We saved Andy from the euthanasia list at Highlands County Animal Control in 2015. After spending some time with him at our kennels, it became apparent that Andy is pretty serious about resource guarding. Although our kennel staff adore him and we know he’s not a “bad” dog, until he overcomes this behavioral quirk he will remain with our rescue. We don’t want to set him up for failure by sending him to a home before he’s ready. Andy would benefit from a training foster home with resource guarding experience.
Tadpole was found on a good Samaritan’s doorstep in poor health with dog bite wounds covering his entire body. We don’t know Tad’s history prior to coming into rescue, but his behavior leads us to believe he experienced significant trauma. He is a total sweetheart who loves to roll in grass, kiss, and cuddle. He has been a great sport at adoption events and did a good job ignoring the other dogs. What keeps Tad from being adoptable at this moment is what we believe to be a form of doggie PTSD.
When Tad becomes scared or stressed, there is a chance that he will react very intensely and defensively. He is not a danger to our kennel staff, but due to the possibility that he may have an incident in a new home, he remains a Sanctuary Resident. We totally love this goofball and we hope one day we’ll see the stability in his behavior that will give us the confidence that he’ll succeed in an adoptive home. A foster home with experience in rehabilitating traumatized dogs (with no other pets) would benefit Tad.
We totally love Miss Piggy. She’s a highly intelligent, no-nonsense kind of girl. What gets Piggy landed on the “Sanctuary Residents” page is that she is very protective of her home, and she does not like to live with other pets. Because Piggy may pose a serious problem for a guest walking into an adopter’s home, we don’t feel comfortable putting her up for adoption at this point. Piggy would benefit from one-on-one training and a very experienced foster home with no other pets.
Hero is our resident “Dangerous Dog” designee (AKA a victim of a weird and outdated law that was recently turned upside down by Padi’s case). We agreed to give him sanctuary to save his life when Animal Services and the court said he would be euthanized if no one stepped up for him. Stepping up for Hero meant agreeing that he could never be adopted, must have his home address registered on their dangerous dogs page, we would pay a $515 fee every year to keep him alive, we must put signs up on the premises that say “Dangerous Dog”, he must be muzzled and wear a leash that says “Dangerous Dog” when outside of his kennel, and his kennel must be built to very specific rules. We don’t believe Hero is a dangerous dog. We’ve known him for over 3 years now, and he’s only ever given us endless love and kisses.
We strive to give these sanctuary dogs as comfortable an enclosure as we can, and provide them with walks, socialization, and toys to play with every day. We want it to feel like a real home for them, and we are their family.