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Pit Bull Terrier
Black - with White
(When grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
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Small blue checkmark Shots current
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered
Small blue checkmark Housetrained

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Name: Hippo
Breeds: Pit Bull Mix
Age: Young Adult
Sex: Male
Size: Large

Remember the emaciated pittie mix we got from local animal control back in December? Well, Hippo is back with us. Hippo was a shy, sweet, fairly chill guy and no surprise when he gained weight he is showing his puppy side. Typical of bully breeds he is stubborn and will test his limits, so needs an adopter that will set firm boundaries with him right away. He has been through bootcamp at The K9 Coach, so he is obedient and knows a variety of commands. He does still have some stranger danger issues from not being well socialized as a puppy and neglected. Due to his insecurity, he will bark and sometimes growl at new people. He does warm up quickly with treats. He did great in his previous foster home with this by being kenneled if people were coming over for the first 10-15 minutes. Once he saw the other dogs being comfortable around people he would take cues from them and learn to be ok with those people. He is potty trained and crate trained. He is good with other dogs and was fine with cats in his previous foster home. He is a pup that will benefit from more daily structured exercise than his current owner is able to give to him and a confident owner that will help him get over his insecurities with firm boundaries and love. Since he has had basic obedience, we will not require a course for him but will require that his adopter have a single in home training session set up with a trainer just to learn techniques to ensure he thrives in his forever home.

Requirements: One in-home training session required

Adoption Fee: $400 + tax. This includes neuter/spay, current vaccinations as age appropriate, heartworm/tick testing in dogs over 8 months of age, deworming, microchip and current Heartgard and Nexgard preventatives.

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This dog is located in Minneapolis, MN


Heading Home K9 Rescue

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id you see a dog that caught your eye? Ready to start the adoption process? Happy to help! Feel free to email the dog's listed contact with any questions you have...the dogs live in our homes with us so we know them very well. Please fill out the preadopt application which is the first step to meeting/adopting a dog from HHK9. We read through the application, check references, and once approved (we aim for 24-48 hours to approve or deny depending on how quickly references reply), we set up a visit with you and the foster home or direct you to an adoption event to meet the dog(s). Fosters are more than happy to answer questions that arise. We all want a good match the first time, and a successful experience for the adopter and the dog. After meeting, you can choose to adopt if it seems like a good match. There is a 2 week trial on all adoptions to ensure there is time for the dog adjust and the fit between the dog and your home is right. We encourage adopters to give it a MINIMUM of a week. Returning a dog before that period means it never had a chance to settle in and show you what the true personality is like. Moving dogs between homes is stressful and not in the dog's best interests. We are here to support you after adoption also, answering questions and helping make the process as positive as we can. We highly recommend you read the tips in this packet (Adopting 101) before bringing your new dog will help greatly ease the transition and make it a positive experience for everyone! Our adoption fees are non-negotiable and average about $385 for adults and $425 for puppies which includes their vet work-spay/neuter, vaccinations, heartworm testing (if old enough),microchip, deworming, and current preventatives. Often the vet costs far exceed the adoption fee, especially on our special needs dogs. We rely on adoption fees to be able to continue to rescue more dogs in need.

More about this rescue

We are dedicated to rescuing homeless and unwanted animals. We are a non-profit, 501(c) 3-tax exempt, no-kill dog rescue and placement organization based in Minnesota. Although our focus is primarily on rescuing dogs, we sometimes rescue cats & kittens as well. We are an independent organization and depend solely on adoption fees, fundraisers, and donations to operate. We receive NO government support. We try our best to match the dogs with the needs, wants, personalities, and lifestyles of potential adopters to ensure a healthy, happy, & permanent home. All Heading Home K-9 dogs must live indoors. Dogs are social pack animals by nature and we want them to be able to have all of the companionship, love, & attention they deserve, as well as a chance to bond with the family. We rescue all types of dogs, ranging from small to large breeds. Roughly 40% of the dogs we rescue are purebred while the other 60% are mixed breeds. We will tell you about each dog's history, personality, & behavior, including whether or not they are good which children and other pets, their exercise needs, & other important information.