|Spayed/Neutered:||Will be prior to adoption|
|In foster Home:||Seeking Foster Home|
|Origin:||Rescue Transfer (Stray in Columbiana County)|
Ridge was on the run as a stray in Columbiana County (Ohio) for two weeks. He was eluding capture by many good Samaritans, volunteers of the shelter and the dog warden. Finally a trap was set and he was caught and taken to the shelter. We got word about Ridge through social media networking that the shelter would only release him to a rescue due to his fearful issues. Knowing a rescue would be able to get him the care he needed rather than risk adopting him to the public too soon that was the best option for Ridge. We contacted the dog warden and they were happy to know we had dealt with scared and feral dogs (Wilbur and Orville) in the past.
Ridge is a young, medium sized male. He will be moving to a foster home soon so we can get to know him better, build trust and get him on a schedule. He will be properly socialized with our pack. He has already met Thumper who is a confident female and is providing him with a calm energy as a kennel companion. We will consider applications for Ridge and would prefer to select a home without young children at this time. A fence in yard is not a requirement as most dogs with fear issues need to be leashed when they are out in public.
In the last two weeks Ridge has moved from our quarantine area into the pack of dogs he’s living with at The Mutt Hutt. He is completely comfortable with the pack and has been enjoying his time here being socialized. He has made progress with our human staff over the last two weeks and is a bit more comfortable around people. He will come up to our staff and sometimes touch their hands (mostly during feeding time when we hand feed him to increase his comfort being exposed and trusting humans).We have not taken him out in public yet and our next step will be to move him into one of our seasoned foster homes sometime next week. Our plan is to get feedback from the foster family on his house behavior and then we will start reviewing the applications we have received in the hopes of allowing the applicant we choose the opportunity to trial adopt (foster) him and make sure he is a fit.We do not anticipate he will be able to meet every single person who has applied or expressed interest in him. We will be focusing on those who have taken the time to fill out our application and then pre-screen based on what your home life is like and what we feel is going to be the best match for Ridge. If you have not applied for Ridge and are interested in adopting him we would suggest submitting your application for our review in the next week.At this time we are comfortable saying we will only place him in a home that has at least one other dog. We would prefer a home with a fenced yard but that is not a requirement. We also would (at this time) steer clear of any homes with small children and if there are kids in the home we would consider kids 10+ years. This could of course change as we get to know him better but for now we are airing on the side of caution when it comes to children.We do not have any new pictures to share at this time but be assured Ridge is doing well and making great progress in a short amount of time. We also will, in time, have him professionally groomed once he’s comfortable being touched and will have a positive experience with our groomers. Baby steps for this project dog!
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