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Key to Lion's Heart Rescue
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Pit Bull Terrier/Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Gray/Blue/Silver/Salt & Pepper
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Small blue checkmark Good with cats
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered

My story


Age: 1 year as of 3/9

Size: ~30 lbs

Estimated breed: Pit bull/Staffordshire terrier mix 

Pippa's perfect home: Friendly resident dog(s), no young kids, fenced-in yard


Update 7/31: Pippa has blossomed into one amazing dog! She is totally comfortable with her foster mom and all her doggie foster siblings. When she's not napping in her dog bed, she's playing with her favorite doggie friend Maid Marian or hanging out in the fenced in yard. She's even started playing with her foster mama! She is a great girl on walks as long as she doesn't pass any strangers, which still make her very nervous. She knows "crate up" and goes right into her crate for meal time. Her foster even got her DNA tested, and to our surprise she has no small dog in her! She is the cutest pit bull/staffordshire terrier/Labrador retriever/boxer mix at only 30 lbs. Pippa is more than ready to find her forever home. It may take her a few weeks to warm up to new people, but she promises to bring her new family a lifetime of laughs and love once they gain her trust. 


Update 4/21: Slowly but surely, Pippa is coming around! She hangs out in a dog bed during the day and will run outside into the fenced in yard when she needs to go potty. She sleeps through the night in her dog bed and only has the occasional pee accident during the night, which she always does on her potty pads. She's even learning how to walk on a leash! She's still very panicky and unsure of any new sounds, people, smells, etc, but she's able to go for short walks in a field where she doesn't see any other people, and she looks to her foster mama for guidance when she is nervous. While she's not quite ready to ask for human affection, she will accept gentle pets and handling from her foster mom. She adores all her doggie foster siblings and while she doesn't play with them yet, she gets comfort just from having them around. 


Update 11/26: Pippa is still an extremely fearful and shutdown dog. She spends all her time in a playpen in her foster's home and becomes a statue anytime people come close to her. Her foster is working on socializing her by sitting in her pen and slowly petting her, but any sudden movements send Pippa into a panic, and she will dart back and forth in the pen. She lives with multiple other dogs, and she coexists with them fine, but doesn't seem to perk up with them around. She is still too terrified to go outside and does her business on potty pads inside the pen. The only time she really perks up is overnight when her foster mama is sleeping - that's when she plays with her toys, chews her bones, and goes potty. Pippa is a work in progress and will need time and patience in order to blossom into her true personality. 


Pippa and her four family members were surrendered to a rural shelter in the south, extremely under socialized and petrified of people. They sat in the corner of their crates, shaking from fear and trying to hide from the world. No six month old puppy should ever be this fearful of humans. They should be running and playing like normal puppies, but instead they found themselves cooped up in a crate at a dangerously packed shelter, scared for their lives. 


Pippa is now safe in a foster home and ready to start looking for her forever home. She is around 6 months old and 25 lbs, so she will most likely remain on the small/medium size as an adult. She is still very shutdown and scared of the world, but is slowly learning how to trust people. She requires a home with another friendly resident dog to help show her the ropes and make her feel more comfortable. She loves other dogs and is slowly warming up to people. Because of how skittish she is, she would prefer a home without young kiddos. 


To adopt Pippa, please apply on our website!


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

December 6, 2022, 4:19 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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Additional adoption info

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.