POLO

POLO

M | 3 Y | 55 lbs | Lower energy | GOOD BOY | Working on gaining confidence | Good exposure to dogs & children | No exposure to cats 


“Marco!” “POLO!” We’d like to introduce you to THE goodest (that’s definitely a word) boy out there from the Cayman Islands, POLO! A very hippy happy guy, he’ll bring a bounce and playfulness to his new home. Walking well on a leash and following basic commands POLO would do well with learning a few more rules in order to reach status of goodie two shoes! This will also help him work on gaining confidence as he’ll have more consistency in his daily routine. Being the goodest and most curious boy out there, POLO has done well interacting with older children, though he is a bit nervous at first. He has also done well meeting other dogs in the great outdoors, though inside is something to work on as he gets more comfortable in his new home. He foster believes he would benefit from a dog brother/sister. He is good with potty training up to 6hrs. As this is the case, a somewhat flexible schedule with time to let him out during the day would work well. As he likes having his own space and has done fine both in/out of the crate at night. We know that even though POLO favors his pooch pals to human companions he’ll find a special place in his heart for his new furever home! While this guy is hippy happy most of the time, he doesn’t love spending time in the car, preferring to spend it out and about with you and socializing with his pals at the park. Though he enjoys the great outdoors, POLO has a lower energy level inside but SUPER high energy level outside which makes it hard to tucker him out. Hanging out in an apartment-sized space suits him just fine as long as he gets outside playtime! Interested in finding the POLO to your Marco? Fill out an application to adopt today!

SERENA

SERENA 

F | 1Y l Pointer Mix | 30 lbs | Medium energy | Rambunctious | Good exposure to cats | No exposure to dogs | Best with older children


Think fast! It’s Friday night. What are your plans? If you answered playing fetch we may have just found your new best friend! Meet our gal pal SERENA! Ever rambunctious she loves to roll around with her toys and chase her tail. All of this hard work will likely tire her out and she’ll enjoy a good cuddle with you afterwards! Having come all the way from Mexico to make new besties, her temporary home is in Hamilton. Ideally, SERENA would do best in a home with some activity and room for her to pursue her love for running around. Having a medium level of energy, she is happiest playing with her pals, aka you! A flexible schedule would benefit this gal as that would allow for her to go out for a couple walks during the day. As SERENA came from a warmer climate (we’re totes jealous) she doesn’t agree with the frosty temperatures on walks and is likely to want outside time more as it warms up. Us too! This one is eager to please and learns quickly what is expected of her. She’s very well crate trained with proper leadership. That being said, she hasn’t attended training classes, and her new fam should expect to continue working with her on potty training, leash skills and just basic obedience. Louder noises and new situations make this gal a little nervous. SERENA is curious about her current fosters’ cats and is learning how best to interact with them. She has some experience with children, and showed no signs of aggression, however she was pretty nervous and therefore would be better with older children. Although she lived with many dogs in Mexico, she has been nervous with her limited exposure with dogs in our care. She will need someone willing to help her build confidence and learn proper intros for dogs! Interested in meeting your new best gal pal? Apply to adopt SERENA today!

BAYA

BAYA 

F | 4 Y | Shep Mix | 60lbs | Medium energy | Affectionate cool girl | Napping expert | Does well with proper intros | Some exposure to dogs | No exposure to children| Good Exposure with cats 


Meet cool girl BAYA (AKA Bae, Baybay, Bayoncé). BAYA can be shy and nervous at first, but once she trusts that you’re good people, she’s your BFF for life. BAYA is super affectionate and loves pets and being cuddled . She will even lift your hand up with her nose if you stop petting her before she’s ready. BAYA is super curious about other dogs and often initiates interactions with them when she sees them at the park. She might bark a hello or two (especially if barked at first) but can be easily redirected. She prefers if others respect her boundaries and with time slowly warms up to buds, proper introductions working best. Though typically laidback, BAYA can’t help but leap towards the occasional squirrel because, well, squirrel!! With her human’s direction, she’ll learn to regulate this instinct. BAYA will also need some guidance on her leash and learning not to pull. Being the cool girl that she is, she lets cats do their thang and currently lives harmoniously with two feline friends. They’re not besties yet, but do like to smell each other’s faces in passing to say hello. Don’t let those chill vibes fool you though, as she’ll have zero chill when you get home from work! It’s nice to have some loving but her furever home should expect to continue working with her to minimize any jumping. BAYA is patient but would do well in a calmer environment, likely to prefer older rather than rowdy younger children. This could be a good opportunity to encourage this girl to engage her with toys more! She loves that her current foster home has lots of space to move and groove and likes to go for a few walks a day having a medium energy level. BAYA is crate trained and goes in easily while her foster mom is at work. Are you or your fam super into that athletic life and like going for runs? BAYA is likely to be into this having been for a couple jogs herself! Not into running? That’s great too! BAYA definitely likes getting a couple naps in during the day. Eager to get to know this cool girl? Fill out an application to adopt today!

