Adoptable Foster Dogs


The dogs listed here are available for adoption through Family Dogs New Life, however they are not currently at the shelter- they are staying in foster homes.
During the transition from ‘rescue’ to forever home, dogs require love and patience. A foster family provides a nurturing environment that not only helps the rescue dog better adjust to this transition but also allows us to to learn more about each dogs personality traits, which is essential in finding the dog and adoptive family the Right Fit.
If you are interested in meeting one of these adoptable foster dogs please email: adoptafosterdog@familydogsnewlife.org.
If you are interested in becoming a FDNLS Foster Parent please contact our foster coordinator Karin at karin.britta@yahoo.com

Bo

Pit Bull Terrier
3 years old
Male
55 pounds

Letter to my new family,
Glad to meet you, want to meet you, I’m Bo!
If I could, I’d show my enthusiasm by running up and jumping on you, all the while kissing and talking about my love for you. I know, that’s kind of rude, but I can’t change all at once. Hey, I’m an enthusiastic guy! I can see myself part of an active family. We would walk, run and hike together, then come home to a meal and some serious cuddling on the couch. I’m good with older kids, let’s say 12 and up would be best! I’m a great date! I’m a party guy, I love to play with other dogs. I’m lucky, right now I have three cool foster brothers each a different breed. I play fair and accommodate all styles of play but my favorite brother is a Pit like me. I can be myself with him, no censorship, just crazy wrestling, uninhibited fun, then we cuddle after!
I gotta confess though, I can be a little insecure at first, especially on the leash. I act tough at first because I don’t want to be taken advantage of for my tender loving heart. I can’t keep it up for long though, cause I just want to be the best friend another dog can have. I’m also learning walks do not mean hunts. Gosh, it’s hard to resist a rustling in the bushes or a cat running out of nowhere. I forget I’m strong, it’s a bad habit I gotta break. It’s my enthusiasm again, I hunt hard, I play hard, and I LOVE hard.
I love you already,
Bo

So, if you want some of this Bo-liciousness, please contact adoptafosterdog@familydogsnewlife.org

3 years old-55lbs. My adoption fee is $180 and includes; neuter, microchip, reduced cost training class, free veterinary exam, 1 month pet health insurance, leash/collar, food sample, toy & Treat packet.

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Charlie

Pit Bull Terrier
2 ½ years old
Male
70 pounds

Are you a fan of dogs with big heads? If so, we need to meet! My name is Charlie and my heart is as big as my head!  I love to lean against people and when they return the affection, I am all kisses and hugs! My nickname is the Gentle Giant as I am very polite. As a gentleman, I wait patiently for my food, take treats gently, and am respectful of my foster brother when we play. My history is sad as I came from an outdoor-only situation, but I have adapted quickly to being an indoor dog – which I love! You probably noticed I also lost an eye, but it hasn’t affected my ability to do anything, including playing ball! And the ladies tell me I’m more handsome than ever! I can be wary of men sometimes, but am working on building up my confidence and my foster father has made me feel very safe. Now having the luxury of being an indoor dog, my house manners include being house and crate-trained, and my foster father has taught me several commands. I have to admit though presented with the opportunity I do like to chew on things sometimes. My foster dad’s crocs are particularly tasty and fun! Given my size, an adoptive family with pit bull experience would be best. So if you have been wishing for lots of love in the form of a big pittie with a huge heart – then I am the Gentle Giant who can make your dream come true!

If you are interested in meeting or learning more about Charlie please contact adoptafosterdog@familydogsnewlife.org

2 1/2 years old-70lbs. My adoption fee is $180 and includes neuter, microchip, reduced cost training class, free veterinary exam, 1 month pet health insurance, leash/collar, food sample, toy & treat packet.

