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Rehomed Dogs

The dogs listed below have now found permanent loving new homes.

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Stitch

Stitch

Labrador X Mastiff - male

Stitch is a beautiful 9 year old Labrador X Mastiff. He is an absolute gentleman and is so gentle.

Through no fault of his own, he is looking for a new home with a new family to take him through his senior years. He would be suited to many families, is very gentle so could be suitable for young children, and is great with other dogs. In fact, Stitch has grown up with another dog so only homes with other dogs will be considered to help keep the transition smooth for him. This would likely help with his current separation anxiety, Stitch did not have this at his old home so it is likely that the big changes have led to it - once he gains back his routine and a doggy friend, we hope this will reduce back down again.

A large backyard would be ideal for Stitch - his favourite game is fetch. He will use anything available to play fetch with, and will not stop unless they are taken away! As a result, plenty of room to keep running and fit would be great for him, and someone who makes sure he doesn't overdo it as well as he gets too hot and doesn't stop! Stitch LOVES water, and so it would be wonderful if his family would be able to take him regularly to beaches and water so that he can keep cool whilst still playing fetch!

Stitch is great on the lead - he starts off a little bit strong just as he is excited, but soon calms down and walks really well.

In his old home, Stitch was outside during the day and inside at night. A place where he is able to choose between whether he goes outside or inside is essential. He certainly loves a good lounge snuggle, so that would also be lovely for him!

Stitch is desexed, microchipped and will be up to date on vaccinations, worming and flea treatment when he is adopted. Please contact his foster carer, Gemma, on 0435939858 to find out more about Stitch and meet him.

Stitch was adopted on 29 October 2020 after 4 weeks in foster care

Nova

Nova

Foxi Mini (Tenterfield Terrier - female

Nova is a beautiful natured and loyal dog who has come into rescue at no fault of her own. She was abandoned at a Western Sydney animal shelter and has come into DCH care from there. She arrived heavily pregnant and has raised 5 beautiful puppies.

She loves pats and cuddles and would love to sit on you while your on the lounge. She enjoys a good cuddle and pat and will lap up any attention she can get. She has been a wonderful dog while in foster care and has been easy for her carer to fall in love with her.

Nova needs to be rehomed into a home where she can live indoors and have access to a safe secure yard. She does not like cats so needs to be rehomed to a cat free home.

She is chipped as a Mini Foxi.

She understands sit commands and can hold her toilet over night until she gets let outside and will toilet outside. She is used to having access to puppy pads just in case but has not used one in a long time.

Nova was diagnosed with Pyometra but has been resolved by desexing her and having a course of antiobiotics.

Located in Acacia Gardens

Nova was adopted on 23 October 2020 after 2 months in foster care

Leah

Leah

Jack Russell Terrier - female

Special Needs Puppy with Paralysed Hindlimbs

The lovely, gorgeous baby Leah - she is the image of the perfect Jack Russell. She has stunning markings, is full of personality and loves a rough and tumble. A lovely lady we met on a walk stated it perfectly - 'dogs don't worry about what they don't have, but just love what they do'. Leah does not feel sorry for herself, and is the epitome of a happy puppy!

Leah is approximately 1 year and 4 months old, and at around 1 year old was hit by a car, which has resulted in her losing most function of her back legs. She is able to feel her paws, and sometimes when she isn't off and going as fast as she can, she can prop herself up on all four limbs and take a few steps - her left back leg is the strongest. Since being in care we have made sure to continue physiotherapy on Leah's legs, and have noticed that she is already more willing to use them. However, it is very very unlikely that Leah will ever have full function, or much improvement at all, in the back legs and as such, will need a new family who is willing to help her with this. She has a wheelchair, which she actually finds slows her down a bit, however she is getting used to it. Obviously Leah isn't able to be in the wheelchair all day anyway, and as such it is important that her new family are able to care for sores she can develop on her legs - we use bandages at the moment but something like a baby onesie would be great.

Another consideration with Leah is that she is incontinent - we, her carers, are able to show her new family how to help her urinate, however there is no method to help her defecate and so she is prone to going and she doesn't realise she is doing it. Again, nappies may be good if she was able to get used to them - and tiles are also helpful to clean up easily!!

Leah still loves adventures - we carry her on some walks and then let her down to run in her wheelchair or pull herself along if the ground is soft - a pet carrier that can be used as a back or chest pack would be ideal for her. She is very good with other dogs, and whilst timid to start with, really just wants to play. Leah also LOVES to sunbath, and will happily sit outside with you all day. She isn't a huge fan of car rides, so needs comforting during these trips, but calms again as soon as the car slows and she hops out - she always loves the destination! Whilst Leah has her disability, she is still very much a puppy - she chews up all her toys and LOVES it, she bites still when she plays, and has mad crazy times throughout the day before wanting to be rocked to sleep! As such, Leah will be suited to a family likely without young children, as her nibbling and playing is quite rough at the moment with her being so young! But also needs a family who appreciates that her disability does not stop her wanting to do everything.

