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Dogs in our Care

These dogs and puppies have been rescued from various pounds and shelters by volunteer foster carers who provide the dog with a safe haven until they can be permanently rehomed. Dogs are located throughout Sydney, Australia.

Please note that descriptions of a dog's breed, age and size are given in good faith and are based on assessment of the dog's features, together with veterinary opinion. We cannot guarantee the age and breed of any dogs listed.

All dogs listed come desexed, vaccinated, wormed, microchipped and over 6 months of age heartworm tested.

Please note the age of each animal listed below updates daily.

Foster Carers Wanted

DCH is looking for volunteers to become foster carers for dogs in need.

Can you open up your home and yard to a needy dog to help give them a second chance?

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Ricky and Penny

Ricky and Penny

Ricky: Cattle x Penny: Kelpie - mixed - 6 years and 8 months

Ricky (Cattle x) and Penny (Kelpie x Dachshund) came into care after their elderly owner had to move and could no longer keep them. They grew up on 5 acres and have been gradually adjusting to city life. After thinking they'd be OK rehomed separately, we realise they're a bonded - and quirky! - pair, and are best rehomed together.

Penny's a sweet, smart, quiet girl who's happy to hang out with you inside, or catch some sun by herself in the yard. She can be shy at first, but warms to you once she knows you, and reveals her playful streak.

Ricky's a sweet, clever boy, learns fast and is eager to please. He loves being with you, and will follow you round the house and sit at your feet when you're on the couch. Ricky is nervous meeting new people, but is very affectionate once he knows you, and loves a game of fetch or tug-of-war. They both love a morning play with each other.

Both dogs are strong on lead walks and would benefit from further lead training. They know basic commands like: 'sit', 'come', 'wait', 'on your
bed'.

OK around other dogs? Yes, controlled greetings have gone well

House trained? Yes

Exercise routine: 2 walks a day

Living arrangements: mostly inside, with regular access to outside. They're used to someone being home most of the day.

OK with kids? Would suggest older kids

OK with other animals? They react to cats on street walks but seem fine with birds that visit the yard.

Food Routine: A mix of dry food and tinned salmon for breakfast. Dry food and raw meat or wet food for dinner.

Ricky and Penny has been in foster care since 25 April 2021, for 4 months

Bentley

Bentley

Staffy x - male - 5 months

Bentley was found abandoned at a veterinary clinic when he was just six weeks old
He was severely malnourished and full of worms however he was still very trusting of people and loving life
Since he came into care he has never looked back. He has put on lots of weight and is ready to go to his forever home once all vet work has been completed
Bentley will need to go to a very very special family who will allow him to be an inside dog with access to a fenced yard
As his start to life has not been the best he needs someone to adopt him who can give him lots and lots of love for the rest of his life

Bentley has been in foster care since 23 June 2021, for 2 months

Busta

Busta

German Shepherd - male - 7 years

Busta only recently came into foster care so we are still getting to know this beautiful, big fluff ball who loves to hang out with his foster carer and especially her kids. He's so gentle and loves a scratch or a cuddle. He can't get enough of walks so he can sniff as much as possible, but unfortunately he forgets his back end isn't quite as willing to go the distance, and pays for it later when he has trouble getting up. He has some lameness in his left hind leg and some other issues which are being investigated.

To look at Busta you would think he was part dog and part lion with his beautiful head of fur. He has such a lovely nature and everyone who meets him falls in love.

Busta has been in foster care since 02 September 2021, for 3 weeks

Ace

Ace

American Staffy - male - 11 months and 3 weeks

Hi my name is Ace and I came to DCH after my family had to move houses and couldn't take me with them.

I'm now in foster care and live in a unit with my foster carer who I adore and who, I'm fairly sure, adores me too.

I love people, and dogs of all sizes . I absolutely love playing with my friends in the dog park. I'm very easy going and don't even mind when small dogs sit on my back. I'm a very happy dog. However, I do need my exercise and can be very strong willed. I also like to sit on the bench in front of the coffee shop near where my foster carer lives and observe people while my foster carer enjoys a coffee. I'm a strong dog so additional training on how to walk on the lead would probably help.

