My name is Kale ~ Faithful Companion!!

American Staffordshire Terrier Mix Dog for adoption in Caldwell, New Jersey - Kale ~ Faithful Companion!
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Facts about Kale ~ Faithful Companion!

  • Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10447386

As I started saying, I came from a very unhappy and unhealthy situation where I wasn’t taken care of at all. It was the recent animal hoarding case in Hopatcong, NJ– you may have heard about it. I was rescued amongst 46 other dogs. It was such a huge relief to get out of that environment when FernDog took me and some of my furry housemates under their wing (one other dog they rescued, we think is my daughter, Chickpea — we look a lot alike and are both super-cute). FernDog had a DNA test done for me, and it showed that I’m part staffie, part sheltie, and a 50 percent mix of some others. Now, even though I’m still very afraid of a lot of things given my background, I also have a peace and happiness about me, knowing that I am safe and on my way to a life filled with good health, great care and loving people.


Kale in his Foster Home
I’ve recently been living in a foster home, and I’ve already fallen in love with my foster mom. I feel so good when I’m right by her side, and I like to give her my affection, with cuddles and sweet kisses. I’m learning to be comfortable with the other humans in my household and those who come to visit. I’m adjusting to it all, as it’s a work-in-progress. My foster mom says it’s heartwarming to see me beginning to trust new people more and more. I have canine companions in my foster home too, and I’m so happy to have these furry friends around me every day. I learn from them, and they seem to give me the additional confidence that I need as I adjust to my new life and my foster home. I’m learning how to play with them, we go on walks together, and I even take afternoon naps with them sometimes (by the way, I do have my own bed, but at times it’s just more cozy to share a bed with one of my furry pack members).

I’m learning commands quickly; I’m just about housebroken; and I’ll do just about anything for a yummy treat (how did I go through the first three years of my life without them!). My walking-on-a-leash skills are good; I love to run and play fetch, and I get so much joy when my foster mom takes me in the yard, so I can run around and play. It was a first for me to feel the wind in my face and the grass at my feet, and it was totally awesome! My little curly tail wags more often each day as I move ahead with my progress.

As you can tell, my new world is so exciting, but everything is very new. Therefore, I need an understanding and dedicated owner and household, who can continue to lead me into a life of learning, adjusting and moving forward – we’ll be in this work-in-progress together, building a wonderful forever!


 Living with Kale

I’ve only been in a foster home for a short while, so we’ll tell you what we know so far and then add to this as time progresses. I like other dogs and would seem to thrive in a home with furry siblings, as they can help show me the way. I need a cat-free home, and at this point we think a home without children is preferred. As far as my forever person, I’ll need an experienced dog owner who is committed to my ongoing training so I can continue to learn more things about this great new world and understand how I fit into the whole picture. A home environment with a fenced-in yard would be ideal so we can run and play and get additional exercise together. And great news, FernDog training support is available by phone or face-to-face (depending on the adopters location) by our certified volunteer dog trainers


Medical Needs

FernDog brought me to their awesome vet right after my rescue to make sure my medical needs were taken care of. I was a good boy there, and I was neutered so that’s behind me. I am taking some anti-anxiety medication to help me assimilate into my new life. We find this also assists me with my progress in training and has been a helpful tool. It may simply be a temporary need until I adjust more fully to my new routine.


 Kale’s Forever Home

Could I be your little wonder, your sidekick? I’m an incredibly deserving dog who desires to move away from my past and thoroughly embrace the present as well as the future with someone who understands me and realizes that life is a work-in-progress for us all. Are you my angel, the one who is the perfect match to take this journey with me… someone who will make the commitment of showing me the way? If so, please contact FernDog. I’ll surely be your faithful and loving companion, dedicated to you — now and forever. Neither of us will ever be lonely and unloved again.

About The FernDog Rescue Foundation

About Our Rescue Group...

We are a small rescue that started in January 2013 after years of working for different rescues and decided to join forces to start our own rescue/foster program. With over 20 years of combined experience with animals (rescue, training, advocacy), we learned that many dogs are not properly matched up with the right families. We realize that no one is at fault here since the overpopulation of homeless pets is staggering and animal advocates what to spare these precious dogs lives by finding homes as opposed to being euthanized. We decided that we would do our small part and keep our rescue small so we can focus on getting to know the personality of each dog in our foster program, doing proper evaluations and temperament testing, putting each dog through any type of training services they may need, and completing a thorough screening for all applicants which includes a mandatory home visit all BEFORE the dog gets matched up with a compatible family. Our mission statements says:
The mission of The FernDog Rescue Foundation is to help dogs at risk by providing foster homes that will nurture their physical and emotional health, help locate the ideal forever homes for them while providing support and training to help assure that their stay in their new homes is permanent. In addition we focus on developing programs to promote pet adoption services and raise public awareness by providing community education of the issues surrounding animal rescue.

Come Meet Our Pets...

The FernDog Rescue Foundation does adoption events every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at Pet Valu in W. Caldwell NJ from 12-3p , the 2nd Sunday of the month at PetValu in Clifton NJ from 12-3p and every 4th Sunday at Petco in Verona NJ from 12p-3p.
All of our dogs are current on our website and our application can be found online as well.

Our Adoption Process...

The application is the first step in our adoption process. We will screen all applications through a vet reference check, 3 personal reference checks, phone interview and a mandatory home visit. An adoption donation is required of $300 (adult dogs), $350 (puppies), $200 (seniors/special needs), which covers the cost of spay/neuter, microchipping, vaccines and preventatives per the dog’s age, health check, fecal / deworming as needed and heartworm testing and treatment as needed.
Contract will be signed at time of adoption with a set of guidelines which include, mandatory microchip registration at time of adoption, agreement to return the dog to FernDog if care can no longer be provided at any time during the life of the dog, all animals will be treated humanely and live indoors and adequate medical care will be provided, etc.