Foster Location: Duluth, MN
Age: 5 Months (DOB 3/5/2018)
Adoption fee: $700
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Shirley came into SNAFU Rescue after being purchased at a commercial breeder dog auction. Thanks to the help of our generous supporters we were able to secure 16 dogs, now nicknamed the #SweetSixteen
Shirley is such a sweetheart that just wants to be loved. She loves being held, along with sitting next to you. Her favorite is going to bed for the night, yes she has gotten to sleep in bed with her foster mom and snuggles right in. She likes having a few bones to have in bed, but only chews on them for a bit before settling in for the night. She stays right next to you all night and sleeps through the night. No accidents in bed. She is just learning what toys are and likes to chew on the bones or grab the other toys and has started playing with them, along with barking at them. She has learned to go up and down our stairs outside on the leash. She is still very skittish, but gets better every day. This will take some work as she gets used to her home and surroundings. She doesn't like loud sounds and gets scared easily. She definitely needs someone that is patient with her and willing to work with her. She wears her harness all day and we only take off for bed at night. She has a regular leash that she drags around during the day because if you are not paying attention she will try bolting for the door. Once she gets used to her forever home and family this should get better but will need to be worked on.
Shirley is currently still working on potty training. While she has been doing a great job with going potty outside, she is a puppy and still learning, she is not 100%. She is working on her potty training in the house. She does fairly well in the house and has had very few accidents, but her foster family takes her out often. In the mornings, she goes out right away and she usually does both jobs instantly. A regular and consistent schedule will help with her continued potty training in her 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 her. She is working on crate training and goes into it 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. She does not know danger and is still learning what is expected of her inside the home.
Medically Shirley is in great health. Shirley has been spayed, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, is microchipped and has been given the all clear for adoption by our veterinarian!
Shirley would do well in almost any type of home but since she is still working on potty training and loves play time outside, a house with a fenced yard will be preferred for her, but is not a requirement for adoption. We also think she'd love to go work with her new family if they wanted to take her with them to the office! She loves to meet new people! If her people are not able to take her to work with them, no problem - she's completely happy sleeping the day away in her kennel as long as she has a few nylabones to keep her busy and her people can arrange a mid-day potty break for her!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Shirley, please submit 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, 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.