RASCAL

RASCAL 

M | 3 Y | Hound mix | 40 lbs | Medium energy | Curious | Building confidence | Needs proper intros | Receptive to direction/leadership | Good second dog | No exposure to cats or kids


Meet RASCAL! He was pretty shy when he first arrived in our care but he’s come a long way already and seeing him do things like seek affection from his fosters or get super excited about his toys gives us all the feels. He even enjoys getting all kinds of love and hugs at times. That said, he will still need some support in his furever home as he continues to build his confidence. It’s important to not baby him and continue to expose him to new things. RASCAL prefers to make the first move with human and dog friends but has improved big time meeting human buds without shying away. Not making a fuss about him and allowing him to check you out when he’s ready is the best approach and helps him feel brave! RASCAL is somewhat fearful meeting new dogs so introducing calming techniques in these situations could be one way to work on this with him, which will help him become more confident. RASCAL is medium energy but could probably adjust to an even more active lifestyle if that’s what his people were into. RASCAL is house trained, letting you know when he wants to go out and has been working on the basics including commands and responds well to direction and leadership. One command he nails every time is no and he’s very respectful if you indicate that something is off limits. He LOVES stuffed toys and playing tug. He sleeps on a blanket in the living room at night, and during the day is used to a more flexible schedule with his foster where he’s rarely left alone. He will definitely need time to adjust to a new schedule. RASCAL is comfortable with the other dog in the home and would do well with a second chill dog. If you’d like to meet him fill out an application to adopt today!

HENRICK

HENRICK 

M | 4 Y | Hound mix | 45 lbs | Medium energy | Smart and playful | Affectionate | Knows basic commands | Food Motivated | Not kid tested | Chases cats on street/limited exposure

HENRICK… doesn't that name just sound so distinguished? And honestly this dog is like beyond handsome so his name really suits him. HENRICK is a pretty chill dude but definitely prefers his humans, so he's looking for an experienced owner who is able to help him get comfortable interacting with other dogs and with new environments. HENRICK is very affectionate and if it was up to him your full-time job would be petting or hugging him. Unfortunately, you probably have a job that actually like pays bills so although he doesn't love being alone he appreciates that you need to work. If you do happen to have a flexible schedule that would be ideal. He’s extra hungry for attention first thing in the morning and when you come home from work but is otherwise pretty chill in the home and happy to watch you do things like cook dinner and fold laundry. Who even needs Netflix, your life is so exciting! He’s crated at night but usually spends the work day in one area of the house that’s blocked off. He enjoys having a backyard to explore. He gets super excited to go for walks and tends to pull especially during the first few minutes. He is currently being trained to be a better walking buddy. He is accustomed to three walks per day, morning, early afternoon and evening. He knows he’s not allowed on the furniture but will occasionally crawl up there just to make sure that it’s a real rule. It is. He has been friendly with meeting new people so far but will need time (and respect/patience from others) to have some space to find his confidence with new people and in new spaces. His interactions with other dogs have been limited so far so he would benefit from ongoing socialization. He has seen some cats while on walks, he treats them like he does squirrels, he tries to run right at them. We aren't sure how he'd do in a home environment with them! If you’d like to meet HENRICK fill out an application to adopt now!

