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Save Our Herders Outreach Inc

, Richmond, VA, 23230

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We are a committed, highly experienced group of herding dog rescuers operating to save herding dogs in Virginia and the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. We have taken in many herding dogs into our foster homes and paired them with wonderful adoptive homes. Our dogs come primarily from shelters, though we do occasionally take in owner surrenders based on evaluation and circumstance. We are foster-based and do not have a main facility, as we believe that all dogs should have a home - even if it's temporary and while they are in search for their forever home.

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Batman

Border Collie

Batman to the rescue! Batman is a very cute, very happy, very smart 8-month-old Border Collie mix. We know that his mom is a purebred Bo... show more

Batman to the rescue! Batman is a very cute, very happy, very smart 8-month-old Border Collie mix. We know that his mom is a purebred Border Collie, and based on his looks we think dad is a Heeler, Cattle Dog or even a Jack Russell (the ears give it away!). Batman is not a big guy - he is leggy and actually a few pounds overweight at 27 pounds. He is housebroken, crate-trained, rides nicely in the car and knows a few basic obedience commands – he is a fast learner. He still pulls on the leash a bit. Batman absolutely loves people and has never met a stranger. He is a medium-to-high Velcro guy who loves to explore his yard but who also stays within eye and earshot of his foster family.  His foster mom has started him in agility classes and he is a natural.  He is smart, food-motivated and a natural athlete.  Batman loves other dogs, approaching respectfully, and then he is off and running for a good game of “chase and be chased”!  Batman is a medium-to-high energy dog with an off switch. He loves those chase games, loves agility, but when playtime is over he settles nicely, either near his humans (he is a great snuggler) or in his crate.  Batman is not a fan of cats and he is still too much of a bouncy puppy for small children. Batman’s ideal home is an active one, with a family who is dog-savvy, enjoys training and is interested in the kinds of activities usually associated with herding dogs. A fenced yard is important, and he would love a playful dog pal. Children over the age of 10 would be fine with him. Looking for a young dog full of fun? Looking for an agility ace?  Batman to the rescue!!! Apply today! Batman is fostered in Belvidere, New Jersey.     show less

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Hank

Collie

Hank is the man!! This handsome 4-5 year old Collie mix has a gorgeous white and tan coat with some small touches of black trim. He is a... show more

Hank is the man!! This handsome 4-5 year old Collie mix has a gorgeous white and tan coat with some small touches of black trim. He is a bit too thin at just 43 pounds, and could use another 4-5 pounds to reach his perfect weight. Hank is housebroken, crate-trained, rides nicely in the car and walks pretty well on leash! He is just starting to learn his basic commands. Hank loves people and has a very gentle way about him. He is calm, absolutely loves to be petted, loves to share the couch for snuggles, and basically just loves hanging out with his foster family. We don’t think that Hank has spent much time in a home because exploring new rooms and new floor coverings made him a bit anxious at first, but now that he is in a home he loves it! He enjoys his crate and happily sleeps in the crate at night. Hank also enjoys his foster dog pals. They are smaller than him and not pushy at all, and he seems to appreciate how they “show him the ropes”. He is not really playful with other dogs, but he does enjoy sharing the couch, the floor and his outdoor time with them. He has not been tested with cats, but we think that he might be a little too interested in them. The ideal home for Hank is a quieter one, with a family or person who is looking for a great dog pal with a big heart. If you have the patience to work with this gentle boy and show him how great the world can be, he will be your best friend for life and continue to blossom into your most wonderful companion. A fenced yard is required, another gentle dog pal or two would be great, and children over the age of 10 are fine with him. If you can imagine sharing your couch with Hank apply today! Hank is fostered in Cordele, Georgia.   show less

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Jake

Australian Shepherd

Jake is one handsome purebred black tri Australian Shepherd who is ready for his forever home!  This 3-year-old has a luscious thick coa... show more

