As we reach the end of 2019, many of us are reflecting on the year behind us, making resolutions and planning for a happy, healthy New Year ahead. In the season of love, celebration, family and togetherness, it’s impossible to ignore the millions of shelter dogs around the country holding onto hope that 2020 will be the year they finally find forever homes.
Meet the 12 Dogs of Christmas! The Dogington Post along with our friends at Wellness Natural Pet Food have joined forces to introduce you to 12 needy dogs in hopes that they’ll finally get noticed…and maybe get a home for the New Year!
For 12 days leading up to Christmas, we featured some very deserving dogs from around the country. Some are senior dogs, some have special needs, and some have been continually passed over for reasons we simply can’t understand – but, they all deserve to spend their lives with a family of their own.
Could you open your heart and home to one of these very special dogs?
Meet Sheena, A Senior Queen Looking for her Royal Family
I’m Sheena, the most lovable dog in the world! If you’re looking for a big velvet teddy bear who will give you kisses all day, that’s me. I love long walks and relaxing in the company of people. I come with my own wagon for easy transportation!
Name of Shelter or Rescue Organization: Best Friends Animal Society – New York
Age: 10 years
Likes: Long walks in the park, giving kisses, snack time, feeling like a queen, being the center of attention
Sheena’s Story: She came to us from our city municipal shelter, we don’t know much about her before that. She is an older, large dog with special medical needs so she’s been a challenge to find a perfect home for but we know that family is out there! She would prefer to be the only dog in a home, she also has some medical conditions that need routine care like wearing booties on walks to protect her sensitive feet, special baths and ear drops.
Meet Enzo, a Mellow Guy Looking for Snuggles
Look at this face. It’s the face of a silly, gentle doofus who has no idea what’s going on but absolutely loves you, whoever you are! This “Italian” hunk has the calm, relaxed personality of a middle-aged dog but when he sees his favorite people, he surprises them with the energy of a big puppy, hopping up and down to let you know how happy he is to be with you. Enzo is great with kids. If you sit with him, he’ll lay his big, snuggly head in your lap. He is a very curious dog who loves to investigate his surroundings. He enjoys neighborhood walks, being brushed, watching TV, and he has a BIG heart, obvious with his appreciation for your affections. Enzo would do best in a home without many stairs. Enzo can’t wait to meet you!
Name of Shelter or Rescue Organization: Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles
Age: About 6 years
Likes: All people! Smiling from ear-to-ear.
Enzo’s Story: Enzo came from a local municipal city shelter where he was overlooked for over a year. Since Best Friends pulled him, we still can’t figure out why people keep passing him by. He is the most gentle soul with the sweetest grin we’ve ever seen! He is an amazing companion on car rides and he loves to snuggle extra close.
Enzo is the most mellow and easygoing guy around. He just wants somebody to love.
Meet Ivy, a Laid-Back Lady Looking for Love
UPDATE: Ivy has finally found her forever home!
There’s no poison with this Ivy! She is a gentle girl who loves to relax. While Ivy does like to go for walks, she will also get lazy and quit walking. As our volunteers can attest, she’s a real chunk of change to pick up and carry! Fortunately, Ivy doesn’t mind getting picked up, as she LOVES to be cuddled. (Spoiler alert, she thinks she is a lap dog!) If you are in the mood to Netflix, Ivy is ready to snuggle up on the couch with you. If you need to run some errands, she’s ready to roll. If you say “It’s spa day!”, Ivy will happily receive her bath & towel off. Because she considers herself to be the baby of the family, Ivy would appreciate a home without cats or small children. So if you are ready for a new fur child at home, Ivy is ready & waiting for you! Current weight: 63 pounds
Name of Shelter or Rescue Organization: Best Friends in Atlanta
Age: 3 years
How long at shelter/rescue: Almost 1 year
Meet Penelope, a Sweet Senior with a Heart of Gold
Penelope is the sweetest girl, and a big ole cuddle monster! If you’re looking for someone to cuddle with and lay on you while you sleep or watch TV, Penelope is the girl for you! She’s always excited to see you when you get home after working (and she’s great being left alone and being a good girl!) and will stick out her belly for all the belly rubs, then lay down on your leg or chest for hours, just happy to be with her humans! If you’re having a bad day, Penelope will cheer you right up with her endless amounts of love! She also loves going out for walks, practically getting hit by the door, she can’t get out fast enough! If you just look into her eyes, you can see how sweet and loving this girl is, and how this senior girl (but young in spirit!) is just longing to find her furever home. Please call to help give this truly wonderful dog the home she deserves, Penelope can’t wait to meet you!
