All of our adoptable pets are housed with foster families. When age appropriate, they have been spay/neutered, crate, leash and house trained. They have all been living in a family environment so have been evaluated for temperament and personality. We believe that we should know each pet well enough to make sure that when adopted, everyone lives happily ever after.
Link is a big handsome boy . He has glass eyes and the typical 'Houla coloring. Link was a stray or neglected most of his life. He was not neutered and had no manners when he came to DHS. Since then, he has learned to sleep in his crate and walk on a leash. He has not lived inside so we can't attest to his house manners. With his exuberance, he would need to be crated until he learned how to behave properly. But he is a bit hard headed and it would take a knowledgeable owner to work with him. Link has a very high prey drive and barks and looks for squirrels all day when he is outside. He would not be good in a home with other small pets but he is good with small dogs, even males, as long as they are altered. He would not be good with a family with small children either, unless he completed obedience training. He is not aggressive. He just doesn't know his own strength and still tries to get attention by jumping, etc. Link has been treated harshly at some point. He still ducks his head if you reach to pet him too quickly, but he is getting more trusting and affectionate every day.
Link is very athletic. He can jump a 5 foot fence and climb out of a kennel. He would need to be properly contained. He is also a moderate heart worm positive but is asymptomatic and has been on a slow kill regimen since June. DHS will continue to provide that medication.
The DHS organized in November 2008 to care for the unwanted and neglected animals of Northeastern Louisiana. We are funded only by donations. We ARE making a difference but we still have a LOT to do....