My name is Koda!

Boxer/Labrador Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in Richland, Washington - Koda
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Hearthfire Animal Rescue Team (HART)

Facts about Koda

  • Breed: Boxer/Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn - With Black
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
Koda is a fun-loving, happy-go-lucky, always-up-for-some-fun kinda guy. He's young, smart and energetic, and he badly needs a human companion or family that will commit to training him, and will give him a job. It doesn't matter what the job is - jogging or hiking companion, agility champion, you name it, he'll do it - so long as it's something that engages his mind and exercises his muscles.

Life didn't start too well for this sweet dog. Born on 2/12/2016, he first went to a family that wanted a puppy ... right up until they had a puppy. They discovered that puppies are hard work, so they chained him up in the backyard pretty much ignored him. His present owner rescued him in July, intending to rehome him. He's such a charmer that she's been putting that off, and she knows she'll be heartbroken to see him go ... but she works 12 hour shifts, and she just can't give him the level of attention and training he needs.

Koda is usually happy to meet new people. Sometimes he can be a little shy and growly - we think some people trigger scary memories for him - but as soon as he realizes they can be trusted, he's all about being their friend. Something that needs work: he tends to jump up at people. His owner is working on this, but it's going to need ongoing work from a patient adopter who is steady on their feet. For this reason, while we'd expect Koda to adore kids, he is probably too bouncy for small or timid children.

He loves, loves, loves other dogs! But they need to be dogs that love, love, love to play tug, wrestle and play tag, and that won't be upset or offended by the occasional body slam. This boy is eager to play and make friends and has shown no sign of aggression during testing, but when it comes to manners ... well, he's a kid who still needs to learn about boundaries. Koda would love to join a family that already has another active young dog - but he'd also be very happy with trips to the dog park and play dates with energetic friends.

His house manners are great. Koda is reliably potty trained, and will let you know when he needs to go outside. He doesn't bark without reason, and when nothing much is going on he's content to settle down at your feet with a tasty chew. He does like to be close to his person, and will follow from room to room. Outside he doesn't dig much and he hasn't shown any desire to escape, but if left alone he'll entertain himself by shredding pretty much whatever you have out there. He must be crated and given something to chew when unsupervised.

His training is still at a very early stage. He knows sit, down, come and off, but he tends to think commands are optional. On a leash he will pull, but he does well on a gentle leader. We are confident that Koda would respond very well even to an advanced level of training, and it's essential that his new human be totally committed to at least taking him through the basics.

We're not sure of Koda's breed. His vet believes he's a boxer/lab mix, as stated, but he looks enough like a pit bull that he will not be placed in any jurisdiction with breed restrictions against pit bulls.

Koda's adoption fee is $175. To begin the adoption process, please email us to request an adoption application form.

About Hearthfire Animal Rescue Team (HART)

About Our Rescue Group...

People need to rehome animals for various reasons, including changed circumstances, a bad match between the pet and the family, and a desire to help an animal they have rescued find a forever home. Most conventional Animal Rescues are overwhelmed by the need, and people can wait a long time for help. Municipal Shelters do the best they can, but often euthanize "surplus" pets and, even at best, usually cannot offer an environment that makes people feel good about dropping off animals they care about. Advertising animals on Craigslist is potentially risky, especially for people with limited experience in finding quality forever homes.

Our goal is to provide support for individuals who want to help the animals in their care find the right forever home, and who either cannot find help from a Rescue or choose to work independently. We have years of experience actively volunteering for successful Rescue organizations in a senior capacity, and are well equipped to support and advise animal lovers.

We do NOT support backyard breeding, but will help individuals with "accidental litters", on condition that they have their dogs sterilized to ensure no repetition of these accidents.

We have established relationships with conventional Rescues throughout Washington, and where appropriate will help people place their pets with these Rescues.

We provide:
* A trustworthy connection between releasing owners and potential adopters
* Advice and assistance in ensuring that pets offered for adoption are healthy, sterilized and up-to-date on vaccinations
* Personal evaluation of all pets in our program, as needed (We make an effort to meet all the pets in our program but may initially rely on releasing owners for information. Potential adopters may request an evaluation at no charge if they have concerns.)
* Advice and support with the adoption process (including writing pet profiles and taking photographs and video for marketing pets to serious potential adopters, identifying good homes, background checks, documentation, participation in adoption events, setting adoption fees, etc)
* Counseling and other support, as needed (including home visits to potential adopters, provision of food and equipment, funding for vet care, rehabilitation advice, introductions to conventional rescues, etc)

Our Adoption Process...

