|Established 14 February 2011|
Labrador Retriever (short coat) : : Male : : Young : : Medium
About CODY - $350 Adoption Fee
It is important you research the dog’s lifestyle needs to make sure that they fit yours – just as you would ensure compatibility with a human, you are committing to share your life for 10+ years. Please take the time to read ALL information provided.
CODY was saved from a shelter in the south. CODY is neutered, rabies, age-appropriate vaccines, heartworm & tick disease tested negative, dewormed and on monthly preventatives. He weighs around 35 pounds and has an estimated date of birth of 23 April 2021 . We have no way of knowing for sure what breed he is and so it is up to potential adopters to look at his pictures, video’s many more can be found on the rescue website, and decide for themselves. Cody is a sibling to Donatello and we are looking to adopt them together.
CODY & DONATELLO are very shy/fearful of humans, and so we are looking for a special family who has time to give these young boys time to develop and learn to trust.
Cody and his brother were saved from an abuse/neglect case as young pups and were being fostered by an amazing family. The boys were very receptive to their young daughter and would sit by her confidently, but were very fearful of adults. The foster family took care of the boys, bathing them to help their infected skin and loss of hair, fed them quality food and gave them a safe home to decompress and to start to learn that not all humans are bad. Unfortunately, after a few months, the shelter wanted them to be taken back so that they would get exposure to the public, however, this just set back all the hard work the family did.
When the boys arrived at the rescue, we had to carry them into the kennels and they were shaking with fear, however, after a few weeks and living with other dogs, their confidence gained and they no longer shake with fear. They will come up to the gate for treats and will let me stroke them when they are in the kennels - they still have a LONG way to go to become fully confident, but with a loving, caring, patient family I am confident they will continue to progress and become amazing members of the family.
We would LOVE to adopt the boys together, but understand this could prolong the length of time they are here and still might not find their forever home together and so we are willing to adopt them individually. We do prefer the family to have at least one other dog if adopting individually since it will help them to adjust and for safety reasons the family must have a secure fenced in yard.
They are not leash trained and so time and patience when they have built trust is also needed. A family that will not expect too much or push them too much, but let them relax and decompress and try and understand why and where they are now and just to go slow, gentle and lovingly with Cody and maybe Donatello too!
Dog Application Form - https://www.giveadogahome-rescue.org/forms/form?formid=5838
Dogs have access and use dog doors to go outside, they will not know to let you know they need to go outside, so families must expect accidents and be prepared to teach your new dog to let you know when they need to go outside.
The rescue buys food in bulk, by the truck load and there are a variety of brands and flavours. None of the food given is less than a 4* food rating. There have not been issues with eating any of the varying foods. It is important that you do your research on the ingredients and speak to your vet or a nutritionist on grain vs grain free!
You MUST understand that dogs need time to decompress and adapt to their new environment and home. It is a HUGE transition they make from the kill shelter, being vetted, on transport for 3 days and arriving in Maine where the temperature and such is very different to what they have only known. In rescue there is what is known as the "3 Point Rule" Days 1-3 your dog is stressed, anxious, confused as to where they are now. Weeks 1-3 your dog is adjusting, settling in, learning things. At the 3-month point, your dog understands they are home, and have built up a trusting relationship where they feel loved and secure.
If you feel that you have the heart and home to give this precious soul a wonderful life, please go to our website, under the ADOPTION INFO tab, complete, then submit the APPLICATION. Our process takes around 1-2 days, and ensuring your references are aware that we will be calling, could speed up the process. Once you have been approved, we discuss any questions in regards to the dog you are wanting to adopt, then we can schedule your appointment to come to the rescue in Sebec, Maine for meet/greet/adopt
Please do NOT submit an application if you are not looking to take home a new best friend within the next few weeks.
ALL Dogs are LOCATED AT THE RESCUE IN SEBEC, MAINE . We post in various states along the east coast and Canada where we have had lots of successful adoptions to enable more exposure for these beautiful saved souls. Families will need to be prepared to travel to the rescue to meet and take home their new best friend. Sebec is located just outside the towns of Dover-Foxcroft and Milo (approx. 8 miles) and approx. 45 miles from Bangor. There are also lots of hotels, motels, pet friendly accommodations and wonderful camp-sites for the more adventurous families and what a great way to get to know your new best friend.