Jake is one handsome purebred black tri Australian Shepherd who is ready for his forever home!  This 3-year-old has a luscious thick coat and dark brown eyes, and he is a great weight at 43 pounds. Jake is crate trained, housebroken and knows his basic obedience commands. He also knows a few tricks such as catching a treat midair!  Jake walks fairly well on a leash and rides nicely in the car. Jake is a gentle boy who loves people.  He loves learning - he is extremely focused and engaged during his training sessions and is a joy to train.  We would describe Jake as a medium Velcro, medium energy dog. He loves to go for walks around the neighborhood, rides in the car and enjoys playing fetch in the yard, and when playtime is over he is a master snuggler.  Jake also gets along very well with other dogs and loves their company, but he cannot be placed in a home with cats – he is a known cat chaser. The ideal home for Jake is a fairly active one, filled with people who enjoy bringing their dog pal along with them on their many adventures, walks and hikes, and who are up for an occasional game of fetch.  Jake would also love a family that will continue to teach him new tricks/commands and keep him mentally stimulated.  Jake still jumps up on people when he gets excited, so a home with children over the age of 12 would be best. Another dog pal would be welcomed and a fenced in yard would be ideal. If you feel like Jake is speaking to your heart, then apply today! Jake is fostered in Tallahassee, Florida. show less

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Jenga

Corgi

THE BOY WHO WEARS PANTS Jenga is a very sweet, small guy who has been with us for a few months and is now ready for a forever home.  Jen... show more

THE BOY WHO WEARS PANTS Jenga is a very sweet, small guy who has been with us for a few months and is now ready for a forever home.  Jenga is about 2 years old, weighs just 30 pounds and has a beautiful golden coat with white markings. Jenga came to us from a shelter in North Carolina.  He was hit by a car and almost didn’t make it, but there was something special about this little guy and the staff fought to give him every chance.  He spent time in the ICU while they fixed his cuts and breaks, and eventually they even had to amputate his tail!  We brought him to one of our wonderful foster families, and he has been in their care while we worked hard to help him continue to heal.  Everything has gone very well except that at this point he does not have full control of his bowels.  We set up a bowel program and even provided laser acupuncture treatments to try and do everything we could to make him as whole as possible.  He is so much better than a few months ago, but he is still THE BOY WHO WEARS PANTS. So what is Jenga like?  This perfect little guy with the imperfect body really is the perfect dog in spirit and personality.  He loves people of all ages and especially children, he is great with other dogs and he is even good with cats!! He has learned his basic obedience commands, rides fine in the car and is excellent walking on a leash.  He loves to walk or jog with his foster family, and he can easily do two miles at a stretch.  He has a nice medium energy level, and when walks and playtimes are over he loves to snuggle, nap and get belly scratches.  He is such an easy-going guy, happy just to be with you but he will not get under your feet.  When he is inside during the day, Jenga needs to wear a simple belly band just to make sure there are no pee accidents.  He loves his crate, and at night when he sleeps in his crate he wears some of those designer pants to catch his nightly bowel movement – these bowel movements are always very firm, with no to minimal cleanup required.  He is, after all, THE BOY WHO WEARS PANTS. Jenga is a special guy who needs a special home.  He would love to move in with an active person or family who will include him in their busy lives.  Children, other dogs and cats are fine with him but he is also fine without them – he is so flexible!  He does not need a fenced yard.  What Jenga does need is a special someone to love him, to accept him the way he is, and to have fun with him for a long and happy lifetime.  If you are his special someone, apply today!  Jenga, THE BOY WHO WEARS PANTS, is fostered in Decatur, Georgia. show less

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Liutenant Dan

Australian Cattle Dog

Hey everyone! My name is Lt. Dan and I am a year old mixed breed dog. We think I might be an Australian Cattle Dog mix or something, but... show more

