A Maltese named Tricky is available for adoption at Best Friends Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah...



Breed: Maltese (medium coat)
Primary Breed: Maltese
Age: Adult
Size: Small
Color: White
Sex: Male

Special Criteria What does this mean?
Sanctuary visit required

Tricky's affection for other dogs is truly unique and adorable. They are his go-to source for reassurance when he's feeling anxious. Born in 2014, Tricky was rescued from a puppy mill in Florida before coming to Best Friends. He has anxiety and is shy and fearful with all people, but especially strangers. Because he startles easily and then runs away, he is considered a flight risk. Tricky is wary of any change in routine and takes his time readjusting. He would benefit greatly from being in a calm home with regular routines where he can feel safe. He cannot live with cats, and he appears to have hind leg issues due to malformed legs or knees. Tricky is gaining comfort with people and will touch his nose to a hand for treats. He's looking for a kind and understanding person who can help him feel comfortable and confident in the world.

Sanctuary Visit Required

These animals require that the potential adopter come and meet them at our Sanctuary in Kanab, UT.

Available for Sleepover

This animal is available for an overnight outing. If you are staying in a hotel, check in advance to make sure they allow dogs or cats.

Adoption Pending

There is a pending adoption application for this animal. Sometimes adoptions often fall through so please keep checking.

No Dogs

Based on observations from volunteers, fosters, previous owners and staff, this animal may do best in a household without dogs.

No Cats

Based on observations from volunteers, fosters, previous owners and staff, this animal may do best in a household without cats and other small pets.

Special Needs

This animal has a special medical, physical, or behavioral need. Many times these are minor so please fill out the adoption survey and the adoption specialists will contact you with more information about any animals you are interested in.


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This cat has been declawed by previous owners.