Why would finding a forever family take longer than usual?
There are many reasons why certain dogs and cats get overlooked by adopters for lengthy periods of time while in rescue. Seasons of the year (i.e., tax season, Back to School, Christmas), economic climate, breed popularity or unpopularity in the media, special needs and urban myths about rescues sometimes influence high and/or low adoption activity.
Chloe is a beautiful Berger Picard that had a terrible start to life. She looks just like Winn Dixie and will quickly bond to one person despite her being very abused in the past and fearful of strangers. She has begun to learn to trust her caretaker but it will take a special person to work with sweet Chloe. She loves to run and play and has learned to get along with dogs smaller than her with appropriate meet and greets. Her best pal is a pittie puppy right now. We would not recommend her for a family with small children.
We do not think Chloe is a dog that can be cured of her past but she is manageable and loving to her special people. Chloe needs a confident leader and consistency. She thrives in a structured environment. She's crate trained and house trained. Once she is comfortable in the home she doesn't even need to be crated as she gets into nothing. She's past the puppy behaviors. Once Chloe loves you, she loves you to the moon and back.
What is a Long-Timer?
When we rescue a dog or cat we have an anticipated two week rehabilitation period, and then expect it will take 2-4 weeks to garner interest from adopting families via our online resources and social media. Rescues that have not had any interest from the public after two months are deemed a “long-timer”, essentially because finding their forever family is taking longer than usual.
Want to come home to a pup that greets you with a tail wag and a smile??! Look no further! Maxine is the biggest ham and she will add nothing but joy to your family. She is a 5 year old American Staffordshire Terrier whose absolute favorite thing is a good belly rub and she also likes to hug. She is super smart and has lots of energy but she does have an off switch. Maxine just needs consistency, love and patience. She'll pay you back with hugs, kisses and snuggles. She would do best as an only dog which is what has kept with us for such a long time, along with requiring a grain free diet.
What is the benefit of adopting a Long-Timer?
During a rescue’s stay with us, we really get to know all their special quirks and gifts. The family that adopts them will be equipped with an arsenal of knowledge regarding their new pet. From a best-loved toy to preferred treats, even the rescue’s favorite spot to be scratched. This insight will help ease the pet’s transition into their new home and make the entire adoption process rewarding for all. Long-term dogs and cats come with a built in support system. When a pet stays with us for an extended period, we become very attached to them and are especially thrilled when they finally find that forever placement in a new life. We love them while they are here and love to reunite with them after adoption at events and social opportunities.
Every volunteer and staff member who has invested time and love into our rescue’s journey wants to see them go home. It’s an event that brings many of us to happy tears.
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