Elgin

Elgin - 12 yr old, male, neutered, Dachsund/Chihuahua mix - ready for immediate adoption

Elgin was brought into Downey shelter in January as a stray. He was quickly put on death row after a laundry list of health complications came up the shelter stopped treating. His records from his time at the shelter indicate he had an eye wound and a drain coming out of his head that he ripped out himself and mouth surgery. After all these injuries with basic treatment, Elgin was in constant pain and started nipping at the medical staff, therefore, ending all medical treatment for Elgin. Upon rescue and his first vet visit, Elgin had a much needed dental and teeth extraction and was neutered. Elgin is very fearful of humans and the outdoors. We watched the staff at Downey take Elgin out of his kennel upon his rescue and was handled roughly because of his fear biting - we can only imagine how he was treated behind closed doors.

Working with Elgin every day by hand feeding and giving him the time and space (for a few days he had his own suite in their guest bathroom) he needed to decompress from Downey shelter life and most likely a life of abuse before Downey, Elgin quickly realized he was in a home of love and comfort and quickly joined daily life with the rest of his foster pack - including cats who he gets along with famously. This sweet senior is not a fan of walks but enjoys his down time and is house trained. While he is interested in greeting whoever comes inside, he does not bark with the rest of the pack - nonetheless ever. Elgin is happy to receive belly rubs, pets and adoring love.

Elgin has proved to be the retired, loving, senior dog who gets excited for treats, gives occasional kisses and curls up in your lap for a stress free nap. He would do best in a calm, more adult environment as we believe children might make him a little nervous.

Minimum Adoption Donation for Elgin is $325

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Birdie

Birdie - 6 years old, spayed, Cheagle (Beagle/Chihuahua mix) ready for immediate adoption.

Birdie is a beautiful, spayed, very calm, female Beagle/Chihuahua mix we rescued from death row at Downey shelter. Birdie was brought to the shelter along with her brother, another Chihuahua, by her owner's family after her owner was hospitalized. When their owner was released from the hospital, he went back to the shelter to only claim Birdie's brother and left Birdie alone in the shelter. Birdie was by herself for a week at Downey shelter while everyone waited for her owner to come back and claim her. After 7 days of being unclaimed, we could not let Birdie spend one more minute in there alone, rescuing her, giving her a new name and fresh start to life where our promise to her is that from now on, she will always be loved.

In the time she has been at her fosters, Birdie has truly come out of her shell and has proven to be an incredibly sweet and loving girl. Birdie is being fostered with a young child and other dogs and is doing great with both. As Birdie lived her life with her brother and is currently being fostered with other dogs as well, we believe Birdie would do best in a home with another dog(s) as she is much more relaxed and confident. She learned the ropes quite quickly on potty training. At first, Birdie had no idea what a leash was or how to walk on it, now Birdie gets excited when the leash comes out and loves walks. Birdie still is shy and timid but loves to be held and will crawl right into your lap for cuddles. It doesn't get any sweeter than sweet Birdie.

Minimum Adoption Donation for Birdie is $350.

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Gavin

Gavin - 13 years old, neutered chihuahua male - ready for immediate adoption

Pulled from Downey shelter, Gavin was literally getting pushed to the back of his run by his run mates. Completely submissive, head and tail down, he walked to the back of the run knowing he was too little and too weak to get any attention through the excitement and energy of the other dogs. Gavin was brought in a stray with the only two teeth remaining being completely diseased and dead. A day after we pulled Gavin, one of his teeth actually fell out on its own. Gavin since has had surgery to remove his final diseased tooth and was also neutered. Gavin has shown nothing but love, affection and appreciation to his foster family since he was pulled from the shelter. Gavin has 4 other senior foster dog siblings and 3 cat siblings. Gavin has proven to love being the center of attention and can get a little jealous of others getting attention. He will walk right up and try to put himself in between you and whoever you’re petting. He would do best in a situation where the other dog/s are not dominant.

Gavin's foster family believes Gavin would also do very well around children. Gavin rarely barks even though his foster siblings are always barking and is loving all the dog beds he gets to choose from. We believe Gavin was kept outside his entire life and literally lights up when he realizes there is another dog bed to sleep in and more treats than he's ever had. He's smart, grateful and would truly make an amazing addition to any home.

Minimum Adoption Donation for Gavin is $150

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Bella

UPDATE | Bella has started her foster to adopt trial period on 4.15.2019.

Bella - 4 year old, spayed female, Cane Corso- ready for immediate adoption.

Bella has been in a loving home her whole life. In a very tragic turn of events, Bella's father, a close friend of the foundation's, was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and needs to re-home his two dogs, Bella, and Bella's Brussels Griffon brother, Biggie so he can focus on his health.

Bella has a beautiful light grey/blue coat. Beautiful hazel amazingly clear and stunning eyes. Bella is very submissive and loving. She enjoys hanging out with the pack and has spent her life living with a small Brussels Griffon. Bella gets along well with big dogs but is a little intimidated upon first meeting them and will submit and roll over. She and loves being with people and shows adoring affection. She gets along well with other dogs and is doing great with her foster siblings which include terriers, a GSD and a mastiff. Bella is potty trained and knows basic commands. With a little consistent training she will be perfect on walks and leash. Bella will make a beautiful addition to any home!

