Find Your New BFF!
But for those of you who want a REAL dog, one that will be your loyal companion and lifelong protector, one that will love you unconditionally until its last breath, we have some wonderful dogs who would love to meet you!
The simple truth is -- no dog is instantly perfect. If you want a dog that will never bark, jump, dig, chew, has perfect manners, and is 100% house-trained on day one, then please adopt Fluffy (or one like her).
A rescued dog can bring a lifetime of love and devotion, but in the beginning some may require a little extra effort on your part. Some of these dogs have been abandoned, abused, starved, hit by cars, or simply neglected by the humans they once trusted. Their worlds have been turned upside down beyond their ability to understand, and most will require some time to adjust. Some may need a refresher course in house-training. And, after being abandoned, some may have separation issues and will need help to feel secure.
It may take two weeks or it may take six months, but these issues can all be overcome with a little love and patience (and we're always here to help in any way we can). You will then have your perfect dog, and a true Best Friend Forever.
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Charlie is an adorable 10-yr-old Maltese/ShihTzu mix.
Dogs lose their homes for many different reasons... most of which have nothing to do with the dog: death of a guardian, not enough time for the dog, change in work schedule, new baby, need to move to a place where dogs are not allowed, kids going off to college, change in lifestyle, prospective spouse does not like dogs, or the novelty has worn off and they just no longer want the responsibility of taking care of a dog. All of these reasons are taken from real case histories, but whatever the reason given, the bottom line is the same: an innocent dog has been abandoned by the humans he once trusted and he doesn't understand why. In an instant, his world has been turned upside down.
Charlie is being surrendered by his owners because they are moving and, unfortunately, cannot take him. He is very healthy, current on vaccines, and has had a recent dental cleaning. He's a bit overweight right now at 18 lbs (due to being free-fed), but that's easy to fix -- just feed a low-cal meal twice a day and take a daily walks and he will be in great shape in no time! Charlie is very friendly and a great companion.
With Charlie you really have the best of both worlds. Charlie is healthy and young-at-heart. He's past everything you dislike about puppyhood, and he has plenty of energy without being hyper. He loves to go for walks, gets along great with everyone (including kids), and rides well in the car.
Small dogs such as Charlie can live up to 20+ years, so you still have the opportunity to give him the best years of his life!
Charlie's adoption fee is $125.
Solange is about 2 years old. She is predominantly a toy poodle, but mixed with something else unknown. Solange has very curly beige hair, darker tan ears, and weighs 7 pounds 8 ounces. She is very healthy, active and friendly towards new people and kids. She is gentle, loving and a really great lap dog. She is good with meeting new people, dogs and seems to ignore cats (so far).
As a rescue we do not know a dog's history, and sometimes we come across dogs that respond to situations in strange ways. We end up having to try and guess what 'may' have happened in order to move forward and correct any given problem or behavior. For example, maybe Solange was abandoned after living very closely with her previous owner, perhaps the owner carried her everywhere she went and then suddenly died leaving Solange perplexed because other humans weren't treating her the same way, maybe Solange was attacked by another dog and her scream got the attention she needed and she adapted this scream to getting attention for other things as well. Who knows what may have happened.
As you may have already guessed, this is what Solange does if she is left alone -- she panics that she's being abandoned and screams like she is being killed. It breaks your heart. As a foster home we have been working with her to try and correct the behavior, and we have been successful to a degree. In Solange's case, we have made tremendous progress because she is very smart. If Solange does not get the response she wants by doing this scream, then she will stop -- and that's a big improvement. But for we humans who have neighbors close by, this behavior is not well tolerated, even once, by the neighbors. Although we have made progress, it will take some time to completely correct this behavior, so it makes it difficult unless you have some 'space' surrounding your home to allow Solange time to unlearn this behavior in a 'positive' way. This is why we ask that an adopter have a home with some space around it, and not in close proximity to neighbors.
She does not scream in her foster home when a human is home, as we have been working very hard with her and she has improved dramatically (dogs or cats in residence are not humans and don't help her at all). She can now feel comfortable with closed doors between herself and her human, and if her human goes outside she is ok. It is just when she is left alone for any length of time she starts to get scared. We do think this too will pass when she becomes less and less afraid of abandonment. So your coming and going and always coming back to her will eventually build up her confidence and become 'normal' to her. We just haven't reached that point yet in her reconditioning, and she may slip back with rehoming if the adopter gives her attention when she screams like this. This behavior needs to be totally ignored, not even eye contact or sounds. Praise and treats when she communicates in a way that you like. With time she will be perfect. She is a pleaser and all she wants is to get along and be happy. But for now, she wants to be with her human as much as is humanly possible. A stay-at-home person would be perfect for her.
On another note, Solange is submissive to other dogs when she first meets them but is actually the dominant member and queen bee. She protects her food bowl and does not share. She does well with visiting dogs, but on a daily basis would prefer to be the only resident 'lap' dog. She doesn't seem to have any interest in cats other than curiosity which is good. She is quick on her feet and will run through the door but she doesn't go anywhere because she really doesn't want to leave your side. Her light weight makes her easy to carry, which she loves. Solange would love to be your purse puppy and go everywhere with you.