Leah is up to date on vaccinations, flea and worm treatment and is desexed and microchipped. Please contact Gemma, her carer, on 0435939858 for more information.

Leah was adopted on 18 October 2020 after 1 month in foster care

Kira

Kira

Cocker Spaniel - female

*Special needs dog - blind senior girl*

At approximately 8-10 years old, Kira found herself in a kennel, completely blind and hard of hearing, a huge lump on her ear, with matted and dirty fur. But despite the initial physical appearance, you couldn't meet a kinder dog, and she is so deserving of her chance at a new life.

Since coming into care, with the help of great vets, the council and her current foster carers, Kira has undergone quite the transformation - just check out those before and after photos!.

She has had both of her eyes removed, as they were non-functional and causing severe irritation, has had the lump on her ear removed, has been desexed, has been groomed, and has been loved by everyone who has met her.

On her overall health check, Kira is in incredible shape and does not show her age. Her teeth are perfect, and her pre-anaesthetic blood tests were also great. Given she is a Cocker Spaniel, she does require ear cleaning given her lovely floppy ears, but she is so easy to do this too and doesn't complain at all.

Kira is all up to date on vaccinations, worming etc.

Given her reduction in senses, Kira understandably has separation anxiety. For example, even when in familiar environments, she will cry if she realises you aren't near her, even if she is in the living room and you just in the kitchen. Given she can't see if you've left, and her hearing is so reduced, her only method of checking if you're there is to search. As a result, Kira needs a family who is understanding of this, and one who is willing to continue to find her an area where she feels safe and comfortable without continuous need for touch. Whilst in care, Kira has demonstrated she is able to do this, but it does take a lot of time, patience and of course, understanding. One of our best tricks has been to move a familiar blanket/quilt from room to room when we are in them, that way she can settle herself down on that blanket and is in close range to check-in with you if she needs to. We have also trialed crate-training with her, and whilst she does eventually settle down, it can take a while before she stops howling and crying, so again will take a lot of patience and perseverance. Whilst in kennels at the vets, the same is the case, but she seems more willing to settle in this environment.

Despite the reduction in senses, Kira does not have an aggressive bone in her body. When asleep or disorientated, you can approach her without any concern that she will snap, she just immediately starts wagging her tail and is so happy. Kira does have some slight hearing left, so we have found saying her name in a higher pitch and whistling she can definitely hear, and this also helps to reassure her that you are around.

As a result, Kira will be suited to a home where the person works from home. She gets along with other dogs very well, and has also been introduced to cats and not had a problem, so if the family has other dogs this may eventually be very helpful for her to find reliable company from other animals. She needs a home willing to work with her consistently, and provide a very safe space for her when she is left alone, or if she is to be alone for longer is able to cater for her and have someone even look after her. There will be clear requirements for the family to meet to adopt this girl, so please be aware of this prior to considering her for adoption.

If you'd like some more information on this lovely girl, please contact Gemma, her foster carer, on 0435939858.

Kira was adopted on 13 August 2020 after 2 weeks in foster care

Teddy

Teddy

Jack Russell X - male

Teddy is a lovely older dog who has recently been return to DCH after being adopted after his owner became ill and could no longer look after him.

Teddy loves people and loves going up to them and getting pats. He also likes other dogs and currently lives in a household with 4 other dogs. At the dog park he goes up to other dogs to say hello. He is a very gentle easy going dog. He spent the first part of his life as an only dog living on his own outdoors and only getting the occasional walk. Now he is looking for a forever home where he will get the love that he truly deserves.

Teddy was adopted on 12 August 2020 after 1 week in foster care

Vader

Vader

Pugalier - male

15/7/2020 - Update - Vader has received just under 100 applications for adoption. We are currently reviewing all the applications received to date and will be in contact with a few specific people to narrow down the search for his forever home. His profile has been placed on hold while we review applications.

Vader is a Pugalier who is ¾ Pug and ¼ Cavalier. He is a beautiful natured dog who is a very loyal companion. He loves attention and company and enjoys a good walk. Vader has been an indoors dog with access to the outdoors. He has grown up with a Labrador and recently while in foster has had a Beaglier for company. Vader is still young and loves to play and can be a very active in his play.

He gets along well with kids and other dogs. He is very curious and always entertaining.

He needs a home where he will get lots of love, attention and exercise. He needs an active home to give him the attention that he needs. He needs daily exercise and lots of social interaction.

During Covid, he has been isolated in a home and has not received the exercise or training that he needs. Vader is not fully toilet trained but he has been routine trained and will go outside first thing in the morning to do his business. He still has a few accidents but it’s a vast improvement on when he first arrived. Vader has a puppy pad inside at night just in case he cannot hold it.

