HOW TO ADOPT A SHAR-PEI
Hi, I‘m Tinkerbell! I am a sweet, mature girl who just arrived here. I‘m a love bug who likes to drive! I went for a sleepover at Cheddar‘s house, then was off to my new foster home in New Jersey on Sunday, 5/4. I have some trouble with stairs but am happy to find that my foster home has a ramp for us. I have been great with all of the other dogs and have adjusted well. Please check back for updates!
Hi, I‘m Dinozo. Don‘t you just love my new name!!!
I am settled in at my new foster home. It is great being here in NC; and I have a soft, warm bed and lots of food to eat. You see when I arrived I was very, very skinny. I am eating well but still need to gain about 10 pounds. I get really excited when it is time to eat, but I am not food aggressive. There are no stairs here,and that is a good thing because I am probably blind in one eye and only have some vision in the other. I have learned the lay of the land here and get around just fine. Sometimes I bump into things, but I just keep on going. Because of my lack of food, I lost most of my fur; but it is starting to grow back. They bought me a nice Christmas sweater to help keep me warm. I live with three rescue Pei, and we all got new toys for Christmas. Oh, I also have the cutest tight curly tail. It will be even cuter when I get some fur on it!!!!!!!!
My foster mom and dad say I am very well behaved and have done well during the day while they are at work. I do not stay in a crate, but I do have my very own room. I am housetrained and up-to-date on all my shots.
Note: Dinozo is a senior and will be staying with his foster family. He is not available for adoption.
Hi, my name is Harper! I am a sweet, young boy who enjoys cuddling! I am so happy to be in a nice foster home where I am getting lots of attention. I am learning new things too! I had no idea what a leash was, but Foster Mommy has been working with me and I am doing great with leash walking. I love long walks and am a great running companion.
I am good with other dogs and live with my Shar-Pei foster brother Charlie and two smaller foster sisters. I would do best in a home with a passive dog and would probably not be a good fit with another dominant dog.
I am very smart and have learned to sit and don't need to be told “no” more than once.
Are you looking for someone to take long walks and cuddle with? I would just love to keep you company :-) Please fill out an application and ask for Harper!
Hi, my name is Pearl! I am about 7-8 years old and lived my entire life outside before coming to rescue. I am
so happy to be living in a house with comfy beds and people who care about me. Everyone who meets me just loves me and says
that I am a sweet girl. I also have some new canine friends at my foster home.
I have been a very good, sweet girl at the veterinarian. I came to rescue with an issue with my back legs. I saw a physical therapist and was referred to an orthopedic surgeon. I had a condition called Grade 4 Bilateral Subluxating Patella. This is a condition where my kneecaps were severely rotated outboard on each of my hind legs. I had limited use of my back legs and had resorted to getting around by dragging my back end like a seal or by hopping on one of my back legs.
I had surgery on my first leg in June 2016 and completed extensive physical therapy throughout the summer and fall. I did really well and can even climb up on the bed now. Check out how well I am doing in PT on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jane.marie.7927/videos/865595383570963/. I also had entropion surgery and was spayed prior to my first orthopedic surgery.
Update October 2016: We are now preparing for the surgery on her right leg which will further improve her gait and quality of life. She will need additional physical therapy after the right left surgery. We are going to need to raise roughly $4,000 for her second surgery and physical therapy. This is going to be difficult since many of our supporters have already donated for Pearl, and we don't have additional grant opportunities for the second surgery. If you could please share this plea with others who may be willing to donate a small amount to help Pearl, it would be greatly appreciated. Almost 15,000 people viewed Pearl's hydrotherapy video... if only 5% of those people donated $5, we would have close to what we need for the next phase of her treatment! Every little bit helps.
Update November 2016: Pearl had surgery on her right leg. The surgery was a bit more complicated than the surgeon anticipated. It was a painstaking process, but he was eventually able to isolate everything and bring her kneecap into place and rotate her tibia around.
Update May 2017: On Tuesday, January 31st, Pearl had surgery to remove the pin and K-wire from her right leg and perform a tibial osteotomy & rotation on her left leg. During her 2-week post-surgery follow up, it was discovered that the plate installed in the 1/31 surgery was broken and her osteotomy was not healing properly. She had another surgery in February to install a larger plate.
Since then, she has been recovering well. At her March follow-up, her surgeon determined that all her implants were in place and the osteotomy was 50% healed. At her April follow-up, he determined that all her implants remain in place and the osteotomies were 90% healed. He cleared her to begin physical therapy again.
She started her physical therapy again on 5/9/2017.
Pearl has gone through all of her surgeries, vet appointments and physical therapy with such good-natured tolerance! Pearl has never once growled at anyone providing her care. Not once! She's playful with her foster parents and the other dogs and is always nearby her people. She's down to a healthy 43 pounds (and that's including all the metal in her legs.) Pearl is one remarkable and resilient pooch!
Update Fall 2017:
Pearl has made amazing progress and is now standing on all four feet and able to wrestle with her foster brother! She is even able to climb up on the bed at her foster home and make herself comfy.