Please email us to request an adoption application , OR copy this adoption application into an email and insert your information. Send to


Thank you for your interest in adopting a pet through HART. Please answer ALL the questions, and provide as much detail as possible. Please ensure that your vet and personal references expect our call and are willing to talk with us. We look forward to working with you to provide a rescue pet with a great home!

Your name:
Your age:
Physical address (IN FULL - number, street, city, state, zip code):
Phone numbers:
Email address:

Which animal(s) are you interested in adopting?
What appeals to you about this particular animal?
What are the most important characteristics you are looking for in choosing your ideal dog/cat/other?
Have you considered all the costs involved in owning a pet (regular and emergency vet care, quality food, secure fencing, liability insurance, rental deposits, training, etc.)?
Are you willing to allow us to visit your home to verify that you can offer a safe, happy living environment for this pet?


Who is/are the primary income earner/s in your household?
Where is/are the primary income earner/s employed?
Please list all the other people living in your household, including children. Provide name, age, relationship with you, and contact numbers of all independent adults who share your home:

If you don’t currently have young children living in your home, how often do young children visit you?
Are you planning to have children within the next few years?
Are all the people living in your household in favor of adopting a rescue pet?
Is anyone in your household allergic to animals, or does anyone suffer from any chronic condition or disability that could affect their ability to live with this animal? If yes, explain how you plan to deal with this.
Who will be the pet’s primary caregiver?
How many hours a day will the pet typically be alone?
Where will the pet be while you are gone from home?


Please indicate the characteristics of your ideal dog/cat/other:
In the case of a dog…
Energy level (eg couch potato / jogging/hiking companion / high-drive dog sports):

What role will the pet play in your life? (Delete all that DO NOT apply.)
Company for other pet
Playmate for children
Therapy animal (explain)
Service animal (explain)
Other (explain)
In the case of a dog…

How sociable do you need your pet to be? (Delete all that DO NOT apply.) (Answer these questions if you wish to adopt a dog)
Little social interaction likely
Behave well around visitors
Visit homes where there are dogs
Visit public areas where there are dogs (eg dog parks)
Confident and friendly with strangers
Other (explain)

What problems would likely cause you to give up a pet? (Delete all that DO NOT apply)
Moving to a different home / state / city
Predictable change in your circumstances (eg going to school, longer work hours, getting married)
Shedding / needs too much grooming
Escaping from property
Difficult to train
Housebreaking problems
Needs too much attention
Other (explain)


What kind of dwelling do you live in? (house, apartment, farm, etc.)
Do you rent or own your home?
If you rent, do you have the landlord’s permission to keep a pet? (Please provide landlord’s name and phone number.)
Do you plan to move in the foreseeable future?
Where will the pet be at night?
Where will the pet spend most of the day?

Please tell us about any other pets you currently have in your home. What is their role in your family? If small prey animals, how do you keep them safe? If dogs or cats, have they been sterilized? If dogs, have they been trained? How do you plan to introduce them to your new pet? Other information you think we would find helpful?

Please tell us about pets you have owned in the past. What were they? When did you have them? What happened to them?

Answer these questions if you wish to adopt a dog:
About how large is your yard (area that the dog will have access to)?
Does your yard have a securely fenced area that your dog will be able to use? Please describe.
If you cannot provide a fenced yard, how do you plan to ensure that the dog receives safe and adequate exercise?
Do you plan to tie the dog up outside?


Do you plan to train your pet?
What are your opinions about disciplining this kind of animal?
Are you willing to provide regular veterinary care for the rest of the pet’s life, including vaccinations, dental care, special diet and medications as recommended by your vet?
Sometimes unforeseen circumstances arise. If you can no longer care for your pet, what will you do?


Please provide details about the vet you plan to use. If you have recently changed vets, please also provide information about the vet you used previously. Provide vet/practice name, address (number & street, city, state, zip code), phone number. Also state how long they have been your vet.

Does your regular vet vaccinate your pets? If not, where do you have them vaccinated?

Please provide at least three references who can attest to your suitability as a pet owner. References must be adults, and may not be a person living in your household. Provide name, city, and state where they live, phone number, relationship with you. At least two references should not be close family members.

Thank you for your application. We will confirm receipt within 24 hours. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact us to verify that we have received your application. Your application should take no more than 2-3 days to process.

Fees and contractual requirements vary according to circumstances.