Adoption status: Adopted!


Hi! My name is now Niwa and it means “garden” in Japanese! I am a 3-year-old female red Shiba Inu. I lived with two families in my short life. The first year of my life I was locked up in a crate most of the day and night. The past year and a half I lived with another small dog. My family had to surrender me to rescue because the new home they are going to doesn’t allow dogs my size. DC SIR is told that I can be nervous around strangers but otherwise I am a typical Shiba Inu. DC SIR took me in without assessing me so they will have to give you details as they get to know me. When I arrived at Shiba HQ they were surprised to see how bad my skin was with sores and bald patches. My fur is very dry too. DC SIR says they’ll be able to get me silky lush fur with their nutrient dense raw diet! I also came to them with some of the longest nails they had ever seen. My nails were so long that my pads started to twist from the pressure of my nails hitting the floor. When I arrived at DC SIR, I explored the yard and met all the other dogs.

I was pretty nervous when the volunteer took me into the shower for my bath and nail trim. She sat on the floor next to me and said it will be alright. She took her time trimming my nails and didn’t cut too short because she didn’t want me to have a bad experience. I let her cut ALL my nails and boy does it feel good to walk without pain! I got all lathered up and cleaned and once I got dried off with a towel I got so frisky that I did the zoomies all over the house and yard! DC SIR will need to vet me and make sure that I get a healthy fur coat for the winter. But they think I am highly adoptable and that many people are going to fall in love with me. I really want a forever home that will train me and take good care of me! If you think this is you then please follow my journey and tell DC SIR you want to adopt me when I am available.

Dogs: Yes
Cats: No
Kids: 12 yr +

Intake date: August 20, 2016


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How to pronounce Niwa

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.