We at PDR believe in the benefits of post-adoption training for our dogs and their families. This allows for continued socialization, learning and helps to create a well-mannered and balanced dog. Post-adoption training is a requirement in our adoption process. For more information on our process and requirements, visit our adoption information page.
All Pound Dog Rescue dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heartworm/lyme tested, dewormed, and microchipped prior to adoption. The standard adoption donation is $450, and puppies under 5 months of age are $500. The adoption donation is applied to assist in the costs of veterinary care and the overall care of the dog.
*ADOPTION PENDING- NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS*
Let me introduce you to this ridiculously handsome fella, his name is Atlas! He is approximately 1 years old and he is a mix of German Shepherd, Husky and Lab!. Atlas is a good large size boy, at his last weigh in he was 65 pounds and he is at a good healthy weight currently. Given his age, Atlas is a ball full of energy and wants lots of room to play both inside and outside of the house. Atlas has a beautiful marbled, caramel colour long haired coat that is silky smooth to the touch. He has adorable floppy ears that half perk up when he is excited and beautiful warm honey eyes that melt your heart with the love and trust that are bursting through. Atlas has been an amazing boy to foster and he has so much love to give!
Atlas was a stray at a rural animal control facility and was not claimed by his owners and the people at the pound thought he would do much better in a home based foster environment. How his previous owner didn’t come for him is beyond comprehension. Atlas deserves a family as devoted to him as he is to them. He needs to belong in a home where he will not be allowed to roam free and get lost, a home where he can be confident in the fact that he is home forever and will never be lost or abandoned again. If you give Atlas the love and attention he craves, then he will be the most grateful and loyal member of your family.
Atlas unfortunately did not have many manners when he first came to us, however with his eagerness to please and food motivation he is learning quite quickly what is expected of him when he is in the home. His forever family will need to commit to obedience and manners and hopefully advanced classes as well to keep his mind constantly working and for him to know what is expected of him. With his large breed size it would be only too easy for him to push back to get what he wants. Because of this, we also think Atlas should go to a home where his owners have previous large breed experience; he won’t be ideal as a first dog. Atlas is a very relaxed and goofy guy, he loves to jump and hop around when he is excited, we could definitely see agility training in this boy’s future!
Atlas would do well in many different home situations, he gets along well with other dogs, children and all adults alike; he has never shown aggression or fearfulness towards anything. Atlas’s number one priority is going wherever you go, if you’re watching TV and need to go grab a snack he will keep you company and then settle back down with you. Atlas can be very calm indoors once he’s had his playtime or a nice good hike, though he does like to get the zoomies sometimes and run top speed all over the house! We feel that Atlas would be suited to go to a home where he has another medium to large sized energetic dog to play with all the time to help keep his still young energy fulfilled. Alternatively, a family who is active and could keep Atlas entertained would also be a good fit. Atlas currently lives in a home with three other dogs, a cat and children, he has always been respectful and listens to all members of the family, though he has shown a very great interest in the cat and we do not recommend his forever home has a cat or any small animals. Atlas is still a puppy and absolutely loves his play time with toys, he is always happy to grab a toy and throw it around or squeak it all over the house. Atlas is easily excitable, and though he is great with kids we recommend he goes to a home with kids aged 10+ who are aware of respectful play with dogs.
Atlas has taken many walks with his gentle leader on, with some consistent training he will continue to flourish and walk very well at your side. Because he is still young he is sometimes eager to get going, some gentle reminders have him back and at your side. Atlas has been well mannered on all of our walks, he is very interested in other people and animals but he has never barked or lunged. Atlas has such excitement when it comes time to go for a walk, he absolutely loves all the sights and smells, it is good stimulation for him. Some good long walks, along with some doggy play, and some running whether in play or with his person help to keep this big boys energy at a minimum when he is inside the house.
What Atlas craves the most is love, affection and attention. This handsome guy will have everyone swooning over him and his gentle face. Atlas is happiest when he is by your side getting love and attention, he will follow you everywhere you go and wants to tag along. Atlas loves to spend time in the backyard with the other dogs, sometimes he prefers to stay out there to take a little nap. Atlas is amazing with his crate when it comes time to step out for work or to run a few errands, all we do is open the crate door and he comes wandering over and goes right in. Atlas sleeps in his crate at night as well. Atlas will let you brush him, touch his paws, check his teeth and clip his nails! All he wants is a good belly rub in return! This guy loves his pets so much that he will lean into you and almost cause you both to fall over! Atlas has been such a good boy during his stay with us, he only had a few accidents in the house during the first few days of his stay and has had no accidents in his crate. Atlas has been an easy dog to foster and an extremely easy dog to love! Who can resist those big floppy ears and warm honey eyes, that guy could get away with anything! We still find it outrageous and cannot fathom why he was never claimed.
Atlas is being taught basic obedience in his foster home and now knows “sit”, “off” and “no”. Atlas is working on his “down” and “come” command. Atlas’s new family should commit to continuing his obedience training to bring out the best in this smart boy, and also to help you bond with him. We are happy to say that Atlas also does really well in the car, once he realised he’s going to be in the car for longer than 5 minutes he curls up on the floor and will sleep! He has been in the car for up to 3.5 hours and he was such a good boy! Atlas still tries to mouth when he plays, you should know he is extremely gentle when he does this, however we have been working with him consistently to reduce the mouthing and have made much progress!
On a sad note, Atlas has been diagnosed with heartworm disease disease. His previous owner obviously didn’t have him on the preventative which would have ensured he was protected from this disease. Heartworm is a totally preventable disease that is spread by mosquitoes. This disease is in Southern Ontario and we are seeing more and more of it as each year passes. We are a rescue that heartworm tests all of the dogs we take in for exactly this reason. The good news is that Atlas is completely free of symptoms and is an otherwise healthy dog, and we are committed to treating this and will get him all better. He was diagnosed early on in the development and has an excellent chance of recovery. We have had other dogs in our program that have had heartworm and have treated those dogs successfully and all are living active and healthy lives. Atlas has no idea he has this disease and is in every way a happy dog. Atlas has been cleared to be adopted as there is no reason to hold him back. His adoptive family will need to be willing to work with us as we treat him for this and that will require approx. 3 trips to our vet in Cambridge over the span of a few months so it is not a huge time commitment. We will fully explain the treatment plan with potential adopters but in general he will get 1 injection of the medication in a few months and then a follow up of 2 injections in a month after. He needs to be rested and have limited exercise for a period of time after the injections but otherwise goes about his daily life. We will be responsible for the vet payments for his treatment; we just don’t see any reason why he can’t be adopted into a loving home while we go about getting rid of the nasty heartworms. We have had all of our heartworm dogs adopted during their treatments and it works out well for the dogs and the families. His adoptive family will need to live within a reasonable drive from Cambridge in order to get him to the vet for the appointments (which would be scheduled to suit the adoptive family).
Atlas is looking for his forever home to be with someone who can give him all the love and attention he both needs and deserves and to keep him on his toes with continuing his training. It is really important that Atlas has an active home so that he can continue to burn off all of his energy to keep him nice and calm inside the home. Atlas wants to be with someone all the time, we are looking for someone who will be as devoted and loving to him as he will be to you! Do you think you can be that perfect forever home for this handsome guy?