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 adoptafosterdog@familydogsnewlife.org


ASHER

Pit Bull Terrier + Mastiff Mix
2 1/2 years old
Male
82 pounds

I go by a lot of names – Asher, Dasher, Ashey, Ash, Block Head and my personal favorite, Handsome Boy! The kind people at Family Dogs rescued me from a high-kill shelter in California. And now I live in a house, have my own foster parents and get to lay on a couch! Wow did I get lucky! I am house and crate-trained. And know sit, lay down, “kisses” and stay. I also have mad skills in the catching treats department!
I LOVE people and snuggling! I’ve met and been great with people of all ages but would probably be better with older children. Ninety percent of the time I am a big couch potato, but sometimes I get too excited and jump on people. Not a good thing to do at any size, but especially when you are a big boy like me! Speaking of, I will need a six-foot fence or to be leash walked. I can easily glide over the four-foot dog gate in my foster home.
What else…. I like dogs but am better with mellow ones. I’m told I get too excited when I play. I also get a bit protective of my toys at times. Not with my foster parents, they can do whatever they want, but with my foster dog brother and sister. I’m good at just hanging out on the couch with them though! I must admit I like cats in all the wrong ways, so a kitty-free home would be best. My foster dad takes me running, but I do try to chase anything small and furry that crosses my path. It just seems like it would be so fun!
Oh, and most importantly - besides my foster parents - my favorite thing in the whole world is my stuffed hippo toy, Helga! I guess she doesn’t get to go outside as my foster parents make me hand her over before I go out, but I do carry her through the house with me and that makes me very happy! So, if you are looking for a big, handsome boy and toy hippo as your new best friends, Helga and I are looking for you too!

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

2 1/2 years old-82lbs. 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.

Brando

Pit Bull Terrier + Boxer Mix
4 years old
Male
85 pounds

Brando is a big hearted, big headed, marshmallow of a dude. He may look like a bouncer at the club, but he’s actually a sensitive flower. If you’re looking for a sweet, and devoted buddy, Brando could be perfect for you.
Brando was found as a stray in California and brought to a high kill shelter, where he was never claimed. This amazes us, because he’s such a sweet, loving, and handsome boy. He was transferred to Oregon, where he now lives with his foster mom in Portland. Brando is being trained daily by mom, and a couple of times per week by a professional dog trainer. He’s come a very long way since he moved to Portland. He’s extremely polite, has greatly improved impulse control, knows some basic obedience, and has gained a lot of confidence in the past few months.
Brando is shy with people at first, so he’s seeking a gentle, and patient adopter who’s willing to work with Brando’s foster mom and his trainer for a few months to help everyone adjust to the new situation

Brando enjoys two quiet leash walks per day, occasional field trips to quiet nature areas and works for his food. Brando loves working with his trainer,  and really enjoys the process of training. Building a relationship with Brando will be of the utmost importance, since he is shy. The best way to do this is to continue his training plan, right where his foster mom left off, and with lots of support from the people who know him so well.
Brando will do better as a single pet in your home, as he is very dog-selective, and will need to build a relationship with his new people, before we’ll know how he truly feels about cohabiting with another dog. Cats and other small animals are not advised, as Brando has a high chase/hunting drive. Brando has little interaction with young people and would probably do best in a home without children.

Brando is in good health, and has historically felt safe and comfy with his current vet in north Portland. Brando has a dynamic personality, is highly intelligent, and sensitive, and will need ongoing help to feel comfortable with life in general.

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

4 years old-85lbs. 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.

Mable

Pit Bull Terrier
5 years old
Female
40 pounds

Whenever I meet people, they always say how cute I am! I love the attention and can’t stop wiggling my whole body when I’m meeting new friends! I’m Mable, a small dog with a big heart! I absolutely adore people of all ages! I’m in foster care and am told I’m a very good girl! I’m potty and crate trained. I know “sit” and am well behaved in the house and car. My one issue is I love my people a little too much sometimes. I don’t want to share them with any other animals. I don’t mind other dogs on walks, but just not sharing my home. Oh, and I also love to play fetch. But I must say not as much as snuggles on the couch! So, if you are looking of a pint-sized little pittie who wants nothing more than to love you, I’m your girl and I am very excited to meet you! I’m already wiggling from head to tail just at the thought of my forever home!

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

5 years old-40lbs. My adoption fee is $200 and includes spay, microchip, reduced cost training class, free veterinary exam, 1 month pet health insurance, leash/collar, food sample, toy & treat packet.

MALAYA

Pit Bull Terrier
5 years old
Female
80 pounds

Malaya’s life motto is straight out of Moulin Rouge - “the greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” She’s very people-focused and wants nothing more than to be greeted with pets and scratches. She’s house-trained, crate-trained, has basic obedience skills, and hardly ever barks. Not a big fan of cats, and very alert to sounds and smells. This girl has a sparkle in her eye and a long life ahead of her - you should see her leap to fetch a Kong. She does a happy wiggle dance for every breakfast and dinner that gets set in front of her. You’ll never get a picture without a blurry tail because she’ll be wagging it too hard for you. Especially if you're offering her a chewy toy or a bone!

