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a picture of Poppy a dog that needs a foster home.

Location: Seattle, WA

Posted on: 8/4/2023

Posted by: Individual

Poppy urgently needs a foster home

Why is fostering needed?

I’m in a strange situation where we were supposed to have a trial period with a dog (Poppy/German Shepard & husky mix), and see how things went. The woman who gave him to us, told us he was good with cats (a non-negotiable for us). After having him for a day in a half, we very quickly found out he has a high prey drive. Our cats will not come back in the house, I can barely get them to eat and drink in our yard. We had hoped he could go back with her, but that’s unlikely, as it seems she has blocked us or is just not responding to our concerns. He was pretty neglected most of his life, but he’s very sweet and smart, however needs patients to get used to socializing with people and other dogs. He really just needs to be in a home where he is the only pet for the time being. I feel like he would be far to overwhelmed in a shelter, and worry it might break him, but its not safe for our pets to have him around either…

How long is fostering needed for?

Until a forever home for pet is found

Other notes

We have only had him a few days, He does not do well with cats (which we had been told he did), which is why we can’t keep him. He is extremely clever, and very sweet. He LOVES fetch. Not much of a bone chewer, but loves to take toys apart. Was neglected, and left almost completely alone for his first three years in life. So hasn’t quite figured out how to socialize with other dogs, and he needs someone patient who understands that he is experiencing the world and everything in it full force for the first time. He can get a bit stressed when overstimulated, and doesn’t quite know how to express his stress. Mostly its just him barking a lot in the car at everything, or barking at dogs on walks, however in only a couple days, he’s already calmed down, and stopped barking on walks (might pick that up again when first meeting new people though). He also is able to adjust and learn quickly, so if he’s in a calm safe environment, he should settle in and calm down pretty quickly. Learns things very fast, house trained, and eager to learn. He really is so sweet, if we didn’t have two cats, it wouldn’t be a question if we kept him or not.

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