Gio Fund is a section 501(c)(3) non-profit no-kill animal welfare fundraising organization serving the greater Wilmington, North Carolina area. Incorporated in Morris County, New Jersey in March 2011, our founders and volunteers are dedicated to raising the much needed funds to help at risk dogs receive shelter, food and medical care.

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Sheba Needs A Home

 




Name - Sheba   

Primary breed - Hound

Secondary breed - Lab

Gender - Female   

Spayed/Neutered? Yes

Date of Birth or Age - 8 months

Weight - 33 pounds

House-trained? Unknown

Crate-trained? Unknown

Good with cats? Yes

Good with small/young children?  Yes

Reaction to new people - Cautious

Activity level: Slightly Active

Likes to vocalize: Some

Obedience training:  Needs Training

Does the dog know any commands? Unknown

Can jump fences?  Unknown

Dog has the following behaviors/personality traits: timid / shy, affectionate, gentle, goofy

Dog has the following compatibility qualities: should do well in mostly any home

Sheba was surrendered to a rural kill shelter in North Carolina as a puppy.  She has lived her life there, but is hopeful that someone will see her posting and give her a chance.  Our rescue partner pulled her from the kill shelter before she was scheduled to be euthanized.  Sheba is timid at first, but longs for attention and love.  Will you be the one to adopt Sheba and give her the time and training she needs?


Jack Needs A Home





Name - Jack    

Primary breed - Hound

Secondary breed - Hound

Gender - Male   

Spayed/Neutered? Yes

Date of Birth or Age - 1 year

Weight - 38 pounds

House-trained? Unknown

Crate-trained? Unknown

Good with cats? Yes

Good with small/young children?  Yes

Reaction to new people - Friendly

Activity level: Moderately Active

Likes to vocalize: Some

Obedience training:  Needs Training

Does the dog know any commands? Unknown

Can jump fences?  Unknown

Dog has the following behaviors/personality traits: playful, affectionate, eager to please, goofy

Dog has the following compatibility qualities: should do well in mostly any home

Jack was surrendered to a rural kill shelter in North Carolina as a puppy.  He has lived his life there, but is hopeful that someone will see his posting and give him a chance.  Our rescue partner pulled him from the kill shelter before he was scheduled to be euthanized.  Will you be the one to adopt Jack and give him the time and training he needs?


 

Bella Needs A Home

 




Name -  Bella 
Primary breed - Hound 
Secondary breed - Beagle 
Mixed breed? Yes 
Gender - Female
Spayed/Neutered? Yes 
Date of Birth or Age  2.5 years 
Weight 25 - 30 pounds
House-trained? Yes, after the first two days in her foster home
Crate-trained? Yes - She sought out her kennel on her own last night, after only a week of kennel-training.
Good with cats? Yes. Cats may not appreciate her curiosity about them, however. 
Good with small/young children? Yes. Preschoolers and up should do fine.  She may be overly affectionate for toddlers. 
Reaction to new people (select one of the following):  Friendly - (Very!) 
Activity level (select one of the following): Moderately active - Outdoors she likes to explore and run. She settles well indoors. 
Likes to vocalize (select one of the following): • Quiet, mostly - She does not bark, but does whine at first in new situations.
Obedience training (select one of the following): • Needs training - appears to be trainable  
Does the dog know any commands? If so, which? Attends to her name. Just learning 'Sit'. 
Can jump fences? No - Shows no interest in fences at her foster home, except to run over to see neighbor children.
Does the dog have any of the following behaviors/personality traits that you know of (select ALL that apply): X=Yes
 X  Walks well on leash (Walks eagerly and may pull some) 
 X • Does well in the car (Jumps right in, rides well) 
 X  Lap pet (A bit large but loves to cuddle) 
No • Protective/Territorial 
No • Tries to escape/Flight risk 
X• Obedient - (Eager to please) 
X• Playful - (With other animals, yes.  She doesn't appear to have experience with toys.)
No • Timid/Shy (Occasionally is surprised by new items/situations. Startled briefly the first time she saw an open dishwasher, for instance.)
No • Skittish (see above)
X• Affectionate 
X• Eager to please 
X• Independent - She has spent a lot of time alone in the past, and amazingly doesn't seem to have been harmed by that.
X• Even-tempered 
X• Gentle 
No • Goofy, (But I hope she will develop a sense of humor.) 
No • Drools excessively 
X • Has allergies (provide details) In her previous home she was fed mainly chicken breast, and that limited diet may have contributed to mild allergic skin condition...some balding along edges of ears and irritation and redness inside her ears.  She is improving after about 10 days on a more appropriate diet, and will have a vet check of her skin this week.  Because of the overexposure to chicken, it might be best for her to have a diet without that protein.
X • Special diet required (provide details) (See above, waiting vet recommendation....)
20. Does the dog have any of the following compatibility qualities that you know of (select ALL that apply): 
No • Older/considerate children only (Preschoolers and up should be fine...she seeks out children.)
X • Good for seniors/elderly (Active seniors who want to keep active would enjoy her.)
? • Needs a companion animal (She would love a home with other animals, but is fine with an attentive owner or family as well.)
X • Appropriate for an apartment (Especially with regular trips to a dog park or other space to run.)
X • Appropriate for a first time dog owner (I would recommend obedience training for the owner/family and Bella.)
21. Please include any other information about the dog that you feel is important for EHR to know when selecting a potential adopter to ensure a successful forever placement. 
22. Please include any other information about the dog you feel is important for a potential adopter to know to ensure a successful forever placement
Bella has had two former families....a family with a school-aged boy, and a single male owner who lost his home and was unable to keep Bella.  Especially in the second home she has been alone for ten or more hours a day.  She really enjoys time with family and other pets, and shows affection freely.  She will appreciate routine and daily activity and attention.  She would benefit from basic obedience training with her owner/family.
*When meeting new dogs, Bella may need help to read their cues, to know when to back away.  Some dogs may not appreciate her being 'in their face!'

