Adoption status: Adopted!


Hi, my name is now Kai and it means ‘Restoration’ in Japanese. I am a 2 yr old male Shiba Inu. I was picked up as a stray in a small town in Arkansas. My owner had passed away and I was left to fend for myself on the streets. I was sad and alone. People would see me wandering but no one helped me until one day animal control picked me up. I was nearly bald and malnourished. I went to the local shelter and the people there were so nice to me. They took extra special care of me and put me on medicine to help me feel better. Soon my photo and story reached the other side of the country and DC SIR said they would take me in and get me healthy and into a loving home.

DC SIR tried a few options to get me to them. Eventually, a kind Shiba Inu lover offered to fly from CA, pick me up in TX and fly me all the way to Shiba HQ in DC! Three more people drove over 6 hours to get me to DFW airport. I’ve never felt so loved in my life! Everyone showered me with kisses and pets and said that I looked so handsome!

Once I arrived at Shiba HQ I met some really friendly dogs but I growled at them to stay away. After some time, I warmed up to them and got to meet all the dogs at Shiba HQ! Once I realized everyone was friendly and polite it wasn’t so bad. DC SIR promises to update you on how well I do with cats, dogs and children. My skin is still red and inflamed and I will need to get off my medication but DC SIR thinks I’ll be available for adoption once I am neutered, have full blood work and tests done to ensure I am healthy enough for adoption!

Location: Extended
Dogs: some: must meet
Cats: Few; May chase
Kids: No children

Kai would do best with an active family that loves to cuddle. Like many rescues that come to us, Kai has not had appropriate training as a puppy.

Behavior issue: Inappropriate mouthing
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This has can be quickly redirected with knowledgeable adopters. If you do not see results you need to hire a trainer. Kai is very eager to learn and please. He loves to cuddle with his foster family on the couch. He plays well with most dogs but is 'growlie' when playing and this may not be received well by all dogs.

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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.