Vader does have separation anxiety issues and struggles when left alone. The first week when he arrived into care was quite difficult and there were a few sleepless nights as he adjusted to a new home and new environment. He constantly wants to be with you for company and does not like being left in a room on his own. He is suitable for a home where someone is home more often then not and won’t be adopted out to a home where the owners are at work full time and he would be left alone.

Vader is very food driven and will eat anything put in front of him. He needs a slow me down bowl to slow his eating. He is best on a grain free diet as he was originally gassy etc until we moved him to a grain free diet.

Vader has learnt some basic commands like Sit, Toilet (which is a work in progress) and is starting to get Shake. He still needs further on-going training and socialisation. His personality is a little stubborn but with repetition he can be trained.

Vader has had his 3 vaccinations and has been recently desexed. He has received regular worming treatments and has been treated for fleas. He is in good health however there are some common breed aliments that you need to be aware of prior to adopting Vader. Please read the breed information at the bottom of the profile and make sure you have researched the breed to ensure you understand Vader’s breed.

Expressions of interest in adopting Vader are welcome. When expressing interest, please provide as much information about yourself, your home, your dog experience, your work routine/hours and any other pets that you have. We will select our top few expressions of interest and enter into conversations about Vader and will arrange for a meet and greet with a select few people to eventually find him a home that is suitable for his needs. His listing maybe placed on hold once we have received sufficient expressions of interest to allow our part-time volunteer to assess the applications. Meet and Greets will only be possible to the selected few and will take place outside of business hours or on the weekends.

Vader is located in the Quakers Hill Area.
Not available for interstate adoptions.
Meet and greets must be attended in person prior adoption. A home visit maybe required to ensure the home is suitable for Vader.
Covid-19 distancing rules are in place for meet and greets.

Breed Information for Reference

https://www.purina.com.au/dogs/breeds/pugalier#.Xwxwg21Li70

https://www.burkesbackyard.com.au/fact-sheets/pets/pet-road-tests/dogs/pugaliers/

Vader was adopted on 22 July 2020 after 1 month in foster care

Trixie

Trixie

Kelpie X - Chipped as Austral - female

Trixie is an adorable 2.5 year old Kelpie cross.

She has been in foster care for 2 months, after her owner passed away.

Moving from a farm in the country has been quite a change for Trixie as she is now surrounded by a lot of new unfamiliar noises and has taken time to adjust to city life.

Trixie is quiet dog, who will happily lie all day in the sun, getting pats on the head.

She is starting to come out of her shell, and walks fine on a lead around the backyard, but not so much out the front as cars can cause a fright.

She has been desexed, microchipped, and vaccinated. She is due for her next vaccination in June 2021.

During the course of vet treatments we had X-rays's completed and found that Trixie had a broken leg in the past which was untreated and healed on its own. The vets have decided no surgery is needed at this time but this may impact her down the track.

Located in Kellyville NSW.

Trixie was adopted on 18 July 2020 after 2 months in foster care

Roxy

Roxy

Australian Silky Terrier - female

Roxy was rescued under Duty of Care whilst the Pound tried to find her owners. As no one came forward, Roxy was transferred to DCH care. Roxy initially presented with a flea/skin infection which has come along way, and has exposed nerve roots in some teeth, 5 which will have to be removed. Roxy is a quiet girl and is okay with and without company, prefers to sleep on the end of a bed or curled up on a comfy circular bed.
Roxy is not a playful girl but does set a good pace when walking on a lead, preferring a collar to a harness. Roxy is non-reactive to other dogs and walks well.
Very occasionally, as with most small dogs, her trachea 'sticks', causing a strange choking sound, however it fixes itself after a few seconds.
Roxy has had a successful meet and greet and is likely to get adopted after her stitches are removed after surgery. If, however, the trial period is unsuccessful, the 'On Hold' stamp will be removed and Roxy will be looking for another furever home.

Roxy was adopted on 13 July 2020 after 4 weeks in foster care

Hutch

Hutch

Staffy X - male

Hutch is a lovely young Staffy, between 5-10 months old, who has recently been rescued from a pound after suffering quite a bit in his young life. He is now loving life in his new foster home, surrounded by other dogs who he gets along with very well. He is a very friendly boy, and will be able to go to a home with other dogs after a meet and greet.
Hutch is currently undergoing some medical treatment, and will be vaccinated and microchipped soon, after which he can be collected and adopted into his new family. Please contact Rod for more information, and to meet this lovely young boy.

Hutch was adopted on 04 July 2020 after 1 month in foster care

Starsky

Starsky

Staffy X - male

Starksy has just been collected from the pound with his little brother Hutch. Starksy is between 5-10 months old, and is a lovely young boy who gets along with all the other dogs in his foster family, and loves people too.
He would be suited to a home with other animals, or where he gets plenty of interaction with his new family.
Starsky is currently receiving some medical treatment, and will be vaccinated and microchipped soon, after which he can be adopted and be ready to live out his life with his new family. Please contact Rod for some more information.

Starsky was adopted on 04 July 2020 after 1 month in foster care