WENDOLIN

WENDOLIN 

| F | 7 Y | Rottweiler mix | 70 lbs | Med to high energy | Working on leash skills | Very smart | Needs structure | Needs proper intros w/ dogs | No cats | Older kids only

When you’re regal as heck and need a super fancy name… meet WENDOLIN! Don’t let her age fool you, she’s an energetic ball of fire, at least, outside she is! She’s a big dog and can be pretty powerful on the leash when she wants to be so she will need a confident handler. Her leash skills will need work as she’s still pretty apprehensive in high traffic areas or new places so will need to build her confidence. Because Queen W spent most of her life tied up as a guard dog, she is VERY alert on walks, which makes her very stimulated around anything that can be considered prey - these Canadian squirrels are her favourite. She is working on being desensitized to this as we want her to be able to chill when on a leash. Ideally she would do best in a quieter part of the city but she is ok in an apartment as long as she gets a couple of good walks per day. WENDOLIN also has a high prey drive and will try to go after smaller animals (including squirrels, cats and some small dogs) on a leash so her human needs to be mindful of this and in control at all times. She is reactive toward cars as well and will need to learn to co-exist with them comfortably! This is because of her tied up/guard dog life that we’re trying to have her unlearn. She is very smart and totally knows how to work the system to get what she wants. She will benefit so much from structure in the home as it will help her to see you as a leader and realize that you can tackle anything as a team. She is food motivated but also LOVES affection which can be incorporated into her training too. Setting rules like not being allowed on the couch all the time will make cuddles after goodbehaviour that much more rewarding. She will try to follow you everywhere which is a sign that she feels like she needs to watch her pack (you!) but really she should be comfortable not being in control all the time. She is good at meeting people but needs proper introductions with other dogs. She can’t go to a home with cats and should only go to a home with older kids. If you’d like to meet her fill out an application to adopt now!



BELO

BELO

M | 3 Y | Lab mix | 45 lbs | Medium energy | Pretty chill dude | Needs training/structure | Needs proper intros w/ dogs/people | Not cat tested | No kids

Meet BELO! The guy is ready for his second chance at a forever and he’s pretty excited about it… only he’ll show that excitement by chilling the heck out. Fetch? Nah. Play with toys? Not today. Spend the whole day relaxing around the apt with his best human pals? YAS! Just because he’s a pretty chilled out dude doesn’t mean he’s a couch potato and he does enjoy going for a few good walks per day. Unlike other pooches who believe walks are all about socializing or sniffing all the things, BELO firmly believes that walks are for exploring and is happy just trotting along. He will need a firm and confident handler as he’s dealing with some reactivity on a leash to other dogs occasionally and small critters. BELO would be more suited for a home outside of the city so he can stretch his legs and spend some well-needed time in nature. Training classes would be awesome for BELO! He has had positive experiences with dogs after a proper intro and has made pals with both active/playful dogs and super relaxed dogs. BELO gets nervous around some people and should be allowed to approach on his own time. His interactions with people have been fairly positive but reading his cues you can sometimes see that he’s uncomfortable. He is very affectionate with his trusted people so he just needs some time to build those relationships. He hasn’t been tested with cats and a home without kids is recommended at this time. If you’d like to meet BELO fill out an application to adopt now! 

SAMMY

SAMMY

l M | 1 Y | Collie mix | 30 lbs | Medium energy | Shy | Learning the basics | Very affectionate | Likes quieter areas | Apprehensive of dogs/people – needs proper intros | Not cat tested | Likely ok with older kids

SAMMY says “hiiii, thanks for giving me such a warm welcome to Toronto. Do you know it’s very loud here?” This guy is definitely still getting his bearings and prefers quieter areas of the city without so many loud noises. Streetcars, car horns, construction, oh my! He does love walks though so with the continued exposure we think he’ll become more comfortable. We've started socialization training while in foster care and Sammy has benefited immensely from it. He was initially quite leash reactive and would bark or pull towards other dogs. He has come a long way and rarely barks or pulls anymore; Sammy requires a home that will continue to work on training so he can continue with his progress. He listens well on leash though when comfortable with his human(s) and takes correction well. Sammy is nervous and does not like meeting new people. His new family will have to be prepared for an adjustment period, be respectful of his space and boundaries and built his trust slowly. He is very affectionate with his people once he builds trust and is generally chill in the home. Reminder though that affection(when socially motivated) should be given as praise to an insecure dog, rather than 'whenever we feel like it' so that they can better understand who is the alpha in the home. He requires an experienced owner who will help him build trust with humans and continue his socialization. An advocate, really. To be fair, all of our dogs need one of those ;) But SAMMY moreso. He is more nervous of men and will sometimes growl to let you know he's uncomfortable. A quieter suburan home away from the noise and bustle of the city is the best fit for SAMMY in order to continue to build his confidence. He is definitely not a social butterfly and is not a good fit for a home with lots of people coming & going. This means very little footwork. No parties, excessive roommates, lots of visitors, etc. SAMMY is chill and wants to be a homebody, and will do best with a likeminded owner. He’s pretty much mastered basic commands and is learning to follow instructions and improving daily. He’s starting to be food motivated which helps with training seeing as he has zero interest in toys, womp! He’s nervous of bigger dogs and doesn’t like when dogs are too forward. If you haven't figured it out by now, this dude like a slow pace of everything. Keeping it easy, not too forward. Can you be the advocate that he needs? We know there's a playful dude in there trying to build the confidence to come out, he just needs a strong and consistent leader. That could also be in the form of another dog (and human). He’s met a child on the street who was respectful of his space and he was fine to say hello, but he should only go to a home with dog-savvy children who will give him his space. He should not be in a home with young children. If you’d like to be SAMMY's life long advocate, fill out an application to adopt today!

