My name is Shep!

Spitz (Unknown Type, Medium) Mix Dog for adoption in Lawrenceville, Georgia - Shep
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Displaced Animals Rescued & Adoptable By You

Facts about Shep

  • Breed: Spitz (Unknown Type, Medium) Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn - With White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
Shep is a gorgeous, gold-and-white spitz mix with a tightly curled tail and a strong personality. He's about 26lbs and has the yellow coloring/retrieval instincts of a labrador. He has long, lovely feathered fur esp. on his tail and hind legs. Was given up at about age 6yrs due to a high-pressure moving situation into a place that couldn't accommodate pets. Shep is a little defensive toward men esp. at first (he formerly was guardian to 2 women), but has come to love his foster dad to pieces. He barks a lot initially just 'cuz he's saying he's scared, but with a little patience, he becomes a very affectionate and responsive little boy. We don't recommend him w/kids under 12yrs or with someone easily frightened by barking, and highly support continued training to help bond w/him. Due to his VERY high hunting drive, he won't be able to coexist peaceably with cats, birds, or rodents. Gets along with a few dog types, esp. older, large maternal dogs, but not all types. Definitely needs to remain on-leash during outdoor excursions, which he loves, and needs LOTS of high-energy activity every day! While he's small enough for an apartment dog, it's crucial he get outdoors to hike, run, & explore as often as possible; a simple 10-minute walk twice a day is NOT ENOUGH for this eager & energetic lad. A fenced yard would be even more ideal so he can play with his people off-leash and blow off steam, but he mustn't be left alone outdoors during the day as he'll figure out how to escape (a scenario that too often ends w/tragedy).

Shep is neutered, tested heartworm-negative, wormed, deflea'd, current on shots (DHPP, Rabies, Bordatella), microchipped, crate-trained {after a LOT of work as he came in completely unhousebroken!), and barks to go outside. On monthly flea/tick and heartworm preventatives. Please understand that budgeting for monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventative are MANDATORY to responsible dog ownership, as failure to prevent/treat parasites is cruel to the pet's health and comfort, and in the case of heartworms, severe intestinal worms, or severe flea infestation, can even become fatal! Requested Adoption Donation: $90 against vet expenses paid out of the foster home's own pocket-- -no checks accepted. 30-day try-out period on all adopted pets. Collar, tags, complete medical records included. No special diet needed; premium foods offer better quality and digestibility, which means less waste and lower feeding amount required.

While walks, backyard exercise and outdoor playtime are absolutely important, still for their safety and to prevent theft, escape, poisoning, getting killed in traffic or eaten by predators, our adoptable dogs need to spend the majority of their time INDOORS around family and their 'pack leader' (that would be YOU). To be separated all the time is contrary to their social pack nature and doesn't keep them happy or mentally stable. Not to mention the neighbor complaints and potential citation by animal control if your dog barks & howls all day, or escapes and causes harm or property damage.
Certain bully breeds (pitbulls/presas/cane corsos/boxers and mixes, Rottweillers and mixes, Dobermans and mixes, Shepherds and mixes, certain others) will require fencing inspection prior to adopting them per local animal control ordinances; call or email for details.

Adoptions are by appointment, available in the Gwinnett (Lawrenceville/Duluth/Lilburn area, such as near Gwinnett Mall); or within reasonable drive of same. Please call & leave message on VM 678-MEOW-NAP, or email As not all pets are on-site, please call at least 1 day in advance of when you wish to meet the pet. Thank you for Bringing Our Hearts Where Home Is! (TM)

About Displaced Animals Rescued & Adoptable By You

About Our Rescue Group...

We are a tiny group of dedicated volunteers who take care of displaced pets in a home environment until they find their forever families. All pets are vetted, from first shots/worming/deflea'ing to heartworm or FIV/FeLV test, spay/neuter, microchip, and treatment for any additional conditions with which they arrive (heartworms, earmites, skin infections, phobias, etc.). Monthly flea/tick preventative is received by all fosters; monthly heartworm preventative/wormer is given to all dogs. Dogs also become crate-trained, a major step toward housebreaking.

