Ruff Ruff! My name is * Honor
* Honor's Info...
|Breed:||Spitz (Unknown Type, Medium)||Color:||White - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn||Age:||Young|
|Size:||Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less||Sex:||Female||ID#:||4788688-CC-20858|
I am already spayed, housetrained, purebred, a special needs pet, up to date with shots, good with kids, good with dogs, and good with cats.
Please contact Amanda (email@example.com) for more information about this pet.
The Totally Unique Honor
Honor is very unique. If you adopt this sweet and loving dog, you are guaranteed to have a companion unlike anyone else's!
Honor was part of Operation Liberty: a dog rescued from a life of breeding in a puppy mill. The fact that she was an Operation Liberty dog is why she has an asterisk next to her name. These dogs lived their whole lives in breeding cages and had poor socialization with humans.
But the ability of animals to adapt is amazing. Honor was always very excited to see people. She would wag her tail and spin in a circle. But if you approached, she would run away. I told people I had a wild snow fox in my house: just that beautiful and just that elusive. It has taken a lot of time, but she has become a brave little girl. She now approaches people to be petted, sits (or sleeps!) next to them, and gives lots of kisses.
The 'only' other unique thing about Honor is that she is a true hermaphrodite. She has two sets of ovaries and two sets of testes. This is extremely rare in dogs (and humans, too -- only a couple hundred in the world). It does not impact her health at all: she just has two sets of chromosomes. She is completely sterile, so her 'job' as a puppy mill breeder must have been unsuccessful. I call Honor a 'her' only by virtue of the fact that she has nothing externally visible, but if you wanted a 'him', you can choose differently. It's fun to talk about with people, and makes her totally unique!
Honor is very comfortable being around other dogs, probably due to the puppy mill. She is submissive, no matter to whom, and really values dog companionship. She stuck close to the other puppy mills rescues at first, and now hangs out with my fosters like they are sisters. She play-fights with my younger dog and loves, loves, loves to squeak her plush dog toys.
She can be crabby with other dogs if they keep harassing her, or if she feels bad (like when her ears were infected). However, I feel completely safe to leave even my old, tiny and toothless dogs alone with her all day. I have only seen her use a 'noise and fury' display and no actual biting occurred. Usually she gives them kisses too (so cute!) and they press against each other when they sleep. She has never, ever put up a fight with me, no matter what I was doing.
If you're thinking about adopting one of these special puppy mill 'moms', Honor is a great choice because all the hard work to resocialize her has already been done. She has successfully rehabilitated and just needs a home to call her own. Please consider putting in an application for the totally unique Honor!
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Rescue Group Info...
We are a non-profit rescue group that takes in stray, abandoned, and sick animals, giving them medical and foster care until available for adoption. We offer low cost spay/neuter clinics to the public and a special program called Operation CatNIP for pet cats of low income qualified individuals and feral cats, and assist in TNR for cats.
You may view our animals online, and see them in person at Petsmart, 5900 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 every Saturday from 11am until 3pm; at Petsmart 4200 Derry Street, Harrisburg, PA 17111 every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm; and PetSmart Lancaster from 10 to 2 on most Saturdays.
We offer an online adoption application at www.castwaycritters.org. We do check references, vet references, and housechecks. Once you are approved, you will be required to fill out an adoption agreement. Our animals have all been wormed, altered and vaccinated. Cats have been tested for FIV/FeLV. For more information, see our website at www.castawaycritters.org.
Cumberland, Dauphin, York and Lancaster counties