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

5 years old-80lbs. My adoption fee is $200 and includes spay, microchip & registration, reduced-cost training class, free veterinary exam, 1 month pet health insurance, leash/collar, food sample, toy & treat packet

Naia

Pit Bull Terrier Mix
5 years old
Female
47 pounds

I'm a silly little mouse bull... like super silly, I do a little dance when I'm happy! I have so much personality... my foster family thinks I'm younger than 5 for sure even my vet, they removed some teeth because of my over bite but that's ok caz now I FEEL so much better!!! I really wanna follow you everywhere, sometimes I just go where u want me to go without instructions the kennel or car where evas. Basically, I’m ready to be the best little girl ever! I'm not afraid to be vocal and tell you to pay attention to me. I also have a sensitive side, I wanna be loved and petted and just touch me anywhere I show you to. I would love a forever family who has the patience and understanding to help me realize I am finally home! I’m definitely a bit of a princess already and know I deserve a family like that- could you be it? Speaking of princess can I sleep in your bed, and lay on your lap? I really dont like cats they irritate me, but male dogs are cool and some girl dogs too, just when they bark I'll bark back and its sounds really bad, even though I have NO BITE! I'll walk anywhere with you and I absolutely love car rides! It's pretty much my favorite thing ever!! I just want to give you 100%! I'm so cute, and loving and sweet and easy to take care of!!

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MEETING OR LEARNING MORE ABOUT NAIA PLEASE EMAIL ADOPTAFOSTERDOG@FAMILYDOGSNEWLIFE.ORG

5 years old-47lbs. My adoption fee is $200 and includes spay, microchip, reduced cost training class, free veterinary exam, 1 month pet health insurance, leash/collar, food sample, toy & treat packet.

Pal

Pit Bull Terrier Mix
2 years old
Male
60 pounds

Hi! I’m Pal, and I am just SO EXCITED to meet you! I love getting attention from people and other dogs, but most importantly I want to find someone to play with. I love a good game of tug-o-war and sometimes enjoy balls and other squeaky things, or just some good old-fashioned wrestling. I get very excited when I meet new dogs, hopping up and down and vocalizing but I really just want to play. This can be too much for dogs who aren’t as excited to meet me as I am to meet them. I can get pretty reactive to dogs when I’m out walking, but otherwise I’m a dream on a leash; I basically only pull to try to meet new friends. Oh, I’m also super motivated by food and treats and I love to learn new skills, as long as you have some tasty treats for me. I need someone who will continue to improve and reinforce my training and help me learn boundaries.

I’d really love to be able to go everywhere with you, but I’ll need you to have patience when I’m adjusting to new environments. I can get overwhelmed when there are lots of people or dogs or cars, I just need some time to get used to all the excitement around me. I would love to have a big yard to run around in, but I’m also happy to run and play inside as long as you have some carpeting, running on hardwood makes me slip and slide all over the place. Sometimes I end up running laps around the house when I get the zoomies! I’d make a good running or hiking buddy, and I love love love long walks. I live with 3 cats right now but I can’t quite figure out what to make of them. Sometimes I’m afraid of them, and sometimes I’m pretty sure they want to play, but I can’t figure out how to do that. I’d probably do best with dog-savvy cats who could coexist with me without attacking me. I seem to have little or no small prey drive though, so I’m sure we could learn to make it work with enough time and patience.

I’m still a puppy at heart so I have a lot of energy and need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, but I also love naps and snuggles. I can nap just about anywhere! My favorite places to get some sleep are at your feet, in a nice big pile of pillows, and sprawled across my dog bed and a cat bed. I’m house trained and crate trained, but given the choice I’d sleep in bed with you!

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

2 years old-60lbs. My adoption fee is $220 and includes microchip, neuter, reduced-cost training class, 1 month pet health insurance, free veterinary exam, leash/collar, food sample, toy & treat packet.

REGGIE

Pit Bull Terrier
7 years old
Male
59 pounds

Well hello there! My name is Reggie and I am a 7 yo pittie. I’m laid back, tenderhearted, and shy. I’m a loyal, sensitive soul who just wants to be around his people. It may take me a little while to warm up but boy oh boy once I do I’ll be your best friend forever!

I love to go for walks and walk well on a leash! My foster moms live in an apartment so I get lots of walks but would be fine with a fenced yard too. Speaking of which, I am a quiet boy and would do well living in an apartment or condo. One thing I am not crazy about is the car. Riding in cars makes me anxious so I whine and will try to climb in your lap. I'm working on feeling safe in the car but please be patient with me. 

I would do best in a house with older children because I startle easily at loud noises. Other dogs tend to scare me a little too so a family with dogs would need some patient humans who won’t push things too fast. I’m crate-trained, house-trained, and I have excellent manners inside and out. I’m a super special dog looking for a safe, loving house...with a comfy couch!

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

7 years old-59lbs. My adoption fee is $180 and includes microchip, neuter, reduced-cost training class, 1 month pet health insurance, free veterinary exam, leash/collar, food sample, toy & treat packet.