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Paws & Claws

Facts about me

3 years 6 months old, Adult
(When grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
(Current) 23 lbs
Pet ID

My info

Small blue checkmark Good with kids
Small blue checkmark Shots current
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered

My story

Xena came into rescue with Candy after their caretaker passed away. Candy and Xena were basically strays that an elderly lady would try to help. She ended up with quite a lot of dogs so neither of the girls are well socialized. Candy is less skittish than Xena though and warm up pretty quickly once she feels safe. Xena warms up also but is slower to get comfortable.The elderly lady passed away leaving all of the dogs that she cared for behind. Her daughter took them and placed them in temporary homes with people she knew until she could find a more permanent solution for them. They have been around the daughter's children but we do not really think that they will do great with kids,especially younger children. Candy may do wellin a home with older children who will respect her space and give her the time she needs to get used to her new life but Xena should not go into a home with children. She can be snippy and may nip out of fear.. Xena does enjoy attention once she settles down and gets to know you a bit. Since these girls were basically yard dogs and left to their own devices, for the most part, they will play the catch me if you can game so it will be important to have a secure yard or be able to keep them secure until they understand that they need to come when called instead of running away from you. They do not attempt to dig or climb that we have seen so if your yard is secure, you should be able to work with them without fear of then getting out and getting injured. They do not seem to like sudden movements so snatching or grabbing at them seems to freak them out alittle, especially Xena, so be sure that you are willing to be patient and understanding and have the desire and willingness to work with them to help them to become the best dogs that they can be. It is recommended to get them out and about to help socialize them with new people, places and things and help to desensitized then to things that they find scary. They are not leash trained so a harness may help make that experience less frightening for them and easier for you. They also will need to be housebroken since they mostly lived outside,from my understanding. Xena does not particularly like the crate. She doesnt have a big issue with going into one but if someone tries to get her out,she seems to get frightened and will growl, show teeth and try to nip/bite so crate training with Xena could be difficult initially and she may not ever like to be physically removed from one. She is fine if she comes out on her own though. Xena also does not like to be cornered, even if its in the open. Someone with time and patience would be best for her and we think she would prefer a quiet home. Xena will be a bit more challenging than Candy so if you enjoy a challenge, Xena may be the perfect dog for you. Xena saw the vet on 3/2/22 and was spayed. Her exam showed no issues and she was heartworm negative. Her fecal did show hookworms and Whipworms so we are deworming her. She may require a follow up deworming in 3 weeks and we would recommend rechecking her fecal. Xena weighed 23.7 pounds as of 3/2/22.
If interested in giving Xena her forever home, please submit your interest and your adoption application via email or text ONLY to 352-215-3260 (phone calls will not be answered or returned from this number). Xena's adoption fee will be $175 to help cover the cost of her vetting and daily care while with us.


Paws & Claws

Contact info
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Rebecca Kish
Chiefland, FL 32626

Their adoption process

Additional adoption info

We require an adoption application to be filled out and approved prior to any adoption. Our adoption fee for our dogs is $150.00 and up and for most of our cats is $75.00. If for any reason a pet that you adopt can not remain with you, we require that the pet be returned to Paws & Claws to be rehomed.We do NOT give refunds for any reason so please consider adoption carefully before you take a pet home. We also ONLY accept CASH as payment for our adoption fees.Our main requirement to adopt is LOVE! If you can offer love to a needy pet, please consider adoption. Your reward will be a devoted friend for life.

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We operate from our home so our pets can be seen by appointment only. Please call or e-mail(prefer) to schedule a time to visit.

More about this rescue

We are a small rescue started in September 2004. To date, we have adopted out over 600 dogs and cats who may not have had a second chance. We rescue the majority of our pets from kill shelters and have them thoroughly vetted prior to going to their new homes. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heartworm checked(dogs) and dewormed. We also microchip our dogs so that they can always find their way home. Big and small, we work to rehome them all. We are always in need of donations so if you can help us to help our pets, please contact us! The more people who get involved, the more pets that we can save! You can also see our pets and/or fill out our adoption application on We look forward to hearing from you and making that "forever match"!