Female Shepherd / Chow Chow / Mixed (medium coat) named Lava available for adoption



Breed: Shepherd / Chow Chow / Mixed (medium coat)
Primary Breed: Shepherd
Secondary Breed: Chow Chow
Age: Adult
Size: Large
Color: Red
Sex: Female

Special Criteria What does this mean?
Sanctuary visit required

A stray for three years in Texas, Lava was shy and fearful when she first arrived at Best Friends. But she's extremely food motivated. She's learned ''sit' and 'down,' and she'll let people scratch her chin in exchange for treats. She's learned to jump into low cars and to enjoy going for car rides.

In Dogtown, Lava meets volunteers who read to her and hand feed her to build trust. She responds well to a leash and really likes her walks. Lately, she's started exploring new places and accepting more petting and brushing from people she knows.

Born in 2010, Lava has issues with bladder infections and crystals. She needs regular monitoring by a veterinarian to stay healthy. Though she is picky about her dog friends, she'd probably do fine living with cats. Lava has great potential for progress and just needs someone willing to gently lead the way.

Lava has a generous sponsor that has offered to pay her adoption fee.

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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