My name is Tony!

Posted over 10 years ago

My basic info

Retriever (Unknown Type)
Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg) (when grown)
Pet ID

My details

Alert icon Not good with kids
Checkmark in teal circle Shots current
Checkmark in teal circle Spayed / Neutered

My story

Here's what the humans have to say about me:

You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

PLEASE NOTE:  Tony is a special needs boy.  He is very anxious and always a flight risk.  Special pups need special heroes to step up and help them live their best lives.  Could you be Tony's hero?

Tony looks like he might be some sort of retriever mix boy and he’s sweet as can be … once he decides he doesn’t need to be afraid of you.  We have no background on him … only know that he and his sister were surrendered to an Animal Control facility.  Both have had severe anxiety issues.  

Tony has always been very wary and anxious with new people and new situations.  It takes him a while to warm up to new people.  Even after much time in foster care he will still only sometimes take a treat directly from the hand of someone in his foster family. 

Tony will do best in a quiet, settled home.  His perfect family will have lots of doggy experience, patience, and time to spend teaching him just how great life can be when somebody loves you! He is such a handsome boy, and it is heartbreaking to see him so anxious around people.

If Tony touches your heart, but adopting him is not an option, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to AAMR in his name to help with his extended care expenses. 

Here are some very important things you need to know about Tony

Approximate age/birthdate:  ~ December 2013

Weight/size: 55-60 pounds
Housebroken:  working on it ... his extreme anxiety makes it a little hard for him to focus and he may piddle a little if he gets scared

Crate trained:  working on it … being crated is not his favorite place to be, but as long as things stay calm, he does ok.

Personality: EXTREMELY shy and anxious, sweet boy who wants to be loved

Energy level:  medium ... but he still has bursts of lab energy

Fenced yard required?:   YES … ABSOLUTELY ... NO EXCEPTIONS ... and it must be a physical fence, not an underground fence. He is so scared of people that he would definitely escape at the first opportunity. (He went to a new home once before and had to come back to rescue because he would jump the fence, and it was very difficult to get him back into his yard.)

Does he/she jump fences?  YES ... especially if he is extremely stressed. We know from past experience that he can and will jump a fence.

Leash walk:  He is still not totally comfortable walking on leash but is getting better.  You must be sure to have him in a very secure harness and use a sturdy, fixed-length leash.

Obedience training:  NO but he does know 'sit'

Riding in vehicles:  RIDES OK … a little scared at first, but settles quickly 
Spayed/neutered:   YES

Up-to-date on routine vaccinations:   YES

Microchipped:   YES

Social with other dogs:  YES but must be supervised when he is with other pups, even after slow, proper introductions.  He is easily intimidated, but he will defend himself when challenged.  He should never be left unsupervised with smaller dogs. 

Social with cats:  NO CATS ... he would do them harm

Good with children: He will do best in a calm, settled environment and the activity and noise levels with young children would be overwhelming for him.

Adoption donation:  $100

If you think Tony might be the perfect pup for you, please go to and complete your adoption application online.

We are an all-volunteer group, so please be patient and understand that it takes an average of 7-14 days to process the applications including reference checks, follow-up questions and home visits.  We make every effort to move through them as quickly as possible.

When your application is approved, we will schedule a meet-and-greet to see if Tony picks you too.

If it seems that the adoption will be a good match for all, there is an adoption fee, and an adoption contract to be signed.

Please feel free to email if you have additional questions.

Visit this organization's web site to see any additional information available about this pet.
July 14, 2024, 1:14 pm
All-American Mutt Rescue, Inc

Contact info

Pet ID
Huddleston, VA 24104

Their adoption process

Additional adoption info

The adoption process:
Step 1: Complete the appropriate Adoption Application. There are different applications for dogs and cats. You will find the form online Then click on 'Fill Out' and you will be taken directly to the form. Once submitted, it comes directly to us. You should get a message immediately if your application has been successfully submitted
Step 2: Members of the Adoption Committee thoroughly review completed applications and do reference checks. Please remember that adopting a pet is making a commitment of 10-15 years, so we do not take any shortcuts in processing applications. It is our responsibility to place these pets in the very best homes we can possibly find for them. Application processing can usually be done in 7-14 days. Sometimes it may take longer if we have a problem reaching your references or finding another rescue to do a home visit for out-of-town or out-of-state adoptions.
Step 3: After reference checks are completed and your Adoption Application is tentatively approved, we will schedule a home visit and a time for you to meet the pet that just might be the newest member of your family. We will ask that all family members be present for the meet-and-greet ... including all other family pets.

Please be aware that we generally limit adoptions to families within 75 miles of our location in Huddleston, VA. There may be exceptions made, but application processing for remote adoptions usually takes longer because we must find another rescue to help us by conducting a home visit. This is required.

**Please remember that we are an all-volunteer, home-based rescue organization. We do not have a public shelter facility, so all home visits/meet-and-greets for potential adopters and fosters are done after applications are approved and by appointment only. Most of our volunteers work full-time jobs, so the majority of our home visits are scheduled for Saturdays between 10 am and 2 pm and Sundays between 1 pm and 3 pm. You can also meet adoptables at our public events noted on our website. Of course, we will always try to be as flexible as possible when scheduling meet-and-greets.
Step 4: After the home visit, if everything seems to be a perfect match, the final step is the signing of the Adoption Contract, payment of the adoption donation, and welcoming your new family member home.

Please note that completing the online application does not obligate you to adopt a pet, nor does it guarantee that your application will be approved. AAMR reserves the right to decline any application without providing a reason. Please understand, also, that often there are multiple applications for one pet and it is the responsibility of the Committee to find the best fit for each pet.

Go meet their pets

We are an all volunteer, home-based rescue organization. We do not have a public shelter facility, so you can meet our pups at our public events, such as at the Lynchburg VA Petco. Please check our Calendar of Events regularly for other opportunities to meet our pups. Otherwise, we have volunteers bring pups for a home visit after an application has been approved.

More about this rescue

Our motto is "Rescue … rehome … real love” and we try to live it every day. We rescue animals in need of new homes and loving families. We make sure each of them is spayed or neutered and up-to-date on all routine vaccinations. If other medical care or treatment is needed, we get that for them as well.

We welcome these fosters into our homes and our lives and really get to know their personalities and their needs. Then we make it our mission to re-home them - to place them in the forever home that will be perfect for them. Some of them really need to have another dog companion, while others will do well being an 'only pet.' Some love having children to play with, while others prefer being with adult companions. Some do well sharing a home with cats or other small pets, while others .... well ... no so much. And the only way we know this is by living with them!

We also work to educate and encourage other pet owners to spay or neuter their animals to

a) help their pets lead longer, healthier lives, and
b) help reduce the numbers of homeless and unwanted animals in our Central Virgina communities.

It is such an easy thing to do! Not only will it benefit your pet and your family, but it will reduce the numbers of wonderful, adoptable animals that are euthanized every year. Please be part of the solution.

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