REUBEN

REUBEN

| M | 4 Y | Egyptian Baladi | 50 lbs | Medium energy | Affectionate | Stubborn | Can be vocal | Working on crate training | Ok with dogs | Not cat tested | Was ok with one kid

Meet REUBEN! He’s pretty affectionate and playful but also has an independent streak and can be a little bit stubborn. REUBEN has been in Canada for a while so is very comfortable living in a home and being a pet. Sometimes though he does think that he runs the show and there’s always room to improve on some manners. Reuben is on cloud nine anytime he’s in nature and gets to run around! He would do best in a home with a backyard where he can compete in epic tug of war showdowns. He loves to people watch and will spend hours analyzing every person and pet that walks by the house. The doorbell and thunderstorms are two things that he just can’t seem to understand, and often he makes it known that he’s confused and isn’t the biggest fan. Crating is very much a work in progress as REUBEN is terrified of the crate and will do whatever he can to get out. He’s completely housetrained and is often left alone for 6-8 hours a day and never goes on furniture, he pretty much spends his alone time lying around on the door mat sleeping. REUBEN is pretty good on leash but does have a bit of a prey drive so can become distracted. However, since his time with his foster his recall is significantly improving and they often let him off leash in the backward and at the cottage with no problems! Reuben is working on understanding that hands are not in fact a part of the treat you’re giving him and now knows what it means to take it gently. He’s generally good at meeting new people and has met children with no problems. He loves playing with other dogs but will occasionally be a little too intense so needs to be monitored and reminded to chill with a firm no. We think REUBEN would really thrive in a home outside the city. If you’d like to meet him fill out an application to adopt today!

SPIKE

SPIKE

| M | 8 M | Hound mix | Medium energy | Building his confidence | Very chill | Working on training | Good with dogs – great second dog| Not cat or kid tested

Meet tough guy SPIKE! Just kidding about the tough guy stuff because he’s such a softie. He’s still working on building his confidence but is coming out of his shell more and more every day. SPIKE is still young so does best with a home with a flexible schedule. He’s used to going outside a handful of times each day for short walks. New areas and noises can make him a bit nervous so it’s important that his new humans are confident when exposing him to new things. Although he’s cute as heck, babying him won’t help him overcome his fears. SPIKE is great with his trusted humans but needs proper introductions with others where he’s allowed to approach first. He doesn’t love being approached by strangers on the street so it’s important to advocate for him. At first, he had no ideas what toys were for and would just chew on his crate instead (crazy SPIKE!) but then we totally blew his mind and gave him a kong and a bone. Game over – those are way better than chewing the crate. He’s a follower and is great with other dogs so would do well a cool canine role model in the home who can show him the ropes. If there’s no other dog in the home he will follow you around which is cute but he needs to learn to be more independent for sure. He’s been working on his leash skills but walks best when it’s very quiet otherwise he’s always looking over his shoulder to see who might be following him. He enjoys outdoor time in quiet parks but busy streets make him nervous. A quieter part of the city or life in the suburbs would be best for him if possible. He hasn’t been tested with cats or kids. If you’d like to meet SPIKE fill out an application to adopt now!

