TO BE KILLED – 8/13/2019
He’s got the biggest smile, the happiest heart, and boy does he love to show off his “sit” and “down” skills for yummy treats. RILO is the most adorable thing on four paws, and a total sweetheart to boot. With his four white socks, his lightbulb tail, and his one up/one down ear set, he has all of us smitten with his sweetness and charm. When you watch his video it’s hard to believe that this wonderful boy was all alone in the world, wandering around someone’s back yard. We will never know how he got there, but life has been about rolling with the punches for Rilo. Someone took him in for a week, and during his stay he was a model guest even though the person left him outside in the yard for the most part, alone and having to find things to amuse himself. We can’t imagine how lonely Rilo has been till now, or how hard he has had to cope to just keep his optimism. It’s understandable that this wonderful, gentle hearted boy is initially shy with new people, having never had the stability of a committed family, but once you have won his heart, it’s yours forever. Don’t overlook this amazing dog. RILO is a gem, eager to please, a master of basic commands, playful and full of fun (his favorite game is tug!) and yes --- let’s just say it again – ADORABLE! Please hurry and Message our page or email us at MustLoveDogsNYC@gmail.com for assistance fostering or adopting him.
Rilo – BEYOND SWEET!
RILO, ID# 71001, 3 Yrs. old, 45.6 lbs., Unaltered Male
Brooklyn ACC, Medium Mixed Breed, Brown / White
I came to the shelter as a STRAY, 7/21/2019
Shelter Assessment Rating: New Hope Rescue Only
Medical Behavior Rating: 3. Yellow
AT RISK MEMO: Although he has shown some improvement and allows some slow handling, Rilo remains highly sensitive to handling in the care center and is wary when interacting with staff. We have also observed resource guarding behavior during his assessment. We feel he would be best set up to succeed if placed with an experienced rescue partner who can help manage these behaviors, allowing him to acclimate and decompress at his own pace. Rilo is otherwise healthy.
INTAKE NOTE – DATE OF INTAKE: 7/31/2019 Upon intake Rilo was growling, nervous, and tense. He barked when he heard noises. He allowed limited handling.
OWNER SURRENDER NOTES – BASIC INFORMATION: Rilo is a male dog who has been with the owner for 1 week after being found in their backyard. There are no known injuries or health concerns. When with adults, his behavior isn't known, however when it comes to playing with adults, he is exuberant. (?) Although Rilo has not lived with children, he spent time children ages 0-6. He does not play with children. Rilo has not lived with other dogs and does not play with other dogs. He has not lived with other cats and therefore the behavior is unknown. It is unknown how Rilo reacts when his food or treat are touched while eating. However, he isn't bothered when his toys are taken away. Rilo has no bite history. He does not appear to be housetrained. Rilo has a high energy level.
Other Notes: According to the owner, Rilo is timid and must be approached slowly. He also barks a lot when someone unfamiliar approaches the house, the owner, or a family member. He isn't bothered when he is pushed or pulled off the furniture or when he is disturbed while sleeping or resting. However, he does not like being held or restrained. It is unknown how he reacts when given a bath, brushed, or has his nails trimmed or feet touched. He has not had any medical issues.
For a New Family to Know: Rilo is a shy and anxious dog. He is not house trained and has accidents daily. However, his favorite spot to go potty is on the grass. The owners favorite this about Rilo is that once you get him comfortable, he loves to jump and play tug-of-war. He also likes to play with balls and ropes. Besides playing tug-of-war, he also likes to play fetch. He is mainly outdoors. If kept home alone, he goes potty indoors, and barks/whines. If left alone in the yard, he barks. He has never been crate-trained. Rilo responds to cues such as sit and down. When on a leash, he pulls very hard. When off the leash he wanders, but will come back to owner if name is called. He also enjoys dry food. His favorite brand is Benefit.
SHELTER ASSESSMENT SUMMARIES
Strength and pulling: Mild pulling
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments:
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Tense, tail high, flinches with contact, readily accepts treats softly, panting, tense head, stays near handler, head shy, lip licking, accepts some contact
Call over: Approaches with coaxing
Soft handling: Tense, panting, wary, sits down in front of handler, head whips and moves away with contact
Exuberant handling: Did not conduct
Jog: Follows handler, somewhat engages in play, neutral; Mouths toward leash, does not escalate and settles on his own
Knock Comments: Paces and pants when assistant exits; No response to knock; Approaches somewhat when assistant enters, does not solicit attention and moves away
Toy comments: Grips, tense and growls when approached
PLAYGROUP NOTES – DOG TO DOG SUMMARIES: Rilo was brought in as a stray so his behavior around other dogs is unknown.
