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About Bella (MEDICAL HOLD)

  • Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
  • Adoption Fee: 450.00
  • Species: Dog
  • Rescue ID: D200069
  • Current Size: 102.2 Pounds
  • Current Age: 3 Years 2 Months (best estimate)
  • Microchipped: Yes
  • Housetrained: Yes
  • Exercise Needs: Low

Bella is a lazy Neopolitan female, who is extremely sweet with people of any age. She is house trained, and crate trained, though she would rather be out with her people lounging around. She came to us in rough shape: underweight, needing eye surgery and with sores on her paws, but is improving every day and gaining energy and strength. She will snuggle and nap with you any time you want and only requires short jaunts to the yard to do her business and it’s right back to lounging.


Likes: all things food. All humans, though she has not been around small kids yet. Neck and belly rubs are her favorite!!


Dislikes: going into the crate (once she is in there, she settles quickly). Other dogs, specifically smaller dogs, as she is dominant and would do best as an only dog, but she is working on slow introductions and we will update with progress


Personality: extremely sweet, goofy at times and very loving


Temperament: Bella is extremely sweet; she will take meds if they’re hidden in her food. She has no problem with ear cleanings, receiving eye drops and having her paws rubbed with balm to help them heal. She rides well in the car (50-minute ride each way to the vet and she sleeps most of the ride). She does not mind being handled and has been good at the vet. Anyone who meets her immediately falls in love with this sweet girl.


Energy level: Bella is a total couch potato, but also likes to follow you around when you’re wandering the house and as she gains energy, she is trotting around the back yard in short bursts of fun.


Favorite activities: napping and eating are her favorites


Good with cats, dogs, and kids over 6?: Bella would prefer to be the only dog in the house to soak up all the love you can give. She has not been exposed to cats or children


Not good with: other dogs, but she’s working on her manners and we can update as we get more exposure


Housetrained: yes


Crate trained: yes


Challenges: Bella is extremely food driven because she is underweight. She seems to have limited training, but she is learning new things every day and seems to enjoy learning and being praised for it. She lived a rough life before making it to her foster home and she is dominant toward other dogs, but you would not know humans treated her poorly. She loves her humans with everything she has and trusts them implicitly. She has a road to recovery ahead of her when it comes to some medical issues, but she is strong and making progress every day!


Any Medical issues? Bella has been diagnosed with irritable bowel disease, so she experiences some bouts of diarrhea, but that has not held her back from eating! She is currently gaining weight and her strength and energy are gaining every day as we feed her a special diet of fresh pet fresh food and probiotics.  In 4 weeks with her foster family, she has only had 1 flare up and otherwise is happy and regular. She is experiencing some incontinence, which can happen after being spay, but we’re working on how to help her with this. She had difficulty seeing but has been receiving eye rewetting drops and has experienced great improvement. She will require entropian eye surgery which will hopefully be scheduled in the coming weeks as she gains weight. Her paws were swollen and sore from her former life, but her veterinarian is confident with some cushy surfaces that this will heal up completely in a few months, so we will update on the progress here as well.



What would be the best kind of home? Bella is a pretty laid-back gal who would love a calm home where she can do a lot of lounging and napping. She is good on a leash and is learning new commands to improve her leash skills. She would prefer a home without other dogs and we will update as we learn more about her home skills. So far, Bella has been focusing on healing and gaining weight, so her personality will come out more and more as she heals.

Fostered in Harrisburg, PA.

Application Fees, Adoption Donations and Rescue Policy: Please know that 100% of our funds are used for rescuing the dogs.

Our rescue policy requires the following:

  • Adopters must have their primary residence in one of the following states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and parts of North Carolina and and parts of New York.
  • We will not adopt a giant breed dog to homes where the dog will have access to highly varnished hardwood steps inside the home. Any inside steps to which the dog(s) have access, must have carpeting, securely fixed stair treads, or a non-skid surface. We encourage you to remediate potential safety issues while your application is under review, prior to the home visit.
  • Applications for giant breed dogs must be submitted by the property owner.
  • Homes with children under 6 years of age will not be approved for adoption.
  • Homes with children should have a fenced yard.
  • Pets currently in the applicant's home must have a history of appropriate veterinary care. Veterinary records will be checked.
  • All references must be checked before any visitation of the dog is permitted at the foster home.
  • All family members must be present during the home visit to the applicant's home.
  • Any dog(s) in the applicant's home must have an introductory meeting with the rescue dog being considered, before any adoption can be completed.
  • Homes with intact dogs will not be approved for adoption. Exceptions to this policy can be found on the Adoptable Dog Page.

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