OUR GOAL is to rehabilitate all pets to a mentally capable & physically fit state to the best of our ability, then pair each pet with a loving, compassionate, responsible, committed lifelong home where they will be treated as family members, so they never again face homelessness, neglectful conditions, or abuse. We do NOT permit resale & are very concerned w/this "flipping" trend among dishonest rescue applicants who don't have the pet's interests at heart. Consequently, we make an effort to monitor popular "resale" sites to prevent our own fosters' being "flipped" to the highest bidder w/out humane evaluation. We ALWAYS accept back any adopted foster pet from us that the adopter can no longer take care of or provide for due to a major crisis, such as change in health status, long-term financial devastation, moving to an assisted living situation, etc.

We do not have "temporary" pet-sitting services, nor do we have any long-term care/hospice facility for advanced-age or chronically ill/seriously disabled pets. We have no means by which to provide charity for devastating injury cases or surgeries. We do NOT provide trapping on a colony-scale or wildlife services whatsoever. While we can provide certain contact info for affordable spay/neuter clinics, we don't do surgeries ourselves, nor hospitalization or euthanasia, nor grief counseling, nor any veterinary counseling by phone regarding illness symptoms or poisoning.

While we work closely with the certified dog trainer at our partner store, we aren't able to accept highly aggressive dogs w/a history of biting humans due to the simple reality that our volunteers' safety and that of our adopters at in-store events cannot be compromised, but we do refer to various trainers and skilled canine educators within the Georgia community.

Come Meet Our Pets...

We are part of the foster-home network, so we do not have a brick-and-mortar shelter to visit. ... Please contact us AHEAD OF ADOPTION DATE for a meet-and-greet appointment. As not all pets are at one site, please call at least 24hrs ahead of when you wish to meet. Thank you!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The former rescue known as the Duluth/Alpharetta chapter of Society of Humane Friends is now defunct, and has reorganized into the new group Displaced Pets Rescued & Adoptable By You (DARABY) loosely based in the Lawrenceville area.
Adoption arrangements are by appointment; send an email to OR leave a message on the VM: 678-MEOW-NAP [678-636-9627]. Please allow up to 24hrs for call returns.

NOTE: If you found a pet, PLEASE HAVE IT SCANNED (NO COST) AT ANY VET OR PUBLIC SHELTER for a microchip that can rapidly reunite pet with owner. Don't assume any stray is an abandonment--it may have escaped by accident! Place posters in the area the pet was found with your contact info, the type, color and gender of the pet, and the date found. Also check MISSING PETS on,, LostandFoundPetsofGwinnett, etc. (also FB pages of same). Be sure to check "Lost & Found Pets" section of also. Check ALL local Animal Control facilities within 50mi at least 2x/week; bear in mind that most are understaffed and don't have time to contact you for admitted look-alikes unless you've chipped & registered your pet.

If you leave a message about a stray or giveup and do not receive a callback within 48hrs, please assume it's because we do not have room in our foster system for further intakes at this time. While we'd love to help everyone who called, there simply is only so much space, resources, and volunteer hours to take care of everyone adequately! Only adoptions can open new space; if we're over capacity already, mulitple adoptions may need to occur first. Please continue contacting other rescues, including larger ones that have a physical shelter building and place out larger quantities of pets in a given month, opening new spaces at a higher rate than we.

Our Adoption Process...

Inquiry, Application, pet meeting, Counsel.
Adoption contract, 30-day trial period, follow-up visit desired; counsel as adopter needs, or referral to store certified trainer. Refundable return during first 30 days (provided pet is unharmed & all papers returned); lifetime return in case of duress. All medical records, collar & tags provided other than your personal ID. Most pets microchipped; transfer is responsibility of adopter.

Dogs $180-295, Cats $60-180. Most are mixed-breeds & lowest amount. Discount for multiples, senior pets, special needs, long-term foster residents (varies). Checks NOT accepted. Cash preferred, but credit/debit is an option via pet supply store gift cards for our shelter needs (such as food, litter, supplies). Receipt provided as part of Adoption Contract.