If there ever were a more lovable dog, we’d be hard pressed to find him. From his big golden eyes, to his goofy awkward grin, to his warm, downy-like coat that just begs to be touched, there is something unique about this friend-to-all. Quickly after coming to ARP, Charlie won the moniker of “shelter favorite.” You read that right – out of all the dogs that pass through our doors, Charlie has stolen a coveted spot in the hearts of staff and volunteers.
And why is Charlie their favorite? Well, have you ever had a dog that you were just sure they were part human? They seem to possess years of wisdom, the way they look at you with knowing eyes and respond like they understand English…that would be Charlie. He listens to people with rapt attention. He is a great conversation partner. And, he always seems to know how to respond, whether a long walk would be good for clearing your head, or if cuddling up on the couch next to your best friend is just what you need.
In addition to possessing uncanny insight, Charlie has also been described as, “happy-go-lucky, gentle, and well-behaved.” He likes staying right by his person’s side and is great about staying within boundaries. Occasionally, he’ll prance about and start playing, but as soon as you call he’ll come running, because he also has a great recall.
Additionally, Charlie would like you to know that he is very much a “people-dog.” He loves being in the company of humans. Don’t get us wrong, Charlie is great with other dogs. But, his first love is humankind, and he’s happiest when he is sharing his life with people.
Born in 2010, Charlie is All-American mix who understands basic cues and is already house trained and crate trained. He is excellent with most people (a complete lover boy) and he will likely do well with most other animals. Charlie is a bit uncomfortable around small kids, so he’d be happiest in a home without little humans. And overall, Charlie is a healthy guy, though he has been diagnosed with Addison’s disease. No need to worry though! He has an excellent prognosis – his symptoms are completely controlled with medication, and he has a full life expectancy.
Living at the shelter for many months, Charlie only has one dream. He dreams that his forever family will come adopt him and make him their best friend, adventure partner, and trusted confident. Charlie has been waiting a long time to become someone’s devoted companion. Will you be a hero and make this perfect dog’s dream come true?
****His adoption fee is $250.****
The Animal Rescue Project (www.animalrescueproject.org) is committed to the best possible veterinary care for the pets it rescues and it is looking for adopters who will be similarly committed.
All dogs and puppies are given a general check-up when they enter our program. They receive medication to remove any intestinal parasites (worms), fleas, and ticks they may have. Dogs greater than six months of age are checked for heartworm. If heartworm positive, the Animal Rescue Project treats the disease. Dogs and pups receive all age-appropriate vaccinations for distemper, and dogs greater than four months of age are also vaccinated for rabies, in compliance with State of Michigan laws.
Most dogs and older puppies are spayed or neutered before adoption. In the case of puppies not old enough to be safely sterilized, a $25 deposit is required at the time of adoption and is refunded to the adopter with proof of sterilization.
The Animal Rescue Project requires every adopter to establish an active relationship with a veterinarian no later than 10 days after adoption. Adopters will receive a plan for routine veterinary care at the time of adoption and are expected to work with their vet to complete the plan.
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