Minimum Adoption Donation for is $425.

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Clyde

UPDATE | Clyde has started his foster to adopt trial period on 4.15.2019!

CLYDE - 2 year old, neutered male, Neapolitan Mastiff ready for immediate adoption.

Clyde and his older sister Olive were brought in together to Harbor Shelter October of 2018 as strays. Micro-chipped with no return call or email from the registered owner, the dogs became available for adoption 7 days after impound. After a month of no interest, both dogs were transferred to East Valley shelter where we found them forlorn, in desperate need of cherry eye corrective surgery and severely malnourished. Olive having cherry eyes in both eyes and Clyde’s only in one eye, have since healed from their surgery and are ready for adoption.

Clyde is incredibly sweet, gentle and gets along with all dogs. Clyde is currently being fostered with small terriers and a GSD and there is nothing but harmony. He has learned how to play fetch from his foster GSD and seems to look to her for guidance on how to just be a dog. Clyde would thrive in a home with other dogs who could remind him on a daily basis what it’s like to be a dog. Clyde is potty trained, walks well on a leash and is working on basic commands. He understands how to “go to his bed” at bed time and “no” when he tries to get up on the couch. Clyde eats very well with the rest of his foster siblings showing no signs of food aggression when his foster mom is making dinner or even during dinner when everyone is eating. Clyde knows he eats last and waits very patiently for his turn to eat.

Unfortunately Clyde is afraid of and very shy around strange, new men. We believe he could have been abused by a man before he was brought to the shelter. Clyde can be around men but pulls away when they try to pet him. He responds very well to men who crouch down to his level as he will give them a curious sniff instead of trying to turn away. With proper training and socialization we believe this is something Clyde could over come very quickly. It took only a few short days for Clyde to really warm up to his foster Dad. After just two days, Clyde was letting his foster Dad give him kisses, take him out potty and feed him dinner with out batting an eye. We know with a little love, consistency and proper training in getting him acclimated to men, Clyde will make the most amazing addition!

While we would love to have them adopted together, they have been fostered in separate homes and we are confident in our findings over the past months neither dog shows any sign of stress with out each other or longing for the other. In fact, it seems Olive adores being an only dog, soaking up the love and attention she gets all to herself. Clyde has really blossomed into his own personality with out Olive overshadowing him for attention. Clyde would also do best in a home with no puppies or toy breed dogs as he is very unsure about them and seems to not be comfortable around them.

Minimum Adoption Donation for Clyde is $425.

The first photos are the latest of Clyde, post cherry eye surgery.

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Olive

UPDATE | Olive has started her foster to adopt trial period on 4.15.2019

Olive - 4 year old, spayed female, Neapolitan Mastiff is available for immediate adoption.

Olive and her younger brother Clyde were brought in together to Harbor Shelter October of 2018 as strays. Micro-chipped with no return call or email from the registered owner, the dogs became available for adoption 7 days after impound. After a month of no interest, both dogs were transferred to East Valley shelter where we found them forlorn, in desperate need of cherry eye corrective surgery and severely malnourished. During her cherry eye corrective surgery, Olive also had 5 broken teeth extracted as the vet believes they were broken from chewing on a metal fence her whole life. Olive having cherry eyes in both eyes and Clyde’s only in one eye, have since healed from their surgery and are ready for adoption.

Olive does show signs of aggression when other dogs except for Clyde, approach her. We believe Olive was used as some sort of guard dog explaining the broken teeth and aggression toward other dogs. With this, we believe Olive should be an only dog or adopted together with Clyde. We spoke to a trainer about Olive’s behavior and the trainer believes Olive is capable of living with another dog besides Clyde because of her relationship with Clyde. If this were to be the case, Olive would need someone willing to put in time, patience, structure and training to live with another dog besides Clyde. With that being said, Olive does great in public and often goes to the local coffee shops and restaurants close to her foster mom’s house and is non reactive to other dogs who do not approach her space.

Olive also is recovering from what seems to be an old ACL tear. Needing to be on daily, low-cost, anti-inflammatory and joint supplements for the rest of her life, Olive is responding incredibly well and the vet believes the injury will heal on its own. We would however like to note surgery down the line on her ACL could be a possibility.

Full of love and thriving off of attention, Olive leans into you when you pet her and is open and receiving to anyone who pets her and shows her love. She is an incredibly happy dog and is very eager to please for positive reinforcements of love and attention. Olive knows her basic commands, is potty trained and walks very well on a leash. She enjoys shorter walks, napping, car rides and is a great eater. Still a little underweight, Olive needs a forever home that will be open to feeding her high in “good” fats diet so she can be the weight she deserves to be.

While we would love to have them adopted together, they have been fostered in separate homes and we are confident in our findings over the past months neither dog shows any sign of stress with out each other or longing for the other. In fact, it seems Olive adores being an only dog, soaking up the love and attention she gets all to herself. Clyde has really blossomed into his own personality with out Olive overshadowing him for attention.

Minimum Adoption Donation for Olive is $425

Please note applications will not be processed without follow up email of interior/exterior photos of your home/yard if applicable.