CINDER was owner surrendered to a local shelter, as a senior with health issues, due to her owners' "change in lifestyle." She was in poor condition, underweight and with a dull coat. She had a very large mass on her back, which had to be excised and put through pathology. Thankfully, it came back as benign. She also could barely walk on her back legs, and was found to not only have absolutely no muscle tone, but a moderate-to-severe case of DM (degenerative myelopathy).
With the love and patience of her foster home, this fluffy girl is slowly mending and learning how good life can be!
Are you looking for a fur friend? Love is Cinder’s middle name. This gorgeous girl with the beautiful coat loves to be petted and loved on.
This senior is learning new tricks including how to wait at doors and dinner bowl manners. She is proving an apt student and learns quickly. Cinder does not seem to be afraid of storms or loud noises, which is good with all of the Spring thunderstorms rolling through! She does great in the backyard playing with her two foster brothers, though she is a bit of an escape artist and she will need a fence that is in good repair.
She is okay with a kennel. Having a routine helps her to sort out her daily life (like many adults that I know!)
Walks make her anxious so her favorite passtime is hanging out and watching shows with her people. She would make a perfect companion for someone looking for a low energy pup to hang out with.
Cinder does not do well with small animals, especially those outside. While she may be a senior, she can keep the pest population under control!
Cinder has not been tested with children. She would love to be an only dog so she doesn't need to share her humans' love.
If you're looking for a super sweet, senior German Shepherd who will love you forever, Cinder may be your ideal family member!
CINDER'S ADOPTION FEE: $250 This fee covers only part of what we spend to vet, board and rehab the dogs we save. On average we spend over $450 on each dog. We made a decision to keep our adoption fee at the 2005 level even though vet prices have doubled and tripled since then. We are constantly fundraising to cover the deficit. At minimum, your adoption fee includes the dog's spay/neuter, heartworm test, heartworm treatment if needed, rabies shot, distemper/parvo shot, bordatella shot, deworming, monthly heartworm and flea preventives, and microchip. In many cases it also includes surgery and various types of vet treatment for standard issues such as hot spots, ear infections and so on.
Are you sure you're up to having a GSD? They're not for everyone. They take a lot of time, effort, training. They shed year round. They're big. They scare lots of people. They "mouth" and herd. They're usually strong-willed and stubborn. You have to have references and a home visit. If you're not willing or able to deal with any of this, please don't waste your time or ours applying.
Will the dog be an inside family pet?We do not adopt to outdoor-only homes. All dogs must be indoor dogs.
Do you leave your dog outdoors when you're not home? We do not adopt to homes that leave their animals outside when they're gone. You must put your dogs indoors when you're gone. A 3 yr old adopted MOGS dog died when the owners went to run errands, left her outdoors, the gate was somehow opened, and she was hit by a car. Tragic and 100% preventable. Even privacy fences get broken into. Gates are opened. Thieves steal dogs. Never leave your dog outdoors when you're not home!!
What's your planfor unexpected events and major changes?New baby? Divorce? Moving? How you will provide for your dog if your family breaks up?
Will you make a lifetime commitment?It's your responsibility to keep your dog safe, loved and cared for FOR LIFE.
Do you understand we expect you to keep that lifetime commitment? It's YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to stick by your family member -- no matter what.
Are you unable or unwilling to make a lifetime commitment?Do not apply.