Maya is available ( Updated 02-21-2019 )
If you've been looking for a dog to add to your family, read a note written by Maya's foster mom:
A few months ago, my husband and I received a request from the rescue organization we volunteer for, Coastal German Shepherd Rescue, to temporarily foster a dog that had come to them from a shelter in Orange County. Approximately 4 years old, Maya wasn't exactly in top condition — she was malnourished, underweight, and afflicted with ear and skin infections, in fact — and thus needed a bit of TLC before she could be placed into the rescue's general adoption pool. We took her in, and after a period of proper care and feeding, she's now a healthy 60 lbs, fit as a fiddle, and ready to find her forever home!
Having gotten to know Maya rather well, I can unequivocally state that she is pretty damn near perfect, and whoever gets her will be very lucky indeed. If my husband and I weren't committed to fostering, we'd adopt her ourselves, and if someone from the neighborhood does end up adopting her, we'd certainly be more than willing to dogsit on occasion.
Here's but a sampling of her many fine qualities:
* A lovely disposition: Maya greets just about everyone she encounters with a cheery hello and a tail full of wags. She's gentle with small children and won't jump up on them, or on small adults for that matter.
* Excellent manners: she's house-broken and will come to you when she needs to go out. Not destructive to anything other than her toys or prone to separation anxiety. Also great in the car and decent on a leash.
* She hardly ever barks, most often choosing to express herself with her version of "talking" or by communicating with her eyes and nose. She's surprisingly good at this — she'd have made a great silent film star.
* She's fun-loving and playful, but when the mood to play strikes her, she doesn't go all Tom-Cruise-on-Oprah, jumping up on people or furniture, knocking things over, etc.
* She's highly intelligent and observant, but not inclined to apply her intelligence toward nefarious ends. Knows basic commands (Come, Sit, Stay, Down, etc.) and is definitely capable of learning more. Treat-motivated, eager to please, and responds well to correction.
Along with being eager to please, Maya is also easy to please. Her recipe for happiness is two square meals a day, regular petting/affection, a comfy bed to sleep in, and last but definitely not least, some ball-playing. If you happen to live in a house with an enclosed yard big enough for her to chase a ball in, great. If not, you'd have to be willing to take her someplace and throw balls for her on a daily or near-daily basis. Doesn't have to be for all that long, but it really is her favorite form of exercise, so her future family must be willing to play ball. In exchange, you will get a loving, smart, sweet, funny, devoted companion who will make you laugh and bring much joy to your life, so she's really quite the bargain.
As far as other dogs are concerned, if they're bigger, the same size, or not too much smaller than her, she's fine, but little ones, she's not compatible with. Same for cats.
The minimum adoption donation for adults is $300 and the adoption donation for puppies is $400 - $500. This amount only partially covers the cost of veterinary care, boarding fees, and other miscellaneous expenses involved in the temporary care and adoption of our dogs and is tax deductible. The adoption donation provides that all dogs will be spayed or neutered, receive current vaccinations, and are microchipped. If not, arrangements will be made on an individual basis ( i.e., puppies who will need to be altered by 6 mos old). Special consideration may be given to those willing to adopt older dogs or dogs with physical problems.