Tonks has been a beloved member of our family since April 2016, when she was rescued at ~6-9 months after being kicked around on the streets of Sacramento. She remains shy around new people, but warms up quickly with a few of her favorite treats and her silly and playful personality shines. Tonks can be a very active girl — she enjoys long hikes, walks around the block, playing fetch in the pool, or frisbee in the yard. However, she is truly happiest when she curled up on the couch in a blanket sandwich (a la Princess and the Pea) next to her favorite people and is not a dog that needs to be entertained. While she is crate trained, she can also be trusted to nap on the couch while her owners are at work.
Health: Tonks has been a very healthy dog with minimal health concerns. She has environmental and food allergies that have been well-managed with seasonal anti-itch medicine and a prescription diet. While she has anxiety, she has been thriving on her anti-anxiety medication and is much less afraid of noises and new things. She has had pet insurance with Embrace since she was adopted, which can be transferred to her new owner uninterrupted.
Areas of Concern: Tonks will walk nicely with our other dog on leash, but is nervous when she sees other dogs, and will react if barked at. She is a resource guarder towards other animals, which means that she will do things like growl and protect items that she thinks are hers. While Tonks was raised around cats and other dogs, and previously done very well as long as food wasn’t part of the picture, she has recently started guarding resources like the couch, sticks, and her people. This has created an unpredictable inter-pet dynamic that has led us to keeping her separated. While we are heartbroken that we need to rehome her, we feel like this separation is not fair to her and is also not sustainable as we are expecting our first child in May.
Phone: (925) 260-0103
To expedite the adoption process, please complete the cat or dog adoption form and bring a printed copy with you to the SF SPCA Adoption Center (Hours & Location). This helps us better understand what sort of pet you’re looking for so we can guide you every step of the way! Please bring a valid photo ID and verification that you are allowed to have a pet where you currently live.
First, we’ll meet with you to find out more about you and your pet preferences and answer your questions. Our goal is to help you find the pet that best fits your lifestyle and living situation so we want to make sure you have a realistic understanding of the time and resources necessary to provide training, medical treatment, and proper care for your new pet. This can take time so please allow at least one hour for the adoption process.
Once we have a good understanding of your living situation and the type of pet you’re interested in, we’ll make introductions and let you spend some quality time getting to know each other to see if there’s a love connection. It’s important that all household members take part in this important decision so please make sure everyone is present (including any resident dogs if you’re considering adding a new pooch to your pack).
Once love happens, we’ll complete the paperwork, review all the SF SPCA adoption benefits, provide information on any known medical or behavioral issues, and share tips to make the transition a success for both you and your new pet.
We consider you and your new furry friend a part of the SF SPCA family so please reach out with questions ― and be sure to share your adoption stories and pet photos at sfspca.org/stories
Don’t forget to schedule your first free health exam at the SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital within three days of adopting.