Adoption Status: Adopted!


Hi my new name is now Fumiko but you can call me Fumi. I am a 12 yr female Shiba Inu & I have only known one family. There comes a time in rescue where the human story is as gut wrenching as the dogs that come into rescue. And so is the case with my brother Sumiaki and me. You see, my family loved me very much but the house they lived in for 17 years was taken away from them and my brother and I almost ended up in a shelter. Luckily a family friend found DC SIR so we didn’t have to go to a shelter. My foster mom got a call we needed to be picked up asap because of eviction was in 24 hrs so she drove 7 hrs to get us. She could see we were very loved but also need a lot of care. We love meeting new people so we greeted her with kisses. We didn’t know she was taking us from our home. She brought yummy chicken so I liked that but stopped eating when I realized I was never going home.

My brother and I only ever got walked in our back yard on choke collars so my foster mom got us pretty new collars that are like necklaces to hold our DC SIR tags, microchips and stuff. We got to learn how to walk on harnesses and that feels good. We lived in a house with cigarette smoke so our fur didn’t smell so good so my brother and I got a much needed bath. This was scary but boy oh boy did we feel good afterwards! My nails were so very long and it hurt to walk far but those got clipped short so it feels good to walk again! But nothing can ease the fear and pain of losing my family and my home of 12 years. I howled for them my first night in foster care. I searched every door in my foster mom’s house to see if it was the door to lead me back to my mom and dad and the only house I ever lived in. My foster mom stayed up with us all night. She showed me what comfy dog beds are and I eventually fell asleep on a plush dog bed to a neck massage where my old choke chain indented my fur.

I got to meet a whole bunch of dogs and a couple cats at the Shiba HQ and everyone seemed to like me right away. That feels good to have nice foster family around who knows what I am going through. I couldn’t sleep much or eat much for days but my foster mom says it’ll get better. I’m real overweight and the Rescue is very worried about my eye sight and limp in my back legs. I haven’t been to a vet in years so they say I’ll need a full senior panel, blood work, IOP testing, thyroid, 4D snap test, and vaccinations when I am healthy. Please help me get healthy and donate to help DC SIR care for me and my brother.

Update from foster mom:
dogs: Excellent with all dogs
Cats: Excellent with all cats
Kids: LOVES children and greets them with kisses!

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DC SIR is a non-profit, volunteer-run network of foster homes in the Washington, DC area.

DC SIR does not have a shelter facility. To meet our adoptable dogs, interested adopters can attend one of our monthly adoption events.