Diamonds in the Ruff
Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats
Acacia is a loving, tender, gentle soul who has persevered through a difficult and unjust past, and now all she wants is a loving home where she can be safe, loved, and spoiled.
Her story as we know it began on a dark and lonely road in the mountains of Puerto Rico where it rained nearly all the time. This is where Acacia was first seen, running in the streets with her six puppies. By the time rescuers were able to reach her, there was tragically only one puppy left - Minnette. It was a very dangerous road for the pups; they had found Acacia dug into a hole under a tree with her one surviving baby. They were taken to a foster home where Acacia had her first chance to relax and let her guard down. The kind-hearted rescuers nurtured Acacia and Minnette in a foster home, where fear melted into love.
Now here at Buddy Dog with her puppy since adopted, Acacia is ready to put her motherhood days behind her and finally have her chance to be the baby! She's become quite the volunteer favorite here at Buddy Dog. She loves her walks on the shady trails, followed by plenty of cuddles and belly rubs from anyone willing to give them. Despite fending for herself on the streets of Puerto Rico; Acacia has acclimated to life in the kennel like she has lived here all along. She is very clean, always patiently waiting for her chance to potty outside. She still may need some help transitioning into home life (noises like the microwave beeping and the TV could be new and frightening to her, for example), as it will be a new experience for her, but she seems like she'll settle in quick with a comfy bed and belly rubs.
Acacia is looking to be the queen of the castle and does not want to share her home with other dogs or cats. She becomes easily upset when she sees other animals and would benefit from behavioral classes specifically to help with reactivity. She is currently enrolled in Behavior 101, a behavior modification training program, at Lisa Rockland's All About My Dog in Natick. In this class, she is learning to trust her handler to protect and lead her so that she can let her guard down and relax in the presence of other dogs. She has been making excellent improvements, and we would love to see her adopters continue the wonderful progress Acacia has made by continuing her training. In Puerto Rico, Acacia was a loving mother to her puppy and co-existed peacefully with a couple other dogs in her foster home. However, it seems the latest change in her life, filled with strange dogs and people, has pushed her past her tolerance threshold for new dogs, and needs to avoid dogs or relearn safe dog-social behavior. She wouldn’t do well in a dog-friendly apartment, as it would bother her to hear and see other dogs so often.
While she has no previous history with children, she would be happy to share her home with older kids.
Acacia is about 5 years old, 55lbs, spayed and up-to-date on vaccines with no prevalent health concerns.
How to Adopt
We ask all prospective adopters to speak with a staff member and meet Acacia in person at our facility prior to filling out an application. Visitors are welcome to our shelter any time during business hours, no appointment needed. You can find our location and hours here. Applications are available to be filled out in person at our front desk. Our general adoption policies can be found on our page here.
The ideal home described below is based on the knowledge of Buddy Dog’s staff. This list reflects what Buddy Dog staff and believe will be necessary for Acacia to succeed and be happy in an adoptive home.
No other dogs or cats in the household
Willingness to seek guidance of a professional trainer or behaviorist to work on basic obedience and dog-reactivity
Due to her breed-mix and incompatibility with other animals, Acacia is not a good candidate for an apartment
Acacia is very friendly but has no history living with children; we recommend she goes to a home with older kids (approx. ages 8+)
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If you are interested in learning more about Acacia; contact a staff member by emailing or leaving a voicemail at 978-443-6990. Visitors are welcome at our facility any time during business hours, no appointment needed.