Pearl has gained approximately 5 cm in muscle mass in each of her legs, which her physical therapy veterinary said is impressive. But MOST impressive are the gains in the extension of her hind legs, especially in her right leg. Her right hind leg was the more significantly malformed leg. Before her surgeries, it appeared atrophied and was pulled up into her body. When she stood to eat, it didn't even touch the floor. Now, not only can she confidently stand and walk on both hind legs, but she can even use them to scratch her ears! She had never been able to do that before! She continued physical therapy through the summer and finished her most recent round of physical therapy on 8/16, and her veterinarian said we should "just let her be a dog" for now.
Most importantly for Pearl is her very special announcement that she has found her "furever" home! We are so happy for Pearl!
Hi, my name is Brewer! I am a senior boy rescued from a Georgia shelter. Everyone who has met
me says that I am very sweet and lovable!
I had a rough life before coming to resuce, but the nice rescue folks are helping to make me feel better. I came to rescue heartworm positive, so I am being treated for that. I had bloodwork done, which revealed that I need to be on thyroid meds. I have started that too. I also have dry eye and am on meds for that. My legs are very wobbly. Xrays showed that I have arthritis in one hip and bone on bone in my back. I am on Tramadol and Rimadyl as needed for pain. Thankfully, a wonderful donor sent a nice orthopedic bed for me. I am really enjoying resting on that.
Foster mommy says that I am precious and love everyone.
Hi, I'm Lillian, an adorable 6 month old Shar-Pei puppy rescued from a NC shelter. I had a great adventure traveling to my foster home. I flew on an airplane! I was a very good girl and mostly slept all of the way. I have settled in nicely at my foster home, and they say that I am just the sweetest puppy ever!!! I am learning what toys and treats are. I really had no clue what to do with them but have learned that I like ALL of them. I am a fast learner and am learning a lot by watching my foster sister, Lola. I learned how to "Sit" in one day. My foster family has started calling me Bettis (after Jerome Bettis) :-)
Hi, my name is Marley! Zena, my daughter, and I had a great adventure flying from Virginia to our foster home in
New Jersey. Foster Mommy says that we are the sweetest things :-) We have some cute new pink collars and leashes.
We have been out meeting the neighbors and are not
at all shy with new people. I was a bit itchy and had some hair loss when I came to rescue, but my coat is much better now!
I was heartworm positive, so I had to go through heartworm treatment like so many of the other rescue Pei. I have completed by injections to kill those nasty things and now need to recover.
My foster family loves me very much and will be adopting me when I am recovered and spayed!
Hello there, I am Zena, an awesome, fun but docile Shar-Pei/Lab mix. I am such a good girl and so loving...with kids, strangers, just about
anyone!! But I will say, I do NOT like dogs that bark!! I get extremely upset! I also don't like small animals too much either! I grew up outside & like to hunt them.
I have brought some birds & squirrels home for my foster mommy, as a gift; but I don't think she likes them too much.
I am pretty good on the leash but need to be kept on a short line just in case another dog comes near and starts to bark at me. I am super quiet myself, you probably won't hear a peep out of me once I get settled. I'm also pretty low energy & calm as well, as long as I get my daily walk and attention. I am still young, around 3 or 4; so I still like to run and go a little crazy sometimes, especially when my foster mommy and daddy get home from work!! I have good manners in the house and know the bathroom is outside!! However, new situations and new places scare me a lot; so I'm sure my new home will take me a few weeks to get used to. I will be very timid & may whimper a little, but give me time and I'm sure I'll come around!! I definitely like to chew and need a variety of bones all the time; otherwise, I like shoes!! But my foster mommy taught me not to touch those and she gives me yummy bones instead, so I haven't gone near a shoe in months!! I also like to lounge outside and sun bathe!! \
I would love a home with a fenced in yard & also where I'm the only one to love!! I think that will be best for me. Hope there's a family out there that is perfect for me because I really am the ideal loving companion, who loves to be pet on my super duper soft coat!!
Hi, my name is Truffles! I am a very sweet little female Shar-Pei. I had entropion surgery...look how nice my eyes look now!
Hi, my name is Meili! I am a beautiful four year old blue female Shar-Pei.
I am just starting to settle in. I was quite shy at first, I but I am adjusting and am smart and eager to please. I am already housebroken and have been good in the house.
I enjoy going on walks; but I don't do too well when we encounter strange dogs. It would be best if I could find a home in a quiet area where there are not a lot of other dogs. I am doing ok with the quiet dog who lives with me now, but not with other strange dogs walking by the house or encountered while I am out. We are trying to desensitize me to other dogs and will let everyone know how it goes.
Hi, I‘m Charlie Chan! I was rescued from a shelter in Statesville, NC. I am a sweet, senior Shar-Pei mix boy with a lot of love left to give.
All the rescue folks were really happy about me being heartworm negative...I'm not sure what that means, but it sure made them happy.
