My name is Rowena!

Posted over 3 years ago

Adoption fee: $150

This helps Forever Home Dog Rescue with pet care costs.

My basic info

Labrador Retriever/Chow Chow
9 years 9 months old, Senior
Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg) (when grown)
59 lbs (current)
Pet ID

My details

Alert icon Not good with kids
Checkmark in teal circle Good with dogs
Alert icon Not good with cats
Checkmark in teal circle Shots current
Checkmark in teal circle Spayed / Neutered
Checkmark in teal circle Housetrained

My story

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

Rowena is a 9-10 year old lab mix (we did a DNA test and it came back lab/chow/golden retriever/pointer and several others) - about 60 lbs. She is house/kennel trained, and definitely wants to learn how to dog! She was found in 2019 living in a wood pile in Oklahoma protecting her puppies, so has some trauma there that needs worked through and a dedicated adopter will do so much for her. She needs a very structured living environment and a strong dog-savvy owner. She loves to be outside so would enjoy a nice physically fenced yard (no invisible fencing with her history, sorry). Privacy fencing will be preferred as she guards her territory. She will not do well in an apartment setting since she has a fear of strangers and needs muzzled on walks in strange places. She has been through heartworm treatment and will require an adopter who will keep her on preventatives and regular testing. She does well with dogs as long as they aren't tiny/can't be mistaken for squirrels or rabbits. She chases cats. She is food protective with other dogs, so will need to be fed separate / in kennel as a precaution. Once she is comfortable with you, she likes to snuggle and give kisses and hugs -- but it may take a few weeks for her to warm up fully. No kids for Roe -- fast movements and small creatures with her don't mix. Her adoption fee is $250. If you have an easy-going and patient lifestyle that will give this girl the structure she needs and are interested in meeting Rowena, please put an application in at and we will set up a meet with you!All adoptions are $300 per dog for puppies under 1 year, $250 for adults 1 - 9 years old and $150 for senior dogs which include spay/neuter, micro-chipped and up-to-date on required shots.

Senior dogs, at our discretion, are adopted out at $150 per dog because we know they will have less time with your family and may eventually have more needs as they get older. But we feel these dogs deserve to live out the rest of their lives as part of a loving family.
Forever Home Dog Rescue

Contact info

Pet ID
Johnston, IA 50131

Their adoption process

Additional adoption info

All our rescue dogs are spayed/neutered, up to date on core vaccines (DAPP, bordetella and rabies if over 16 weeks of age), adults are heartworm tested, and all dogs are micro-chipped and have necessary veterinary care.

Our adoption fee is $250 for dogs/puppies and $100 for a senior dogs 8+ years old.

All our dogs are in temporary care homes. If you would like to be contacted by one of our volunteer adoption coordinators go to and fill out an application. Please be aware you must be at least 21 years of age to adopt from us. We verify rental/condo policies as well as home ownership. If you have had prior pets, we will call your vet to confirm responsible pet care. A home visit will also be conducted prior to approval.

Adoption application

Go meet their pets

We do not have a shelter building. All of our dogs are in temporary homes. If you are interested in our dogs please complete the adoption application which can be found on our website. We will then contact you to set up a time to meet with the dog/dogs you are interested in.

More about this rescue

Forever Home Dog Rescue is dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals primarily from high-kill shelters.

In working with committed volunteers, temporary care homes and local veterinarians, we are able to rescue dogs, provide them with loving temporary care, and find them well-matched, carefully screened forever homes. All our rescue dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped and have all necessary veterinary care.

We were formed in January 2014 and are a non-profit organization in central Iowa. We are pending our official 501c3 status. We receive no government funding and rely completely on donations.

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