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My name is Nelson!

Australian Shepherd Mix Dog for adoption in Columbia, Illinois - Nelson
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I'm being cared for by:
Helping Strays of Monroe County

Facts about Nelson

  • Breed: Australian Shepherd Mix
  • Color: Brown/Chocolate - With White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 2014117c
Nelson is one of our extra-ordinary pets. He is seeking a quiet home with a caregiver ready to accept the special challenges he faces. Nelson is lacking social skills and is fearful of new places and people. In his foster home, Nelson is learning to trust and work through some of his social needs. However, there is no learning curve when it comes to other canines... Nelson LOVES other dogs! He frolics and prances when there are other dogs for him to play with. Nelson finds comfort in his crate and often uses it as his 'safe' place if he is stressed. He still does not feel comfortable walking on a leash and will need a well-secured home with a fence. Nelson is slowly making progress and with the right family he will continue to come out of his shell. Nelson has lots of love to give to someone with the patience to help him trust.

Nelson's adoption fee is $175. Some of our pets are in foster care. If you are interested in a specific pet, please contact the shelter at 618-939-7389 to arrange a meeting.

About Helping Strays of Monroe County

About Our Shelter...

We promote the humane care of all abandoned and stray animals in our community. We are a no-kill shelter. All of our pets leave the shelter for their forever homes micro-chipped, up to date on vaccines, and altered.

Founded in 2002, Helping Strays is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization supported entirely by donations.

Our lucky animals receive appropriate medical care, are featured on the Helping Strays website "adoption list" and are taken to several adoption events every month in an attempt to find permanent, loving homes.

Come Meet Our Pets...

We welcome you to stop by our facility located at 4221 Hanover Road in Columbia, IL.

Monday Closed to the Public
Tuesdays Closed to the Public
Wednesday 10-2
Wednesday 11-7 (Summer Only)
Thursday 11-7
Friday 11-7
Saturday 11-6
Sunday 12-4

We have adoption events at PetSmart, throughout Monroe County and surrounding areas. Please check our website www.helpingstrays.org for additional event information.

Our Adoption Process...

You must complete an application.
To be considered as an adopter, you must:
· Be 21 years of age or older
· Have identification showing your present address
· Have the knowledge and consent of your landlord
· Be able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide medical treatment and proper care of the pet.