I get around great and even have gotten a little frisky in the yard.
I love to go for short walks and am content to just hang out and sleep. I am housebroken, great in a crate, and quiet! I do well
with other dogs.
My vet check went well. My heart and lungs are good, and she didn't feel any thickness in my joints. My skin and coat are beautiful. I have almost no vision in one eye and the other is about 50% but that doesn't stop me from getting around.
Hi, I'm Myrlie! I‘m a sweet prick-eared female brush coat Shar-Pei.
I am a really sweet and very loving girl. I like to be nearby my people. Getting belly rubs is my favorite and giving kisses is my second favorite thing to do with my people! I like plush toys and am happy to sit on the couch and watch TV.
I would also be really happy to sleep in bed with you. I am good about going into a crate to eat and when my foster family leaves the house.
I will bark when I spy someone thru the fence/gate, but I am generally quiet. I am a really great dog and would be a good companion for someone who is looking for a love bug.
We are looking for a home where I can be an only dog. I didn't have a lot of special treats and toys in my past life, so I would rather not share my new special things with another dog.
I was heartworm positive when I came to rescue, but my treatment is completed! Those nasty heartworms are GONE. I am already spayed and am ready to go to my furever home!
Hi, my name is Star! I am a sweet, adorable little female Shar-Pei, about 35 lbs and about four years old. I was surrendered to a shelter and was very scared there. I am so happy to be out of the shelter. I am just getting settled at my foster home, so please check back when everyone gets to know me.
Hi, I‘m Stella! I am a very sweet, lovable girl. I came from SC with Boomer and
also made many good friends on my journey to rescue. The folks at
the shelter and boarding kennel and all of the nice ladies who transported me all just loved me and remarked on what
a wonderful temperament I have.
I am all settled in with my Foster Mommy and the other doggies here. I am also living with cats now, and am curious but not aggressive. I have become Foster Mommy‘s new office assistant; so if you are looking to adopt a Pei that can help around the office, I'm your girl!
Hi, I‘m Mabel! I am a sweet two year old girl who was rescued from a NC shelter. I was sooooooo scared there and am so happy to be
in my foster home.
My Foster Mommy says I am one amazing and loving dog! She is having a great time with me. I am great on a leash and know how to sit. I prefer to be around my people as much as possible and have some separation issues, so I will need a home where someone is home most of the time and willing to work with me on my separation. I am quiet and shy around new people. I get along with the dogs at my foster home and the other dog that I have met. My foster mommy says that I am learning how to be a dog again and really blooming lately!
I will need to be spayed and have entropion surgery. I have lost some weight since arriving, so we needed to do some tests to make sure I am healthy before surgery. Please check back for updates.
Hi! I‘m Spriggs, an adorable male Shar-Pei rescued from a NC shelter.
I am a lovable little guy! I have been great with the children
that I have met. I do jump
all over them and can get rough, so we think a family with older children would be best. I have learned
not to jump as much during training but will need continued training. I have absolutely no food aggression.
I have been great with most of the people I have met and just love my foster mommy, but I get extremely upset around my foster dad. I am ok with some men, but I must have had a bad experience in my past. I have not been able to calm down and get so nervous and upset that we need to find a new foster home or adoptive family for me.
I seemed to be ok with dogs at first, but we now think that I should be an only dog. I did not do well living with one of the other dogs at my foster home, and a trainer that I am working with thinks it would be best if I am the only dog in the household. I do fine with the younger dog at my foster home, and we play very well together. I guess I am selective about my friends! I did learn to have MUCH better manners during my training, but I do need a foster or adopter who will continue my training.
Hi, my name is Neka. I'm new here to rescue and looking for my furever home. New things kinda scare me for a bit; but with kind words, I usually do alright. I have the really cute snorty thing going on. I have lived with dogs, but they say that I wasn't so nice to them. However, I am in a foster home with three other dogs. I'm hoping there's a special family out there that wont have to crate me. I can be coaxed on my terms into a crate, but I don't really like it at all. I'm spayed and housetrained, but I still need my eyes done. An experienced breed home would be wonderful. I just want to be a couch potato. Can I be your couch potato?
Hi, I‘m Bubba! I'm an energetic and strong young boy. I am weigh about 63 pounds.
I enjoy playing with doggie friends, but I make some strange noises that sometimes other dogs don't understand. It takes so some
time for others to appreciate me, but I do hope to find a home with a big fenced yard and a doggie friend to play with. Dog parks don't
work for me.
I love stuffed babies and do not tear them up. I get the Shar-Pei Zoomies and run from one end of the house to the other. It is hilarious. I am housetrained and have never chewed on anything that I shouldn't. I enjoy long walks and walk pretty well on the leash as long as I don't see a rabbit or a squirrel! I could use some more training in that area! I don't have a lot of experience with children, but I loved a five year old that stayed at my house for a few days...I liked snuggling and kissing her!
We think the ideal home for me would have an experienced owner, a big fenced yard, and a young dog that I can play with.