Bella is currently being fostered in North Carolina and can be transported to New Jersey upon request.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Moose Needs A Home










Name - Moose    

Primary breed - Pitbull

Secondary breed - Hound

Gender - Male   

Spayed/Neutered? Yes

Date of Birth or Age - 10 months

Weight - 40 pounds

House-trained? No

Crate-trained? Partially

Good with cats? Previously lived with cats, he is very curious of them

Good with small/young children?  Previously lived with a special needs child which is why he was returned.  Older / considerate children only

Reaction to new people - Cautious and Friendly

Activity level: Highly Active

Likes to vocalize: Some

Obedience training:  Has some basic training / Needs Training

Does the dog know any commands? Yes - sit, stay, wait for food, basic leash skills

Can jump fences?  unknown, he is still a puppy

Dog has the following behaviors/personality traits: Walks well on leash most of the time, does well in car, playful, affectionate, eager to please, goofy

Dog has the following compatibility qualities: older / considerate children only, not appropriate for an apartment and may be too much for a first time dog owner

Moose lived with a special needs child during the last year.  The situation did not work out due to Moose's high energy and need for training.  However, we are confident that Moose will flourish in a structured environment which allows him playtime balanced with training.  Will you be the one to adopt Moose and give him the time and training he needs?

Stella Needs A Home









Name - Stella

Primary breed - Hound    

Secondary breed - Coonhound

Mixed breed?  Yes

Gender - Female     

Spayed/Neutered? Yes

Date of Birth or Age - 1 Year

Weight - 40 Pounds

House-trained? No

Crate-trained? No

Good with cats? unknown

Good with small/young children?  She is very active.  Older children only

Reaction to new people - Friendly

Activity level: Highly Active

Likes to vocalize: Some

Obedience training: Needs Training

Does the dog know any commands? Unknown

Can jump fences?  She has not been given the opportunity to try, but it is likely she might try.  Very active.

Dog has the following behaviors/personality traits: possible escape artist (hound) - do not allow off leash, playful, affectionate, goofy

Dog has the following compatibility qualities: older / considerate children only.  Stella takes treats gently and is very food motivated

Stella was found on a rural road in North Carolina.  She waited and waited, but her person never came to claim her.  Stella is extremely active and does not like to be cooped up in a cage.  However, once she is out of a cage or in a home, she is very eager to please and playful.  Because she is mostly untrained and active, we would recommend no families with babies or small children. Will you be the person to give Stella the family she has never known?

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Grover Needs A Home




Name - Grover

Primary breed - Pitbull

Secondary breed - Unknown

Gender - Male   

Spayed/Neutered? Yes

Date of Birth or Age - 1.5 Years Old

Weight - 50 Pounds

House-trained? Yes

Crate-trained? Yes

Good with cats? He is afraid of them, has never tried to harm one

Good with small/young children?  He likes children, but he does get very excited around them.  Older and respectful children preferred.

Reaction to new people - Friendly

Activity level: Highly Active

Likes to vocalize: Some

Obedience training:  Has some basic training

Does the dog know any commands? Yes - sit, crate up, easy (when taking food)

Can jump fences?  Has not tried with a 6 foot fence at foster's, but please don't take any chances

Dog has the following behaviors/personality traits: Walks well on leash, does well in car, obedient, playful, affectionate, eager to please, even tempered, goofy

Dog has the following compatibility qualities: not appropriate for an apartment and may be too much for a first time dog owner

Grover is good with other dogs but needs a slow introduction because his immediate reaction is to play.  He puts is paws over the back of the other dogs and that can sometimes create issues with the other dog.  He plays rough and needs some training.  It's not in a fighting way, he just gets really excited.  He can be loud in his crate when he wants out, but he is currently crated near a dozen other dogs.  He is active and needs exercise but settles nicely.  He is great off leash and has great recall.  Smart boy who wants to please!  Will you be the person to give Grover the family he has never known?

Friday, February 4, 2022

Winston Needs A Home





Name - Winston

Primary breed - Hound

Secondary breed - Mixed Breed

Gender - Male   

Spayed/Neutered? Yes

Date of Birth or Age - 2 years best guess

Weight - approx 45 pounds 

House-trained? Unknown

Crate-trained? Unknown

Good with cats? Unknown

Good with small/young children?  Unknown

Reaction to new people - Cautious

Activity level: Unknown

Likes to vocalize: Some

Obedience training:  Unknown

Does the dog know any commands? Unknown

Can jump fences?  Unknown

Dog has the following behaviors/personality traits: Walks well on leash, timid / shy, skittish, even tempered, gentle

Dog has the following compatibility qualities: Unknown


Winston is heart worm positive.  Has started initial 30 day oral medication treatment.  Oral antibiotics and steroids are scheduled to be finished in the first week of February.  It is unknown if this little boy has ever lived indoors.  He has been living in a vet's office for the last 4 weeks.  He is very scared, but seems to warm up quickly to anyone who gives him attention.  Will you be the person to give Winston the family he has never known?