We sure wish AJ could talk and tell us what his life has been like for the last 6 years. This handsome 6 year-old Beagle/Cattledog mix male was homeless at a county dog shelter and was basically shut down, not wanting to interact with anyone. Fortunately, a Good Samaritan pulled him and fostered him for awhile to see if he would perk up once out of the shelter. After a trip to her vet clinic, it was found that AJ was heartworm positive so we were contacted for help with him. AJ made the trip to Canine Lifeline last October and has received the lifesaving treatment that he needed. He did very well with his treatment and now is ready to muster the courage to find himself a permanent new home. AJ was one of the easiest dogs to foster through the two month crate rest required during his treatment as AJ absolutely loves his crate. It is the spot where he feels most secure and safe. AJ walks beautifully on a leash and will pee and poop immediately when out for a walk. The sad thing about this boy is that, as calm and stoic as he is,  he is very fearful of human touch and shies away from contact with people. There is not a mean bone in his body but it makes you sad to consider how he got to this point of not trusting human touch. He is going to need a VERY special person or couple with another dog in the home and a secure aboveground fenced yard who can give AJ the space and time he needs to feel comfortable in his new home. He gets along fine with other dogs and although we haven’t seen him try to play with any of his fellow foster dogs, we think it boosts his confidence around people to see how calm, confident dogs interact with humans. The signs that he likes someone are subtle—he gives a tail way or play bow to his foster mom and that is HUGE! Although this boy is going to be a bit of project, the rewards you’ll get when he starts to respond to you will be enormous. We find him charming, endearing, and a very kind gentleman and hope you will too! AJ weighs about 49 pounds and his adoption fee is $250. He’s neutered, current on monthly heartworm preventative, up to date on vaccinations including bivalent canine influenza, wormed, on flea preventative, and microchipped. As part of the adoption process, all adopters must commit to a two-week adjustment period to make sure it’s a great match before the adoption is finalized. Please email info@caninelifeline.org if you’re interested in AJ. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. Please note that we don’t place our dogs in homes with children less than 7 years of age. We try to respond to inquiries within 72 hours so if you haven’t heard from us within that time frame, please check your junkmail or spam folder to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there.

AJ’s heartworm treatment cost about $750. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his medical expenses, you may do so on our website at www.caninelifeline.org or by sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you from AJ and Canine Lifeline!