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Australian Shepherd

6 years, 3 months
Large  |  Male

San Diego, CA


Please review our Adoption Process before filling out an application.

Meet JJ!
Despite his rough start in life, JJ is the poster boy for "gentle giant": he is a really sweet boy who just wants to love and be loved.
JJ was rescued at the end of December, 2015, by the Border Patrol while walking in an isolated area near the USA border; he was quite emaciated when he arrived, and the healed scars on his muzzle still tell the story of how hard he had to fend for himself in order to survive as a stray.
While JJ is shy and initially hesitant to appoach strangers, he turns into a big, placid teddy bear who is all about love and snuggles as soon as he warms up to you He loves squeaky toys and he will gently pick them from your hand and happily trot away to his bed holding them; he will also greet you with his toy. He craves back and ear rubs, can spend half an hour with his chin resting on your lap while you pet him, and he will even nudge your hand with his paw or nose to ask for more when you stop
JJ currently lives in a temporary foster home with 5 other dogs (2 Chi mix girls who boss him around and 2 med/lg breed male dogs) and he is really good with them as long as they are not trying to be bossy with him. He did stand his ground on the rare occasion when one of his foster siblings tried to take his food or toys, but he never displayed any sort of aggression towards any of them at any point. JJ is not properly socialized to cats and should not be in a home where there are cats.
We feel that JJ would do better in a househould without small children who might startle him with brisk movements or high-pitched screams. He would, however, most probably be great with older children (10-12 years old and over) who are provided with adequate guidance on how to approach and interact with him.
This sweet boy is in need of a foster home or adoptive family
The ideal home for JJ would be:
Someone who would like to have just one canine companion or has non dominant dogs who will try to challenge him. He likely would do best with non treatening dogs like smaller dogs, BUT has been living in 2 foster homes since we rescued him and there always have been multiple dogs in the home.
A family without cats.
A family who just would like a "home dog' not a dog beach or dog park dog as that is not something JJ would enjoy. A ranch or large property he can have as his own would be amazing but he enjoys a normal yard just as much.
Perhaps a retiree or adult couple looking for that canine companionship of a goofy, loving but chilled dog.
JJ is walked daily, but still is a little hesitant or afraid of leashes or exposure to things like going to run errands, although he jumps well into the truck/car.
He sleeps in his crate at night and is house trained.
His foster family consists of mom, dad and a teen.
He does not have separation anxiety.
If you are interested in fostering this gentle giant until he is adopted or, even better,would like to foster him with the intention of potentially adopting him should he be the right dog for you after having him home for a few weeks/months, please fill out an application online. He will certainly bring some sunshine into your lives.
Check out his videos and pictures as he is playing with different breeds and sizes of foster dogs.
Don't wait...Submit a foster or adoption application today! We also have foster to adopt trials..the best of both worlds!

If you would like to meet one of our animals, PLEASE fill out an adoption application.
Dog Adoption Application
Cat Adoption Application
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE IN THE MILITARY please fill out a short questionnaire in addition to the adoption application.
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San Diego, CA

(619) 977-3593

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