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Daisy

Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium) Canaan Dog

Female, 1 yr
Sweetwater, TN
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Not good with kids, Good with dogs, Good with cats, Needs experienced adopter, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
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OUT OF STATE TRANSPORT available for an additional fee. Wanted: a good, caring home for a sweet, female terrier mix who likes to cuddle and play. Daisy loves being inside near her human or outdoors playing with other dog/s. Smart, very affectionate, knows sits, stay and heel-trains easily due to being food focused and intelligent. Daisy is black and white with kind brown eyes and weighs about 45 pounds. Daisy will use a crate but her preference is being on a dog bed or couch near her human(s). She has done very well in the car and during outings with our Doggy Day Out program. Daisy was rescued from a kill animal shelter in August and then due to the deteriorating health of her last owner, they took Daisy to be euthanized because he was unable to continue caring for her and was saved by woofwoof fosters AT THE VETS OFFICE from the euthanasia room. Due to her intent focus on food and history of having to fight for what she ate to live Daisy does need to be fed separately from other dogs but is not food aggressive toward humans at all, even with taking something away from her. Daisy has not had much socialization with young kids so she requires a home with older children that will respect her space (12+) or no children. She has been cat tested and we believe she would do well with confident cats who don't run away from her. UTD on vaccines, on preventatives, and microchipped.
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Dove

Australian Shepherd Mixed Breed (Medium)

Female, 5 yrs 3 mos
Sweetwater, TN
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Not good with kids, Good with dogs, Good with cats, Needs experienced adopter, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
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Hello, my name is Dove. I am a very shy girl that would love to have a chance to warm up to you! I came from a hoarding situation and was not allowed to socialize with other humans. Once I warm up to you, I am the most loving and happiest furbaby around! My rescue mom says you can receive help from her to transition into your home! I prefer to be around people that know and respect my boundaries and are willing to take their time to let me warm up to you. I have never bitten or growled when being approached outdoors. I will hide to feel safe. While I may be shy with new humans, my rescue mom uses me as a peer model to introduce new dogs to our rescue! Yep, I am cool as a cucumber with new dogs and respect their space but still love to play! Please call my rescue mom to set up a visit or a video call with me to see my true self! It took me 4 days to warm up to my rescue mom! However, please remember the 3,3,3 rule (3 days to decompress, 3 weeks to learn the routine, and 3 months to feel at home). My rescue mom (woofwoof fosters) works with a dog trainer and has already had me evaluated! Looking forward to meeting with you to help find my new furever home! Sincerely yours, Dove Patience, realistic expectations and a good match in a home environment are the keys to success! UTD on vaccines, on preventatives, and microchipped.
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Folly

Shepherd (Unknown Type) Carolina Dog

Male, 1 yr
Sweetwater, TN
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Good with cats, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Meet Folly! He’s sweet and petite at around 40 lbs full grown. He was originally a resident at the Loudon County Animal Shelter from the time he was around 5 months old until he was approximately 1 years old. He is a shy guy but quick to warm up, especially with women! One of the volunteers at the shelter followed him to our rescue to continue working with him if that tells you how special Folly is! 🥰 Here at the rescue we have worked on plumping him up and building his confidence with new people! He has really come out of his shell and made quick friends with all the dogs here at the rescue. He also became a favorite of the 3 year old human on the property. We quickly figured out he loves kids who give him space initially to warm up at first. He LOVES snuggles and giving/receiving kisses! We are working on potty training with him and he has been using the doggie door pretty consistently to use the bathroom outside. UTD on vaccines, on preventatives, and microchipped. Out of state transport available!
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Gus

Cattle Dog Mixed Breed (Medium)

Male, 2 yrs
Sweetwater, TN
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
OUT OF STATE TRANSPORT available for an additional fee. What we know about Gus: 💢Great with dogs 💢Great with kids (has lived with kids and another dog previously) 💢Awesome temperament 💢Calm, great on a leash 💢About 1.5 years old 💢Potty trained 💢Crate trained 💢Loves snuggles 💢Recovering from demodex mange (not contagious) but will require a few more medicated baths to help with continued healing We think he could be a heeler/boxer mix because of the speckles but we truly still don’t have a great idea about breed. The regrowth of hair didn’t help us with this as much as we thought it would 😂 We wanted to note that since Gus had demodex mange, this means he is genetically predisposed to contract this again if he does not take preventatives regularly. 💊 He is currently doing very well on Simparica Trio (combined monthly flea/tick and heartworm medication)! Please let us know if you have any questions about this condition. Can be cat tested upon request! Microchipped, up to date on shots and monthly preventatives
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Wallaby

