The Richland County Dog Shelter has been doing such a great job adopting out dogs - yet once again, the shelter is in a critical state. There are no empty cages, and more strays keep coming in.
The shelter is now asking for help, so that none of their wonderful dogs will have to be put down due to lack of space.
Scroll down to see just some of their nice adoptable dogs. The large-sized dogs, including pit bulls, are especially urgent, although dogs of all sizes are available, including beagles, a Dachshund mix, hounds, Mountain Curs, border collie mix, Chow Chow mixes and a lot more!
See more dogs on the RCDW Facebook page.
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Martin is a senior Labrador Retriever who is extremely urgent and needs a rescue asap. Martin ended up at the shelter in February 2014 after he was spotted running around in the terrible cold and bad weather. He was finally caught by police and brought to the warmth of the shelter.
Martin is a smart, wonderful dog that already knows the commands sit, shake, lay down, and speak. He can be slightly food aggressive (who knows how long he went without food while running around the neighborhood). So the shelter recommends he not be adopted to a home with small kids.
Martin suffers from seizures, which are being controlled by medicine. Now he has what appears to be a mass or tumor on his side. Martin needs help right away. As the shelter says, “He is such a great dog, hopefully people will see that and be anxious to get him into their home.”
Note: Clicking on any of the names on this list will bring up that dogs information on Petfinder
Young female Pit Bull Terrier Bailey is one of the dogs on the “urgent” list at the shelter. Yet the shelter says about her “Everyone who meets me is in love with me. I am super cute and super sweet.”
Bailey has been at the shelter since June 4, 2014. At first the shelter staff thought she was pregnant, but an examination by a veterinarian determined that she is just overweight and has had puppies in the past.
Bailey seems to be housebroken. She does have some food aggression issues that need to be worked on, so perhaps she’d do best in a home without small children. While she has tested well with some dogs, Bailey does seem to be particular with others.
Update 7/7/14: Malachi was adopted!! Here he is again - Malachi! Such a super nice boy, he is just adorable. Malachi is about two years old and weighs about 50 lbs. Pit bull Malachi passed his dog test so will make a great pet. He is very playful and smart and knows several basic commands. So, the mystery is, why is this great dog still at the shelter? Malachi was neutered on 3/10/14 and is heartworm negative.
Another long-timer at the shelter, pretty female Pit Bull Terrier Lois Lane has been at the shelter since September 2013. She is a sweet girl who was scared at first but is slowly getting better. Please spread the word to help Lois Lane and the other dogs at the shelter find adopters or rescues.
Male Dachshund mix Honcho is still young, and oh so cute. This very friendly boy arrived at the shelter as a stray in January 2014. Although the shelter originally said he was sweet, he does get a bit nippy sometimes. Could it be because he has just been in a shelter environment for too long, and needs a home of his own?
This handsome guy is Colonel, a senior Boxer mix. Colonel came to the shelter as a stray in June 2014, after he was caught killing a chicken. The shelter notes that he was hungry and just took matters into his own hands, adding that he is sorry - “so please don't hate me.”
A full shelter can mean bad news for senior dogs like Colonel. Please help him find a home. Colonel is already neutered, so can go home with you today.
Update 7/3/14: Gordie has a rescue commitment! Gordie is a mystery breed, possibly Hound and Labrador Retriever mix, but he’s not a large dog, weighing only 35 pounds. Gordie was picked up as a stray in August 2013, and no dog should spend so much of their life at a shelter. He is friendly with a great personality, although he should be the only male dog in the house.
Aria is a female pit bull terrier mix picked up by the deputy in March after found running around a trailer park in Lexington. She is very sweet and knows basic commands. And she is a wiggler! The shelter says she looks like she’s had many litters of puppies, but those days are behind her, and its time for her to be treated like the baby now. And she also knows "sit pretty." Once you meet her and she cuddles up in your lap, you won't want to go home without pretty Aria.
St. Nick aka Buddy
While the shelter knows him as a sweet and friendly dog, little male Pug and Beagle mix St. Nick aka Buddy is available to an approved rescue only. He came to the shelter as a stray in December 2013 and was adopted out, but returned to the shelter after complaints that he was nippy with people. The shelter lists him as rescue only for that reason; so he can get a patient and firm person to work with him. St. Nick aka Buddy is housebroken.
We never know the real story behind what happens to the animals before they enter the shelter. Even in the best of homes, sometimes all it takes is a little time and patience before the dog adjusts to his new home and family. What this little guy needs is another chance.
Remy is a young male pit bull terrier/greyhound mix. This delightful guy was really scared when he came to the shelter as a stray in January 2014, but now he is doing just fine. Remy is approximately one year old and weighs 50 lbs. He is another young dog that is full of energy and life and would possibly make a good agility dog. Remy has passed his dog test, so come on in and meet him.
Bones is a darling pit bull terrier boy with a sad story. In June 2013, Bones ended up in the shelter with his buddy Dakota. Their owner came for the dogs, then gave the dogs away. And here they are, again at the shelter. As the shelter says, it doesn't look like anyone is coming for the dogs this time. Bones needs a new home that will love and keep him forever this time.
Lucky is a young male pit bull/cattle dog mix. He is gorgeous and unique, with a nice coat and a great smile. Lucky came to the shelter as a stray in March 2014. Lucky is young so he has a lot of energy. Or maybe he is just anxious to get out of the shelter and into a home of his very own, where he can run around and snuggle up to his new family.
Jasmine, Jasper, Jack and Joker
Update 7/7/14: Jasmine was rescued, but please continue to share for the rest of this family. Brought into the shelter on June 17, 2014 because their owner passed away, Jasmine (in the photo) and Jack are parents to Jack and Joker.
Jasmine is a pretty girl, an Irish Setter & Chow Chow mix, about six years old. Although she is scared to be at the shelter, she is sweet, and likes to lean on the shelter staff, to make sure someone is close beside her.
Click on their names to see the rest of this little family that so desperately needs a good home:
Senior Chow Chow mix Jasper (aka Max) is a handsome black dog with a wonderful smile. Like Jasmine, Jasper is a little afraid to be at the shelter, and a little unsocialized. He loves to go for walks, though.
Jack (aka Alex) looks more like a Black Labrador Retriever, but he is brother to Joker. Jack seems to be the most outgoing of the bunch. The shelter is working with all of the dogs to bring them out of their shell.
Chow Chow mix Joker (aka Chance) is a very nice boy, although he looks sad in his photos.
I really like this little family, and hope they all can find good homes.
Pretty pit bull mix Flower came to the shelter as a stray in April 2014. She arrived with multiple scars and wounds, and with swelling around her neck and chin. Flower was rushed to the vet, and put on medication for her wounds, which are healing nicely. What happened, the shelter doesn’t know. But they do know that Flower is a sweet and friendly girl. She seems to get along with dogs in passing. Flower is still young, less than two years old. What this girl needs is a chance and the safety of a home where she won’t ever have to be injured again.
Pit Bull Terrier Thorn came to the shelter as a stray on June 2, 2014. He has a dog license from another county, but none of the information checks out, according to the shelter. Thorn is also urgent, but so smart. He knows basic commands like sit, shake, and down.
Darling Boxer and Pit Bull mix Lexie came to the shelter as a stray in May 2014. She is quite adorable, with her white paws and a white-tipped tail. At first, Lexie didn’t like the shelter very much, but she has started coming around. Now the shelter reports she is warming up and can be quite the cuddle bug. Lexie, too, is on the shelter’s urgent list.