks in mid-February. With puppy adoptions, the vet costs are larger than with adult dogs so the adoption donation is slightly higher at $400 but this offsets their costs - including their neuters, which will be done at our vet and at our expense once sexually mature.
Bear (formerly Kevin)
Bear was picked up by animal control as a stray. He stood little chance of finding an adoptive home in the shelter, and we were asked to help. When he entered our foster program at the beginning of March it was apparent that he hadn't had a great life up until this point. He was covered in scabs, and had an abscessed tooth. We've had his teeth all cleaned up, had him neutered and had an overall health check. Other than being mostly blind from cataracts (a condition likely due to his age) he is a pretty healthy guy! He does dribble a bit of urine, but its easily managed with a belly band. He is fostering with other dogs, and and a cat, and he does well with both. He would be best matched with another older dog, or one that isn't looking for a wrestling buddy. He is fostering with kids and is great with them. We feel he would do well with calm kids who can respect the boundaries and needs of an older dog. He has a lot of spunk in him, and will make someone a happy companion. We are looking for a home that can offer him a place to relax in his golden years, and see what being loved and cherished is all about.
Nicknamed Katy Purry, Katy is a cat that belonged to one of our foster volunteers. When her owner passed away unexpectedly and her extended family not wanting to take on another cat we stepped up and offered to take Katy into foster care. Katy lived with other dogs and cats and did ok with them, but always chose to keep her distance from other animals. She is fostering with a kitten and is tolerating her persistent playfulness, but would likely best match with another settled cat, or a pet free home. She is quite bewildered with all the recent changes, but is adjusting as well as is expected. She is a longer haired cat and will require regular brushing to keep her from matting.