My name is Oliver Big Puppy!

German Shepherd Dog Puppy for adoption in Norwalk, Connecticut - Oliver Big Puppy
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Facts about Oliver Big Puppy

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog
  • Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut
  • Age: Puppy
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10163008-1077331
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Experienced adopter only for this boy--he's a nipper so NO small children.He needs a very structured environment, ideally a 1 or 2 person home.  Please do not apply if you are in a roommate situation or do not have experience w/ GSD types

50lbs 6m Oliver is a mix of something delicious! On the day they were handing out good looks, it seems Oliver stood in line twice! With his bright eyes, sunny smile and golden tresses, he could be in the movies, but it’s his agility and quick wits that truly make him a star. And if you’re searching for an Actor/Athlete/Academic to add to your pack, then you’ve come to the right place. Oliver’s still just a puppy, and being cooped up in a kennel is not his idea of fun. Yet when I reach in with the leash, he ducks and dives to avoid it, such a silly boy! He can be a little hand-shy, especially around his face, so we decide to skip any kind of ‘costume’ for today’s photo shoot. But with such a gorgeous subject, the camera loves him regardless. Out in the yard, he’s energetic and always on the move, and though his previous owner tells us he’s never socialized with other dogs, Oliver is tail-waggingly eager to meet them at the fence, and boisterously friendly in play. The novelty of chasing a tennis ball quickly grows stale, but he’s thrilled to be offered a squeaky toy of his very own instead. We’re told one of his favorite toys at home was a towel! Oliver sits politely on command and takes treats and toys with a super soft mouth, and while he’s still getting the hang of leash walking, we’re making good progress with ‘heel’, and he takes care of his business as we stroll along. All puppies need structure and guidance as they grow, and Oliver’s no exception. But in an experienced home with plenty of activities to keep his mind occupied and his spirit soothed, he’s going to shine like the star he was born to be.

Oliver is a 9 month old, male GSD maybe mixed with Akita and Greyhound. He was a given to his previous owner as a gift when he was less than a month. He was surrendered because his previous owner isn’t allowed to have dogs over 25lbs. He has no known injuries or health problems and the last time he went to the vet was 2-17-16. Socialization: Around strangers Oliver was friendly and outgoing and when he played with adults he was exuberant. Around children ages 7-8, Oliver was relaxed and playful and when he played he was exuberant but somewhat rough. He has not been around cats. Behavior: Oliver has never bitten a person or animal. If his food bowl was touched while eating he became playful, he would touch his owners hand with his paw. He’s friendly if a treat or toy is taken from him. He isn’t bothered if he is taken off furniture. He is playful if he is restrained. He isn’t bothered if he is disturbed while sleeping. He isn’t bothered if his paws are touched. He’s tolerant if he is given a bath. He is friendly if an unfamiliar person approached his previous home or owner. For a New Family to Know: Oliver is described as friendly, affectionate, playful, confident and excitable with a high activity level. The two things his previous owner liked most about him were; he loving and well behaved. When his previous owner was home he would tend to follow him around. He liked to play with balls, chew toys and his favorite towel. His favorite games are fetch and tug. He was kept indoors only and at night he slept on the sofa. He ate both wet and dry food. He is house trained and never had accidents indoors and can also use a wee wee pad. He is well behaved when left alone indoors. He knows the cue, sit. He went on brisk walks a few times a week, on leash he pulls hard. Behavior during intake: While Oliver's previous owner was in the room, Oliver would growl, bark and lunge at me when i walked past him, however he had a wagging tail. After a few minutes he jumped up and licked my face. He allowed me to pet him, hold him and take his pictures. He sat on command and laid in my lap.

A big puppy who needs a minor amount of training to be a purrfect puppy!

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Many of us (cats/dogs) will be on display on on Sundays and sometimes on Saturdays--please ask by writing us at and following us on FB. If you are seriously interested in adopting one of us in particular, please fill out an application by Friday so that we can be sure to be there. Otherwise we decide based on other variables. Usually we are in our foster homes so this is a bit more stressful and a slightly artificial environment but we do want to be seen and find our furever homes too.
Please consider providing a home for more than one dog, especially if you are considering adopting a puppy. Dogs are pack animals and very much enjoy as well as need other dog company to learn to play, socialize and be good companion animals to people. The upside to this is that you won't feel as guilty leaving them alone and you get twice the love. Please come! And if you can't adopt, maybe you can foster or volunteer, and you can always donate!

