Adoption status: RIP, Yamato
Hiko is a 13 year old senior, male, red Shiba Inu. Follow his Facebook Album.

Hello everyone, my name is Hiko and it means “prince, son” in Japanese. I am a 22 pound, 13 year old, male Shiba Inu. I was a stray dog before being picked up and placed in a North Carolina shelter. I didn’t do well in the shelter and was very scared of the loud noises. I did better when I was out of my noisy kennel and in the office with shelter staff. I was calm and leaned in for petting, and enjoyed getting pets under my chin, though I don’t like pets over my head. I get scared easily and flinch when there are loud noises and sudden movements. Because I was guarded and nervous, and because I am an old guy, the shelter decided that I was unadoptable and was going to end my life. Luckily DC SIR found out about me and arranged to have me transported this weekend to a DC SIR foster home that loves senior dogs! I did very good on the drive, chilling in my crate and looking out the window at the world. I didn’t make a peep!

When I got to my foster home, I sniffed around and took yummy boiled chicken from my foster mom. I met one of the resident dogs but we didn’t really care about each other and we took treats together. After I let my foster mom give me a few scratches, I crawled under the kitchen table to relax. I also went for a walk! She says I am very quiet, shy and sweet. I am old, and will need medical beyond the standard care, including surgery for a skin tag on my lower right eyelid and severe dental work. Please consider donating to my medical fund! I will be in foster care for a while but DC SIR promises that life will only get better for me. Thank you to everyone who helped me get to a rescue that will commit to a senior like me!

Location: TBD
Dogs: TBD
Cats: TBD
Kids: TBD
Weight: 22lbs
Intake Date: 6/16/2017
Availability Date: TBD

Donate to Hiko's fund here.
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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.