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.
Foster Location: Omaha, NE
Age: 3 months (DOB: 12-06-19)
Adoption fee: $500
Fenced Yard: Preferred but not required
James came into SNAFU Rescue via breeder release. His breeder wanted him to be placed in a loving pet home to be spoiled and live out his life as a cherished pet.
James is very much a typical, active, silly, goofy, daffy, playful puppy who loves anyone and everyone he meets! You wouldn’t know anything is wrong with him until a vet listened to his little heart during a physical examination. James was diagnosed with a grade 4-5/6 heart murmur and was surrendered to SNAFU Rescue for help in finding a wonderful home for him even though his heart will need some extra monitoring by a cardiologist throughout his lifetime. James absolutely loves to play with the other frenchies in his foster home! He fancies the game of tug-o-war but given his size relative to the others he is destined to lose that game every time. James hangs onto the toy for dear life and just lets his furry foster friends drag him around like a little rag doll. Oh boy does he adore this game and the attention that comes with it!! James is still a puppy after all and it's truly fun and games all the time! After a good playful encounter with his new friends, James is in need of some down time. He will find his beloved raw marrow bone and settle in a quiet space for a chew session. If he isn’t playing non-stop (like a typical puppy), he is looking for a soft place to snooze. Whether it is a soft comfy place on the floor, snuggled up with his foster siblings or cuddled up next to his humans, James sure does crave nap time! He more often than not will mimic the behaviors of his foster siblings and because of that we feel James would do best in a home with other dogs. He sure does well with the entertainment they offer and will help him develop proper dog behaviors. James has been around children of all ages and we feel he is best suited for a family that has children 5 years or older. As with all of our dogs, slow introductions to other dogs and children in the household is a must and he should always be supervised to make sure both he and they are kept safe.
James is still a puppy; potty training is a work in progress. He has been doing well going potty outside, a regular and consistent schedule along with treat motivation will help with continued potty training in his new home. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training with him. In addition to his normal routine, his foster family makes sure to take James outside every 90mins to 2 hours (especially right after meals). He has had accidents in his crate but they are becoming fewer and further between. James sleeps in his crate when his foster family happens to be away from the home requesting a comfy blanket and a chewy to occupy his time but he doesn’t willingly choose his crate. James will become vocal when in his crate so it is important that he is only crated when his adoptive family is away from the home to reduce his anxiety. James does sleep in his crate in the evening but would likely prefer to share a bed and cuddles with his forever family!
Medically, James is in good health outside of his grade 4-5 heart murmur. He has had an echocardiogram (ultrasound) done on his heart. He has been diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect, which is an abnormal connection between the lower chambers of the heart ventricles. James does not currently need any type of heart medication and shows no symptoms (fatigue, fainting, etc.) that indicate he has any issues with his heart. James will need to be monitored for any signs of heart disease or congestive heart failure as he ages (fatigue, weakness, lethargy, shortness of breath, fainting, etc.) He will need a follow up echocardiogram at 1 year of age to reevaluate and determine if intervention is required. James is a happy, active puppy, (showing no outward signs of a murmur) but his heart absolutely *must* continue to be monitored by both a veterinarian *AND* a veterinary cardiologist for life. The cost of one echocardiogram ranges from approximately $400 at K-State in Kansas to approximately $600 in the Omaha, Nebraska area. Please research cardiologists in your area to check on prices for future echocardiograms for him in the future as they will absolutely be required for James and can be more or less costly depending on the area in which you live. Potential adopters will need to have a veterinary cardiologist within reasonable driving distance in order to be approved to adopt him (3-4 hours max driving time). Since his lifespan could possibly be shorter than a "regular" dog, we want him to have the best life he could possibly have, but that goes for all our foster dogs, of course! We will be VERY strict with "vetting" any potential adopters for James, as we want to make sure he is very loved and has the best life and care (both in home care and vet care) that he possibly can during his lifetime.
Please see this link for more information on Ventricular Septal Defect:
James would do well in almost any type of home but since he is still working on potty training, learning to walk on a leash and learning to walk down stairs a house with a fenced yard will be preferred for him (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard). He would eventually love to go to work with his new family if they wanted to take him to the office once he has mastered the potty training game! As mentioned, he loves all people and will quickly become fast friends with everyone at the office. If his people are not able to take him to work with them, no problem! James will sleep the day away in his crate as long as he has a couple of bones to keep him occupied, has furry siblings to keep him company and his new family can arrange a potty break or two for him throughout the day!
James is a very active, typical energetic puppy, so please be ready for the needs and care requirements of a young dog (and a special needs one, at that). If you are looking for an addition to your family that needs and wants your undivided attention, then James is your boy!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for James, please submit an adoption application for him today!!