I would suit experienced dog owners who live an active lifestyle and would give me the exercise I need and allow me to be an inside dog. I am not suitable for a family with young children.

Ace has been in foster care since 03 September 2021, for 3 weeks

Barney

Barney

Pomeranian - male - 8 years

Hi! I'm Bedroom eyes Barney. I'm crossed with another breed. I weigh 9kgs and height-wise I come up just below the knee.
I'm cute as a button and waiting to meet a family who has a lot of patience when it comes to grooming. I was found wandering along the streets when the Ranger picked me up and kept me safe until my Rescue group collected me. Due to having been neglected, I have a lot of matted fur. My carer bathed the underside of me and I just loved rolling on the grass afterwards as she tried to dry me. My hair is slowly growing back and will continue to do so with quality food and care. My Vet has advised that someone has tried to shave me but this is the wrong grooming technique for my kind of double-coat fur, therefore, this hair loss can take up to 2 years to grow back.
I am very affectionate and I love laying next to my human. If my human stops patting me, I gently coax her hand back to where it was... I get on well with other dogs and am good on walks. I don't really know crossing the street manners, however am keen to learn. I do not bark, lunge or react, I just toddle along sniffing and enjoying the walk.
I do however know how to sit, stay, shake hands and am very gentle when being hand-fed treats.
I'm not great in the car and can become anxious after about 20 minutes.
I have a systemic heart murmur which means I will be on heart tablets for life. I started on 1/2 x 2.5mg Cardisure twice daily since my Vet visit. The medication can cost between $50-$100 / month depending on the quality of medication.
If after considering the above, I still sound appealing to you, please arrange to send my carer a detailed e-mail advising I'm yours for life, not just in lockdown and that you will look after all of my needs, especially my magnificent coat and heart. I will be spayed on 22nd September and will be available about 2 weeks after that. ***I have been placed on hold due to a number of suitable applicants.***
Hope you enjoyed your read,
Love Barney

Barney has been in foster care since 07 September 2021, for 2 weeks

Phoenix

Phoenix

English Springer Spaniel - male - 9 years and 2 months

Phoenix has arrived into foster care after having to be surrendered by his loving family of 9 years due to changes in circumstances brought about by this crazy year.

He is a 9 year old male English Springer Spaniel.

He is a friendly dog and loves lots of attention. He gets along perfectly with kids and does not bark much. He has grown up as an only dog in an outside environment and would come indoors on hold and cold days but is not toilet trained but does prefer to wait to use the grass when left indoors overnight so does seem to know what to do.

He is not a fan of other dogs regardless of their size so needs to be in a home with no other dogs and would need further socialisation and training to change his behaviour towards other dogs.

He is used to an exercise routine of 30-40 minutes of walks per day however he does not react well to seeing other dogs on his walks.

He gets fed once a day, one wet food sachet and two scoops of dry.

D.O.B.: 01/07/2012

Last Vaccination - 18/11/2020 - Due Nov 2021

Located in Waterloo, NSW and is currently being fostered as an indoors dog with lots of walks and exercise during the day.

Phoenix has been in foster care since 09 September 2021, for 2 weeks

Tyson

Tyson

Staffy - male - 4 years and 9 months

Hi my name is Tyson and I'm a 4 year old English Staffy who is looking for a new home because my sister and I weren't getting along. Don't hold that against me because everyone says I'm a great dog.

I'm great with children of all ages. i grew up with a family that has 3 young boys and I currently live with a family that has a 2 year old and a 3 year old and they adore me. I think they are pretty great too. When they begin to annoy me I just turn away from them. (Of course, like everyone knows children and dogs should never be left unattended).

I know basic commands and I'm house trained because I'm an indoor dog and love to sit with you on the couch. Being a Staffy, I love being with my family.

I'm a strong dog so I can pull on the lead and probably need a bit of training with that and also with my recall. You know us Staffies we have lots of energy to burn.

I'm a very loving and affectionate dog so I need someone who is going to love me back and give me plenty of exercise.

Tyson has been in foster care since 20 September 2021, for 2 days