Max

MAX

M | 4 Y | Shepherd mix | 70 lbs | Higher Energy | Smart and excitable | Needs an experienced owner | Cuddle monster | Flexible Schedule | Dog Social | Not cat tested | Older kids only l Needs to be outside of City but could thrive in the city with the right owner

Meet MAX! MAX has a BIG personality and will need an owner who can help allow all his best qualities shine! He’s medium-high energy and will need at least one good walk per day along with mental exercise. While MAX has been in our care for 2 years, it’s not indicative of his potential to be an excellent family dog, but rather because we know EXACTLY what he needs and we’re waiting for his perfect match to come along! MAX would do best with an experienced owner, but would also thrive with an owner who’s dedicated to learning the ropes and creating a strong bond through training. MAX needs a calm, confident leader who can provide appropriate outlets for his energy. He is a very social dog who benefits from structured routines and exercise. He needs an owner who will lead him into a better walking mindset. MAX can be pushy (so he needs someone who will use this to their advantage to challenge him mentally with training. MAX is VERY human-friendly but needs an owner who will advocate for him and allow him only to meet people who can approach him in an appropriate way. “Baby talk” and over-excited people can easily overstimulate him, so it’s important to encourage appropriate interactions. MAX is fully crate trained and often uses his crate throughout the day to nap, have time to calm himself and sleep overnight. It’s essential that MAX’s new owner continue to crate train, as MAX gets anxious when he doesn’t have a quiet space of his own to unwind. He is incredibly dog social, he enjoys life in foster with a pack of 12 and has helped other dogs learn better social skills. He's very playful with dogs, listens to signals well and adjusts his play to the size of the dog. He hasn’t been tested with cats. MAX has spent most of his life with children but needs a dog-friendly family who all understand his cues! MAX will absolutely shine in the right home. He would LOVE a place outside of the city but could thrive in the city with the right handling and a solid routine. If that’s you fill out an application to adopt now!

PIXIE

PIXIE

| F | 5 Y | Min Pin mix | 7 lbs | Low energy | Loves to sleep | Nervous on leash | Almost housetrained | Dog social | Not kid tested | No cats

Oh hey PIXIE! She’s super cute and rocks the best ugly smile ever as she’s lost most of her teeth. It definitely adds to her overall look. This LA lady is all about the chill life and is as low energy as they come. A hike is her worst nightmare and she would prefer to sleep like 22 hours a day. She’s extremely nervous on leash and needs to be double leashed for security. When she gets freaked out she tries to wiggle out of her harness so she needs to be treated as a serious flight risk for the foreseeable future. The good thing is she hates exercise so if you have a house with a backyard that’s more than enough for her. She likes to do her business off-leash, in a fenced yard. She generally spends 5 – 10 minutes outside to do her business and then just wants to nap inside. She gets random bursts of playfulness that again only last a couple of minutes and then she’s exhausted. She is 90% housetrained but needs to go outside as soon as she gets up in the morning so if you don’t take her directly outside she may have an accident. Although she’s pretty low maintenance she is definitely a companion dog and wouldn’t enjoy spending too much time alone. She loves people and is usually comfortable interacting with anyone who shows interest in her. If they get down to her level she will more than likely jump right into their lap for a snuggle! Although she prefers people over dogs she lives with a whole pack at the moment and is friends with others her size. She will occasionally try to play with them for a minute and then yup, you guessed it, fall asleep. She’s a bit bossy if another dog interrupts her naptime though and will out a little growl to tell them to back off.  She loves food and will jump around like a grasshopper when is mealtime. She hates cats and cannot live with them. During her vet appointment, she tried to eat the clinic cat, which is hard with like 4 teeth. PIXIE hasn’t been tested with kids, but wouldn’t like a home with too much activity that would interfere with her beauty rest. If you’d like to meet PIXIE fill out an application to adopt now!

Or, set up an informal meet-up by emailing: missy@saveourscruff.org. Please tell us a little about yourself and why this dog works for you!

NORMY

NORMY 

F | 3 Y | Border Collie mix | 35 lbs | Low to med energy | Chill | Shy and nervous | Suburbs/country dog | Needs proper intros with dogs | Not cat or kid tested

