My name is Beau!

Shepherd (Unknown Type) Mix Dog for adoption in Salem, Oregon - Beau
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Safe Dogs By The River

Facts about Beau

  • Breed: Shepherd (Unknown Type) Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10816525

This was written by Beau's Foster home:


5:45 30min walk (he likes to do the same route every day)

7:00 breakfast

7:10-2:30 Napping, playing, maybe a walk or two

4:00 Dog park or walk

6:00 dinner

(potty breaks given every 3-3.5 hours, but he can hold it up to 7)

Likes: fetch, water including puddles, nylabones and chew toys, head and belly scratches, walks

Dislikes: being picked up, being outside in the dark, not being with his human

Beau is an approximately 1 year old mixed breed that weighs about 23 pounds. He gets along great with dogs, but is still learning to trust humans. He was picked up as a stray at 7 months old along with his siblings and mother. He wouldn't let people get near him and when leashed would barrel roll like an alligator. Now Beau is always following his foster, playing, able to be leashed, jumps right up in cars, and after weeks of being on a long lead is able to be let off leash. He goes to off leash dog parks regularly where he comes in contact with all sorts of dogs and their people. He is very curious and loves to sniff people, but has yet the confidence to allow strangers to pet him.

The first 3 days I had Beau he was attached to me with a leash and harness. He went everywhere I went, yet I ignored him. He got comfortable following me around on leash knowing I wasn't going to make any unpredictable movement to pet him or scare him in any way. After the third day Beau and I were inseparable, I was what was constantly familiar to him and he wanted to be as close to me as possible. The first three days were very crucial in forming a bond with Beau, and once he knows who he is safe with, he is very loyal to them.

It took Beau a couple months to learn the gist of potty training, but we haven't had an accident in a couple weeks. He needs to know he'll be let out and likes to follow a set schedule when it comes to potty breaks. Beau knows sit very well and has just recently learned 'lie down'. He is very treat motivated and a quick learner. He also responds well to his name and if comfortable with his human, will come immediately to it.

Beau has an umbilical hernia that has been seen by two different vets who have determined it to be only a cosmetic issue. He also has a wart in his ear that was also deemed only cosmetic. He is neutered and up to date on vaccinations.

Notes from SDBTR: Beau will require a foster or permanent home that is willing to use positive methods to patiently gain Beau's trust. He has now had positive experiences with some humans, but this has not generalized to all humans, and likely never will. He will need a patient person to help him navigate his next journey. SDBTR will support any foster or adopter with resources and email support (for life for adoption).

About Safe Dogs By The River

About Our Rescue Group...

Safe Dogs By The River does not take in animals from the general public. We provide a valuable rescue service in assisting with placements and utilizing foster homes. We hope to improve any behavior issues, assist with medical care, facilitate spay/neuter and do the best possible thing for each individual companion animal. We have many years of experience in placing animals in the best possible home. With a 95% success rate of permanent placements, we are very proud of our accomplishments. We screen adopters and companion animals - to truly match families with their newest addition. Our adoptions, both direct and facilitated, are followed up with a lifetime of behavior and nutrition advice, to assist with transitions and any other questions or issues that may come up.

If you have a companion that needs rehoming, we are happy to assist you in doing the right thing and we admire those that make this brave choice for their beloved companions. we understand this is not an easy decision. All costs associated with bringing an animal(s) into an adoptable state are the responsibility of the person(s) caring for that animal(s). SDBTR receives a percentage of Adoption Fees - when the pet is adopted to help offset the costs associated with placing animals.

If what you read below sounds like the investment you are ready to make to find your companion the best possible home - please email for an Application For Assistance. Thank you for your commitment to doing what is best for the animal(s) in your care.

Safe Dogs By The River is a training, rescue, nutrition and education endeavor. When we rescue, rather than just churning them out into sub par households; where their fate is as questionable as their history (just to say we placed animals), we invest heavily in individual animals. If they have issues, we work to improve or manage them - and be honest about them. We use a very holistic approach and utilize nutrition as a big tool in healing animals (after all, you are what you eat). We only use positive training methods, like clicker training. We believe we should foster a relationship of trust, respect and love with our companions. We cannot accomplish this if we are scaring our pets into compliance, isolating them or assuming they should know better.

We believe our animals belong in our homes, and we teach them how to do that. Animals don't automatically know how to live in our world. Their natural behaviors are the very things that cause us to banish them to the outdoors, relinquish them or otherwise neglect their needs. We owe it to them to teach them how to live happily in our world. There are no stupid dogs, just lack of proper communication.

Safe Dogs By The River is a small education and rescue non profit in Salem, Oregon. We relocated here, via Portland, from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and her aftermath made it unsafe to live there any longer. Like our name implies, we pride ourselves in placing safe animals in safe homes. Thank you.

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All meet & greet's are done by appointment only. Sorry, no drop in's. Please contact us to make arrangements to meet any of our wonderful animals.

Safe Dogs By The River

Salem, Oregon

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Our Adoption Process...

CATS: Safe Dogs By The River does not adopt cats to homes that will declaw. There are many solutions to clawing issues, including but not limited to, nail trims, cat scratchers/furniture, Soft Paws and basic training.

DOGS: Safe Dogs By The River does not adopt dogs to outdoor only homes, nor do we endorse this practice. We believe a dog is a family member and should live indoors with they're humans. Indoor dogs make better watch dogs, are better able to alert to intruders and are capable of actually doing something heroic in the face of an emergency.

All companions from Safe Dogs By The River have a suggested Adoption Donation of $150. If we did not receive these donations, we would not be able to help the next animal that comes along. Please help us to continue helping the animals we have in our care.

Wherever possible companions have basic house manners, house training, crate training and any behavioral issues are addressed. Safe Dogs By The River will disclose, to the best of our ability, any and all health or behavior issues, if known. We do our best to test or check for any issues prior to placing companions up for adoption.

Adoption Donation for dogs is $150, with $25 returned upon completion of positive obedience classes.

Adoption Donation for cats is $125.