NOTE: Please note that it will likely be a 2-3 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. :-)
Foster Location: Glenwood, IA
Age: 6 years
Kids: Yes, kids 8 years or older
Dogs: Yes - maybe one other submissive dog
Adoption fee: $500
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Molly came into SNAFU Rescue after being purchased from a rehoming ad on facebook/craigslist in order to ensure she found the best home possible as her forever home!
Molly is a very sweet, loving, happy girl who loves to meet new people that will dote on her and give her lots of attention! Her favorite past time is hanging out with and snuggling on the couch with her foster fur brother and her foster family. Her past is mostly unknown but we were told her former family ended up having a separation take place and her family could not longer keep her/properly care for her. She was reported to not get along with the other 2 German Shepards in her previous home and had yellow stains on her back when first coming to us. We believe she may have been bullied by the larger dogs and urinated on by them. She has since done well with other dogs while with her foster family but she does require slow introductions when first meeting new dogs. She also needs firm leadership from her foster parents, and seems to do very well with that. SLOW introductions are an absolute requirement when meeting new dogs, so that she has a change to slowly get to know new dogs or she will become snappy and defensive. Hey, we can't blame her for not wanting strangers "up in her business" upon first meeting. We don't like that either! Slow introductions means several days (not minutes, not hours) of slowly introducing her to new dogs via crating and rotating, baby gating the dogs apart so that they can see each other without direct contact, leashed walks, etc. Once she is able to get used to the new dogs, she's done very well with them. She will do best with maybe one other easy going dog in her adoptive home or would likely be fine being an only dog as well. She was reported to not prefer the company of very young children, but we feel she would do okay with dog savvy children that are at least 8yrs of age or older that are respectful and will give her space if she needs it. She has met cats while in foster care and has done just fine with them, so a home with kitties present would be welcome! Molly does do a bit of resource guarding with her food and, as with so many dogs in general, she needs her own space while eating so she is currently fed inside of her kennel to avoid issues with the other dogs during dinner time.
Molly is doing rockstar amazing on potty training and seems to be fully potty trained! While her foster family reports that she has been an excellent with going potty outside, as with all dogs, a regular, consistent schedule will help with her continued success with potty training in her new home. She has also done great with crate training and sleeps quietly in her kennel during the night or when her foster family happens to leave the home. 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.
Medically, Molly now seems to be in great health and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian!
She has been spayed, had a dental, had a small benign growth on her shoulder removed, had corrective eye entropian surgery on the top lids of both eyes, and is now updated on vaccinations, heartworm test/heartworm prevention and dewormings. Entropian means that the (top) lids on both of her eyes were rolled in, causing her eyelashes to touch, rub and possibly slightly scratch her eyes. This is a common issue with Bulldogs and we did not want to risk future eye issues/ulcers due to Entropian so we opted to have her eyelids fixed before being ready to be adopted, despite the costs to do so. Her eyes have healed wonderfully and she has had no issues after her corrective surgery! Last but not least, Molly appears to have some slight arthritis in her right front shoulder and, when we first got her, she was slightly stiffer there after taking long naps/sleeping through the night. She seems to loosen up and have no issue after getting up and moving around a bit. She has been on a joint supplement for joint support (Dogzymes Phytoflex) and this seems to have helped her significantly with mobility and seems to have greatly reduced any soreness/stiffness in her joints. She will need to remain on this daily supplement for the remainder of her lifetime so potential adopters will need to be aware of that. Approx monthly cost is $30-35.
Molly would do well in almost any type of home. A house with a fenced yard will be preferred for her (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling), but this is not a requirement for adoption. She has been doing very well with stairs while in her foster home, even more so after her daily joint supplement began to regulate, but a home with fewer stairs for her to manage on a daily basis would be preferred. We also think she'd love to go work with her new family if they wanted to take her with them to the office (as long as slow intros could be conducted with any other office dogs and those dogs were easy going and dog friendly!). She is a pretty quiet girl, and loves to just hang out near her people and snuggle!! If not, she's completely happy sleeping the day away in her kennel with a nylabone to keep her busy and as long as her family can arrange for a mid-day potty break for her!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Molly, please submit an adoption application for her today!!