Do you prefer Netflix marathons over actual running marathons? Do you prefer parties on your couch more than actual parties? Are you all about that laidback chill lifestyle? NORMY might be the perfect dog for you! This girl is so relaxed in the home and nothing seems to phase her. She adjusts to your schedule pretty seamlessly and is cool to go with the flow. She’s also SUPER affectionate with her trusted people. Currently NORMY is not super active and prefers to just lounge around the house in her PJs but as she becomes more comfortable in her surroundings we expect her energy might increase a bit. She is currently being fostered right in the city and although space-wise a condo is good for her, some other elements are a bit overwhelming. She doesn’t like too much action so a very busy condo building where she frequently runs into people and other dogs is not ideal. She is still building her confidence outdoors and will require a patient owner who can continue to expose her to new situations and surroundings gradually. She will try to resist going outside or going for walks but is getting better every day and draws inspiration from the cool as a cucumber attitude of her trusted people. In calmer areas, she goes outside happily and will even be playful outside! She needs proper introductions with people where she is allowed to approach first and doesn’t like when other dogs are too forward with her. She has ignored other dogs that she has passed while walking on a leash. NORMY would likely do better in a quieter area but shouldn’t be locked up in the comfort of her own home all the time. She needs to understand how great the world can be. Just the other day she was caught investigating a toy for the first time. YAAAS NORMY GET IT GIRL. She hasn’t been tested with cats or kids. She is housetrained, chicken motivated and is finding more of her fun spirited personality daily! If you’d like to adopt her fill out an application to adopt today!

FANG

FANG

FANG | F | 4 Y | Chihuahua mix | 7 lbs |Dominican | Low energy | Super chill | Low maintenance | Needs proper intros with people | Almost Housetrained | Only child | No dogs or cats | Older kids only

She claims she’s a dog but looks more like a cute little alien, meet FANG! FANG is like the classic definition of an only child… she has a preferred person and likes to spend most of her time with them. She does not like sharing attention, snacks or time with other animals. She can be selective with people as well and needs a proper intro. FANG is not the type of dog that you just run up to on the street and start petting… stranger danger is real for her and she prefers to interact with people she knows. She is fine with people coming over to your crib but they should remember not to force interactions on her, she should be allowed to make the first move when she’s ready. With her trusted people she’s such a low maintenance dog that she’s basically a cat, but don’t tell her we said that because she hates cats. She also hates squirrels. She sleeps A LOT and is fairly quiet in the home when her people are gone. She’s even super snuggly with her trusted humans. She’s low energy and doesn’t need a lot of exercise. Living in a busy area with lots of foot traffic and dogs will be a challenge for FANG as she is leash reactive. A quieter area would be ideal for her. At this stage FANG should be an only dog. In the past she has lived in a home with other dogs and was fine under the supervision of a very experienced owner. She is selective with kids and should only go to a home with older, dog savvy kids if it’s the right fit. She is generally uncomfortable passing children on the street. FANG would be an excellent companion animal for someone who is low key and willing to accept/work through some of her quirks. She has so much love to give and just needs the right outlet. If you’d like to meet her fill out an application to adopt now!

Or, set up an informal meet-up by emailing: nicolekennedy@saveourscruff.org. Please tell us a little about yourself and why this dog works for you!

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BELLA

F | 5 Y | Terrier Mix | 40lbs | Egypt | Needs experienced owner | Strong willed | Barker | VERY affectionate | Good with some dogs | Questionable cats | Ok with kids

Meet BELLA! This Egyptian princess is fresh outta rehab and is now ready for an experienced furever home! BELLA was initially rescued from Egypt with the intent of being a second dog but upon arrival the family discovered that BELLA was bullying the other dog in the home and was also very leashaggressive. SOS has sponsored BELLA’s time in training and she’s now in foster care showing off her skills! BELLA is a typical terrier and is strong willed and stubborn (‪#‎princess‬) She knows all her basic commands but likes to pretend like she doesn’t hear you (especially when you ask her to get up in the morn) She’ll need someone who is firm and asserts control in these situations. BELLA is house broken/ crate trained. BELLA’s energy level is moderate – she enjoys a good walk and being outdoors but in the home she’s super chill and is happy to curl up on the couch. BELLA loves the afternoon sunshine and is happy lounging with you in the backyard. She’s very vocal and if she hears anything she’ll let you know so she’s not suited to apartment living. BELLA absolutely LOVES her people and is super affectionate. She loves to give kisses and her tail wags so hard you'll think she's twerking! BELLA has made substantial progress with other dogs but still has some work to do. It’s possible that she could live with another dog but this should be tested first and she should always have a proper introduction. The best thing to do is take both dogs for a walk together immediately and slowly close the gap between BELLA and the other dog as they start to get more comfortable with each other. Since she’s still 50/50 with other dogs BELLA isn’t ready for leash free but appreciates a good wrestle session with another dog that she’s comfortable with in a private area. Meeting other dogs on leash is still stressful for her and will require patience and ongoing training. BELLA is ok with chill cats and dog experienced kids

SNOOPY

SNOOPY

| F | 2 Y | Egyptian Baladi | 40 lbs | Medium energy | Shy/Nervous | Not a city girl | Crate trained | Needs proper intros w/ dogs | No cats/young kids l

Meet SNOOPY! SNOOPY is looking for an experienced home outside of the city who can continue to help her learn how to dog. 

