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My name is October!

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The Animal Pad - CA Chapter
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Mixed Breed (Medium)/Labrador Retriever
(When grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
(Current) 60 lb
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My info

Small blue checkmark Good with dogs
Small blue checkmark Shots current
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered
Small blue checkmark Housetrained

My story

The Fall beauty!

Hewo hooman! My name is October. I am a 3-year-old, neutered male, Lab Mix weighing around 63 lbs. I am here because The Animal Pad rescued me from Ensenada. I was skinny and had a lot of mange when I was rescued but now, I have a beautiful healthy black coat and healthy weight! I am crate, house, and bathroom trained! I am working on leash reactivity! I get overwhelmed on busy streets and very overwhelmed when we encounter other doggos. I have been walking in the back yard as practice to build up to walkies around the neighborhood. Unfortunately, I have neighbors with loud doggos that bark at me which overwhelms me even more. I need someone who can work with me and train me with my reactivity. Somewhere where it’s not a busy neighborhood would help. 

Here’s a little bit about me! I am super sweet, goofy, and playful! I love to play and jump around, but I also love to sleep and spread myself out on the floor. Although… when it’s play time, I’m all in. I am very independent, I stay physically near/around you, but I’ll play and explore on my own. I will come to check in with you occasionally or when you call me. My favorites are tennis balls and squeaky toys, as well as lick mats with yogurt or peanut butter I am very smart, I learn quickly and respond well to commands like come and sit. I can be stubborn, but I respond well to treats and my e-collar. I’m very unique in the way that I have a personality of a young pupper but also an old grumpy stubborn doggo. I am working on dog reactivity, I will jump/lunge and bark when my neighbor’s dogs bark. I have not been introduced to a polite doggo yet. I have not had any interactions with cats or little hoomans yet. I do get protective when near other doggos that are outside from my household furry siblings and my toys. I can get nippy when scared/overwhelmed, having my tennis ball around helps when this happens. My favorite things to do are fetch, sleep, and sunbathe. Since I am a very special guy, looking for a very special home, I would love to do a trail period first, before adoption. 

I definitely need continued structured exposure to dogs in order not slip back into reactive habits, which come from overstimulation, not aggression. I should live in a home with another stable steady dog or two but it needs to be a structured environment and a proper introduction. I could be the only dog in the home if they're willing to put in work to keep me socialized. I need someone willing to set firm boundaries and stay active and social. I am an AWESOME dog when my training is maintained. I am so smart, eager to please, playful, and actually really enjoy other dogs. A quiet neighborhood would be ideal and a secure yard to run around and play in as I continue to work on my training. My adoption fee is $200 and that includes spaying/neutering, shots, and microchip. If you want to take me home, please fill out the form on the website here


The Animal Pad - CA Chapter

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Stephanie Nisan
San Diego, CA 92103

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Additional adoption info

We prioritize local San Diego applicants. We do not provide transport of dogs to other states, and don't allow the dogs to fly in the cargo of the plane.
Our adoption process from start to finish, involves 3 standard forms, and 2 situational.
All potential applicants must be capable of providing their adopted pet with routine and emergency veterinary care (yearly health checks, keeping vaccinations current, heartworm/flea preventatives, and immediate care in the event the animal is sick or injured). They are required to license their pet, and keep an identification tag on their pet at all times.
All applicants must agree to a home check, and provide us with a veterinary reference, or personal references if you're a first-time pet owner. Our home checks are not to invade the privacy of the applicants, we do this to ensure the pet is going into a safe home. We do not discriminate against non-homeowners, or those living in apartments, condos, or otherwise.
Our adoption fees vary from $150-1000.
Applicants must agree in writing that if for any reason they are unable to keep or care for their pet, the pet will be surrendered back to our rescue and not re-homed, turned over to a shelter, pound, rescue, new owner, sold, etc.
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The Animal Pad is a nonprofit, all-breed dog rescue devoted to saving the lives of dogs facing euthanasia at high kill animal shelters and off the streets of Mexico. We rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home locally.

We are dedicated to animal advocacy, and educating dog owners on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. We are a foster based rescue, and rely heavily on the kindness and generosity of the amazing people who make donations toward the rescue and care of the dogs we save.

We are always looking for adopters, fosters, donations, volunteers, etc.. Please let us know if you would like to get involved by contacting us at one of the email addresses found below.

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