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Sunday, December 30, 2018

"TALULA" adorable baby bunny

ADOPTED!
Jan 2019

Available for adoption at Multnomah County Animal Services!

Talula, female bunny, 6 mths,4.3lbs
here's my Mcas weblink   
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Talula is a friendly and social bunny. She likes attention, will solicit petting and does not mind
being picked up gently or even held on your lap.  She has been around people and knows when
humans are around good things happen, like their favorite treats! Talula would be a good rabbit
for a first time bunny owner and is learning to use her litter box, but it is a work in progress.
We recommend kids in the home who will be interacting with Talula be over the the age of 6 and always supervised by an adult. Available 12/31/18 Adoption includes spay and microchip.





" SGT. ROASTER" and " COLONEL MCNUGGET" Roosters

"TRANSFERRED" to Second Chance Companion!
Jan 2019

Available for adoption at Multnomah County Animal Services!


Sgt Roaster,  (male) Rooster, age unknown
here's my Mcas weblink 
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Meet Sgt. Roaster. This handsome young rooster Plymouth Rock mix is looking for a new flock of hens to protect! Plymouth Rocks are a popular choice among families who choose to raise chickens at home as pets. The birds are well-adaptable to confinement or free range, are docile, friendly, and easily-handled. Please check your County's zoning restrictions prior to adopting this addition to your coop.


Colonel McNugget,  (male) Rooster, 1 yr
here's my Mcas weblink 
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Colonel McNugget is a confident, adult New Hampshire/mix rooster in need of a large coop to patrol and a harem of hens to protect! Please check your County's zoning restrictions prior to adopting him.


 steppin' out



Wednesday, December 26, 2018

"RATTACUS" friendly pet rat


ADOPTED!
Jan 2019
 
Available for adoption at Multnomah County Animal Services!

Raticus, male pet rat, 1 yr 1 lb

here's my Mcas weblink 
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I'm Rattacus, I'm a male domestic rat around a year old. I have been around people all my life and am friendly with adults but have not been around kids. I like to be held gently and am used to being independent. In my previous home I lived with a cat whom I actively avoided for obvious reasons (cats eat rats, ya know). My owner had to give me up because they had too many pets so I'm seeking a new forever home. Someone who has had a pet rat before would be great but I am so easygoing I might be a good fit for a first time rat owner-just do your research first. My adoption fee does not include a cage.



 

"COVINGTON" muscovy DUCK


ADOPTED!
Jan 2019

Available for adoption at Multnomah County Animal Services!

Covington,  female Muscovy Duck, 2 yrs 4 lbs
here's my Mcas weblink 
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My name is Covington and I am a gorgeous Muscovy duck that's looking for a lovely home to rest my wings. If you want a bird that's independent, quiet, prolific, and beautiful, you may have just found your match. The Muscovy is a wood duck. They like to perch in trees and have sharp claws to assist with this. While they can be kept with minimal water and don't require a pond the way other ducks do, they really enjoy it when they're given the opportunity. We do best with other ducks of our kind and enjoy human interactions, but not necessarily being pet and held. If you think we would make a great match, come and meet me today!





" PLEASE BE PATIENT with your newly adopted dog!"

The shelter always provides proper counseling to potential adopters. Many people do not listen well, and some don't allow their adopted dogs enough time to settle into their new homes - then give up on the dogs too quickly and return them. Please listen to the adoption counselors and try to follow their advice! The dogs who come into the shelter often have already been through alot in their lives and deserve good homes who will commit to them - through thick and thin as they say.

This is just one article of many good ones out there. I think it has some good pointers:

5 Ways to Settle a Rescue Dog Into Your Home

There is something vital that rescue dogs need from their new families, and many aren’t getting it: a chance to settle in.
We often don’t know what our rescue dogs have experienced prior to coming to live with us. They might have had a rough puppyhood with little socialization. Conversely, they might have been well loved, but their owner passed away or found herself in a situation where she could no longer provide care. Anything and everything is possible.
If we don’t know their background, and even when we do, it is essential that we give them a chance to settle into their new happy lives with us. Here are five tips to help rescue dogs learn how to relax and adapt to the many changes in their lives:

1. Don’t do too much too quickly

Losing the home and environment he was accustomed to can be stressful. We know moving is one of the top 10 stressors on humans, and dogs are also social animals who form attachments. Please keep this in mind and don’t over stimulate your dog, even though he is undoubtedly cute and you’d love nothing more than to show him to all of your friends and family.