SNOOPY is quite apprehensive about new experiences, so she needs a calm, confident, patient leader who can help her build trust, and in turn, help her adapt to the world around her. 

SNOOPY is definitely interested in dogs, but can easily become overwhelmed, so if being added as a second dog, she would do best with a calm, well socialized dog. Pushy, hyper or reactive dogs are too much for SNOOPY to handle, so her ideal home would be with people and animals who like to keep things mellow. She can be a flight risk, so it’s important that she stays on leash, or in a fully secured backyard. 

SNOOPY definitely has a lot of potential, and could be a great dog for someone who understands and appreciates the benefit of investing time and energy into helping her come out of her shell. She can be quite affectionate with her people, and likes her people to pet her once she’s had time to warm up, which is awesome because she’s SOOOOO SOFT! She is, however, occasionally sensitive to touch so her people need to understand how to read her signals.

SNOOPY is heavily dependent on her crate as a safe space and will retreat there if she feels uncomfortable. She needs a quiet home with a backyard so that she can explore and get her outdoor time. She would NOT do well a home with lots of people coming and going. When meeting new people she should be allowed to start in her crate, check them out from a distance and have time to build up her comfort level. She will come out when she’s ready! SNOOPY’s owner needs to ensure she’s given space with new people, as people approaching her too quickly intimates her and can cause her to react out of fear. 

SNOOPY has not been tested with cats but lives with one very dog savvy 10 year old. As long as older kids can fully respect her boundaries she may be ok but they need to have an understanding of what it means to live with a nervous pup. SNOOPY is well behaved in the home. With calm, patient people she will continue to grow and we can’t wait to see the pooch she becomes. If you’d like to meet her fill out an application to adopt now!

A foster is also needed for SNOOPY, if you are interested, please email: foster@saveourscruff.org

BEETLE

BEETLE

| F | 8 M | Terrier mix | Jamaica | Medium energy | Wants a dog pal | Nervous | Needs to be crated | Mostly potty trained | Good with dogs | Not cat or kid tested

BEETLE JUICE! BEETLE JUICE! BEETLE JUICE! She’s a bit shy at first so she only comes around when you yell her name three times, then she’s so wonderfully weird. BEETLE is currently pretty timid and is nervous of new places, the outdoors, loud noises and new people but being around another dog (shout out to fellow scruff ALASKA for being an awesome big sis) has really helped her come out of her shell. So BEETLE is really hoping for a new dog bro or sis to help her grow and show her the ropes. She realllllly wants to meet new people and dogs but needs proper and slow intros on her own time. She seems to be a gal’s gal right now and takes a little longer to warm up to men but once you receive her seal of approval, there is no going back, she wants to be on or around you at every waking moment. BEETLE is still curious and learning how to be a house dog so boundaries are a must for her in terms of crate training and obedience. She is mostly housetrained but needs routine to help stick to that behaviour. She would love her own little backyard or quite neighbourhood as she is still quite nervous outdoors but once she is familiar with an area outside she will get the zoomies and boop around like a jumping bean. She hasn’t been tested with cats or kids but is quite gentle. If you’d like to adopt BEETLE fill out an application now!

SKIPPY

SKIPPY

| M | 2 Y | Chihuahua/Wire Haired mix | Medium energy | Nervous | Loves his people | Not great with dogs | Not good with cats | Ok with dog savvy kids