Hey everyone! My name is Lt. Dan and I am a year old mixed breed dog. We think I might be an Australian Cattle Dog mix or something, but one thing is for sure: I'm 100% handsome! I'm even more handsome with three legs! Your eyes do not deceive you: I am tripawed and a lucky boy. I am awesome with other dogs but my foster mom says I'm not that great with cats because oh boy do I like to chase them. I'm pretty food motivated and will take all of the snacks you'll give me... but I need a new family to help me watch my figure because of my disability. Truth be told, I did not have the best start in life. I was dumped on the side of a road where I searched for my family and had to fend for myself. While looking for my family I was hit by a car. I was scared and lonely and was hurt really bad. I was so scared of people and it took three big scary men to catch me. They brought me to a hospital where I met my foster mom. She gave me pain medication and advocated for me. This is where the amazing Mel said foster mom could bring me into the rescue and make me better.  They amputated my leg and my foster mom slowly gained my trust as I healed. As you can imagine I am still very scared around new people and strangers. I need my new family to come meet me a few times before I can go home with them. It would also be great if my new family has worked with a fearful dog before. I am getting better with trusting my foster mom about strangers and ignoring them. I love playing with my foster brothers and sisters and can play all day. I have foster kitties in the house that I will chase if they run. I am going to go play with my foster siblings now and my foster mom will tell you more.  Lt. Dan is up to date on vaccines, heartworm negative, and on flea, tick and heartworm prevention monthly. He LOVES playing with other dogs and gets along with dogs of all sizes. He can live with dog savvy cats. Lt. Dan is fearful of new people and his adopter with be required to come to New Jersey a few times to meet him and spend some time with him before he can go to his new home. His adopters will also need to have experience with fearful dogs and will need to work with a positive reinforcement trainer. Once he learns to trust you, Lt. Dan will cuddle with you all day if you let him. He is a medium energy dog who just wants to be with his person. He will gladly occupy you on a long walk or cuddle on the couch all day with you. Because he had his leg amputated his adopters will need to be vigilant about his diet, weight and keep him exercised. Lt. Dan has had a rough beginning but with love and dedication he can overcome his past and be a loving member of a family. Could that be you?  SOHO is a 501c3 public charity focusing on rescuing herding dogs in crisis on the East Coast. Your pets will need to be up to date on vaccinations and heartworm preventative in order to be considered for adoption. Lt. Dan does have some additional adoption requirements: his foster mom would like a potential adopter to come and visit Lt. Dan a few times before taking him home in order to help him bond to his new family. Please note that Lt. Dan is located in HIGHLAND LAKES, NEW JERSEY. show less

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Sir Spot

Australian Shepherd

SHARING AN UPDATE ON SIR SPOT!!! This guy is doing so well. Showing off his beautiful coat as it grows back - gorgeous deep colors! Sir... show more

SHARING AN UPDATE ON SIR SPOT!!! This guy is doing so well. Showing off his beautiful coat as it grows back - gorgeous deep colors! Sir Spot is a sweet, happy male Australian Shepherd “of a certain age” who is ready for his new home. Given up by his owner who could no longer keep her dogs, Sir Spot is 11 years old and weighs 65 pounds – a good weight for him. His beautiful red merle coat was so matted that we had no choice but to have him shaved, but you can see it is growing back and looking gorgeous! Sir Spot is housebroken, crate-trained (but not a crate enthusiast!) and rides nicely in the car. He knows his basic obedience commands, walks pretty well on leash and has excellent recall off leash. Sir Spot is in pretty good shape for an 11-year-old, with just a touch of arthritis that is not surprising! Sir Spot loves people, and although a little shy when he meets someone new he warms up quickly. He has learned to love neck scratches, back rubs and even a butt scratch or two! He is a Velcro guy who enjoys hanging out with people, whether it is playing fetch (his very favorite game), going for walks or just sharing the living room. Sir Spot also gets along fine with other dogs, male and female, but is not really playful with them. He has not been cat tested. The ideal home for Sir Spot is with a person or family who will make sure that he gets the exercise he needs to keep his muscles and joints in top shape - walks and games of fetch are just what he needs and loves!  Another dog would be fine but he would be very happy as an only dog, and a fenced yard would be nice. If Sir Spot sounds like your next best friend, apply today! Sir Spot is fostered in Hermitage, TN show less

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Uma Furman

Border Collie

Young Uma Furman is a little dynamo of a Border Collie who is ready for her new home!  She is just over a year old, weighs 30 pounds, an... show more

Young Uma Furman is a little dynamo of a Border Collie who is ready for her new home!  She is just over a year old, weighs 30 pounds, and has a soft, short-haired, black and white coat.  Uma is housebroken, crate-trained and knows her basic obedience commands.  She does well walking on leash and rides nicely in the car. Uma loves people, she is so sweet and submissive, and she REALLY wants to find a family of her own.  Uma is such a little athlete and she loves to run around and play chase with her foster family.  With some consistent training she would make a great “sport” dog, such as agility or flyball!  After a rousing playtime she will come looking for snuggles and kisses, and if it was up to Uma she would be getting belly rubs every hour!  Uma also loves to play with other dogs as long as they are not the domineering type (she sees herself as the little queen of the castle).  She will chase cats, so a home without cats is required. The ideal home for Uma is an active one, with an athletic person or family who is looking for a 4-legged athlete to join in on all the activities.  A commitment to training AND fun is important.  Non-dominant dogs and children over the age of 12 are welcome, and a fenced yard is important given how she loves to chase.  If you are looking for a small personal trainer who will keep you on your toes and absolutely love you forever, Uma Furman may be your girl!  Uma is fostered near Richmond, VA.   show less