Sammy is currently at Placer County Animal Services in Auburn, Ca. He's been there for a while now and isn't doing so hot. He's not a candidate for public adoption. He's not on the adoption floor. We've been asked to pull him, and we'd absolutely love to.
We'd love to pull him from the shelter but in order to do so will need a qualified adopter or foster. Sammy has always been great with other dogs (not sure about cats so that's a "no"...), but he will need a reasonable amount of time to decompress before being introduced to existing dogs in the home. We will help with EVERYTHING needed to foster. Please see the end of this post for foster requirements...
Here is what the shelter volunteers have to say about this gorgeous creature
Samuel “Sammy” Smooshy Face... The wiggler of all wigglers...
Sammy just radiates happiness. You can see it in everything he does; from the way he looks at you, the way he runs toward you, and the way he wiggles for your affection. Sammy is an outgoing and friendly dog. While he has had some struggles with reactivity inside of his kennel, he is naturally social and amenable. Everyone who meets him thinks the world of him.
Sammy is a big baby full of silliness but so eager to learn and learns quickly. It makes him feel immensely proud and confident to make you happy. Sammy loves bonding and is very warm and affectionate. He is loyal to his people and it lights up his world when he spots a friend coming his way.
Sammy is playful, and while he isn’t the best fetcher, he loves a good romp-around! You won’t meet a more optimistic and goofy dog and your heart will never stop smiling with Sammy by your side. Sammy is a stunningly beautiful dog, a soul-dog, and a dog to be proud to call yours.
Sammy is believed to be an approximately 10-month-old American Bulldog/Boxer mix. He has been fine with other dogs at the shelter, and as always, with proper matches and introductions. We are not sure how he is with cats, but he doesn’t seem to focus or mind them.
When Sammy came to the shelter, he struggled with not feeling safe inside of his kennel and did not have adequate physical or mental activity, or socialization which caused him much stress. This stress manifested into bad kennel behavior - in which he'd react badly when some folks walked by his kennel. Since providing Sammy with appropriate mental and physical activity and trips outside the kennel environment, he has been thriving and has generally not had those same issues.
FOSTERING FOR NBBR...
Fostering is quite a bit like adopting (only less permanent), but we still need to be sure that the potential foster home is a good environment for a shelter dog. We need to know where the potential foster lives. They need to be local to us. This one is a deal breaker, and so many times people get frustrated with us thinking it's because we don't want to be put out. That's not the case at all. Our fosters need to be close enough for us to do a yard check, but also close enough to bring their fosters to vet appointments, adoption events, fundraisers, and meet and greets with potential adopters. Living outside of a 50 mile radius of Sacramento makes all of the above nearly impossible. We also need our foster dogs to be close enough to us that if they begin experiencing behavioral issues with their foster dog, we can send our trainer to work with them.
The MAIN reason that we are so selective with our fosters is because once we pull a dog, they become OURS. Meaning if it just "isn't working out" at said foster home, we have to take the dog back. Back where, you ask? Well certainly not back to the shelter. And we can't take any more on at our home. So where do they go? They don't. They don't "go." A foster home has to be 100% committed to fostering a dog. Not willing to "try it out" or "give it a shot". We have no plan B in place if the foster bails. So the foster can't bail. It's a huge commitment. If dogs need to be kept separate and crate rotated, that's what has to happen. If a cat is being chased, the dog isn't allowed around the cat. If things get chewed up, then things get chewed up. If a foster dog pees on the carpet, it pees on the carpet. Shelter dogs aren't going to come out of there perfect dogs that have no issues at all. They usually DO have issues. And we love them through those issues. We clean up the pee. We throw away chewed up shoes. We crate rotate. We get frustrated. But we don't kick them out. That's already happened to them once, and can't happen again. Everyone wants to help, but our fosters have to be willing to go the distance. We provide EVERYTHING needed to foster a dog. Crate, food, bed, bowls, toys, leash, collar, treats, EVERYTHING. Not every rescue does this. We do it because we know it's not easy to foster. In fact it can be really difficult sometimes. But in the end, the payoff is absolutely priceless.
Interested in meeting Sammy and helping us get him out of the shelter? Complete and submit our foster application online at norcalbullybreedrescue.com and we'll be in touch!
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