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Organization Name: Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County
Location: Lovingston, VA
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Breed: Mutt
Gender: Male Male
Nickname:

Lucky

Age: Adult
Color/Markings: Brindle
Size at Maturity: Medium
Availability Date: 08/04/2017
Location: Lovingston, VA 22949
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Tags: Mutt Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA, USA
Physical Attributes
Coat Length Short
Altered Yes
Behavioral Characteristics
OK with Kids No
OK with Dogs No
OK with Cats No
Other
  • Housetrained
Additional Information
Was the Dog Found No
Other
  • Up-to-date on Vaccinations

Posted Breed: Shepherd / Mixed (short coat). Please contact Astrid (astrid_brock@yahoo.com), (804) 761-1386 for more information about this pet. Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. 7 YEARS OF BEING IGNORED, FREEZING AND STARVING HE DESERVES A SPECIAL HOME!!! UPDATE 8/1/17: Lucky is 9 years old (born May 28, 2008) and weighs 50 pounds. He looks like an elegant cross between a black panther and a cape hunting dog, with the soft eyes of a sweet hound. He came to us in July 2015, after spending his ENTIRE LIFE since puppyhood at the end of a chain. His body was like a skeleton when seized by Animal Control. He is loved and valued by us now, and appropriately cared for now, but still waits for his own person. Lucky’s needs are simple: a calm, loving, home in a quiet location and someone to just be with. When his person has to run errands, he will be satisfied to wait in his crate with a good bone, or ride along with them and stay in the car when the weather permits. He prefers to be the only pet (he does not like other dogs), because he doesn't understand other animals and they make him anxious. HIS STORY: Because he had extremely limited space while chained to a tree for 7 years, sometimes his muscle-memory takes over during stressful moments causing him to pace. He ONLY barks and paces for human attention when he hears humans nearby and cannot be with them. Lucky is not destructive when left alone. Being with people relaxes him and so does the background noise of music or a television. He is an ideal and cozy couch potato. Lucky delights in the people he knows, enjoys training, accepts treats with a gentle mouth, and has fun moseying around a big yard with people by his side. After 7 years of being ignored, freezing, and starving, he loves to feel special. Our volunteers Astrid, Ed, and Flower, have taken Lucky under their wings and are best friends with Lucky. He spends some weekends having sleepovers at Astrid’s home, and all three of these volunteers take him on lots of car trips that he loves! Any of the three of us (and shelter staff) can personally introduce you to him and tell you all about his good behavior and excellent house manners. I (Flower) spend a lot of time hanging out with Lucky in the big yard, playing ball with him, and loving on him. Not touched for 7 years, Lucky is now a leaner and really enjoys being petted and having his butt scratched. He has so many GREAT qualities. He: - is good on a leash, is not a climber or a digger, and he loves riding in the car! - has very good house manners and has never shown any interest in marking inside. - is crate trained (but shouldn’t have to spend much time inside a crate). - isn’t destructive with blanket in his crate and doesn't shred blankets or soft things in Astrid’s home. - knows the commands SIT, DOWN, LEAVE-IT, LET’S WALK, OFF, and WAIT. - likes to play ball—he GETS IT, BRINGS IT, and DROPS IT at my feet. - can entertain himself for hours with a KONG stuffed with delicious, meaty treats and frozen. - only barks when he is confined away from nearby human action and voices. We have had several professional evaluations done on him and will happily share those with anyone who would like to read them. Please don't let life continue to pass him by; he needs someone to love him and include him in their everyday lives. YOU have the power to turn him into one of the luckiest dogs in the world, and if you adopt him, he’s sure to be your most loyal dog ever. Lucky continues to make strides, has expanded his circle of friends, and is pacing less. His wise eyes seem to acknowledge that this new year will be the year he’ll find that unique person to take him home. Won't you PLEASE be the one that makes that happen. NOT GOOD WITH DOGS. NOT GOOD WITH CATS. NOT GOOD WITH KIDS. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org