Name of Shelter or Rescue Organization: Best Friends NKLA
Age: approximately 8 years old
How long at shelter: Over 1 year
Type/Size/Sex: Terrier, American Staffordshire/Mix, Medium, Female
Likes: Kisses, wiggles and cuddles
Penelope’s Story: Best Friends pulled Penelope from a local city municipal shelter when she was covered in an itchy skin infection that has healed nearly completely thanks to the loving care of a foster home.
Penelope’s Perfect Family: Any family that is ok with sharing space on the couch with the closest cuddler! Also, must be ok with being greeted with the sweetest kisses! Penelope has also demonstrated the ability to potentially live in a home with other pets.
Meet Norman, an Agility Superstar Looking for a Family to Love
UPDATE: Norman has finally found his forever home!
Norman is a scruffy fun-sized lap dog. Once he gets to know people, he wags his tail and jumps up and down with excitement. He really does love attention. This adorable boy also loves to take walks and do agility and show off all of his tricks. He can’t wait to find a special person who will accept him for who he is. Though he’s a bit picky with his doggy friends, Norman can get along with the right pals. If you’ve got room in your heart and house, why not bring this special boy home?
Dog’s Name: Norman
Name of Shelter: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah
Age: 7 years
Likes: Agility Courses, he’s an agility superstar! Loves showing off his tricks. Loves long walks.
Meet Yasmine, a Freckle-Faced Gal that Loves Life
Picture this: you’re walking down the sidewalk with a beautiful girl by your side. She is athletic, intelligent, and has the cutest freckles. Her name is Yasmine! She is a sporty girl who enjoys going for walks, hikes, doing agility activities, and nosework. Yasmine also would love to curl up and cheer on your favorite team on TV or plug-in for a gaming session. (She promises to be a superfan of whatever teams or games you like!) She might take a snooze during the game but don’t take it personally because she will be having happy doggie dreams about her new life.
Yasmine passed C.L.A.S.S. with flying colors, which means she has aced her basic commands, manners, plus a few tricks! She’s super treat motivated and can’t wait to learn more! Yasmine does well with tolerant doggy friends who can match her play style. This sweet girl is ready for her forever family to sweep her away from her ivory (kennel) tower, so come meet her and help write the ‘happily ever after’ that she deserves!
Name of Shelter: Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles
Age: 5 years old
How long at shelter: Yasmine has been with Best Friends in L.A. for quite some time. She has been adopted on a couple different occasions between now and 2016, but she hasn’t quite found her happily ever after.
Meet Nas, an Energetic Guy Looking for an Active Family
If you’re looking for an energetic pup with big, soulful eyes, Nas is the guy for you! He’s a playful, happy boy who can melt your heart with just a look. Nas is currently located at a boarding facility and working with a trainer to learn some new skills. Nas can’t wait to show off his new tricks to you!
Name of Shelter: Best Friends Animal Society – New York
Age: 2 years old
How long at shelter: almost 1 year
Likes: Playing all day, going for runs, learning new ‘good boy’ skills. This handsome boy has a lot of energy, so he would love a family that has the capacity to give him lots of playtime to expel it in a positive way!
Meet Snoop, a Fun-Loving Guy Looking for Playmates!
UPDATE: Snoop has finally found his forever home!
Snoop’s favorite activities include cuddling, getting belly rubs, and giving kisses. Snoop is a real love bug! Additionally, he knows “sit” and is already kennel trained. He enjoys hanging out with other dogs, both big and small. He is very friendly with people. During an adoption event, he met a young girl. When we told him to sit, he just backed onto the little girl’s lap and sat!! Once you meet Snoop, we think you’ll agree that Snoop is one awesome pup! If you are ready for a happy little ball of energy who loves chasing tennis balls and loving life, then this happy boy is for you!
Name of Shelter: Best Friends in Atlanta
Age: 2 years
How long at shelter: 7 months
Likes: belly rubs, kisses, tennis balls, meeting new people and dog friends, showing off “sit” and “paw” skills
Dislikes: It’s hard to think of something Snoop dislikes – he’s really just a happy guy, excited about life!
