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Pit Bull Terrier
An adotable dog in Philadelphia, PA
Are you looking for a dog with the warm character of a pit bull but the size of a beagle? Meet Isabella! I am fostering this sweet gal, a 1-2 year old Pit Bull Terrier mix. She is a spark plug with a bright spirit. If you are thinking about taking in a new dog or looking for another one to add to your pack, Isabella could be the one for you! A few tidbits about this young lady:
1.) Isabella joined my home in late Sept. The transition from shelter to home was practically seamless. My top criteria for pulling a dog into foster care is getting along with my two resident dogs. Isabella dances around the curmudgeony Pug when he snaps and plays appropriately with my pit bull, Brock. She has a high tolerance threshold as Brock likes to play rough. Isabella's playful maneuvers keep Brock guessing at her next move but at a svelte 50 lbs., she is a sure loser at tug of war.
2.) Isabella is medium energy with a happy, go-lucky attitude as evidenced by her constant wagging tail. She is estimated to be 1-2 years old and full grown so her petite body shouldn't get any bigger. She is approximately 45-50 lbs.
3.) It appears Isabella didn't have much experience walking on a leash. However, we've made progress. After a few days with structured walks and treats for motivation, she has learned to listen to commands despite the squirrels, birds, and leaves calling her name from the sky. We are at loose leash status the majority of our walk. She stops and sniffs on occasion while trying to win the hearts of anyone who's fortunate enough to cross her path. She's a people pleaser. If you're a runner, she excels in this area. She's graduated from zig zagging in front of me to running (kinda) straight:-)
4.) She's potty-trained. She actually came potty-trained on day one. That's right -- no accidents in the house! She learned the doggie door immediately and lets herself out when necessary.
5.) She's not a lover of the crate. However, I infrequently crate her given her good standing. After winning my trust in the first week, she has been promoted to free reign of the house while I'm out. She minds her manners and has not given me any reason to put her back in the crate. Her worst habits are stealing from counter tops and jumping on furniture. I'll take a few missing crackers and a couch buddy any day!
6.) She takes corrections well. She is eager to learn so the capabilities are endless. Although Isabella is a class clown and tends to get distracted easily. That being said, the best fit for Isabella is someone who's willing to take the time to teach her some manners (i.e. no jumping) and provide general obedience training. With the appropriate guidance, she will be an A+ dog.
7.) Health-wise, Isabella suffered some hair loss after what appears to be an allergic reaction to flea bites (her skin scrape came back negative for mange). She was scabby and uncomfortable upon her arrival to the shelter but is living comfortably now with a simple hydrocortisone spay for the itching. Her hair is growing in nicely.
8.) Isabella is as good-natured as they come. She shows overwhelming gratitude and affection each day. Her soulful eyes will melt you. She will be spayed and current on shots upon adoption. ** Please note Isabella's foster mom lives in Downingtown, PA. I can be reached at email@example.com.
Are you interested in one of the dogs at ACCT? If soâ¦
Great! First, decide if you are interested in fostering or adopting!
To determine whether you should apply to foster versus adopt, please consider the following information:
-To adopt a dog means to commit to being the primary caregiver for the dog and keep it in your possession, for yourself for the rest of its life. Adult dogs are $75 to adopt, puppies (under 6 months old) are $125- that donation covers the vaccines, microchip, surgery, etc that the dog has received.
- To foster a dog means to commit to temporarily caring for the dog/cat while also working to find the dog/cat a âforever homeâ/adopter. While fostering the dog/cat remains ACCT's property, but the foster parent takes responsibility for marketing the dog/cat, and doing a preliminary screening of any potential adopters. When an adopter is found, the foster parent must coordinate with the ACCT Life Saving office to approve the adopter and finalize the adoption. If the foster parent decides after time that they would like to keep the dog/cat, they must complete the adoption process and pay the adoption fee. ** Fostering is not a trial adoption.**
More about fostering:
Although previous fostering experience is not required, ideal foster care provider will have basic knowledge of animal care and training and be committed to finding their foster animal a safe and loving âforever homeâ. As a foster care provider, you will provide the animals with care including, food, water, shelter, training, grooming and medical treatment when necessary. ACCT will provide clinic and vet care, behavior and training resources, and adoption counseling. We rely on the foster parent to find an adoptive home for the dog/cat, but we can help! We provide adoption events for you attend, can post your foster dog/cat on Petfinder for you, etc. We cannot guarantee how long a foster dog/cat will be in your care, since you keep the dog/cat until an adoptive home is found, which can be anywhere from 2 weeks to a few months depending on the dog/cat, and how heavily you market it.
Ready to come meet one of the dogs/cats?
Adoption Hours are:
Monday to Friday; 1pm-8pm
Saturday and Sunday; 10-5pm
Afterhours by appointment
Foster Hours are:
Afterhours by appointment
*If you have dogs of your own, you need to bring at least one in to meet any potential dogs and make sure there is no major personality clash. Please also bring proof that you are allowed dogs/cats at your home if you rent.
ACCT is located at: 111 W. Hunting Park Ave, Phila., PA 19140
Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia