My name is Joe!

Shepherd (Unknown Type)/Labrador Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in Clarkdale, Arizona - Joe
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Facts about Joe

  • Breed: Shepherd (Unknown Type)/Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10418687
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

Hi my name is Joe. I am a mix of Labrador, shepherd and boxer. I am about 12 months old. My previous family surrendered me. They told me and the pound people that I was “too much” to handle. They never did any training with me. All they did was leave me in the back yard. I felt like a yard ornament. I was so scared but Follow Your Heart Animal Rescue saved me from certain death and asked Pets Return Home to help me with my behavior. I am not a dog that needs to be killed – I just need some love and attention.

I play with 20 other dogs here at the ranch. I do not get into fights and I listen to my trainers. I play hard with the other dogs here. We go swimming, hiking, rock climbing and bike riding. I am a jock boy for sure. I push the next dog in order to test and play. I always turn away from fighting. I do not like fighting. It hurts and my trainers do not like it.

I do like to be pet and lay with my leader on the couch or on the hammock outside. I can be over-protective of my human family if allowed, so please be sure to keep that in mind if you bring me home. I like to be told what to do and listen well.

I love attention from humans and being with them. With that said, I am so eager to start pleasing another family – can you be them? Do you know someone that could be my new family? Even fostering me for a while will help me get back into the “groove” of family living.

What do you say – will you give me some love for a while… or forever?

Come see Joe and the other homeless dogs & maybe find a new friend.
We have dozens of dogs looking for new homes as a foster or new family member.
We are located in Clarkdale, AZ off of Sycamore Canyon Road.

Behavioral Coach Notes:

Joe came to us as a behavioral refinement student. He was described as dog aggressive and "out of control" by his owner. The owner was surrendering Joe to the Maricopa Animal Control Facility when a foster parent from Follow Your Heart Animal Rescue group talked her into giving Joe to her. The owner named Joe - 'Cujo' which we changed to Joe upon receiving here at Pets Return Home.

Upon arrival Joe was lacking human and canine socialization skills. He had no dog-to-dog or dog-human manners. We allowed Joe to learn canine manners as his first step towards restoration. His "education" was bolstered by more than 40 or so dogs coming in and out of the ranch.  He quickly and sometimes painfully, learned there are dog communication protocols he needs to adhere to.

We can say today he is very well behaved with the other dogs here on the ranch.  Our work has shown he is a friendly dog with lots of energy. He likes to please people and plays well with other dogs. We liken him to a college freshman football or rugby player.  Plenty of ego and energy.  Joe will get along with a confident and socialized dog.  He has learned canine-manners and knows when he has gone too far.  He takes dog on dog correction well.  He will not be a good fit for an insecure, poorly socialized or dominant dog.

Joe is gentle with kids and older humans alike. He still challenges on leash by pulling - but knows what is right and needs a consistent leader to reinforce his leash manners.  He likes to be petted, will snuggle up and sit by himself.  He likes to hike, swim and climb rocks alone and within a pack.  He is a good boy and needs some consistency in home life and leadership.

Recommend training reinforcement of human to canine and canine to canine manners and command training.

Visit this organization's web site to see any additional information available about this pet.

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About Our Rescue Group...

Our Maxim:
Saving Lives and Building Families

Pets Return Home (PRH) provides life-saving support for dogs. Our four operations support one goal: eliminating unnecessary euthanasia.

Annually, 27 million pets are separated from their families unexpectedly. Five million of these animals never return to their owners, resulting in $6 billion in lost pet recovery expenses each year. Our Animal Search and Rescue Team program reduces the lost pet problem and the broken hearts of over 70 million Americans each year.

Daily, thousands of dogs, including pregnant dogs, die in animal control facilities due to incorrect behavior assessments or lack of access to behavior modification training. Our Board & Train program provides a lifesaving and family-building alternative to this problem.

Many pets are euthanized instead of receiving expensive medical treatment or long-term recovery care. Our Convalescence Care program enables families to afford and provide the care for their loved pets.

Thousands of pets die each year because of family inexperience, neglect or abuse. Our Training programs provide the necessary training, which enables the family to provide a safe environment for their dog.

Volunteering with us increases awareness, educates everyone within the volunteer’s sphere of influence, provides care for the animals and reduces costs.

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Dog Adoption Process Overview

We do not guarantee the health of any of our animals for adoption. Any time you adopt an animal, you should take it to a licensed veterinarian as soon as possible. Your animal is, to the best of our knowledge, healthy.

It is our goal to place newly adopted pets as quickly as possible – we feel this is best for both the pet and the adoptive family (not to mention it frees up a space for us to save another dog or pup!) Your patience and cooperation are appreciated.

Our Adoption Process
Select your dog or puppy. Our available dogs can be viewed online on our website at To meet a particular dog or pup, you can either email to be put in touch with the foster parents.

Submit an Application. Our Adoption Application can be found on our website or at one of our adoption events. Applications can be submitted at an event or submitted via email attachment to Applications are not processed until you have met, chosen and committed to adopting a particular dog or pup and are processed on a first come basis. For assistance at the adoption events please see the person at our information table.

NOTE: Processing normally takes no more than one week from the time your application has been received and you have selected an animal, to the point at which you will sign the contract and receive your pup or dog. When submitting your application, please make sure you can be available to sign the adoption contracts and to accept your new pet. If you are a previous adopter we still require you to fill out another application.

Interview. As a first step in processing your application you will be interviewed by one of our adoption counselors. This is the time for you to ask any questions that you may have about the organization, our processes or our dogs. The interview will either take place at an adoption event or we can conduct your interview over the phone. All interviewed applications are then sent to the review committee for approval to move on to the next step in processing. If you are a previous adopter you must also be interviewed.

Homecheck. Homechecks are assigned to a volunteer in your area. The volunteer will contact you to arrange for a mutually agreeable time to do your homecheck. If you are a previous adopter you will not need another homecheck in order to adopt.

Vet Check. If you own or have owned a companion animal we will contact your vet for a reference check for any animals that you have been responsible for as an adult. Please make sure to contact your vet to give them authorization for us to speak to them.

Contract Signing. Once your interview, homecheck, and vet check have been completed and the review committee has approved your application, you will be contacted either by phone or email to give you final instructions for your contract signing.

The adoption/processing fee must be paid in full by certified funds or cash at the time of the contract signing. While not necessary and totally optional, PRH welcomes tax-deductible donations that can be made in addition to the adoption fee. We thank you in advance for your support.