Adoption status: Adopted!


Hello everyone, my new name is now Totoro and I am a 10-year-old Male Shiba Inu! My original dad gave me to a family member when he got married a few years ago because his wife didn’t like dogs. I was lucky to have a home until my new mom got sick. I’m glad she found DC SIR because they love senior dogs and said my life is about to become really awesome! In my previous homes, I lived with cats and with kids and did great with both! I have been around other dogs but not too much and they can scare me. I’m a bit overweight, at 43 lbs, and my fur is very dry, but DC SIR said they have a great Senior Program so I should be looking and feeling great real soon!

Let me tell you a bit about myself. I rode very well in the car with the DC SIR volunteers. I’m so gentle and sweet that they say I’m a Gentle Giant! I was a bit nervous when I arrived at Shiba HQ but I went over to the volunteer who gave me boiled chicken and yummy dehydrated treats. I leaned against her to let her know I liked being petted. I enjoyed exploring the yard and checked in with the nice people. Soon they let another dog out, Katniss. I saw her and I got sooo scared. I ran to the gate and my whole body shook in fear. I tried to get away even though she could tell I was scared and didn’t come near me. DC SIR brought me indoors to a quiet room where I could rest. After a while, Katniss came in to see me again. I realized she wasn’t going to hurt me and we took treats together. I even sniffed her and fell asleep next to her. I may have woken her up with my snoring! DC SIR says I am a very sweet boy and they think a lot of people will want to adopt me into their home because I’m so cute and friendly. But first they need to get me healthy and do tests in a month to make sure I am going to be ready for a forever home! I hear I will have great food, enrichment, and medical care and that really makes me happy. I hope to meet you soon, I have so much love to give.  Email  and tell them that you’d like to adopt Totoro!

Dogs: Good
Cats: Good
Kids: Good
Location: Extended* (SC, NC, MD, VA, DC, WV, DE, PA, NY, NJ)
*Must meet all requirements (e.g., must meet dog and may not be guaranteed to get dog)

Intake 6/18/16

DC SIR takes in a large number of senior Shiba Inus. They are our most costly dogs and are often in rescue the longest. We often have a wait list for Shibas like Totoro to come into our rescue. With your donations, we can bring them into our care faster! Consider donating now:

Follow Totoro's progress on Facebook in his album!

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.