Foster Location: Des Moines, IA
Age: 4 years (DOB: 4/25/2014)
Weight: 15 lbs
Kids: Unknown, Maybe dog savvy respectful kids
Adoption fee: 600.00
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Dakota came into SNAFU Rescue after being purchased at a commercial breeder dog auction. Thanks to the help of generous donors we were able to secure 16 dogs, now nicknamed the #SweetSixteen.
Dakota has been a wonderful foster dog her foster family reports! Dakota is still timid but has since has made great improvements and will continue to flourish in her forever home! She seems to be really settling in and adjusting more and more as time passes. She loves her people and enjoys to be near them and snuggle. Since she is timid, she would do well with a home with other calm dogs that can help teach her the "ropes". She hasn’t been around children in her foster home but she should be fine with with them long as they are older, respectful and dog savvy. She is still learning all appropriate social aspects of a pet home, so as with any dog, should always be supervised to make sure she is kept safe. Her foster family reports that she really enjoys walks and now tries to keep up with the resident lab who is out ahead rather than be coaxed! She really likes the outside and to lay in the grass. She is starting to play with and chew on toys and nylabones.
Dakota is still working on potty training but she’s very close to getting there! Consistency is key as well as not letting her roam too far out of sight. She will need a family that is very patient with her to avoid accidents. Patience, persistence and consistency MUST be given to her and will be the best tools for helping her succeed in her forever home. Dakota is crate trained, she is comfortable and secure in her crate when left alone or no one is home. Her foster family reports that she sleeps in a dog bed at the end of their bed and she really enjoys it in addition to doing well with it. We recommend that her family also keeping a similar crating schedule when her humans are away from the home and/or she is left unsupervised so she is safe and secure while no one is home. She does not know danger and must be protected and kept safe when her humans are not able to supervise her.
Medically, Dakota is in great health! Dakota has no other known health issues. She has been spayed; heartworm tested, has been updated on vaccinations/dewormings, is microchipped and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian!
Dakota would do well in almost any type of home but a house with a fenced will be preferred for her (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling) since she is still working on potty training and loves to go out lay in the sun and explore the grass. However, a fenced yard is not a requirement for adoption as long as her new family can ensure she gets several potty break walks a day and can ensure she gets the daily exercise a dog would require. While her people go to work to earn money for her favorite treat (Frosty Paws) she's completely happy sleeping the day away in her kennel as long as her people can arrange for a mid-day potty break for her and she has a couple of bones to keep her busy!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Dakota please fill out an adoption application for her today!
NOTE: Please note that it may be at LEAST a 3-4 week *minimum* before you hear back from us after submitting an adoption application. We typically give a week for a "grace period" for new applications to come in on any newly available dog in order to give everyone a fair chance to submit an application. After that time period, the applications are sent on to the foster family for review and that usually takes from at *least* a few days to a week to sort through the applications, etc. :-) Most of our dogs receive several applications so this process does take some time, especially on dogs who are more popular for one reason or another. We do require phone interviews to be conducted between the foster family and potential adopters, vet reference checks and a home visit to be conducted for all potential adopters, if they are selected as the top choice applicant, which will also take time to complete. That being said, we do always let our applicants know if they are chosen or not. :-)
IF you happen to not be chosen, please don't feel discouraged as, again, we usually get several applications for each dog, and sometimes it can be very difficult to choose just one adopter. In those cases, we usually offer to keep the applications for adoption on file for any future dogs that come into our rescue. :-)
ALL adopters are required to come and pick up their adopted dogs in person from the dog's foster home (we do not ship any of our dogs). Please have road/driving transport plans in place to pick up an adopted dog before you apply! While we are not against adopters flying a foster dog in cabin on a commercial flight, please keep in mind that many are not good candidates for flying due to size and/or being a brachycephalic/short nosed breed.
If an adopter can not keep one of our grads, for any reason at all, at ANY point in time, they *must* be willing and able to return their adopted dog to his/her original foster home, despite distance and any costs that would be required to do so.