Breed: Lab/Pit Bull mix
Age: Young Adult
Ashley is young, small Pittie/ Lab mix who has seen a lot of life and from what we can tell, not much of it was good before being rescued. Sweet Ashley is so scared of people and expects the worst. Someone new reaches for her and she hides behind her dog buddy or she cowers and hits the floor expecting those hands to come at her with pain not love. No matter how scared, Ashley has never been aggressive or nippy, just shuts down and waits for the hurt to happen and be done. Ashley has a lot of positives going for her. She is housetrained at her foster home (though please, expect accidents as she transitions), crates nicely and quietly. adores other dogs, fine with cats, and good with older, respectful kids who understand that rowdy behavior scares her to pieces and know to be gentle. When she is feeling playful and gets excited she hops around and looks like a puppy for a moment until she second guesses herself and retreats, so there is very much a playful girl hiding in there just waiting to come out! What Ashley needs in a forever home is a home who can commit to providing her with stability, love, training, and lots of patience. She is what we affectionately refer to as a "project dog". She is looking for a special adopter to take her under their wing and nurse her spirit back to health, to teach her the world is a good place and not something to be feared, and to show her that she has a place in this world even though right now she feels the world is out to hurt her. Ashley needs is a quieter home with a securely fenced yard, preferably another dog to show her the ropes, and a committed foster/adopter who is in it for the long haul with her. Will it be easy? No. Working with a dog as scared as Ashley will test the limits of your patience and make you want to quit some days. It is not without its frustrations and it is not easy. But the first glimpses you see of breakthroughs for her, where she lets her guard down and acts like a dog will make it all worth it. If you have the experience (or willingness to learn) to help an extremely scared dog blossom and you can promise to commit to her even when you want to give up, please consider Ashley. She is such a kind soul. She deserves to know the world is a safe place.
Requirements: Physically fenced yard. Home committed to providing stability, love, training, and patience. Adopter must own home due to breed mix.
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and for a preadopt application. This dog has been spayed/neutered, vaccinated as age appropriate, tested for heartworm disease if age appropriate, and dewormed.