Excuse us, what kind of cat is this? Meet SKIPPY! We think he’s a dog? Anyway, ADOPT HIM. He’s still pretty apprehensive of new situations, people and staircases but he’s getting better every day. He loves going for walks on mild days and is learning to love the snow. So much so that he buries his face in it to dig for worms!! He enjoys exploring the backyard as well and will occasionally chase squirrels but once he realizes he’s too far away from his human he comes right back. Currently, SKIPPY is way too dependent on his people and needs to build some independence, like yesterday. He has been working through some separation anxiety and is getting better with crying less in the crate! His new people should continue to work on positive associations with the crate so that he doesn’t see it as a scary thing and not give in to his cries. Speaking of crying he is a drama queen and if he’s in a situation that he doesn’t like he puts up a fuss expecting his people to pick him up, comfort him and remove him from the situation. Although intuitively you just want to snuggle the heck out of him because he’s an actual pom-pom he needs to learn to face things head on and save the drama for yo mama. He’s nervous around men but has developed a serious bromance with at least one dude in his life so far so with patience these relationships can definitely blossom. He is now housetrained and is good on leash. He’s very much a people dog and likely wouldn’t enjoy being home alone all day. SKIPPY does not like meeting new dogs on leash and will act like an angry/scared hot mess. He will definitely need to work on his socialization and will do best with a confident owner who is ok managing these situations. He’s met a cat and they had a full blown staring contest. SKIPPY did not win and started barking. He wouldn’t do well in a home with a cat! He’s met a dog savvy child once and was fine but shouldn’t go to a home with young children with no dog experience. He’s such a loving little character and with the proper training and support SKIPPY will be a great companion! If you’d like to meet him fill out an application to adopt!

QUEENIE

QUEENIE

| F | 40lbs l 3 Y | Corgi mix | Medium energy | Happy and polite | Good second dog | Mostly housebroken | No condos | Good with kids | Not cat tested

We’re not sure we ever could have dreamed up a magical creature like a collie/corgi cross but guess what, unicorns exist so meet QUEENIE! She has a very unique look so get ready for lots of attention when you’re walking her down the street. She. Is. Cute. QUEENIE is totally a go with the flow type of gal and she would adapt easily to most living situations. The only situation that has proven to be difficult for her is living in a super busy/noisy condo building. She is used to living in a home environment and tends to whine a bit when her foster leaves the home. Previously in a condo environment she was much more vocal. She is crated when alone as well as at night and definitely sees the crate as her safe space, occasionally chilling in there even when her people are around. QUEENIE is very people friendly and would be a great family dog as she’s been really cool about meeting kids in the neighbourhood so far. She is very trusting of people and almost immediately rolls over asking for belly rubs. She is very affectionate and polite – she loves attention but is ok if she can’t have it all the time. She is almost fully housetrained and is pretty good on leash but doesn’t really know any basic commands just yet. (Working on it though!) Loud noises can make her a little jumpy and she’s a little apprehensive of the stairs in her foster home, but otherwise approaches situations without fear or hesitation. She is very content living with another medium energy pup in the home and they enjoy having play sessions and wrestling matches. She would be the perfect addition for a fam looking to add a second scruff to the home. She is super dog friendly but hasn’t been tested with cats yet. If you’d like to meet QUEENIE fill out an application to adopt now!

 

SNICKERS

SNICKERS

| F | 4 Y | Chihuahua mix | Low energy | Shy and timid | Affectionate with her people | Chill | Needs some training | Nervous with dogs | Not cat or kid tested

So sweet she might give you cavities, meet SNICKERS! This little lady is looking for the perfect forever home who can help her to build her confidence. She’s still very nervous in new situations and meeting new people. She is very affectionate with her people that she trusts and likes nothing more than curling up with you on the couch. She’s the most at ease when her people are just curled up watching Netflix. She is a little unsettled if her people are doing things around the house but mostly just wants to be part of the action. When new people come over she needs some time to warm up and should be given space until she’s ready to interact. It takes a bit to get into her inner circle though so even if you meet her once know that she’s still assessing you and make take a couple meetings for her to be fully comfortable. SNICKERS is definitely still getting used to her new outdoor environment and currently is apprehensive of people walking behind her, loud noises, anything with wheels and loud walkers, especially behind her. She’s made great strides with this so far but will need a calm, patient owner who will continue to expose her to new things and help her come out of her shell. Trust us when we say she wouldn’t even cross the street when she first got her so we know there’s a confident girl in there somewhere. She is a nervous bathroom-go-er and requires NO distractions if she’s going to do her business outside, so this will take some work as well. SNICKERS is nervous when meeting other dogs but has been ok meeting dogs her size. She can still be defensive if she’s unable to anticipate their movements so it might take her a bit of time to get comfortable living with another dog but the right companion could also be a great mentor to her. She should go to a home with older kids only and hasn’t been tested with cats. SNICKERS is a very sweet girl and will be a great companion. Apply to adopt her now!