2. Keep stress to a minimum

Even if your new friend isn’t outwardly showing signs of stress in her new home, stress hormones can take a month to return to a normal state. If you have a puppy, she does need socialization while her young brain is still forming. Get her out and learning the ways of the human world before she turns 14 weeks of age, but please never force a puppy into a new situation, though. You can use the Puppy Checklist provided by the Pet Professional Guild as a guide. If you have an adult dog, consider allowing her to unwind and learn your house rules and routines for a month before you tackle the outside world together.

3. Connect with your dog

Dogs are social animals. So are we. You can and should show your dog you love him with affection and positive reinforcement training. Positive training is not permissive — we set boundaries and make it clear what we want from our new friend by reinforcing the behaviors we do want, and we remove ourselves or something the dog wants when he is doing something we don’t want. Using force, fear, or intimidation with your dog serves to ruin that connectivity. We can get any behavior we want from a dog without force.

4. Engage your dog’s impressive mind

Dogs have the mental development of a 2- to 3-year-old child. Many dogs are bored beyond belief in their lives with us. We know to engage a young child’s mind, but sometimes we forget to do that for our dogs. Invest in quality time in teaching your dog new things. Obedience training should be fun for you both. You can also get your dog mind puzzles, play fun nose work games, and use feeding toys to deliver your dog’s meals. Engage in a rousing game of hide and seek where you hide in your house and call your dog to you, and then make a big deal out him finding you. Have fun while tiring your dog out without ever having to leave your house for those first few weeks.

5. Don’t rush exercise

Again, think of how overwhelmed we can feel when moving to a new house in a new town. We need time to learn where everything is. Give your dog a few days or weeks of downtime with you in your house and yard (if you have one), and then slowly begin to venture out into your dog’s new surroundings. Work on connectedness and relationship first, and once that is solid, then you can go explore the world together.
Always keep in mind that your new dog lost her first home but now has a new, wonderful lifetime one with you. Set your dog or puppy up for success by providing at least 30 days for your new friend to settle in and learn what you require of him.



























































Annie Phenix is a Colorado-based professional writer and dog trainer. She is the Trainer in Residence for Dogster.com and she writes a column for Dogster Magazine and other publications. She is the author of a Spring 2016 book, titled The Midnight Dog Walkers (I-5 Publishing).

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

"PEANUT BUTTER" gentle loving Chocolate Lab (plus pitmix?)

ADOPTED!!!
Dec 2018

Available for adoption at Multnomah County Animal Services!

Peanut Butter, male Chocolate Lab mix, 9 yrs 107 lbs (obese) 

here's my Mcas weblink 
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Peanut Butter here! I'm a gooey Lab mix lovebug of a boy looking for the perfect home to complement my needs. I'm about 9 years old and have some medical needs that my new home will need to monitor. My ideal home would be patient and willing to help me lose this extra weight! I need short walks and a strict diet - no extra treats please! - to get me healthy. I LOVE TOYS! I love toys so much that I don't like to share them and cannot live with another dog. But I'm so playful and love getting all your attention. Did I mention how much I love belly rubs? Come meet me and let's get cuddled up for a nice movie marathon!









 

Monday, December 24, 2018

"RACHEL" distinguished Pitmix

ADOPTED!
Dec 2018
Available for adoption at Multnomah County Animal Services!

Rachel, female Pit mix, 4 yrs, 49 lbs
here's my Mcas weblink  
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Hi, I'm Rachel. A 4 year old Pitty mix lady! I am a sweet gal that takes a little bit to warm up to new people and new situations, but with positive training methods, and treats, I warm up very quickly! I am a high energy girl, looking for an active family with kids that can handle my rough play style and that are 12 and up. If you have room in your life for a sweet girl like me, ask to meet me today!

It took a little while to get Rachael to smile, 
but when she did it made me happy too.
Nice dog

  

"DIAMOND" black shepherd mix pup

ADOPTED!
Dec 2018

Available for adoption at Multnomah County Animal Services!

Diamond female Shep/lab? mix, 4 mths, 38 lbs (I WILL BE BIG )
here's my Mcas weblink 
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I am Diamond a young, active and playful German Shepherd mix. The shelter says I am a Diamond in the ruff. You could call me the hands-on type but since I do not have hands I learn with my mouth. To an exuberant dog like me everything is a game, sometimes I just get so excited I will jump up and grab the first thing that looks like a toy. I already know sit and can hardly wait to go to puppy classes with my new owner and learn more fun stuff. I am looking for a family who does not take life too seriously that will be patient, positive and lift me to my potential of being a perfect pup! I am about 4 months old and weigh around 38lbs. If there are kids in my new home, they should be at least 8 years old due to my jumpy, mouthy, exuberant approach to life.
My adoption fee is $250.00 because I am under 7 months old. There will be an adoption signup sheet at the front door of the shelter on Saturday the 29th at 10:00am. Adoptions will be taken on a first come first serve basis and adopters must be in the shelter to interview at noon when we open.