A.K.A. : A mongrel, mixed-breed dog
Overview: A mongrel, mutt, or mixed-breed dog, is a dog that is not the result of breeding within an existing breed or to modify or create a breed and belongs to no breed. In the United States, the term "mixed-breed" is a favored synonym over "mongrel" among many who wish to avoid negative connotations associated with the latter term. The implication that such dogs must be a mix of defined breeds may stem from an inverted understanding of the origins of dog breeds. Pure breeds have been, for the most part, artificially created from random-bred populations by human selective breeding with the purpose of enhancing desired physical, behavioral, or temperamental characteristics. Dogs that are not purebred are not necessarily a mix of such defined breeds. Therefore, among experts and fans of such dogs, "Mongrel" is still the preferred term.
Breed Group: Unspecified
Country of Origin: Unknown

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    • Mutt Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA, USA

      LLoyd

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      Breed: Mutt
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Senior
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: Shepherd / Mixed (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. VIDEO! NEWS PHOTOS POSTED UPDATE 8/3/17: Seized in a neglect case on the eve of Christmas Eve 2016, Lloyd is one of 11 dogs found severely neglected at a home not far from here. (His story is at the bottom of this write-up.) He appears to be a Retriever/Shepherd (mix) approximately 10+ years old, and weighs 40 pounds. This sweet little fella is blinded by cataracts and most of his teeth have been pulled. His once dry skin is looking good now; his hair is SUPER SOFT! He needs to take a daily medicine to keep his bladder walls healthy, but once he is in a home that can get him outside often enough to pee regularly, the vet feels his bladder may improve on its own. Lloyd is VERY clean in his room (he doesn’t want to pee in it), so he holds his pee for way too long here. PLEASE DON’T STOP READING now, thinking Lloyd isn’t the dog for you. He has a “bucket list” and needs a good home like all dogs do. He is a sweet and very social dog who loves to go on outings and adoption events with shelter volunteers. He has been “the star of the show” at several local wineries and Wintergreen events. He needs to live with someone who can give him a nice, predictable, small place (and routine) to feel comfortable in, and a fence yard that he can learn to navigate on his own, once he knows its perimeters. He also needs a home that doesn’t have more than one or two steps that he will need to navigate. We all spend quality time with Lloyd too. He loves attention, treats, and body rubs. He also enjoys supervised walks in the grass where he can safely take in the smells and sensations of fresh air. Even though he is blind, he is amazingly capable. He trusts us and enjoys excursions to places where he can mosey around, sniff the grass, and feel the sun on his body. Most dogs grew up being able to enjoy sunshine and soft grass, but not sweet Lloyd. It is his turn now. Lloyd is a special needs dog but there are SO MANY POSITIVES with him. Even though he uses his nose and ears to navigate, he is good on a leash, once he starts walking. He NEVER pulls on leash, though he sometimes “Donkey stops” if something scares him. He does best in a calm, quiet, predictable environment where he can let his nose and ears lead him along. He has a bit of difficulty with steps, but can manage a step or two. In his room and the outside runs where his environment is always the same, he can find his way to his bed, his water bowl, his food bowl and snacks, and his favorite places to potty. He also navigates a small, grassy fenced yard well too, once he “learns and remembers” where the actual fence is. He comes when called and enjoys being petted and having his butt scratched. He is very sweet, polite, and accepts treats with a very gentle mouth. He is “a leaner” and he LOVES AFFECTION. He only barks to say “hey, come love on me” or “I need to go potty.” He loves sleeping on soft dog beds and never destroys his blankets or anything else. When you see him curled up asleep on his bed, your heart melts. He would do well as an only dog in a calm home OR with a very mellow dog his size or smaller—a dog that would not mind his insistent and constant sniffing of them. Lloyd likes other dogs very much but if you have other dogs they must be of a temperament to not mind his nose in their face—repeatedly exploring them in an attempt to get to know them. For some reason, Lloyd does not heed the growls of other dogs—and this can get him into trouble with the wrong dog. He is very clean in his room and he does his best to not soil it. The more his person can get him out to pee, the better to prevent bladder infections. We feel he would be easy to house train once he knows his person will get him outside often enough to be. (Since he lived in inches deep feces while being neglected in a bedroom, he’s had enough of THAT! He wants to keep his space clean.) We don’t know how many weeks or months or years he might have left (there are NEVER any guarantees in life) BUT we do know Lloyd would like to BE someone’s special family member before he leaves for the Rainbow Bridge someday. Lloyd’s story: In December 2016, 11 dogs were seized from a home where they had been severely neglected for years (but had been given food and water). Some were living outside without shelter, and some (including Lloyd) were living in a bedroom with inches of feces on the floor. None had ever walked on grass or been to a vet. Many had cataracts. Their nails were very long and some were growing into their feet pads. All of the dogs were friendly. We vetted them well and had their bad teeth pulled. Nearly all but Lloyd have been adopted or are in foster care now. If you can’t adopt him, could you perhaps foster him? GOOD WITH MELLOW DOGS. SEEMS GOOD WITH CATS TOO. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • Husky-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA, USA

