My name is Saul!

Labrador Retriever/Retriever (Unknown Type) Mix Dog for adoption in Eastsound, Washington - Saul
Photo 1 - Labrador Retriever/Retriever (Unknown Type) Mix Dog for adoption in Eastsound, Washington - Saul
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Facts about Saul

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever/Retriever (Unknown Type) Mix
  • Color: Black
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
SAUL- a approximate 3-4b year old flat coat retriever mix - a real survivor

SAUL is not only a survivor of a shelter who misjudged him, gave up on him because of his behavior and ultimately failed him but he is also a survivor of prejudices.

When I saw SAUL for the first time my thought was that he had totally given up incarcerated in a kennel he could not escape from. His spirit seemed broken.It was obvious to me that I could not let him down- so pulled him.
Then things took even a turn to the worse where he was temporarily boarded. Mistake was that SAUL is NOT a dog that feels safe if you try to be his best friend from the beginning. Instead he was/is looking for an assertive person that helps him to understand rules, structures and ultimately brings the best out of him.

With a change of environment in SAUL's life came piece by piece a change in his behavior when he met a man/trainer @ the new boarding that gave him time but at the same time was very strict and persistent in teaching him respect and trust.

NOW- you would not recognize him. he is no more lunging at the kennel wall when a stranger passes by that "scares" him just because he does not know him.
SAUL now can be let out into the play yard area, follows the man that he so trusted and interacts with other dogs - and can accept unknown, new situations.

He has a great recall (listens to his name being called) and learns to quickly new tricks.

At times he might still be apprehensive or nervous around the unknown - might be people, environment, noises or other things.
He is a very smart dog that wants to please.

So we all cannot let this die now. We cannot let him down - now that he has come so far.

SAUL is about 55 lbs. and muscular. Exercises and hiking, continued training and achievements will make him happy. BUT most of all - a strong, dog savvy owner that wants to take the challenge on to continue life with SAUL.

If you think you are that person please email ADR at or

We want to talk to you after you have filled out the application that we will send to you once we heard from you!

SAUL needs to go on his next journey.

About AnimalDefense

About Our Rescue Group...

AnimalDefense Rescue is a small non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing primarily dogs from high-kill shelters in mostly CA, as well as homeless, lost and abandoned animals in WA , and rehoming from owners who can no longer care for them for important reasons. By building and working with committed and dog-savvy foster homes, and boarding facilities, we will be able to rescue Dogs every year, work with local veterinarians to make sure future adoption homes will have a clean and complete health record for the adopted dog, and find them well-matched, carefully screened and chosen adoption home to ensure the dog will NEVER be returned to a shelter again in his lifetime.
AnimalDefense Rescue will serve as a resource to pet owners by providing education and information on responsible pet ownership, including the importance of spay/neuter, positive behavior training, and good nutrition.

Our Adoption Process...

All AnimalDefense Rescue dogs are boarded or placed in foster homes until permanent, loving homes are found. The dogs are vaccinated, spayed or neutered, microchipped and given any necessary medical treatment during this time period.
If you have seen an AnimalDefense Rescue dog that you are interested in adopting, the process is as follows:
Step 1: The Application
Each prospective owner fills out an adoption application. All applicants must live in WA (exceptions are possible), and we ask that children in your home are at least ten years old. We usually have no limited information of history of our rescue dogs and are therefore very careful about placing them in households with children.
If you and the dog you would like to adopt seem to be well matched, we will respond to your application by email. Feel free to contact us at any time regarding the status of your application.
Step 2: The Meeting
Once your application is approved, an appointment can be made to meet the dog. You can meet the dog privately or at –if applicable- at one an adoption events, in which we participate occasionally.
We require that everyone in the immediate family, including your current dog (if you have one) come to the appointment to meet your potential new dog. Adopting a dog is a big family decision and requires a commitment from everyone. If you currently own a dog, it must be up to date on shots, spayed/neutered and wear an ID tag.
At the appointment, we will help you assess whether the dog is a good match for your lifestyle and your family or not. We can also answer any questions you may have about the adoption process.
We will then proceed with a home check. Dogs from animal shelters can be amazing escape artists. By visiting your home, we can help you identify potential escape routes, and keep your new dog safe and secure.
Step 3: The Adoption

Before you bring your new dog home, you must sign an Adoption agreement with Animal Defense Rescue. In addition, a $ 375$ adoption fee is requested. The adoption donation is non-refundable.
Please remember that adoption contributions barely cover our expenses and only defray the costs. Additional donations are greatly appreciated and will help us continue our life-saving work.
Step 4: Post Adoption Follow Up
Our goal is to help you enjoy life with your new dog to the fullest extent possible. If issues arise, or you just need some good advice, we are happy to do follow-up counseling by telephone or in person. We can also suggest local dog trainers.