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  • Adoption Status: Available
  • Breed: Maltipoo
  • Age: 8 yrs
  • Sex: Female
  • Weight: 11 lbs
  • All LHH dogs have been spayed or neutered, updated on shots, microchipped, groomed, deflea'd, dewormed; and come with a leash, collar and LHH ID tag!

THIS IS GEM…and we named her that because she is a Gem!  This lovely, thin-haired, 11 lb, 8 yr old, Maltipoo came from the Carson Shelter a total mess.  Poor baby, we didn’t know if she had a skin infection or a thyroid issue because she had so little hair — but hair grows back!   The truth is, it’s clear this little lady was not well cared for, so we are happy she came to us!  Gem does have a low thyroid, which is being addressed with inexpensive, daily meds that she will need to be on for life.  She also had a UTI, an eye infection and a cataract (sometimes has depth perception issues taking treats) …and is now 100% well.   Came to us with all this PLUS her kennel cough turned into pneumonia and she spent almost two weeks in the hospital!  After all that, we are happy to say that Gem is better and will be coming to adoptions!

You would agree, this is just too much medical for one little girl, but she is working to get her energy back.   She follows her foster everywhere — you could call her a velcro dog!  Likes to take naps (as she is getting used to her thyroid medication), loves her walks and is good on the leash.  Gem loves toys…and is great at taking them apart!  She has started to give kisses and it will be a joy to watch her blossom.  She will need a refresher course on potty training, but based on her past, this is not a surprise. 

We know that Gem has had a rough beginning, and we are waiting for her true personality to reveal itself  — and for a wonderful family to adopt Gem and help her back to becoming a perfect family member.   We have learned that she wants to be around someone all the time, so she wouldn’t like being left along many hours.  A family who will give her a lot of attention, be patient with her, a mature home would be great!  Could you love this Gem as much as we do?

Adoption Events

We do not have a public viewing facility; however, we hold bi-monthly adoption events in Santa Monica. Please check our calendar for changes and cancellations due to holidays or weather.

2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, 11am – 2:30pm

2116 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405 [Map]

Metered street parking.

Please bring pictures or video of your home/yard if we have not yet done a home visit (preferred).

And…don’t forget to bring your dog(s), if you have any. They make the final decision!