      Cleopatra

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      Breed: Husky-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: Husky / Mixed (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. SMART & HIGHLY ENERGETIC!!! HUMAN ATHLETE'S DREAM COME TRUE! UPDATE: OCT 8, 2017 Cleopatra (Cleo) has been at our shelter for several months now. She was originally adopted as an older puppy, but returned when she became too rambunctious for her new family. Cleo is exceptionally smart and eager to learn. It doesn’t take a lot to keep her mind occupied, and a family who can give her direction and a job of some kind, will find she is a wonderful, affectionate companion. With an owner who understands how to show her basic manners and give her a little leadership, Cleo, is well-behaved. She has attended several adoption events and once she burns off her initial “shelter energy”, she is friendly and manageable. Cleo has many GREAT traits. She: - is an affectionate, active, playful, strong dog (she is very much a working dog). - EXCELS at PLAYING BALL and can play ball for hours. She has finally learned that the ball game stops if she gets too pushy. ”. When we play ball with her, we use several balls and teach her to "trade". She loves this game and it burns much of her excess energy off. Her new family will need to continue teaching her to “Trade” and “Drop it - loves to run like the wind as she fetches balls and she looks beautiful running. - is very smart and alert and wants to please her people. She LOOKS to us for guidance and needs a family experienced with training smart, strong dogs and giving them boundaries. - is very clean in her room (and was most likely house trained in her previous home). - responds to SIT and CATCH (to catch treats and toys) and quickly picks up new skills. In just 10 minutes of training, she was responding to WAIT, DROP IT, and GO. With regular training Cleo can accomplish anything. - enjoys butt rubs and treats, of course! Cleo needs a consistent order to her life so she can relax and pay attention. Having been in the shelter for as long as she has, she can be overwhelming when you first meet her. Get her away from the shelter for an afternoon, and the metamorphosis is amazing. An owner who is interested in an active lifestyle dog (hiking, boating, running) or dog sports (agility, weight pulls, fly ball) are what Cleo needs. Because of her need for appropriate leadership, potential rough ball play, she wouldn’t be compatible with a family that has children under the age of 10. Here at our shelter Cleo is particular about the other dogs she likes and she may do best as an only pet. At events, she has done fine with larger, calm dogs, but is not a good fit with another alpha female, or a household with small animals. Cleo guards her food, but this is a behavior that can be remedied by controlling where and when she is fed. If you are interested in Cleopatra, please contact Denise at finding4everhomes @ yahoo.com (remove spaces when typing address). We are determined to find this very special dog her right home. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • English Foxhound-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA, USA

