Alma Status: Available

ID: 26083

Name: Alma

Breed: Shih Tzu Cross

Age: 3 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See the adoption details below

Location: In Foster in
Southwick, West Sussex

If you are interested in adopting a dog that does not say it can be homed with a cat and wish us to cat test please let us know and we will be happy to do this.

06-09-19 Little Alma came to us from a breeder. She is a very sweet girl who deserves someone to show her some tlc. She is quite shy at the moment and tends to shy away when you try to approach her. She needs another dog around to bring her out of her shell and show her the big wide world. nother dog can also show her about housetraing and other such home skills.

28-09-19 UPDATE  

I met Alma for the first time today, and I found her to be unsure of people but not terrified, she is just not used to being handled by people and does get scared when she is picked up, which is for her to go out to the yard to play as she does not walk on a lead yet.
Alma will need some TLC and patience but you could see that she did want to get closer, she just didn't quite have the confidence.
She is kennelled with smaller dogs and gets on great with them. I had to get Alma into a corner for me to stroke her, and she accepted this without shaking, so I think if someone has the time for her, she will progress well.

27-10-19 UPDATE
Alma has been in foster a week. She is extremely frightened but has managed to make a little progress. While she is comfortable with my dogs she has only just allowed me to occasionally gently stroke her but does not seek this out. She will quickly bolt away if you come towards her and will not yet allow me to pick her up. I have not attempted to put a harness on her or start lead training.
This week we have concentrated on toilet training and she is doing well despite the weather – she does 99% of her toileting outside now but does go out 2-3hourly. She is clean in her sleeping area overnight and usually sleeps well. While she will now take treats tentatively and gently from my hand she will only feed from her bowl if I am not around.
Alma is not suitable for families with small children and neither is she a quick fix. She will need love, patience, and perseverance over time to allow her to develop into the wonderful girl she was meant to be - so if your up for a challenge please apply to adopt her.

09-11-19 UPDATE
Alma remains very frightened of humans and relies on her canine companions trailing at a distance if they follow me.  She will panic if I attempt to pick her up so at the moment we are concentrating on touch and doing a little grooming to release some of the mats in her coat and although she does not volunteer to do this she is patient while it happens.  She remains clean overnight with an occasional wee inside. She wont yet eat in front of me and seeks reassurance from my other foster dog before she  feels confident enough to eat.  However I do get little tail wags first thing in the morning or if I come back from going out.  As previous she needs time love and patience. 

PLEASE NOTE: We nearly always home dogs who have come from breeders where there is ALREADY A RESIDENT DOG living in the house. They have usually never lived in a house before and are only used to canine company. They usually get their confidence and learn faster with another dog to copy from. This also helps with house training and learning how to walk on a lead. They will make lovely pets but do need a lot of love, time and patience. If the ex breeding dog you are interested in can be an only dog it will say so in its write up. Please read our information on ADOPTING EX-BREEDING DOGS before you apply.

The adoption fee for an adult dog (6 months and over) is £220 and for a puppy is £250, However if the dog has a passport you will be given this when you adopt and we ask for a further £20 to help us buy a passport for another dog.
Large breed dogs over 25kg cost us considerably more  to spay and neuter so if you are adopting a large breed dog we would be very grateful of an extra suggested donation of £10 towards this increased cost to help us keep running.
You will find a break down of what the adoption fee covers under our Adoption Procedures (see link below) If your application is successful you will be home checked and you, all members of your family and any dog(s) who will be living with the dog MUST come to meet the dog you want to adopt. All our dogs are micro-chipped, have had at least their first inoculation and are spayed/neutered unless there is a medical reason for not doing so. You must have a safe means of transporting the dog home in a crate or if this is not possible please discuss with Many Tears or the Fosterer when your application is being processed.

Please read our adoption procedures before applying and then complete the adoption form.





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