If you want to know about cats/dogs specifically being shown at our adoption locations, please email us closer to the date so we know your interest and will make every effort to have that pet at the event or let you know how and where you can meet.  It is extemely helpful and speeds up adoption if the application is filled out prior to visiting us so please do that before coming to our weekend events. Our weekend locations are: Sundays usually and some Saturdays.  Follow us on FB for latest updates. Usually we are in our foster homes so all this is a bit more stressful but we do want to be seen and find our furever homes. Please come! And if you can't adopt, maybe you can foster. And you can always donate:) Cats and Dogs are spayed/neutered, UTD w/ all age appropriate shots and microchipped. Cats are feline combo tested for FIV/FeLV; dogs are heartworm tested and rabies vax'd, (NOT lyme vaxed but we seriously recommend it); rabbits are spayed/neutered. Please fill out an application and email to: For Cats: For Dogs: For Rabbits: Please visit our website

About Zani's Furry Friends CT Connection

About Our Rescue Group...

Zani's Furry Friends is an organization committed to rescuing companion animals from New York City's shelters where, unfortunately, they are at risk for euthanasia due to overcrowding. Each dog or cat rescued from a shelter opens a cage and gives an opportunity to another pet to await a chance for adoption or rescue, thereby potentially saving yet another life.

Although we are not always sure of the pedigree or background of each animal, those we place are generally well socialized family pets who came to the shelter through no fault of their own. We rescue kittens and puppies as well as adult animals who deserve another chance for a loving home. We do not have a shelter or boarding facility, but instead rely upon foster homes to shelter and nurture our furry friends until a loving forever home is found. Our dogs and cats are all up to date with vaccines, and spayed or neutered. Dogs are microchipped and heartworm negative and cats have tested negative for FIV (if old enough) and FeLV. Young kittens must be adopted in pairs or to homes with other cat(s) to ensure the companionship and socialization they require. Adolescent or adult cats may be adopted solo, if appropriate.

Adopters are asked to complete an application and spend time with their prospective companion animals. All adopters are carefully screened via vet and personal references, and a home visit is conducted. A donation in an amount agreeable to all parties is requested to help defray our expenses (medical, transport, training, pet supplies, etc). We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and are always in need of donations. That donation can be in the form of healthy treats, quality pet food, crates, blankets, new leashes and collars, toys, gift certificates to pet supply stores, kitty litter, etc. - all are gratefully accepted!

Please look at our list of adoptables, and if you don't find one that seems right for you, or if you see one that is already flagged as adopted, please contact us at to let us know what you are looking for; perhaps we can help find the perfect match. We continually rescue new animals and will keep in mind specific requests from good homes.

Zani's Furry Friends is a volunteer organization which receives no funding or sponsorship. We depend on the generosity of those who are willing to donate time, supplies and money--and we are always in need of additional foster homes for either dogs or cats so that we may help free more animals from a dark fate at the shelter. Unfortunately our city's shelters face a continual space problem, and dozens of healthy, adoptable animals lose the race of time daily. If you are interested in opening your home and heart to foster one or more of our rescues, making a donation, or assisting with the myriad of details and chores that is involved in saving these precious lives, please contact us at for more information. We look forward to working with you.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Zani's furry friends are mostly from the NYC shelter system. Our foster network is located in the NYC area and now also in Norwalk CT where they can be seen in their foster homes and some on Saturdays or Sundays at alternating locations.

Our dogs and cats are wonderful animals who can be placed with families w/ other pets. We foster most of our own adoptees and most are good w/ children and other dogs and cats.

Applicants are screened via an application which can be downloaded from then returned to us via email. Generally, potential adopters must come and meet the dog/cat at the foster home. All our adoptable furry friends are fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered, microchipped and either feline combo tested or heartworm tested depending on whether the adoptee is a cat or a dog, respectively.

Our Adoption Process...

Contact must first be made either via email or telephone. Then there is a follow up of whichever means of contact were not used (we like to speak to the person as well as cyberspeak to her/him). There is an adoption application which needs to be completed and emailed back to us from which references are carefully checked, including vet refs, a Home Visit requirement, an interview, and fees are in the form of a donation agreeable to all parties involved.