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Spanky - Staffordshire Bull Terrier / Mixed (short coat) Dog For Adoption
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA, USA

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Organization Name: Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County
Location: Lovingston, VA
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Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix
Gender: Male Male
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Spanky

Age: Adult
Color/Markings: Brindle
Size at Maturity: Medium
Availability Date: 01/27/2017
Location: Lovingston, VA 22949
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Tags: Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix 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
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Additional Information
Was the Dog Found No
Other
  • Up-to-date on Vaccinations

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. featured on “The Bark” Magazine’s website BECAUSE of his smile! UPDATE: Nov 29, 2016 Before you even read this, please WATCH SPANKY’S NEW VIDEO so you’ll be able to picture some of the things you’ll read about here. Spanky is one of the smartest dogs we have. He can twirl to the left, twirl to the right, and jump through hoops—literally! And he is now learning to weave through walking legs!!! He loves working with our dog trainer Sigrid, and when it is just he and she in a room, he responds to her every request. They are good friends. Spanky IS a “trickster” and an “athlete” and he needs a person who will love him to pieces and admire him as they teach him new things. He loves to please the people he loves. Just LOOK AT HIM! He is a VERY CUDDLY young man, very happy to fall asleep next to you as you pet his tight little belly. He’s even happier to install his heavy little body ON your lap. Spanky, a 3 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier that weighs 46 pounds, came to us just out his puppy stage after a VERY COLD winter. He and his dog brother and sister had been confined outdoors, neglected, and his brother actually FROZE to death! When Spanky and his sister arrived at our shelter they were SO HAPPY to get here. His sister, not as shy as Spanky, was adopted soon after we got her. Spanky, built like a stout little fire plug (he needs to lose a few pounds), wears a tight fitting, easy maintenance, soft BLUE BRINDLE coat over his well-muscled body and when he gets his 45 pounds in true strut mode, people stop to admire him and hearts flutter. No one has ever seen a dog that looks like him! He can run like the wind when he wants to, but he isn’t a high energy dog. Because he’s been here for two years now, he’s become the mascot of our shelter. With this smile, he makes a good “front man” too. He was even featured on “The Bark” Magazine’s website BECAUSE of his smile! - Spanky is SHORT, SQUAT, and he LOVES the people that he knows (though he is shy around new people). - Spanky prefers not to be around small children, strangers, or noisy, chaotic situations or things. - He rarely barks and is a nice, portable size. - He walks well on a leash, sits for treats, and accepts them with a very soft mouth. - He LOVES belly-rubs and pretty much any type of affection you want to give him. - He knows and responds to many commands: DOWN, WAIT, SIT, TWIRL TO THE RIGHT, TWIRL TO THE LEFT, CATCH, LEAVE-IT, and he’s learning new words all the time. - He loves working with Sigrid, our resident dog trainer, and responds very well to her consistent ways because he loves her and wants to please her! - He is “a favorite” of nearly all of our “dog walkers” and he easily wins the hearts of all who know him. - He is VERY CLEAN in his room…an indication that he’d be very easy to house train. - If you sit on his bed with him, he’ll invite you to play with him and if you don’t, he’ll lay down next to you and cuddle in close for affection. - Even though Spanky is shy around strangers, he moved right in for some good ole affection from Santa! He attempted to kiss Santa a few times, standing tall on his tippy-toes to get within kissing range. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are a wonderful, unique, smart and loving breed of dog. Spanky’s “forever home” hasn’t yet found him but THAT is only because he is waiting for a smart person like YOU (who knows and loves bully breed type doges) to discover him. Whoever is lucky enough to adopt this little, loyal, fun, smart guy is going to have a lot of fun with him. He will study you closely to see if he can figure out what you want him to do because he is going to want to please you to the moon and back. That is just the kind of dog he is. Spanky is not a fan of most other dogs either—he’s afraid of them. He wants and needs to be someone’s own personal “show man” and lap dog and he would probably do best as an only pet in a home where children don’t visit. You can arrange to meet Spanky and spend some quality time with him, by calling our shelter and MAKING AN APPOINTMENT to do so. If you do meet him, you’ll be VERY IMPRESSED by the little guy and the way he struts his stuff. He could NOT be any cuter! Please allow us to introduce you to this fabulous, though sometimes shy, cuddle dog! Our dog trainer Sigrid is a person you must talk with if you are interested in this wonderful dog. Fonda, at rockfishkayaker@aol.com can also answer some of your questions. NOT GOOD WITH DOGS. NOT GOOD WITH KIDS. 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