"CAPTAIN CARAMEL" little Pitmix

ADOPTED!
Dec 2018

Available for adoption at Multnomah County Animal Services!

Captain Caramel male Pitmix, 3 yrs 44 lbs (underweight)
here's my Mcas weblink 
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Hi there! My shelter name is Captain Caramel, but you can call me Mel. I am about 3 years old and weigh around 44lbs. I am looking for a quiet home with patient owners who will allow me the time I need to learn that people can be nice and sometimes they even have good treats. And as you can see, I could use some extra groceries. I am friendly at the front of my kennel, but can be unsure about petting and handling. If there are kids in my new home, they should be at least 12 years old due to my handling sensitivity.

Hope this little guy gets a great new indoor home! Captain Caramel ("Captain"? "Mel"? "Caramel"? "CC"?) came into the shelter very dirty/scrawny and sad with an injured from leg (almost healed). He is getting good care in the shelter, but it is not a home. Helping him to blossom in your home will be rewarding, and a great way to bond. CC is a sweetie and has the softest big brown eyes.



Sunday, December 23, 2018

"OLLIE" lively chihuahua mix

ADOPTED!
Dec 2018
Available for adoption at Multnomah County Animal Services!

Ollie , male Chihuahua mix, 8 yrs, 8 mths, 13 lbs
here's my Mcas weblink  
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HI! I'm Ollie, a 8 year old chihuahua fella. I am a sweet and playful dude looking for my new home. I am also a vocal guy, I like you to know what I am doing, where I am doing it, and how I will do it! I am looking for a home that will take me in, quirks and all! I have some skin issues that can be managed with the right food and regular flea medication. Ask to meet me today!



 

"PEARL" New Pics "special needs" Blind - Lovely Border Collie mix

ADOPTED!
Dec 2018
Available for adoption at Multnomah County Animal Services!

Pearl female Border Collie, 6 yrs, 42 lbs
here's my Mcas weblink
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Hi, I'm Pearl, a sweet older lady with some special needs. I am blind and sometimes easily startled, so I will need a family who can be consistently gentle with me - no surprises please! I would do best in a quiet, adult-only home as an only dog. I enjoy leisurely on-leash strolls, and a good soft cuddle. If this sounds good to you too, please come meet me!
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Pearl is blind, so she needs a special home who appreciates her limitation. She's a lovely dog, timid until she is comfortable in her surroundings.
Pearl is a very pretty dog with classic Border Collie upright ears,
and soft fluffy feathery fur, and she loves her friends, is a sweetheart and will be a great companion. 














"COCO" lively Pitmix pup

ADOPTED!
Dec 2018

Available for adoption at Multnomah County Animal Services!

Coco female pit mix, 6 mths 40 lbs)
here's my Mcas weblink
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I am Coco, an active and playful 6 month old puppy. You could call me the hands-on type but since I do not have hands I learn with my mouth. To an exuberant dog like me everything is a game, sometimes I just get so excited I will jump up and grab the first thing that I see. I am up for anything and ready to learn new things with my new family. I am looking for a family who does not take life too seriously that will be patient, positive and lift me to my potential of being a perfect pup! Because I am jumpy and still learning to take treats nicely, if there are any kids in my new home, they should be at least 12 years old.
The adoption fee for Coco is $250.00 because she is under 7 months. There will be a sign up for potential adopters posted at the front door of shelter on 12/28 at 11:00am. Adoptions are on a first come, first serve basis and adopters must be available to interview at 12:00 when the shelter opens.


Saturday, December 22, 2018

"DINO" pup/teenager shepherd mix

ADOPTED!
Dec 2018 
Hoping to get UPDATE PICS!


Available for adoption at Multnomah County Animal Services!

Dino male shepherd mix, 6 mths 41lbs
here's my Mcas weblink
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My name is Dino and I make the best of every situation and I love to play! If you are looking for a fun, playful dog to add some joy to your life and help make you laugh, then look no further. I will bring endless fun and keep you entertained with my goofy antics. If you can keep up with me then I promise that we will have a life full of enjoyment with lots of great stories! I am still working on my manners and can be jumpy and mouthy, so if you have kids in the home, they will need to be over the age of 5 years. Can't wait to meet my new family! 



"MINERVA" lovable shaggy little terrier type mix

ADOPTED!
Dec 2018
Available for adoption at Multnomah County Animal Services!

Minerva female american shelter dog mix,1 yr 14 lbs
here's my Mcas weblink
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Hi! My name is Minerva, a 1 year old Terrier lady. I am sweet, like to play, and cuddle! My new family should be ready to keep up with the grooming that my breed requires so I don't get matted. I'd love to meet you!