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Diamond

Diamond
Great Dane + Pit Bull Terrier Mix
4 years old
78 pounds

My name is Diamond and I come to you from the sunny state of California, but I am looking forward to making this great state place my new home!
I am a little bit older, a little bit wiser, and have a lot of love to offer anyone who is ready to have a companion for life. I am housetrained and do well on a leash; I enjoy going for pack walks and would love to bond with my new family that way. I also like to stay active by playing fetch and socializing with other dogs. I know how to sit, shake and speak, but would love to be challenged with learning more commands. I aim to please!
Although I enjoy being active, I also enjoy relaxing at home with my people. I am happy to lounge around at your feet while you take it easy, but I am more than happy to sit at your side as well. Sometimes I’d like to think I’m a lap dog, but I am a great listener and will follow your command! And if you ever need to leave me at home alone for a while, I assure you I won’t get into any trouble; I will simply await your return so you can tell me about your day!
I do well with other dogs and enjoy their company.  My foster sister and I get along well and have fun playing together in our backyard. Although I do like having toys, I can sometimes get a little too attached, but that is something my foster parents are helping me with. Since moving to the great northwest I haven’t had too many interactions with kids, but I am a gentle giant. For now I would do best in a home with older children until my foster parents help guide me a little more. I may also require special care regarding my ears; my veterinarian is currently trying a combination of treatments to help heal the infection. This may be something that will need special attention for the rest of my life and I would love a hand to hold while I endure my journey towards a life free of pain and discomfort. If you are willing to be there for me, I promise I will be there for you until the very end.
Since moving to Portland with my new foster family they have been so impressed with the progress I have made. With everything I’ve been through it was hard to become comfortable in such a new and unfamiliar setting, but the love and trust they invested into me I soon returned to them. If you choose to make me a part of your family I promise I will not ask too much of you, only that you give me the chance to become your trusty, loyal and lovable companion for life.

If you are interested in meeting or learning more about Diamond please contact adoptafosterdog@familydogsnewlife.org

4 years old-78lbs. My adoption fee is $180 and includes spay, microchip, reduced-cost training class, free veterinary exam, 1 month pet health insurance, leash/collar, food sample, toy & treat packet.

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Eva

Pit Bull Terrier + Boxer Mix
2 years old
Female
46 pounds

Hi! My name is Eva and I am a love bug! At least I think I am because that’s what everyone keeps calling me. If you want a dog with a big heart then I’m the girl for you. I adore humans, sturdy dog-savvy children and love to meet new people. To be honest, I really am just a big puppy who enjoys the simple things in life. Things like cuddling, sunny days and nice long naps. My foster parents always tell me that I have great leash skills, but really I just like to “take it all in”. Nice relaxing walks where I get to stop and smell as many smells as possible and mosey along at my own pace are my favorite types of walks. I enjoy a good game of chase if you would like to play, but I’m still trying to figure out what dog toys are for since I don’t have much of an interest in chewing. I have great house manners and am slowly learning that spending time in my crate while my humans are away is a good way to relax. Also, you don’t have to worry about me having any accidents because I am perfectly house trained. I love to run and wrestle with other dogs during my time at ‘doggy daycare’, and would do well living in a home with the right dog but I also wouldn’t mind being the only dog. I have lived with house cats before without any problems as well, but outdoor cats I can’t help but chase so any families with cats Must be willing to offer me the time, patience and  training needed to help me act appropriately around those kitties! Overall, I am a very playful yet easy going gal. Whatever activity you chose to do, I am content with joining in just as long as I get to spend time with you and have fun. I can’t wait to find my forever family because I know that I’m going to make them just as happy as they are going to make me.

If you are interested in meeting or learning more about Eva please contact adoptafosterdog@familydogsnewlife.org

2 years old-46lbs. My adoption fee is $180 and includes spay, microchip, reduced-cost training class, free veterinary exam, 1 month pet health insurance, leash/collar, food sample, toy & treat packet.

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Hero

Pit Bull Terrier + Boxer Mix
5 years old
Male
55 pounds

Hi, I am Hero- noble, handsome, and completely charming. I have a stoic face, soulful eyes and wagging tail. Like any hero, I am a real lover- infamous for my kiss attacks and cuddling. I also like tug-of-war, chasing and being chased around the yard, and of course, walks. And about walks, I’m great on a leash! And fear not, it is a Hero’s duty to alert you of and protect you from squirrels as we journey along! But I also know how to relax. If you’re busy or out for the afternoon, I will appreciate a long, relaxing nap. Worried about the barking? Don’t be. I save my barks for when I think it really matters- the rest of the time I communicate with nuzzles, body leans, and tail wags. I’m happy to follow basic commands, especially if it makes you happy with me because it is in my nature to please. That is not to say I don’t love a good belly rub or a treat for being good, but I am satisfied just being in your company and knowing you’re pleased with me.
On the whole I am a very easy-going dog. I can get a little excited and overwhelmed on occasion- like when there are new people or dogs in my home. When that happens I need some help staying relaxed and calm so that I can maintain my good behavior- but if you give me plenty of clear direction I am happy to follow it and we can all get along nicely. I have already learned so much about making friends! I like children, but would be more comfortable if they were older, say eight or so. I also do really well with most other dogs! But no cats- I like them, chasing them anyway, but it is not a mutual affection. I would do best in an a home with patient and understanding parents who will help give me that extra structure and safety in potentially stressful situations.  And in a home where there are lots of belly rubs.
I am looking for a forever home with a family who will appreciate all the loyalty and unconditional love that this Hero has to offer. Could that be you? Let’s meet and find out!