      Brent

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      Breed: English Foxhound-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: Foxhound / Mixed (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. VERY SWEET! A LITTLE SHY! LOVES OTHER DOGS!!! UPDATE 10/5/17: Brent came to us on 8/9/16. He is about 2½ years old, weighs 50 pounds, and seems to be a Foxhound (mix). He LOVES DOGS but is VERY SHY around people. He has an adorable face but it is easy to see the worry behind his gentle brown eyes. We can’t imagine why he is as tentative and shy as he is (perhaps he was feral) but he doesn’t seem to have a mean bone in his body. Brent loves the shelter staff though. He especially perks up and has a great time when Scott goes in to clean Brent’s room first thing in the morning. Scott has loved on Brent from day one and Brent trusts and loves Scott 100%. Brent also loves all of the roommates he has had since he arrived. They have all gotten adopted, and yet he remains. Lots of people want him because of his very good looks BUT not many people are qualified to have a dog as shy as him. If he would escape his new home (when he gets one), we fear he would never be caught again and would end up starving or freezing to death. We just can’t let that happen to him. For the past eight months our “dog therapy group” (Lish, Jodie, and Flower), have been working with him on a regular basis. We use tiny bits of cheese, hot dogs, chicken, and other delicious things to entice him to come to us—and it has worked. It has taken us a long time, but when he sees us coming now, his tail wags in total happiness and he smiles a big smile. He now takes treats directly from our hands and he even enjoys leashed walks. When he is on leash, he has no choice but to let us love on him. Brent has fallen in love with Lish and he will actually come to her in the big yard now. If she didn’t already have two dogs, she would adopt him AFTER she installs a taller fence in her yard. Brent is VERY CLEAN in his room, indicating he’d be easy to house train. Brent’s NEEDS: Brent would do best in a CALM, ADULT HOME, with a SECURELY FENCED YARD and another dog or two to keep him company and help him with his self-confidence. He must have people experienced with getting very shy dogs to trust them; people willing to give him the time he needs to learn how to relax in their environment. A home without children who visit is a must, because if anyone leaves a gate or door open and he escapes, it will be nearly impossible to get him to come back home at this stage of his trust level. GOOD WITH DOGS. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • American Pit Bull Terrier-Labrador Retriever Mix Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA, USA

      Toodles

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      Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier-Labrador Retriever Mix
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever / Pit Bull Terrier / Mixed (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. VERY SWEET GIRL! A FAVORITE...EVERYONE LOVES TOODLES!!! UPDATE 10/1/17: Toodles is a very sweet girl that was surrendered to animal control because her owners could no longer care for her. She is about 6 years old and weighs 53 pounds. She is a black and white bully breed mix with curious ears that do all kinds of things: they lay back, stick straight up, and stick out to the side. She is a FAVORITE of shelter staff—and that should tell you a lot. Everyone loves Toodles! Toodles is a wonderful dog that has been overlooked for way too long. We’ve had her for months and she is long overdue for her forever home. She is a medium energy, laid back girl, that constantly makes us laugh with her cute antics. Each day when it is her turn to go out and play in our large yard, she first beelines it to the toy box, puts her front feet up on it, and carefully selects her toy for the day. Once she has it, she heads for the gate to the big yard and runs like a crazy girl—so happy with her freedom to run and play with her new toy. She tosses it up and catches it for ten minutes or so, and then she puts it someplace safe while she explores. (Sometimes she takes it to her favorite hiding place to bury it in a safe place for a while.) When it is time for her to go back inside, she usually finds the toy again so she can take it back to her room with her. This comical girl: - loves collecting toys and balls and stock piling them. - loves hanging out with people and playing ball with them. - enjoys removing balls from the doggie pool (bobbing for balls) and taking them to her room. - loves sitting beside us to collect butt scratches and snuggles and would be a lap dog if she was small enough to be. - knows and responds to SIT, WAIT, and COME. - does not jump up on people. - accepts treats with a very gentle mouth and is pretty good on a leash too. - never tries to dig out under a fence…even though she does some digging to hide toys. - is VERY CLEAN in her room (was house trained in her previous home), which is an indication that she would probably be very easy to house train to her new home. Toodles does not care for the company of other dogs here at our shelter and would do best in a home without any other pets. She needs a dog savvy home to keep her from getting herself in trouble. She longs to be someone’s best friend and lounge around home with them. If you don’t have other pets, please consider adopting Toodles. She is a lovely girl! VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • English Foxhound-Labrador Retriever Mix Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA, USA

