Foster Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Age: 4 years (DOB: 5/31/2015)
Weight: 18 lbs
Kids: 10 years or older
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Lillian 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 12 dogs, now nicknamed the #darlingdozen.
Lillian is a sweet, curious and cautious girl and is slowing learning to live the life of a pampered pet. Initially, Lillian was very timid when first coming into her foster home. She has slowly been making progress and seems to be coming out of her shell more and more as time passes but she is still unsure of human attention. While she is thrilled with her new life, it’s important to remember that she is dealing with a big transition and as such, she has been a little unsure/skittish and tends to run away if you come directly towards her. She will approach you when you’re sitting quietly but still needs some time to learn that being touched and snuggled can be enjoyable things. She will absolutely require a patient and easy going family who will not feel sorry for her for being scared and can continue to work with her on developing confidence. She will need a confident, firm leader(s) in her adoptive home. She loves other dogs, takes queues from them and loves to play and chase them around the yard at her foster home, so a home with other easy going, friendly, dogs will be preferred for her. Lillian currently lives with two dog savvy cats and, while she is curious of them, she is respectful and does very well with having them around. Lillian hasn't had much exposure to children while in her foster home but we feel she would probably do well with dog savvy, calm and gentle children 10yrs or older (under supervision) due to her still adjusting to the pet life and getting used to petties and snuggles. As with all dogs, she should always supervised when she is around kids, to make sure both she and they are kept safe.
Lillian is doing very well on house training but is not quite yet 100%. She has been pretty reliable in the house so far except for marking her favorite dog bed and she uses a pee pad in her ex-pen during the day when her foster family is away from the home. A regular, consistent schedule will help with her continue potty training in her new home. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be patient and willing to continue working on potty training. Lillian is currently sleeping in a crate during the night next to her family families bed and seems to do well with that routine. During the daytime when her foster family is at work, she is in an ex-pen with pee pads to use if needed which, again, she does seem to use pretty reliably. For her safety, we recommend that she keep a similar crating/x-pen schedule when her humans are away and/or she is left unsupervised so she is safe and secure. She does not know danger (what is okay to chew on or not) and is still learning what is expected of her inside the home.
Medically, Lillian seems to be in great health! She has no currently known health issues. She has been spayed, has had a dental, has been updated on vaccinations/de-wormings, has been heart worm tested, is microchipped, and has been given the all clear for adoption by our veterinarian!
Lillian would do well in almost any type of home but, again, the best fit for her would be a family who can be patient while she develops the courage to accept affection from humans and who may have another easy going dog (or two) for her to pal around with. Because of her skittishness with people we are recommending a fenced yard for her. She has mastered stairs (both going up and down) and is still learning to walk on a leash. She does not currently know how to potty on a leash but will use pee pads indoors so "city life" in an apartment is a possibility for her as well as a suburban home with a fenced yard. We also think she would be okay going to work with her new family if their office was very quiet and easy going. If her people are not able to take her to work with them, no problem – she is just fine snoozing the day in her x-pen with a comfy bed and a good chew toy or two as long as her people can arrange a mid day potty break for her!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Lillian please fill out an adoption application for her today!
Applications Are Under Review. We are no longer accepting applications for Lillian.
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.