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Posted over 3 years ago | Updated 1 day ago

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Australian Cattle Dog
Black - with White
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Checkmark in teal circle Good with dogs
Checkmark in teal circle Spayed / Neutered
Checkmark in teal circle Housetrained

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Age: 2 years

Size: 58 pounds

Estimated breed: Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler mix

Spotty needs a home with: resident dog(s), fenced in yard, no young children


Update 7/7:  Spotty is super dog social guy who needs to be with other dogs. He absolutely adores every dog he meets. Spotty is still a little reserved around people but has been making huge strides and seems to improve every day! He has gone through professional training to work on self- confidence and is able to go on walks now and trust more than he used to. Spotty is super submissive and needs a home with a very social dog that will hang out and play with him all day. He loves to play with dogs more than anything. Spotty is also house trained and crate trained. He requires a fenced yard as he can get spooked and we don’t want to take chances of him trying to flee. Spotty has endless potential if you give him the time and patience he needs and deserves to come out of his shell!


Spotty is estimated to be about 1.5 years old and 45 pounds. He was found as a stray in SC and was completely petrified at the shelter. He sat in a corner shaking and had to be carried just to move out of his kennel. He came to us very nervous and shy but with the help of his canine friends, he is slowly learning to trust and thriving in his foster home. He has also met and done training with our trainer where he is now comfortable going for walks on a leash and exploring the outdoors!


Spotty gains comfort from other dogs, so he requires a home with a friendly resident dog to help show him the ropes. Spotty would do best in a home without young children as he is still gets timid around new people and retreats. With time and patience, he will show his new family how goofy and happy he really is. All he needs is someone who is understands that just needs a little time to know he is safe. His best quality..... he is AMAZING with other dogs and wants to be their best friend. If you have a dog that has been wanting a sibling, Spotty is your guy!


To adopt Spotty, please apply on our website!


Please note we cannot guarantee the breed or adult size of any of our dogs. All of our dogs are working on their crate and house training.

April 16, 2024, 7:20 pm
Key to Lion's Heart Rescue

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P.O. Box 5570, Derwood, MD 20855

Their adoption process


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Thank you for your interest in adopting a dog through Key to Lion’s Heart Rescue. Key to Lion’s Heart makes no representation on the breed of the dogs. Our dogs are all rescues and therefore, we cannot guarantee what the mix the dog may have based on parentage. We can only base the breed identification on experience and do not consider ourselves experts or professionals on any breed of dog.

Once we receive your application we will begin to process it in a timely manner. Submission of your application does not guarantee approval. An approved application is required prior to a meet and greet.
Our adoption process will include the following components in order to become an approved applicant/adopter:
1. Checking your personal references. Please be sure to list two personal references that are not related to you.
2. If you do not own your place of residence we will need to call your landlord or leasing office.
3. Veterinarian reference. If you do not have any pets currently in the home, please list the veterinarian you used for any previous pets. We do require all pets in the home to be spayed/neutered as well as up to date on rabies and DHPP vaccines at at the time the application is submitted.
4. Phone interview. One of our adoption coordinators will call and speak with you about your application and dog of choice.
5. Home visit from a Key to Lion’s Heart Rescue volunteer.
Once your application is complete, you will be notified of your approval to adopt and will be required to have a meet and greet with the entire household and then can take your new dog/puppy home after signing the adoption contract and paying the specified donation fee.
Our fees for puppies up to 6 months is $400 to include age appropriate core vaccines (DHPP and rabies between 12 and 16 weeks old) and microchip. Dogs 6 months to 7 years old are $350 to include routine core vaccines (DHPP and Rabies), spay/neuter (unless unable due to medical) and microchip. All dogs over the age of 7 are $250 to include routine core vaccines(DHPP and Rabies), spay/neuter (unless unable due to medical) and microchip.
Please note, we do NOT adopt out more than one dog/puppy at a time. We ask that you take time to bond and learn your new dog for at least 6 months prior to adopting another dog.

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We are foster based but do hold adoption events twice a month. All events will be listed on our website.

More about this rescue

Key to Lion’s Heart Rescue’s mission is to help save lives of animals that are in shelters or abusive and neglectful situations and give them a chance in life as well as educate the community on animal welfare. We are a foster and volunteer based rescue and rely solely on donations and fundraising to care for our dogs.

Through our foster program we provide a loving, nurturing and safe environment for all our animals and address all their needs. We provide all our animals while in our care with vaccines, micro-chips, heartworm test and alter when age appropriate. We provide rehabilitation and training to those in need and work with all our dogs to prepare them for adoption into responsible and loving homes.
Through our outreach program we aim to educate the community and our youth about the importance of animal welfare, proper nutrition and the importance of spay/neuter. We will work with the youth by going into the schools and inviting students to participate in our community fundraisers and events. We want them to be a part of the mission to end cruelty and the over population of animals in the shelters. It is our youth that will help change the future of animal welfare.