      Preacher

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      Breed: English Foxhound-Labrador Retriever Mix
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: Foxhound / Labrador Retriever / Mixed (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. SWEET, FRIENDLY DOG THAT LOVES PEOPLE! ONE OF OUR FAVORITES HERE!!! UPDATE 9/23/17: Preacher is a 5 year old, 65 pound, neutered male, Fox Hound/Lab (mix). I am 67 years old and he and I love “hanging out together.” When I’m gardening up in the big yard, he enjoys laying in the shade while I work. Preacher: - loves to be petted and hang out with adults. - is well mannered and clean in his room (was house trained in a previous home). - is a medium to low energy dog, easy to be around, and rarely barks. - has been fully vetted, is in good health, but needs to lose a few pounds. - loves to run (in short spurts) and hang out with us in the big yard; he often runs in big, happy circles. Afterwards, he returns to us with a big smile that asks “Did you see me run? I was fast, wasn’t I?” We exclaim “Good Boy!” and love on him, of course. - loves to walk right beside us and comes when we call him too (if he is off sniffing something). - enjoys sitting close to us—leaning his body against ours in hopes that we love on him. - loves to be brushed, receive butt rubs, and accepts treats with a very gentle mouth. - is afraid of being inside a crate and he is afraid of heavy rain and thunder storms too. - tends to pace and drool when he is nervous. - tends to resource guard items that are important to him—he may do best as an only pet. - doesn’t like to be pushed but can be lulled into doing what you want him to do. He would do best as an only dog in an adult home where children do not visit. (He worries when other dogs and children focus on him.) He would also do best with gentle, patient, experienced dog handlers who don’t try to force him to do things. When he is relaxed and not feeling threatened, he will do what you want him to do. HIS STORY: Preacher came to us as a stray on 8/8/15 and was adopted quickly. In that home for one year, he became appallingly obese and came down with Lyme disease. His people didn’t notice he was feeling very sick, and when they tried to push him off the sofa he growled at them. Long story short, we got him back, vetted him well, and now that he isn’t obese or sick, he is back to his truly WONDERFUL self—but he still doesn’t like to be pushed. Contact Flower at 434-361-0190 or ek.gk@verizon.net to learn more about this big, sweet dog. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • Mutt Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA, USA

      Henry

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      Breed: Mutt
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: Hound / Mixed (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. ONCE CLOSE TO STARVATION!!! WHAT A CHANGE! UPDATE 9/23/17: On 11/20/16 Henry was found at the side of a road by two women passing by in their car. He was emaciated and very sick with Lyme, Ehrlichia, hookworms, and whip worms. His boney ribs and under belly were completely bare of hair. Had we not gotten him when we did, he would have frozen to death, or died of starvation and disease! After top notch medical care, his illnesses were cured and he was neutered. Henry is now a handsome, healthy, tri-color Hound who weighs 54 pounds and seems to be about 3 ½ years old. A very sweet but shy dog, he loves being around other dogs and he wants to get to know them all. With other dogs, he enters his comfort level and becomes very playful. He kisses other dogs through the fence and prances and play bows to invite them all to join in play with him. Even when he was so sick and skinny, there was “a playful little dog” inside him. Henry and Brent were roommates for a while. Brent is a bit shyer than Henry, but when Henry let someone pet him, Brent let that person pet him too. Henry’s “mentoring of Brent” in the ways of accepting human affection has done a lot to help Brent begin to come out of his shell too. Dogs helping dogs is a wonderful thing. Henry has had several other roommates, but one by one they have all gotten adopted. Though shy, Henry is never vicious. He is a sweet, gentle soul that very well tolerated all of the medical prodding and poking he received when we first got him. Now that he has grown to know those of us at the shelter, he has even kissed a couple of us very gently on the nose. He also will put his paw on us asking for “more affection, please.” Our “dog therapy group” has been working with Henry for a few hours each week and will be happy to personally show you how he has grown to trust us. Henry has all the makings of being someone’s very beloved pet that just wants to stay at home and lounge around with his people and a dog friend. He will do best in a calm adult home in a quiet community with a securely fenced yard and people who will give him the time necessary to grow to trust them. He would enjoy another mellow doggie playmate too, because he needs one for his self-confidence and the fun dog games he likes to play. To learn more about Henry, contact the shelter at 434-263-7722 or Flower at 434-361-0190 or ek.gk@verizon.net . GOOD WITH DOGS. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • Mutt Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA, USA

