Foster Location: Omaha, NE
Age: 9 years (DOB: 10-05-2009)
Kids: Yes, 5 yrs or older, dog savvy
Cats: NO, no exceptions!
Dogs: Maybe, if submissive & easy going
Adoption Fee: $350.00
Fenced Yard: Preferred but not required
Hope came to SNAFU Rescue after being networked from another rescue that was full to ensure she finds the best home possible forever home! Before coming into that rescue, Hope was a commercial breeding dog.
Hope's foster family has reported that she has been a great foster dog. Hope is a special girl who really wants to be your pet. She is more like a cat than a dog! She is happy to be with you and loves to play with toys, but she’s not a big snuggler. She’s very selective with her kisses. She is sweet, social to a point, she has great manners, is fully potty trained, and is overall a great gal. Hope is a hoarder and she loves to sneak anything she can get away with into her kennel and try to hide it under the corner of her bed. Her favorites are squeaky stuffed animals. Though she is getting much better with this habit, she still must be watched and have her kennel checked before leaving her.
Hope does not do well with large breed dogs and has gotten into a fight with one in the past (before coming to SNAFU Rescue) where she ultimately lost her right eye. She also likes to ‘fun police’ other dogs during play from time to time and requires slow introductions with new dogs that she meets. She does occasionally play with the other dogs in her foster home (under supervision, of course) but, the dogs in her foster home are very submissive & easy going AND she has a firm structure and pack hierarchy in place with her foster family. At this time, it is recommended that she go to a family with no other dogs or smaller or similarly sized very submissive & easy going dogs. She is looking for the right family willing to take a chance on her being a diamond in the rough. She does well with children under supervision and we feel she would be okay with a home with dog-savvy children 5 years and older present. Please note that we are unsure of previous long-term exposure, and while she is usually gentle, she is still learning all appropriate social aspects of a pet home, so as with any dog, should always be supervised when she is around kids, to make sure both she and they are kept safe. Her current foster human siblings are teens and she does very well with them and the occasional visits with younger cousins.
Hope is fully potty trained. A regular and consistent schedule will help with her continued potty-training success in her adoptive home. She is kennel trained and sleeps all night with no whining or accidents, especially if she has a nice fluffy bed to lay on. For her safety, we recommend that she keep 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 when her humans are not able to supervise her.
Hope is spayed had a dental, heartworm tested, updated on vaccinations, and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian. Before coming into our rescue, she had a few mast cell tumors removed with clean margins. She should be monitored as she ages for any future growths and those should be removed as soon as possible, should any occur.
Hope would do well in almost any type of home, but please remember she is timid at first and it will take some time for you to become her people. Patience, persistence and consistency MUST be given to her and will be the best tools for helping her succeed in her forever home. Although she is a senior girl, she does not let stairs slow her down! She can maneuver them with ease, so she would be happy in a home with or without stairs. She would love to live in a quiet home or have a family with someone who works from home if not, that's no problem at all for her - she will be happy to sleep away the day in her kennel on a comfy bed and a chew toy or two to keep her busy, as long as her people can arrange for a mid-day potty break for her!
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 accept for new applications for a period of 7 days or until 20 applications have been received for any newly available dog. 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.