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Shy Dogs for Adoption

Animal Aid has several dogs for adoption who are very shy and need special attention before going to new homes. Some dogs were not well socialized as puppies or may have had an unfortunate experience with humans in the past making them uncomfortable with new people. Due to the special needs of these shy dogs, our application process and placement criteria includes the following:

  • Each application will be prescreened by the adoption committee.
    • Applicant must be willing to come out to the shelter frequently to visit and work with the dog. After shelter hours visits may be arranged as appropriate and will be accompanied by a shelter volunteer.
    • A home inspection will be done prior to final approval.
    • A fenced yard may be required for some dogs. Invisible fences are not
      accepted as a secure means for containing any dog.
    • Application process could take several weeks or months depending on the progress that the dog and applicant are making.
    • As with our regular applications, more than one applicant may apply for the same dog. The adoption committee will make the final decision on which home is most suitable for the needs of that dog.
    • Many shy dogs seem to do best when they have another dog(s) to help them learn and become more confident. Therefore, please know that we may give preference to applicants that have a compatible dog(s) in their households.

    We are particularly looking for families that have the time and patience to deal with issues the dog is having to overcome his/her anxieties.

    Animal Aid has adopted out several shy dogs in the past. When adopted into loving homes, these once fearful and shy dogs in the shelter environment become secure and loving. Read some success stories here


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    Bristol 4 2016.jpg - 27136 Bytes Walker hound / Female
    Weight: 31 lbs.
    Age: 2½ years

    June 24, 2016
    Adopted: 7 May 2018

    "No one...appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as a dog does."
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    At first Bristol backs away from strangers but after some soothing words of comfort
    and a little time, she becomes less fearful. Although a little hesitant at first to have
    a leash put on, Bristol enjoys going for a walk. Some leash training will help her.
    She also enjoys playing with other dogs in her playgroup. All this sweet girl needs
    is that special someone who will give her the love and attention she deserves.
    This dog has separation anxiety and needs to have another dog in the family.


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    Beagle/Lab mix / Male
    Weight: 28 lbs.
    Age: Approx: 2 years

    February 7, 2017
    Adopted: 21 January 2018


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    Border Collie/Sheltie mix / Female
    Weight: 30 lbs.
    Age: Approx. 1½ years

    June 24, 2016
    Adopted: 10 December 2016


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    Nelson_2.jpg - 17690 Bytes Walker hound / Male
    Weight: 62 lbs.
    Age: 3 years

    June 25, 2016
    Adopted: 22 September 2017

    "To a dog the whole world is a smell"
    - Unknown -


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    Beagle mix / Female
    Weight: 24 lbs.
    Age: Approx. 1 year
    June 24, 2016
    Adopted: 12 December 2016


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