8/1-8/2: When off leash at the care center, Rilo is hesitant to greet the novel female dog, making slow movements and tensing as she approaches. He does allow a brief face to face greet, then quickly moves away from her.
FUN FACTS: Rilo understands the cues for "sit" and "down."
INTAKE BEHAVIOR - Date of intake:: 7/31/2019
Summary:: Tense, nervous, growled, vocalized; Allowed limited handling
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR - Date of initial:: 7/31/2019
Summary:: Tense, hard stared, whale eyed, head shy, tucked tail, urinated, trembling; Muzzled
ENERGY LEVEL:: Rilo has been observed to exhibit a medium level of energy during his interactions in the care center. We cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment, but we recommend that he be provided daily mental and physical stimulation as an outlet for his energy.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: No children (under 13): Due to Rilo's observed handling sensitivity, resource guarding and level of fear, we feel he would be best set up to succeed in an adult-only home at this time. Place with a New Hope partner: Although he has shown some improvement and allows some slow handling, Rilo remains highly sensitive to handling in the care center and is wary when interacting with staff. We have also observed resource guarding behavior during his assessment. We feel he would be best set up to succeed if placed with an experienced rescue partner who can help manage these behaviors, allowing him to acclimate and decompress at his own pace. Force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing or exposing Rilo to new and unfamiliar situations, as well as utilizing guidance from a qualified, professional trainer/behaviorist.
Potential challenges: : House soiling,Resource guarding,Handling/touch sensitivity,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments:: House soiling: Previous caretaker reported Rilo to not be house-trained. Should this behavior arise in a home environment, please refer to the handout for House soiling. Resource guarding: During his assessment, Rilo was introduced to a plush squeaky toy and observed to tense and growl when approached. Force-free, reward based training only is advised when handling Rilo. Please refer to the handout for Resource guarding. Handling sensitivity | Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Although Rilo displays some social behavior at times, he does appear to exhibit fearful behavior when introduced or exposed to new situations where he has been observed to remain tense, avoids interacting and moves away with contact. During his intake and medical exams, he was observed to display the same behaviors, as well as escalate to growling toward staff when uncomfortable. Rilo should never be forced to interact or approach if he is not comfortable and positive association should be paired with anything he displays fear toward. Please refer to the handout for Handling/touch sensitivity, as well as the handout on Fearful/potential for defensive aggression.
DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: ~3 years Microchip noted on Intake? negative History: stray Subjective: BARH. Observed Behavior -tense, hard stare and whale eyes, head shy and will flail head around when approached, tail tucked, urinating, shaking. Muzzled for exam. Did not warm up Evidence of Cruelty seen - no Evidence of Trauma seen - no Objective P = wnl R = wnl BCS = 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: muzzled H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupneic ABD: tense but Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: MI, 2 testicles descended MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment: Apparently healthy Prognosis: Excellent Plan: CTM while at BACC Start trazodone 5mg/kg PO BID for shelter anxiety SURGERY: Okay for surgery
*** TO FOSTER OR ADOPT ***
RILO IS RESCUE ONLY. You must fill out applications with New Hope Rescues to foster or adopt her. He cannot be reserved online at the ACC ARL, nor can he be direct adopted at the shelter. PLEASE HURRY AND MESSAGE OUR PAGE FOR ASSISTANCE!
HOW TO RESERVE A “TO BE KILLED” DOG ONLINE (only for those who can get to the shelter IN PERSON to complete the adoption process, and only for the dogs on the list NOT marked New Hope Rescue Only). Follow our Step by Step directions below!
*PLEASE NOTE – YOU MUST USE A PC OR TABLET – PHONE RESERVES WILL NOT WORK! **
STEP 1: CLICK ON THIS RESERVE LINK: https://newhope.shelterbuddy.com/Animal/List
Step 2: Go to the red menu button on the top right corner, click register and fill in your info.
Step 3: Go to your email and verify account
Step 4: Go back to the website, click the menu button and view available dogs
Step 5: Scroll to the animal you are interested and click reserve
STEP 6 ( MOST IMPORTANT STEP ): GO TO THE MENU AGAIN AND VIEW YOUR CART. THE ANIMAL SHOULD NOW BE IN YOUR CART!
Step 7: Fill in your credit card info and complete transaction
HOW TO FOSTER OR ADOPT IF YOU *CANNOT* GET TO THE SHELTER IN PERSON, OR IF THE DOG IS NEW HOPE RESCUE ONLY!
You must live within 3 – 4 hours of NY, NJ, PA, CT, RI, DE, MD, MA, NH, VT, ME or Norther VA.
Please PM our page for assistance. You will need to fill out applications with a New Hope Rescue Partner to foster or adopt a dog on the To Be Killed list, including those labelled Rescue Only. Hurry please, time is short, and the Rescues need time to process the applications.