If you are interested in meeting or learning more about Hero please contact adoptafosterdog@familydogsnewlife.org

5 years old-55lbs. My adoption fee is $160 and includes; neuter, microchip, reduced cost training class, free veterinary exam, 1 month pet health insurance, leash/collar, food sample, toy & treat packet.

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Leila

Pit Bull Terrier Mix
4 years old
Female
60 pounds

I love you! I love you! I love you! I’m so excited to meet you and I’m already in love with you. It doesn’t take me very long to become comfortable with new people. I might be a little too excited at first, but soon I’ll be ready to show my true mellow personality and lay on that couch and take a midday snooze with you. Can we please cuddle?! And can you please rub my belly?!
I am definitely a people pleaser and I will do whatever I can to make you happy. I learn very quickly because I have a lot of trust in you. If you tell me “no,” then I’ll understand! I might be a little sad because I never want to disappoint or hurt you. I am so gentle and loving, so I would do well with children. I’ll even nibble peanut butter off your finger very slowly so that I won’t hurt you! I love peanut butter and treats, so please give me lots of those!
I love going on long walks and smelling everything around, but please don’t stay too mad at me when I pull a little on the leash! I am learning and it really upsets me when you are mad because I love you so much! And my foster mom tells me I am getting much better. She has even started taking me on runs! I like to run right by her side and look up at her to show her that I am still thinking about her.
I know my basic commands, I am crate trained, and houses trained! I would do best in a home without cats or other dogs. Cats confuse me and I try to chase them. It’s only because I am such a curious gal! Other dogs confuse me too. I get too excited around them and try to show off. I act a little too rude and bossy and my foster mom thinks I should get some training to learn how to socialize better. I love training and learning new tricks, so can we please do that?! I even learned paw in less than 20 minutes! But, if we can’t train, can we avoid dog parks and meeting new dogs? It’s better for you because then you don’t need to compete for my loving attention!
So, what do you think? Are you ready to welcome me into your heart and home? I will truly love you forever and be the best companion.

If you are interested in meeting or learning more about Leila please contact adoptafosterdog@familydogsnewlife.org

4 years old-60lbs. My adoption fee is $180 and includes spay, microchip, reduced-cost training class, free veterinary exam, 1 month pet health insurance, leash/collar, food sample, toy & treat packet.

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Woody

Pit Bull Terrier Mix
2 years old
Male
58 pounds

“YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME!”
That’s right! I’m your Woody and you’re my Andy from Toy Story! I’m your #1 fan just waiting for you to come scoop me up. My foster mom calls me her 100% dog since I put all I have into everything I do. I put all my puppy energy into learning a new trick or playing fetch. On the flip side, there is nothing better than snuggling up next to you for an evening movie. I am a quick learner and so very eager to please my human. I am crate trained but ready to go as soon as you get home and can fall into a daily routine easily. I am currently working on my leash manners and walk well on-leash with other dogs but should be supervised off-leash with new four legged friends. I love to explore and getting out of a fenced yard would be my specialty if left alone. Give me a squeaker toy and I will show you how I can run and run around with it and even sound like it too! My ideal home would be where I could have my very own guy, gal or couple to help me learn and grow and curb my puppy energy with your love. I would like to be your one and only since I like to be top dog but living with a low key dog might be okay as long as we are supervised and have our own crates. I like my ears scratched, NOT pulled so no young kids please. Did I mention you’ve got a friend in me?

If you are interested in meeting or learning more about Woody please contact adoptafosterdog@familydogsnewlife.org

2  years old-58lbs. My adoption fee is $180 and includes neuter, microchip, reduced cost training class, free veterinary exam, 1 month pet health insurance, leash/collar, food sample, toy & treat packet.

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