      Shiloh

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      Breed: Mutt
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: Retriever / Hound / Mixed (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. LAST OF NEGLECT CASE DOGS TO ARRIVE AT SHELTER!!! Update 9/27/17: Shiloh is the last of the “neglect case dogs” that moved into our shelter. (Their story is below.) He appears to be a Retriever/Collie (mix) who is about 8 years old and weighs 65 pounds. He has elegant, long legs and a coat as soft as a cotton ball. He is sweet but VERY timid. We spend a lot of time with him and dog therapist Jodie wrote: “I spend a fair amount of time with Shiloh. First of all, he is beautiful. He is also very timid but wants to trust and is extremely gentle. He likes treats and if a person is patient and allows him to come to you, he will. And he will let you love on him too. He wants love and he wants to trust, but he has a very difficult time doing it. Shiloh is a beautiful and gentle soul that needs a gentle touch to help him learn that he is safe.” Shiloh likes other dogs and he needs other dogs in his life. He is very clean in his room—meaning he would probably be easy to house train—but he is fearful of going inside a house. That is probably because he was trapped inside a feces filled bedroom with many other dogs for nearly all of his life and he doesn’t want to be trapped in an environment like that ever again. He will do best in a calm home in a quiet, country setting with a small but securely fenced yard. A home without children is a must, because he is afraid of fast movements, loud noises, and many other things. If he manages to escape any home, he will probably never be seen again. After the life he has endured so far, we couldn’t bear for him to have to fend for himself out in the big, mysterious world. He would surely starve and/or freeze to death. He needs a compassionate, patient person or two, who will give him the time he needs to learn to trust them, and it will take time. For 2 months, Shiloh was fostered by a nice couple that had another dog, a quiet home and big fenced yard, but he was afraid to go into their house and he would not let them get near him when he was outside. They set up some nice soft dog beds on their porch that he used, but winter is coming and he is back with us here, because he needs to live inside someplace warm and dry. We don’t adopt out dogs to live as outside dogs only, so Shiloh will have to learn to live inside a home. Because he is a special needs dog, our Board members MUST APPROVE Shiloh’s adoption. This neglect case story: Christmas Eve 2016, 11 dogs were seized from a home where they had been severely neglected for years (but had been given food and water). Some were confined outside without shelter, and some were living inside a bedroom with inches of feces on the floor. They had never walked on grass or been to a vet. Many had toes nails several inches long and growing into their foot pads. All were shy but friendly. We vetted them well, spayed and neutered them, and had full dentals done on them. Nearly all of them are living in their wonderful forever homes now. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • Mutt Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA, USA

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      Breed: Mutt
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: Hound (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. GRACEFUL,ELEGANT AND PLAYFUL!!! BEAUTIFUL TOO! UPDATE 9/26/17: Pepper (a 2½ year old, 35 pound Hound (mix)) was adopted for 9 months but returned on 7/26/17 (her family got a small, non-shedding puppy that better fits their lifestyle.) Her mom wrote the following words about Pepper: “She is such a good girl & we love so much about her. She has many very positive qualities that I will list here: - is good on a leash when wearing an Easy Walk Harness. - crate trained (and likes having her sheet over the top and sides of her crate). - does not jump up on people or things and his house trained. - GREAT with kids (family has 2 kids, aged 6 and 9) and playful with toys. - very calm temperament when at home with her "pack." - loves to lounge at home, but also LOVES running in the yard & going on walks. - LOVES tummy rubs. - knows commands: sit (index finger pointing straight up in the air like the number one while saying "sit"), stay (flat hand with palm facing Pepper while saying "stay", down (for lay down: flat hand, palm to the floor while saying "down"), & crate (to get in her crate when we leave), & "go on" (snap & point while saying "go on") if she needs to leave the room. - her favorite treat in the world is peanut butter! Sometimes we freeze it in her Kong which she loves. Pepper loves to hear the sound of her own voice as she barks at strangers. Pepper is not a fan of car rides, but she might enjoy them once she learns they take her to great places that she enjoys visiting. GOOD WITH DOGS. GOOD WITH KIDS. NOT GOOD WITH CATS. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • Staffordshire Bull Terrier-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA, USA