      Spanky

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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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    • 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! PLEASE READ THIS WRITE-UP!!! 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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    • 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 7/17/17: Preacher is a 5 year old, 65 pound, neutered male, Fox Hound/Lab (mix). I am 67 years old and he is my favorite dog at the shelter right now—so easy for me to handle. 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. He has MANY great traits. Preacher: - is a very sweet, friendly dog that loves to be petted and hang out with adults. - is very well mannered and super clean in his room (house trained in his previous home). - is a medium to low energy dog, easy to be around, and he rarely barks. - has been fully vetted, is in good health, but needs to lose a few pounds. Recently, he let several vet techs do all kinds of invasive things to him and he didn’t complain once. - loves to run (in short spurts) and play 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 very 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 respectful of the soft blankets and dog beds in his room—he doesn’t tear them up. Lately, Preacher seems uncomfortable about something. We don’t know what it is but it might be that he is losing hope of ever having a forever home. He is an IDEAL DOG for older adults who want a mellow dog to hang around home with. For some reason, he worries when children are around. He worries when other dogs focus on him too, though he hasn’t been overly reactive toward them. HIS STORY: Preacher originally came to us as a stray on 8/8/15 and was adopted rather quickly. In his year in that home, he became appallingly obese and came down with Lyme disease. His people didn’t notice he was sick and feeling terrible, 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. Preacher is a sweetheart, very easily lured into doing what you want him to do. He will do best in an adult home that children don’t visit, and he might do best as an only pet too. 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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    • 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 7/10/17: Cleopatra (Cleo), a blue-grey and white Husky (mix) with Glacier blue eyes, arrived in our shelter (as a stray) on 10/31/16 and was adopted quickly. As she grew out of the cute little puppy stage, her energy level and training needs became too much for her new family. Cleo is exceptionally smart and eager to learn. Without direction and a job of some kind, she can be overwhelming, and tries to take control of situations. This results in jumping up on people, mouthing, and snatching things from hands. She is a VERY different dog with a little direction and a job. She is young, athletic, and strong, and all of those bad habits disappear as soon as she knows she is not in charge. Cleo has many GREAT traits. She: - is an affectionate, active, playful, strong dog (still very much a puppy at heart). - EXCELS at PLAYING BALL and can play ball for hours. She has finally learned that the ball game stops if she gets her happy little teeth involved. (Whoever adopts her will need to continue with these “no teeth” lessons.) 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. - 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. An owner or family who is interested in an active lifestyle dog (hiking, boating, running) or dog sports (agility, weight pulls, fly ball) are what Cleo needs. She is a high energy, alert, smart girl that needs an outlet for her energy and boundaries to guide her strong will. Because of her need for appropriate leadership, style of rough play, and her fast, hard mouth (when she sometimes forgets to be gentle), she wouldn’t be compatible with a family that has children under the age of 12. Here at our shelter Cleo is particular about the other dogs she likes and she may do best as an only pet. She may do fine with a more submissive male dog, but would be a disaster with another alpha female. 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. CLEOPATRA HATES CATS. NO SMALL DOGS. NO CHILDREN UNDER 12. 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. LOVES OVER DOGS! A LITTLE SHY! UPDATE 6/14/17: 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! Henry is now a handsome, healthy, tri-color Hound who weighs 54 pounds and seems to be about 3 years old. A very sweet but shy dog from day one, he loves being around other dogs and he wants to get to know them all. When he is 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. After top notch medical care, his illnesses were cured and he was neutered. And then we gave Henry the freedom to play with other dogs. He LOVED it, his doggie playmates loved it, and so did we. His antics made us laugh. For a while he and Brent were roommates. Brent is a bit shyer than Henry, but when Henry let someone pet him, Brent let that person pet him too. Even though Henry is shy, his “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. After a few months of being roommates, one evening when no one was around, Brent and Henry fought over something (both incurring leg wounds) and we had to end their bromance. They still seem like they want to be together (perhaps they worked out their differences) but it is a chance we don’t want to take. Turbo is Brent’s roommate now, and Henry (depressed because he is lonely) will get a daytime playmate soon. Henry is still painfully shy with new but he 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. Appropriate medical care, nutritious food, and “hands on love” have worked miracles for this very sweet boy. Henry would probably do best in a calm home in a quiet community with a securely fenced yard and people who will give him the time necessary for him to grow to trust them. He’d enjoy another mellow/submissive doggie playmate too, because he needs one for his self-confidence and the “fun and dog games” he enjoys. HENRY IS GOOD WITH SUBMISSIVE DOGS. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • English Coonhound-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA, USA

