Foster Location: Kansas City, MO
Age: 6 years (10/1/2012)
Kids: Over 8
Dogs: Yes, if submissive
Adoption fee: $500
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Darla came into SNAFU Rescue through no fault of her own after some recent structural changes in her home. Darla’s original family went through a divorce and she was rehomed to a family who also within two months had some family structural changes in their home as well.
Darla is a very sweet girl and loves being around all kinds of people. Initially, Darla was a little timid when she first came into her foster home but has made great improvement each and every day. She loves to snuggle and especially likes to be scratched behind her ears. As for living with other dogs, she does co-exist with other dogs in her foster home and seems to do best with submissive dogs who will not challenge her as she likes to be in charge of other dogs while playing. Darla loves toys and will take them from the other dogs and hide them in her space. She can get quite a collection going if not corrected. Her foster family continues to work with her and correct unwanted behaviors. Her new family will need to continue teaching her how to share. She does live with a dog savvy cat in her foster home and seems to co-exist just fine with him. Darla overall is very well behaved girl who just wants to be with her people.
Darla is fully potty trained and will use the doggy door as needed. She will take in the sights while she finds the perfect place to potty and when finished, she runs straight to the door as she doesn’t like to be outside alone. Darla has never had an accident inside and will hold it by the door until you notice her and will rarely bark for attention. Maintaining a consistent routine will be required to ensure her continued success with potty training in her new home. Darla is still working on crate training. She prefers to spend her time in a gated area when needing some down time. She also sleeps in her space quietly at night with no problem as she loves to sleep. For her security, we recommend a similar gated area or crate schedule is kept while her family is away from the home and/or she is left unsupervised especially around other dogs so everyone is safe and secure while away.
Medically, Darla seems to be in great health, other than currently being overweight. Her foster family has been working very very diligently in order to get her down to a healthy and acceptable weight. Her adoptive family will absolutely need to be VERY diligent about monitoring her food intake and her weight. Darla does fatigue easily when on walks and we could tell that she is having a more difficult time breathing due to being overweight. She would greatly benefit from short daily walks and her adoptive family needs to make sure she has plenty of play time throughout the day to burn some calories. Again, Darla’s adoptive family absolutely *must* understand how important it is for her health that she continue to lose weight until she reaches a healthy weight for her stature. Once she reaches an appropriate weight, we feel she will be able to be a bit more active without struggling to catch her breath so quickly, which will make her a much happier and healthier girl in many different aspects, especially as she ages. Obese dogs, especially bulldogs, have a lot more issues with heart problems, arthritis, joint issues, etc., so this is why we just cannot stress enough how important it is for her adoptive family to be very diligent with monitoring and maintaining her at a healthy weight (once she reaches a healthy weight, that is!).
Darla is spayed, has been heartworm tested, has been updated on vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given the go ahead for adoption by our veterinarian!
Darla would do well in almost any type of home except one that has small children and alpha dogs. She is used to going out with a fenced yard for potty breaks and is learning how to potty on a leash so a house with a fenced yard will be preferred for her (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling). She does well on stairs but they are hard on her joints and could potentially become an issue for her to manage in the future. We also think she’d love to go work with his new family if they wanted to take her with them to the office as long as she had her own area to hang out in with not a lot of stranger dogs coming and going from her space. She does LOVE to meet new people and would enjoy that! If not, she completely happy sleeping the day away in her space as long as she has a nylabone or two to chew on.
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Darla, please fill out an adoption application for her today!
NOTE: Please note that it will likely 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 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.