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
If you are interested in becoming a FDNLS Foster Parent please contact our foster coordinator Karin at


Pit Bull Terrier + Mastiff Mix
2 1/2 years old
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

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.


Pit Bull Terrier + Boxer Mix
4 years old
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.

Brando's Instagram Page

If you are interested in meeting or learning more about Brando please contact

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.


Pit Bull Terrier
5 years old
60 pounds

Introducing BUZZ! This guy has a real knack for writing so we thought we'd let him describe his ideal situation... take it away, Buzzy! Well, first things first: I got the name Buzz from my signature “purring” and snoring when I’m relaxed. I don't bark much but you'll definitely hear a snort or two a day. I moved to Portland from Modesto to get a new start. I wasn’t feeling well at first, but now I’ve got my feet on the ground and I’m excited to find my forever family! I’m pretty low energy and love to Netflix and chill. I prefer romantic comedies to action movies because all the explosions and shouting scare me.  Although I do like to take it easy, I really love going on walks and getting to stretch my legs, especially after spending a few hours in my crate. I love being able to sniff and roam around in a fenced yard! Not sure if dog parks would be a good fit for me though. Since we’re talking about walks, I should mention that while I’ve been very responsive to training around heeling and focusing on walks, I still become over excited when I see squirrels or neighborhood dogs while I’m out. My foster mom keeps a strong arm on my leash and doesn't listen to her podcasts while walking me so that she can focus on what is going on around us while we are out and about. I have gotten along great with my foster brother dog (he’s pretty small), but the jury is out on how to best introduce me to other furry friends. I have a foster sister cat here and I usually ignore her, but every once in a while I like to chase her. If I was your only pet, that would be ok too because that means I'd get extra cuddles. I have met some small kids and we did fine! I don't like loud noises and fast movements (I hide or shut down) so kids that are loud and rambunctious might scare me a little. I don't jump on people so you don't have to worry about that. I am very good at sitting while waiting for dinner or when waiting for my leash to to be attached before walks. My foster parents take me in the car a lot and so long as you give me a minute to settle in, we are all good. I usually just lay down and relax. My foster parents also give me baths, wipe my paws, and even brush my teeth with no problems! I don't mind being handled by my people because I trust them. I might look like a regular at muscle beach, but I’m really a big softie. Did I mention cuddles? If you hold my big head and rub my ears right I’ll be putty in your hands.  I’m a humble guy, but strangers often remark on how handsome I am. My foster parents told me they think I’m really something special, I hope you think so too! 


5 years old-60lbs. My adoption fee is $200 and includes neuter, microchip, reduced cost training class, free veterinary exam, 1 month pet health insurance, leash/collar, food sample, toy & treat packet.


Pit Bull Terrier
5 years old
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 Mabel, 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

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.


Pit Bull Terrier
7 years old
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

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.