Meet Leon! This handsome fellow is about 8 months old and weighs 35lbs. He was abandoned by his owner in Mexico. He is great in the car and is gentle and sweet with little kids. He gets along well with other dogs, cats are unknown. He does well on leash but has never lived inside a home so he will need some training and patience while he adjusts. A mother and son were visiting the rescue and wanted to spend some time with Leon, this is what they wrote: “We are so happy to have spent time with Leon. He is so sweet and loving…he licks our faces a lot. He’s a bit timid and nervous, as if he was abused but he is completely submissive and nothing but loving. He just wants to love and be loved. He will be the greatest with kids or anyone who has time to give him. We saw so much progress in how he trusted us between the first day and today…with a bit of love he will be the best dog ever. He is wary of the pool but you can tell he really wants to be a puppy and play. It breaks my heart but it won’t take long at all for that to go away if someone is good to him. We taught him to sit for a treat and started working on giving us his paw. He loves cuddling and being right up in our lap whenever we are relaxing. I cannot say enough about his disposition. He is the best.” Leon was rescued from Todos Santos, Mexico. Will you be his hero?
steps to adopting
The first step to adopting a dog from SDH is to complete the adoption application. The application takes a few days to be approved. Once completed and approved it is good for all dogs and saved for future use. You are also able to adopt a dog that is the right fit for you and your family and that fits your lifestyle.
To adopt a dog, you must complete an adoption contract and pay an adoption fee of $300. The adoption contract helps cover our costs. On average per dog it costs us between $300-$700 for vetting, transport, sterilization and more. All dogs are rescued and do not transport to SDH until they are healthy and ready to be adopted. All dogs before they fly are vetted, given standard vaccines and rabies, dewormed, given flea/tick treatments and tested for heart worm. We also try to sterilize the dogs before they fly, but if this does not happen we will spay/neuter them once they arrive.
ALL animals MUST be sterilized within a month of arriving – and SDH will cover the cost. Once the dogs arrive they are vetted again with our vet and treated if needed. All SDH dogs (and cats) receive a lifetime of support.