Meet Chevy Fusco! Now receiving a Second Chance at HSMC after being at a partner shelter since January 2022. He was originally surrendered after his owner passed away and the family could no longer care for him any longer. Per owners "Chevy is not good around cats, loves care rides, he is good with men and women, unsure around children, other dogs he seems to be ok with." He sat at the shelter for months and was finally adopted!! His heart again crushed as he was returned due to no fault of his own (breed restrictions). Chevy has great volunteer notes from the partner shelter:
- per volunteer, Chevy Fusco is a friendly boy who entertains himself and is independent. He likes toys, and loves to go for walks. He keeps himself busy by exploring the play yard and also likes to play fetch.
- He came to the door to be leashed. He took treats gently and allowed all handling. He sniffed around the play yard first, but quickly moved to customers. He greeted the customers (2 adults) by sniffing them and leaning against them for pets. He maintained moderate energy throughout the meeting and returned to his kennel without issue.
- during playgroup/dog-to-dog: cruised around, takes corrections, lower energy, lowkey
- ** Resource Guarding - use caution w/ toys **
Since arriving at HSMC, here is what we have noticed:
- not destructive in his kennel and maintains his area very nicely, prefers to be independent and very low maintenance
- easily leashed and able to be walked past other dogs with no reactivity, loves the yard and walks
- guards his toys so please do not take them from him. Trade off with toys so you can interact in the yard and also use treats to steer away from toys safely
Come and meet Chevy Fusco today!
Meet Diamond! She was transferred into HSMC after her shelter was in need of some space. Diamond is outgoing, loving, and all around an absolute sweetheart. Diamond was originally surrendered due to housing circumstances but her previous owner stated:
- she loves car rides!
- she is super friendly with both men and women
- she is great with kids
- she is not a fan of cats (no cat house strongly recommended)
- she loves to gives kisses
Diamond has great notes from her transfer shelter as well:
- she allowed to be leashed
- she does pull on the leash and is very strong so she will need training on basic skills
- she likes to cruise the yard and sniff the yard
- she solicits for pets from both men and women, will roll over onto her back, and loves belly rubs
- she returned to her kennel nicely
We have already noticed while in our care that she is strong, harness training highly recommended, she loves people and treats, and she seems to be dog friendly but doesn't like to be mounted and will correct when bothered. Come and meet her today!
Meet Eve! Eve was originally transferred into HSMC September 2021 and was then adopted 2 months later. While she had been adopted and we thought she had found her forever home, it didn't work out. Upon coming back into our program our Veterinary Clinic was able to do dermatology testing and determined that Eve was diagnosed with Ichthyosis. Ichthyosis is a genetic condition where the outer layer of the skin doesn't develop properly, causing dry and scaly skin. This is a chronic and lifelong condition that needs lifelong management. Dogs diagnosed with this will need daily to weekly skin treatments. These treatments consist of baths with medical shampoo, moisturizing sprays/lotions, and vitamin supplements. Eve should also be on consistent flea prevention, preferably an oral medication due to the baths and topical treatments. Such medications and treatments will be at cost to the adopter but can be purchased through our Veterinary Clinic for up to 1 year without an appointment. Establishing a relationship with a Veterinarian is incredibly important for any pet but especially one with a pre-existing condition. Eve is dog friendly and kid friendly and would love to meet you today! She also loves to play fetch and stuffy toys.
My name is Giannis! I was transferred to HSMC after my previous shelter ran out of space and was at max capacity. I was found tied to a metal stake in a yard with no access to water or shelter. My former owner didn't want anything to do with me and immediately surrendered me over. HSMC had given me my 2nd Chance and I was adopted. But sadly I was found roaming the streets and the adopter has not reclaimed. I am available for adoption again and thriving at the shelter! I have been tested around other dogs and I do not like to be mounted. It is recommended I go to a single-dog household just for general safety of all animals. I do have potential skin dermatitis (may be environmental allergy related) and respond very well to Apoquel. I may need to be on allergy medications for life at my adopters expense. Come and meet me today!
Meet Jerry! Although new to the HSMC Second Chance Adoption Center, Jerry has a bit of information from his original shelter that we'd love to share. Jerry was with them for a couple months and even experienced a foster home for a little. Here is what they had to say:
- Allows all petting and handling
- Walks very well on a leash with minor pulling when excited but can be easily controlled
- Loves to explore the yards and grass areas and getting extra one on one attention
(in the home)
- Was great in the house, had no accidents, and was not destructive
- He was great with the kids in the home (14 and 16) and allowed all handling from them
- He loves attention and tennis balls
Jerry is settling in very well with us and loves going on walks! Even though he is about 6 years old, this senior dog is ready for adventures. He is not destructive in his kennel and is definitely potty trained. He has interacted with a couple dogs on-site in a playgroup but prefers people over animals. He does great on walks and is not reactive. Come and meet Jerry today!
My name is Kawhi! I was transferred to HSMC after my previous shelter ran out of space and was at max capacity. I was found tethered in a yard in the rain with no proper shelter and no access to food/water. Animal Services contacted my owner but he sadly didn't care enough about me to want to bring me inside and keep me. I have now been given a 2nd Chance with HSMC and I have proven to be the best boy! I deserve all the warmth and love from my future family. Even though humans have let me down, my spirits are still very high. Come and meet me today!
I weigh: 53lbs
October 7, 2022 will officially mark 1 year that Merlin has been a part of HSMC's Second Chance Adoption Program. Merlin was found roaming the streets in Tampa with his 3 siblings. His 3 siblings were fortunate enough to all find loving homes fairly quickly once being cleared for adoption. Merlin sadly started developing some fear of strangers and reactivity to new things. His lack of confidence started to take a big toll on his showings with potential adopters and finding him playmates while on-site. An AMAZING foster stepped forward and has been on and off fostering Merlin in her home for almost 5 months now! The dog Merlin is today and the wonderful new adventures he is having each day are because of his foster mom. Merlin and her dog, Jade, are best buds so not only is Merlin growing each day with his confidence around people but he also has a playmate. But Merlin gaining his trust with his foster mom wasn't easy at first but ALL 3 were willing to put the work in. They visited Merlin at the shelter about 5-6 times before she took him into her home and we did slow introductions with Jade as well. Merlin is a very special boy and isn't going to be the right fit for every home but his home is out there. He will be on-site for a couple more weeks before returning to his foster mom and sister so we please ask for serious inquiries only.
If anyone out there is looking for:
- young male dog who prefers female dogs
- highly treat motivated dog who is eager to please/learn
- experience with reactivity and desensitization
- preferably a fenced in yard so reactivity is lessened
- strongly recommend no young children
Meet Mesa! Originally found as a stray and taken to a shelter who was in desperate need of space so we transferred him into HSMC in hopes of providing him his Second Chance. Unfortunately he didn't adjust to our shelter environment very well and started to have an increase in anxiety and reactivity. Although his background is unknown, we think he was mostly an outdoor dog who never had proper leash training and basic commands. He pulls when on walks so staff and volunteers let him run around the yard majority of the time to help him relax. He loves stuffy toys and they help to ease his stress as well. He also likes tennis balls and rope toys. Not only is he highly reactive on property to dogs but he is also reactive to cats so we would highly recommend a single-animal household for Mesa. In order to help Mesa have a successful adoption home, HSMC has partnered with a local professional dog trainer and has formulated a training plan for him. More details can be given in person but the adopter would be required to have Mesa attend a board and train for 4 weeks. Financials for the board and train have been generously covered by an anonymous donor. We truly want the best for Mesa and the shelter environment is not that. We want him to find a home, stay in one, and have a long successful life with his new family. Come and meet him today!
Hello all! I am Tahiti and I love every single person I meet. I am great with kids! I have lots of energy so a family with kids to play with or a family who will take me on lots of walks. I love to run, play fetch, and go on walks. Once I am wore out I will always be right beside you. I am loyal to the end! If you want a loyal, loveable and active dog I am your girl. I am recommended a single-dog household as I do not like to share my toys with other four-legged friends. I have enough love to give everyone I meet so there is no need for any other animals! My foster home reports the following:
"Tahiti is a super sweet & gentle especially with my husband and 11yr son and his friends. She is still highly reactive and has a high prey drive but I have been able to reduce her chasing squirrels. She loves chasing lizards! We have almost an acre where she can freely run & she always comes when I call her. However she pulls really hard on her leash & a harness is required. I highly recommend a home that can provide training and space to accommodate her needs. All in all she is just an angel but she needs lots of space & minimal to none exposure to other dogs."
I am offsite in a Foster Home; If you would like to meet me, please schedule an appointment by calling 941-747-8808, ext. 305, or emailing email@example.com.
Please note that we do NOT hold any specific animal for any specific person. All of our animals are available for adoption on a ‘first come, first serve' policy.