Shelter Jewels:
Diamonds in the Ruff

The Shelter Jewels program at Lee County Humane Society highlights some of the pets in our care who may need a more non-traditional home to thrive in. These pets are known as "Unicorns", or as well like to call them: "Diamonds in the Ruff". The fosters that care for these pets normally have a home where there are no other pets around, no children, and sometimes don't have many people visiting the home. These homes are what some like to think of as "mystical"--few and far in between. However, they are some of the homes that are most needed to help a shelter.

Pets most in need of these special foster homes are dogs that have not done well with other dogs and/or cats. Often times these are high exuberance dogs that wouldn't thrive in environments with small children either. These pets tend to stay at the shelter longer and are prone to higher stress levels than others. This stress and anxiety can cause hyperactivity in the kennel itself, incessant chewing and even depressive symptoms such as lack of appetite and lethargy.

 

When we are able to place these types of dogs into a foster home, we can stop those stress levels from rising and can  allow them to be the best dog they can be. This allows us to better get to know them on a deeper level so that we can place them in a home that is perfect for them. 

If you are interested in becoming a Shelter Jewel foster**, please apply at the link below. Once approved, you can email our foster coordinator, Natilee, about meeting some of our "Diamonds". For more information about the program, email foster2@leecountyhumane.org

**All "Diamond" fosters receive training time and tips from staff members familiar with the dogs, a wire crate, toys, blankets, food, bowls, medicine (if needed), and a free photo session at the foster home with our media specialist. 

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Meet our "Diamonds":

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Black Jack

Days in shelter: 203

Days in foster: 44

Things we would like to work on with him: stranger danger, building trust

Likes: other dogs

Dislikes: cats, too many visitors at once

Training Contact: savannah@leecountyhumane.org

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Samus

Days in shelter: 59

Days in foster: 0

Things we would like to work on with him: building trust, basic commands

Likes: humans, and (possibly) cats

Dislikes: other dogs

Training Contact: savannah@leecountyhumane.org

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Donatello

Days in shelter: 812

Days in foster: 81

Things we would like to work on with him: stranger danger, building trust, 

Likes: the ladies, other dogs

Dislikes: too much company

Training Contact: savannah@leecountyhumane.org

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Xavier

Days in shelter: 123

Days in foster: 25

Things we would like to work on with him: releasing energy, barking, jumping on people, basic commands, leash manners 

Likes: all people, female dogs

Dislikes: some dogs

Training Contact: savannah@leecountyhumane.org

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Earl

Days in shelter: 175

Days in foster: 4

Things we would like to work on with him: jumping onto things/people, basic training/discipline

Likes: some dogs (needs to meet them first)

Dislikes: 

Training Contact: savannah@leecountyhumane.org

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Abi

Days in shelter: 55

Days in foster: 0

Things we would like to work on with him: basic commands

Likes: all her human friends

Dislikes: sharing attention with other pets (single pet home)

Training Contact: savannah@leecountyhumane.org

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Baldo

Days in shelter: 120

Days in foster: 12

Things we would like to work on with him: stranger danger, building trust, food guarding

Likes: other dogs

Dislikes: cats, small humans

Training Contact: savannah@leecountyhumane.org

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Piglet

Days in shelter: 48

Days in foster: 0

Things we would like to work on with him: kennel behavior, basic commands, leash manners

Likes: people

Dislikes: dogs, cats

Training Contact: savannah@leecountyhumane.org