Diamonds in the Ruff

Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats 


Meet Jena

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Jena's Beginnings

Rescued from a high-kill shelter in Houston, TX, Jena's beginnings may be a mystery but she seems more than happy to leave her past behind. She was nicknamed "Mama Jenny" as it's clear that she was a mama to many puppies; she was even still lactating when rescued from the shelter! She was likely owned by a "backyard breeder" who sold her too young puppies for profit, sadly a common problem down south.

She flourished in foster; happy, playful, housebroken, leash trained, and very food motivated! Down south, she enjoyed playtime with dog friends who could keep up with her rowdy playstyle. She had begun work on putting on weight as well, as she was severely underweight when rescued.

Jena Now

When Jena first arrived, we had assumed this social cuddlebug was already "out of her shell" but, over time, she showed us there is so much more to her personality! It started as a crawl, now she will dive into the arms of strangers for cuddles and love- we mean that literally! She needs some guidance on manners in greeting humans as her current choice of greeting may take down even sturdy people. She loves to let loose and run, so a fenced in yard would be ideal! She loves diving into kiddie pools almost as much as people's arms; a small plastic pool is all she's known, but maybe she'll be a swimmer too!

Like many bully breed dogs, the kennel environment has been stressful for Jena. While she enjoyed doggy playdates in her quieter foster home, she gets overstimulated when meeting new dogs. Until she is settled into her new home and has some proper manners training under her belt, she would do best as an only pet. With careful guidance, supervision, and, most importantly, the right dog, she has been able to make a few doggy friends while at the shelter. While her number one priority is the love and attention from her humans, she may enjoy some doggy company eventually.

Why a Diamond?

Jena's "headfirst" love, need for space from other animals, and her breed mix have made

it difficult for her furever home to find her which is what makes her a Diamond in the Ruff.

Ideal Home


  • Family experienced with dogs preferred.

  • Large fenced in yard to run and play in.

  • Quiet neighborhood without many other dogs.

  • Active family who is also down for cuddles.

  • Access to a kiddie pool, or more, to splash in on warm days.

  • Family who will take her to behavioral training so she can make more human, and maybe even dog, friends!

  • Needs sturdy teens 15 and up while she learns manners.

  • No apartment style homes or busy cities.

  • Needs to be an only pet; may eventually be able to live with another dog with successful behavioral training.

  • No more than 8 hours alone a day; will need a potty and play break in the middle.

How to Adopt


We are unfortunately unable to accept walk-in visitors at the shelter during this time.

If interested in adopting an animal, please visit our home page for our new Covid-19 adoption process.

For any questions, please email info@buddydoghs.org

We ask all prospective adopters to fill out an online application, which can be found hereIf the animal becomes available and your application has been approved to move onto the next step, a staff member will schedule a remote interview prior to scheduling a meet-and-greet with the eligible animals.

Please by patient as we receive many applications daily. If you have any questions, feel free to email info@buddydoghs.org or leave a voicemail at 978-443-6990.


The ideal home described above is based on the knowledge of Buddy Dog’s staff. This list reflects what Buddy Dog staff believe will be necessary for the animals to succeed and be happy in an adoptive home.

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Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about Jena contact a staff member by emailing info@buddydoghs.org or leaving a voicemail at 978-443-6990. Appointments to meet the animals will be scheduled by staff once an animal is available and your application is approved. Please be patient as we receive many applications daily. Online applications can be found here.