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      Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier / Mixed (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. ONE OF OUR FAVORITES!!! UPDATED 8/24/17: HE’S BACK! But Spanky was not adopted and returned; he merely went to another rescue for a while because we hoped a change of scenery would change his luck. Now that he is back with us, we are all delighted to see his smiling face and he is delighted to see us too. (He always was a favorite of our shelter staff.) Spanky is a 4 year old, 34 pound, male Staffordshire Bull Terrier (mix) who strutted into Almost Home (over 3 years ago) as only he can do. He wears a fitted, blond brindle coat that is silky to the touch and he LOVES to be loved on by people he trusts. He is so darn cute when he gets his tight little body builders physique in full strut mode. As we admire him, our adoring hearts flutter. He is SHORT, SQUAT, and ALL SMILES!!! (He’s even been featured on “The Barks” website for the cutest smiling dogs!) Spanky does have some emotional baggage though. He comes from an abusive home that had two other dogs confined outside on the property. One, unfortunately, was allowed to freeze to death during the polar vortex of 2013. Shortly thereafter, Spanky and his sister were rescued by Animal Control. His sister is happy and living the good life in her forever home now, but poor little Spanky is still waiting for his. Perhaps that is because he is meant to be YOUR dog and you are just now discovering him. We certainly hope so! Spanky usually walks well on a leash and he LOVES to give and receive affection. When he runs, he can get going so fast that he canters. Now and again he will lose control of the speed he gains and he will fall over and roll down the hill. When he comes to a stop, he shakes it all off and runs back to staff for cuddle time and belly rubs. Spanky has many great traits. He: - knows and responds to a lot of commands. He is a smart, eager student and has learned: sit and wait, down and wait, twirl to the right, twirl to the left, catch, and leave-it. He’s also learned to jump through a hula-hoop! He loves the attention our dog trainer gives him, and responds well to her consistent ways. He truly wants to please her and he will want to please you too! - sits for treats and accepts them with a very gentle mouth. - is a medium to low energy dog. - enjoys a calm environment and would relish being a home body and hanging out in a safe place. - is very clean in his room (indicating he’d be easy to house train). - likes to ride in the car. - loves to sit on people’s laps and receive as many belly rubs as he can get. Spanky is a very smart and careful dog. He can be afraid of strangers, children, and men, and has been known to growl at them. He does warm up once he realizes your intentions are good though. He is also afraid of toys that make noise or are tossed his way. He isn’t a fan of most other dogs even though he did live with other dogs before our shelter got him. He is not good with cats. He will do best with an ADULT family that doesn’t have other pets and/or children who visit. NOT GOOD WITH DOGS. NOT GOOD WITH CATS. NOT GOOD WITH KIDS. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • American Pit Bull Terrier Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA, USA

      Brisco (COUR...

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      Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. SURRENDERED SENIOR HW + DOG NEEDS RESCUE/HAW RIVER NC JUNE 9, 2017: BRISCO IS NOT AT THE ALMOST HOME SHELTER. HE IS COURTESY POSTED FOR BURLINGTON ANIMAL SERVICES OUT OF HAW RIVER, NORTH CAROLINA. PLEASE READ CONTACT INFO BELOW. ALMOST HOME SHELTER STAFF WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ASSIST. THANKS! Brisco was surrendered to the Burlington Animal Services in shelter in Haw River, NC, on May 12, 2017. Brisco belonged to someone who no longer wanted to care for him so he left them with his family. The family didn't want to care for him either so he was surrendered to us. Brisco is heartworm positive and estimated to be about 12 years old. He's neutered and dog friendly. Seniors don't have a lot of luck getting adopted from the shelter and almost always need a rescue. The fact that he's hw positive and a senior have the odds stacked against him. Hopefully you can find it in your heart to adopt this sweet dog who to no fault of his own is now homeless. For more information about Brisco, please contact Amber Currie at Burlington Animal Services, Haw River, NC, at 336 578-1386, extension 115 or email her at ambersanimaladvocacy@gmail.com VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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