Meet Marcie, an Active Senior with a Great Smile!
Marcie wants a best friend, and she’s really hoping that it’ll be you! She would make a fantastic sidekick, be it on a jog, as a copilot, or just lounging around and snuggling while watching TV. Born in 2010, Marcie has the energy of a younger dog, perfectly balanced with the laid-back spirit of a mature gal. She prefers to be the queen of her castle, but don’t worry, she gives more than enough love for a single pup. She’s almost always smiling, showing off an adorably crooked underbite, which undoubtedly adds to her charm. She takes treats gently and sits before getting her meals. She’s also a great leash-walker, and while sometimes she can be a bit vocal when she sees other dogs, she has made great progress since being at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and continues to impress her caregivers every day. Marcie bonds with people quickly and makes human friends faster than most humans do! She’d truly make an amazing companion for a family looking for an active, mature, loving pup.
Name of Shelter: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Age: 9 years
Marcie’s perfect family: She’d truly make an amazing companion for a family looking for an active, mature, loving pup. Will do well in different types of homes.
Meet Bacon Bits, a Smart and Mature Dog Ready to Learn New Tricks
Name of Shelter: Best Friends in Utah
Age: 8 years
Type/Size/Sex: Border Collie Mix/ Large/ Male
Likes: Playing, long walks, exercise to work his energy out.
Dislikes: Bacon Bits has not been at the shelter for as long as some others, but he doesn’t like being crated or confined to small spaces, making it important that he find a family to love soon!
Bacon Bits’ Story: Bacon Bits came to Best Friends in Utah from the Roosevelt Animal Shelter in Utah.
Bacon Bits’ Perfect Family: He would benefit from having owners that are active and committed to practicing and teaching him new tricks. Bacon Bits does well with other dogs as long as they are properly introduced.
Meet Roger, a Dog-Friendly Guy with a Zest for Life!
Looking for a dog who:
1. Loves other dogs and can match any playstyle?
2. Can be affectionate, cuddle, and give kisses?
3. Self-entertain with toys?
4. Is non-destructive?
5.Reportedly house trained in the home?
6. Walks nicely on a leash?
7. Knows basic cues and some tricks?
8. Food motivated and takes treats gently?
9. Down for hikes, runs, and agility, but can also chill out and relax?
ROGER THAT! We have a dog who fits the bill: Roger!
Roger may not be perfect for small children or those who are unsteady on their feet because he often likes to jump up to say hello – but he’s learning! He knows sit and tries sooooooo hard to be good.
Name of Shelter: Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles
Age: 2 year old
How long at shelter: Over 1 year
Likes: Playing with other dogs, splashing in kiddie pools and hiking with his favorite people.
Dislikes: Not having a home and family of his own in time for the holidays.
Meet Baby Yoda, Ready to Be a Star in Your Galaxy
UPDATE: Baby Yoda has found his forever home!
Name of Shelter: Best Friends in Utah
Age: 5 years
How long at shelter: Baby Yoda just arrived at Best Friends after being transferred from the Weber County Animal Shelter, but with a personality like his and those amazing Baby Yoda eyes and ears, he won’t be here long!
Type/Size/Sex: Chihuahua / Dacschund Mix
Likes: Playing, treats of all kinds and chilling with people in a couch.
Baby Yoda’s Perfect Family: Baby Yoda would fit in with any family. He is a great dog. He does well with other dogs and all people he meets, too!
The ’12 Dogs of Christmas’ is proudly sponsored by Wellness.
The Wellness Foundation was started to make the world a better place for all pets.
A big part of that involves a partnership with Best Friends Animal Society, a leading animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters.
As the Official Pet Food Partner of Best Friends, Wellness is proud to provide natural pet food for the animals they rescue, so they have access to the healthiest nutrition possible.
We are also committed to helping the pets at Best Friends find forever homes. And when they do, we want their first meal to be from us, so we send their new families home with free Wellness pet food. Because pets deserve nothing less than the most nutrient-dense goodness in every bowl, starting with the first one.
Plus, if you adopt one of our “12 Dogs of Christmas,” they’ll send a PAWsome gift basket filled with Wellness Natural food and treats for your newest furry family member, too!