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Why Not Me? Meet Rylee!

07/17/2019 by Katie Virdell
July 17th, 2019 by Katie Virdell

adoptable mixed breed dog

We’ve partnered with Pawsitive Alliance for the #WhyNotMePets campaign to give difficult-to-home pets an extra paw up. These lovable pets are ready to find their forever homes. 


Breed: Labrador Retriever/American Staffordshire Terrier Mix   

Age/Gender/Size: 3 years/ Female / Medium (under 60 pounds)

Likes: Couch surfing, learning new things and meeting new friends!

Special Considerations: Needs a dog-savvy family with kids 12+

Are you ready to meet the cutest gal with what we like to call little “Dorito” ears? We are happy to introduce you to Rylee! This sweet pup is currently being fostered through Save-A-Mutt, out of Silvana, WA. Save-A-Mutt is a foster-based rescue, meaning there is no facility to visit. They serve an approximate 300-mile radius, from the Portland, OR area as far north as Vancouver, BC.

Rylee came to Save-A-Mutt from a shelter in California, after having lived on a ranch as an outside-only dog. She was at the time pregnant, and has since given birth to puppies who have all found their fur-ever homes. It is now this young mom’s time to find the perfect family!

When Rylee first met with her foster family, she instantly became a silly, loving girl. Having lived on a ranch, she is super alert to new people and things. Being placed in a home with dog-savvy pet parents would prove most beneficial as Rylee is navigating how to be an “in-house” dog, and is still learning the ropes. She would do great in a home with another dog, particularly a male canine companion.  She can be a little food reactive with other dogs, but definitely not with people or with toys. Do you have kitties? How about chickens? Rylee will do great with both, as she has grown accustomed to and learned to love these furry & feathered friends in her foster home!

During Rylee’s first week in foster care, a trainer and behaviorist visited to “interview” Rylee. She has received some lessons walking on a leash and has proven to be a quick study! She is treat-motivated and redirects very easily, making training a breeze. Save-A-Mutt does require a training contract and deposit, and you will work together with the rescue to pick a trainer. After training, Save-A-Mutt will refund the deposit to you. If Rylee’s new home is in the range of a couple of different trainers, they will pay for them to come to your home for a private lesson. From there you would continue to work with Rylee on all of the wonderful skills you have learned.

Like all pets adopted through Save-A-Mutt, Rylee is spayed, microchipped and up to date on vaccinations. She will go home with a goodie bag as well, filled with fun toys, chews, a Kong toy and a collar with leash! You will receive all medical records, a microchip transfer form and other paperwork at the time of adoption. Rylee’s adoption fee is $150, along with the refundable training deposit of $100.

Come and hang out with Rylee, and you will experience first-hand all of the wonderful things this sweetheart can bring to your world. Please check out her video with Q13 Fox News below. Trust us – you will fall in love!

Adoption fee?

People are sometimes surprised to find out that most animal shelters have an adoption fee. They might think, “Wait a minute! You got this animal for free so why are you charging me to take it off your hands?” This way of thinking ignores both the costs of housing animals as well as their medical care.

Here are some of the things your adoption fee usually covers:

  • Spay/neuter for dogs and cats of age
  • Vouchers for spay/neuter for puppies and kittens too young to be altered
  • Deworming and parasite medication
  • Core vaccines
  • Microchipping (at some shelters)

All of these services are recouped in the standard adoption fee, but at a fraction of what you would have to pay most veterinarians. In fact, adopting a pet at a shelter is a net financial gain for most responsible pet parents in terms of the cost of care.

Every Wednesday, Healthy Paws will highlight a new pet from Pawsitive Alliance’s #WhyNotMePets campaign. Visit the #WhyNotMePets page for a list of adoptable dogs and cats.