Update - Lumi is safe and sound in a foster home!
Update! Lumi is in a foster home! We have received close to 100+ foster applications for Lumi and many more phone inquiries! Thank you for your patience as we work through all of your emails and calls! Some of you have asked why Lumi needs to go to a home with older children or have no children in the home. It is important to us that pets are a good fit and fun experience for everyone in the family and that the pet is set up for success. As a rowdy, young and large dog (80lbs+) who loves to romp and jump, Lumi could unintentionally hurt a younger and smaller child. While we know he will thrive with training, we want to place him where he can succeed from the start. Thank you to everyone who has shared, comments and helped network this pup! We are amazed by and appreciate the outpouring of support!
Lumi needs to get out of the shelter ASAP – we rarely make “URGENT” types of posts, but in this case, Lumi needs it.
Lumi is not doing well here and is in a profound state of stress when in his kennel, and keeping him here is no longer humane. The mental health of the animals in our care is critical, and Lumi is suffering. We need your likes, shares, word of mouth and networking help to find an adopter, or foster who can hang onto him until he gets adopted.
Lumi arrived here when his previous family lost their home and had to make the difficult decision to bring him here but his previous family reports that Lumi is a total love. He snuggles, he cuddles, he wants to sit in your lap and is housetrained. In the shelter he barks and only settles with a few of his favorite staff members in an office, and even then, he is on alert. Unfortunately, no matter how hard we try here, the shelter is not a home, and Lumi has so much pent up energy and stress, he struggles to enjoy walks or yard time.
We try to give Lumi a variety of outlets and activities to help him feel better, none of them are a replacement for a loving home. Lumi needs placement IMMEDIATELY either through a foster or ideally, an adopter. Lumi does well with neighborhood dogs, but is pretty overwhelming to other dogs in the household, so we recommend he be the only dog in the home. Lumi is a young, rowdy boy so if there are kids in the home, they should be 10+ years old.
Friends of Loudoun County Animal Services has sponsored his adoption fee, provided him with a scholarship for training classes and donated all the supplies to get him started in a new home, so now we just need a loving place for him to go. Are you Lumi’s person? Come meet him today, we are open 11am-6pm.
Interested in fostering? Fill out our foster form here: https://www.loudoun.gov/FormCenter/Animal-Services-27/Loudoun-County-Animal-Services-Dog-Foste-368