Labradoodle

Male, 2 yrs 6 mos
Sweetwater, TN
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Not good with kids, Needs special attention, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
*Medical Condition/Nip History- PLEASE READ ENTIRE BIO* Wallaby (or Wally for short) was found wandering in a common dumping ground behind the Sweetwater Veterinary Hospital in Tennessee. A kind, Good Samaritan reached out to us for help with this guy! Wallaby is a happy, silly guy with lots of energy and is around 2-3 years old. He gets along well with dogs outside but can be a bit possessive inside the house if he has pent up energy or doesn’t get enough mental and physical stimulation. Wallaby also has shoulder dysplasia which can cause some pain near his neck/shoulder area. On 3 different occasions, Wally nipped out of pain when his neck area was touched. His pain levels and medical condition are better controlled now with daily joint supplements and anti-inflammatory medicine as needed. However, because of this diagnosis, we feel he would also do best in a home with older kids who can respect his space. He would also do best in a home where he is not confined into a small space for long periods of time (kennel) as this causes Wally more pain. Wallaby is a high energy dog and since he is a poodle mix, he will require regular grooming and brushing! He will also require not only physical stimulation, but mental stimulation as well. This includes activities such as treat balls and puzzles, snuffle mats, hiking/walking at different, exciting places for new smells! He also looooooves to play fetch! He is in his happiest place when he is outside! Wally is also prone to hot spots and we will be getting more information on this from the vet! Neutered, Vaccinated, Microchipped
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Beauty

Labrador Retriever Hound (Unknown Type)

Female, 5 yrs
Sweetwater, TN
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Not good with kids, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Beauty was found wandering all alone in Sweetwater, TN near the dump by a Good Samaritan who posted on Facebook in a lost and found group but no one came forward to claim her. :( Our animal control contact then reached out to us for help with this situation and connected us with the finder. At the time, the Monroe County shelter was over capacity and euthanizing on intake. When she arrived at woofwoof fosters it appeared something strange was going on with her eyes. Turns out, she had a condition called Entropion which caused her eyelashes/eyelids to grow inwards! We scheduled her for surgery ASAP as this can lead to blindness if left untreated! Beauty has since recovered from surgery and is now ready for adoption! She can be dog selective, particularly with other dominant females it seems. We plan to continue working with/testing her to further evaluate if she would be able to possibly live with another dog if their temperaments lined up or if she needs to be the only dog in the home. She would do best in a home without young children as she has a LOT of energy and not great body awareness. She loves to run and play and will require mental stimulation in her new home as well as frequent physical stimulation. We think some simple scent trail training or possibly snuffle mats may help meet her needs as we feel she is likely a hound mix with a curious snout! Per our vet, Beauty could potentially need ‘touch up’ surgery on her eyes down the line if they start to bother her again. This is not 100% guaranteed but we want to be sure we let potential adopters know that this could be a potential cost. She also has seasonal allergies which affects her eyes as well. During the spring/summer months, Beauty will likely need eye ointment to help with this, especially if she remains in East TN.

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McMinn Regional Humane Society - Athens TN

219 Alford Street, Athens, TN 37303

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Pet Path

Athens, TN 37303

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Vanguard Animal Rescue

Athens, TN 37303

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woofwoof fosters

Sweetwater, TN 37874

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Sweetwater Valley Dog Rescue

Sweetwater, TN 37874

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Monroe County Animal Shelter

170 Kefauver Lane, Madisonville, TN 37354

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Precious Paws Small Breed Dog Rescue

P.O. Box 697, Madisonville, TN 37354

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Prevent A Litter Connection

PO Box 176, 186 McClellan Rd , Madisonville, TN 37354

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Rescue for English Springer Spaniels & Papillons

555 Ridge Road, Madisonville, TN 37354

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The Vandemark Rescue TN

Decatur, TN 37322

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