My name is Eli May!

Shar Pei Mix Dog for adoption in Cincinnati, Ohio - Eli May
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Sheltered Paws Dog Rescue

Facts about Eli May

  • Breed: Shar Pei Mix
  • Color: White - With Gray Or Silver
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: foster
If you have specific questions you can email her foster family at Please use this email. Using any other email will just add a delay in you getting the information.

Eli May is an energetic, beautiful, young, blonde who used to live on a farm but she has not yet struck it rich ... in finding her forever home. She was not getting along with the older, farm dog so her humans dropped her off at the shelter. She was born in January 2016 and, at just six months old, she did not understand why she had to leave her home and why she was suddenly imprisoned. Like any kindergartner, she began to misbehave. Luckily, a foster home became available so she was able to return to a home environment where she is learning how to be a good dog. She is a Bone-Mouth Shar Pei mix who weighs ~45 lbs. She is quick to attach to her human. She is curious but likes to stay close to her human. You can see her in action here -

Some of her good points are:
• She knows sit.
• She knows come.
• She knows (lay) down.
• She knows give me paw.
• She knows on and off.
• She is treat motivated.
• She walks well on a leash.
• She is crate trained.
• She is housebroken.
• She sleeps through the night.
• She leans in for hugs.
• She does not resource guard.
• She is calm and quiet in a vehicle.
• She takes treats nicely from your hand.
• She catches treats that are tossed to her.
• She likes to play fetch with a ball, stick, or Kong.
• She is super quiet. She rarely barks.
• She is very appreciative. She sneaks in kisses when you give her food or affection, fill her water bowl, or when you are just walking past her.
• THAT FACE!! Her cute, wrinkly forehead. Her tiny, flopped ears. Her soulful, golden eyes with perfect eyeliner.

Eli May would benefit greatly from additional, positive, professional training. She still has a little naughty puppy inside that shows itself sometimes. The naughty puppy will dig, zoom through the house, and possibly nip purely to get her human’s attention. Her other growth opportunity involves interacting appropriately with dogs. She mistakes a clear correction from a dog that does not want to play as an invitation to play. With less confident dogs that want to play she becomes demanding/overwhelming. Therefore, she cannot be taken to a dog park or any other location where she is allowed to interact off leash with another dog.

The world is very new to Eli May and she loves to explore so her ideal home will be with a regular runner, walker, or hiker who has time to spend being active with her. For example, she is just now lying down when chewing on a stick or toy after six months in foster. Her home must have a secure, fenced yard. She chews whenever possible so she must be housed inside and in a crate when left alone. Her home must not contain small children or elderly as her jumping, running between legs, and mouthing will be especially dangerous for those individuals. Her home must not contain other pets as she views everything as a game and/or something to chase. She is super happy because everything is a new and fun for her.

More good stuff. As a Sheltered Paws pup:
• She is spayed.
• She is up to date on shots (will need a rabies shot).
• She has tested negative for heartworm.
• She is microchipped.
• She comes with a 2017 Hamilton County dog license (good in surrounding counties).

If you want to be her special human please complete an adoption application first. Go to to download an Adoption Form Questionnaire. Upon completion, email the application back to If you have specific questions not covered above you can email her foster family at

About Sheltered Paws Dog Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Sheltered Paws Dog Rescue was established in 1997 in order to save shelter dogs that need a foster placement.

We are a 501 (3) (c) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.

The reasons for fostering include:

  • Orphans too young for adoption
  • Nursing mothers
  • Mildly sick/injured dogs
  • Dogs that have been abused
  • Dogs that can not adjust to living in a shelter environment

Sheltered Paws Dog Rescue and a local shelter work together to place these dogs in temporary, loving foster homes. When you adopt from us, you are helping to save a shelter dog!!

Our Goal is to save shelter dogs in need and place them in good homes. To promote the placement of special need dogs with the help of adoption bags, grooming, socialization, and providing needed supplies. To pair the right dog with the right human companion(s), enriching everyone's lives.

Our Mission is to develop trust and love with a dog that needs to be reminded that many humans can and will take good, loving care of it for the rest of its lives. To then find loving homes for these previously abused, abandoned, sick, neglected and confused dogs. To give the dog a solid re-start with behavior, health, and trust. To spay/neuter our rescued dogs of age to stop the cycle of unwanted litters.

Our Adoption Process...

Some dogs are at the shelter and some are in a foster home. If the dog you like is at the shelter, please contact the person listed. She will fill you in on all the details.

If the dog you are interested in adopting is currently in a foster home, please EMAIL the individual "Foster Parent" noted in the description.

An Adoption Form Questionnaire will be emailed back to you. Upon completion, email the application back to

After review, we will be happy to set up an appointment for you to come and visit with the dog in the foster home.
If the adoption is appropriate, you will be asked to sign an adoption contract.

A nominal adoption fee is charged for each dog. This fee includes a vet check, all shots, any necessary medical work and medication, spay/neuter (if possible and appropriate). All of our work is volunteer. WE MAKE NO PROFIT ON THESE ADOPTIONS. This fee does NOT include those additional things we supply while the pet is in our care e.g. pet supplies, food, toys, grooming, training, etc. (plus a heck of a lot of hugs!)