      Elana

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      Breed: English Coonhound-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: English Coonhound / 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. SUPER FRIENDLY! DOGGY DOOR TRAINED!!! UPDATE: 5/29/17 Elana spent a beautiful Saturday afternoon greeting visitors at Silverback Distillery in Afton, Virginia. She and Baloo worked the Kissing Booth to raise funds for our shelter. Elana was a quite the lady, receiving hugs, kisses, and snuggles. She was a little shy at first, but warmed up and enjoyed the attention. Elana met many new dogs, and she was friendly and approachable. Everyone who met her remarked on what a very nice dog she was. UPDATE: 4/29/17 Elana is a pretty Redtick Coonhound (also known as an American English Coonhound) (mix) that is approximately 3 years old and weighs 50 pounds. She is a beautiful dog—and very much “a lady.” (You’ll notice that if you decide to play with her in the big yard.) She was owner surrendered for chasing the owner’s cats. (She was in the home for about a year but grew more and more interested in the cats so they gave her to us.) ELANA HAS MANY GREAT TRAITS: - super friendly and loves to hang out with people here in our big yard at the shelter. (On her first day here she was out in the big yard by herself and figured out how to open a gate that wasn’t property latched—so she could come and visit with us inside another fenced enclosure—smart girl!) - she loves to run and play in the big yard and she will walk RIGHT BESIDE us when we ask her to - house trained and used to a doggie door in her home - accepts treats with a very gentle mouth (and comes when called if she knows you have treats) - loves butt rubs and to be brushed and loved on - has good manners and doesn’t jump up on people - doesn’t fire up at other dogs here at our shelter - has the most beautiful face—in person—and her teeth are pearly white. - is not destructive with the soft blankets and toys inside her room. When Elana is alone, she seems a little bit subdued. But when she gets to hang out with people she really perks up. This beautiful girl LOVES to be included in whatever it going on around her. NOT GOOD WITH CATS! 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 1/2/17: Brent came to us on 8/9/16. He is about 2 years old, weighs 50 pounds, and seems to be a Foxhound (mix). He LOVES DOGS but is very shy around new 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 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. (Vixie just got adopted, his next roommate Cindy Lou left the shelter last week, and Brent’s new roommate is Henry. Brent and Henry love each other and these two boys are having so much fun together. Henry is even teaching Brent that accepting human love is an okay and safe thing to do! (Brent is the dog on the left hand side of the photo of the two dogs on the bed together.) In the past few weeks, 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. When he sees us coming now, his tail wags in total happiness at the sight of us and he smiles a big smile, but he is still shy about actually running up to us immediately. He has started to take treats directly from our hands though. He is even starting to enjoy leashed walks. When he is on leash, he has no choice but to let us pet him, and he seems to be enjoying it now. He also lets us pet him in his room. Both Brent and his new roommate Henry are very clean in their room, and we think they would be easy to house train if their person enabled them to get outside often enough to be. Brent’s NEEDS: From what we can tell, 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 also needs people willing to give him the time he needs to learn how to relax in their environment. A home without children would be best, because if a child left a gate or door open and he escaped, it might 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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    • 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: MAR 24, 2017 Shiloh is the last of the “neglect case dogs” that we have just moved into our shelter. (Read their story below.) He appears to be a Retriever/Hound (mix) who is about 8 years old and weighs in @ 65 pounds. He is a very sweet but timid dog. He has very long legs and his coat is as soft as a cotton ball. Jodie of our dog therapy group spent a lot of time with him on Sunday and wrote: “I spent 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, he wants to trust, and he is very sweet. Shiloh is a beautiful and gentle soul that needs a gentle touch to help him learn that he is safe.” This neglect case 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 confined outside without shelter, and some were living inside rooms with feces inches deep on the floor. None had ever walked on grass or been to a vet. Several of them had toes nails several inches long and growing into their foot pads. Still, ALL of the dogs are very friendly. We have vetted them well, spayed and neutered them, and had full dentals done on them. They are all now ready to be adopted and loved for the rest of their lives. (Helping these dogs is an expensive undertaking, but it is what we do. Please consider donating to their HELP TO HEAL FUND by ear marking your donations for the “Christmas Eve Dogs.”) PLEASE consider adopting and/or fostering one of these dogs and giving them their best life ever. Their buckets lists are short: they each NEED a calm, loving, adult home, in a quiet neighborhood, with a securely fenced yard, and maybe another dog that can teach them “the routine” in your home and help them feel secure and safe. 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 AND VERY CLEAN IN HER ROOM!!! UPDATE 6/14/17: 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 lay back, stick straight up, and stick out to the side. 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 loves people and snuggling, and sometimes she tries to be a lap dog—but she is a little too big for that. She will readily chase a ball in the yard and she loves to collect all of the balls in an area and put them in a big pile. Her new game is taking floating balls out of a doggie swimming pool—a nice cool game on hot days. She never gets into the swimming pool, though we think she might enjoy it if she did. She accepts treats with a very gentle mouth. Toodles can jump pretty high but doesn’t appear to be a digger. She is very clean in her room—an indication she’d be easy to house train. She needs a dog savvy home to keep her from getting herself in trouble. A nice, quiet cabin in the woods where she can chase squirrels and nap near the fireplace, would be perfect for her. She is a medium energy dog who is pretty good on a leash. 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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