Animals that are (chronically) ill, disabled, blind, old, demented, incontinent or have gone through so much that they are no longer eligible for adoption are given a for-ever loving home at our farm sanctuary. However, for healthy animals in need of a new home we help find new loving families. These animals don’t live on our farm sanctuary, but with host families.
Adoptive parents can count on the following: all animals will be chipped, vaccinated, neutered or spayed and have a passport. In addition, the adoptive parents can count on lifelong support from KFAAF.
Meet the animals that are looking for a new home.
For “our” Woezel, a 7-year-old neutered Shih-Tzu / Lasha Apso mix, we are looking for a new for-ever loving family. Woezel arrived at the KFAAF house a few weeks ago, together with Pieter, a 9-year-old Labrador, after his human friend died. Because both Pieter and Woezel were far too heavy, we decided to foster them ourselves so that we could put both men on a diet. Both Woezel and Pieter have both lost 10 kg and have reached their target weight. Upon arrival, we didn’t yet know whether we would relocate them together or separately. It has since become clear that we are going to place them separately for the following reasons.
First of all, we noticed that Pieter and Woezel can live without each other very easily. They spend some together, but the majority of the time they are comfortable on their own or hang out and enjoy the compay of our other pooches. So it’s not that they are inseparable. We have been able to observe this extensively because both live in a pack with 15 other pooches and then you can observe these things very well.
Secondly, the needs of Pieter and Woezel are considerably different. This is partly due to the difference in character, but certainly also due to Pieter’s state of health. The latter has also been decisive in taking the decision to find a different family for both gentlemen to suit the needs of both pooch friends.
We recently had Pieter’s bumps checked and biopsies were taken that were sent to the lab. This revealed that the bump on his shoulder is a mast cell tumor that must be removed. The other bump is a fat bump, but if we do operate, we also remove this fat bump immediately. Pieter is being operated today.
However, that is not the only thing that is going on with Pieter. Our veterinarian has examined Pieter and found that Pieter is sensitive on his elbows and not quite right on his lower back in connection with his sacrum. Pieter’s construction is also tailored to this. His hindquarters are narrow compared to his forehand, with which he absorbs most of his weight as compensation. Pieter occasionally also vibrates with both hind legs. He also suffers from (elderly) osteoarthritis. Now it seems that Pieter is not bothered to much by this yet, but as he gets older he will start to suffer more and will need special care. We have put Pieter on special food with nutritional supplements and anti-inflammatory pain relief (Previcox). For Pieter, however, we have found a perfect adoptive family who can offer him the care he needs now and in the future and with whom he will become acquainted as soon as he has finished his rehabilitation of his operation. We cross our fingers that this will be a match made in heaven.
Woezel is a cheerful jump-in-the-field that goes through life without problems. Woezel really has the character of a Shih-Tzu. In fact, he is “a character.” Woezel is a small pooch who, with a superior, proud, somewhat arrogant, self-conscious and independent attitude, wanders through the KFAAF house thinking that he is the biggest and strongest pooch of all pooches and that nobody can stand up to him. Woezel therefore regards everything as “his.” Or as M.F.M. Poot-Mudde wrote in her book “Little happiness”: “You don’t own the Shih Tzu, the Shih Tzu owns you!”
In his experience, Woezel is lord and master in the KFAAF house, which can sometimes lead to very comical situations. He may be convinced that he’s calling the shots, but he has not yet been able to convince his 16 other pooch friends at the KFAAF house. However, Woezel can get along well with all pooches at the KFAAF house and he loves the attention he’s receiving from us and in return we’re getting a lot of love back from him.
Woezel is eager to learn when it suits him. He also listens when it suits him or when he understands the usefulness of what is expected of him. If Woezel needs to be corrected and we address him, he sometimes responds as if we have done something terrible to him. He than really changes into a spoiled brad. And the other time he looks at us like “and who do you think is the boss here?” Me and not you, just tie that in your ears.” If Woezel is doing something that he finds more interesting than to listen to us, then he suddenly has bananas in his ears. He no longer looks up or down and Woezel only hears what he wants to hear. Well, apparently there are more men living in the KFAAF house that suffer from having bananas in their ears.
Woezel is really a pooch for companionship who is very affectionate. He enjoys being close to his human friend. He doesn’t like it if he is left alone for too long. He can stay alone for a little while, but it is not a pooch that will show his gratitude if he is left alone for hours on end.
Once Woezel has locked you in his heart, you have a life-long friend. Something you can be particularly proud of since he’s such a wonderful loving fellow.
Woezel loves walking and hugging. He likes to lie curled up on a chair or on a nice thick cushion alone or close next to another pooch. Woezel also likes to crawl in all kinds of places that are sheltered, including the towel furniture in the bathroom where he has an “apartment on the first floor”. He eats his meals with great taste and he walks nicely on a leash. He also loves balls, tufts and toys. Here in the KFAAF home we regularly see him whizzing past with a ball, while we’re wondering: “ball, where are you going with Woezel” instead of the other way around. In short – Woezel is a wonderful companion that his future family will enjoy immensely. We’ve closed this sweet boy deep in our hearts.
For Woezel we are therefore looking for a family who is familiar with the breed and who can deal with his “lord and master” character. Woezel didn’t grow up with small children and we therefore don’t place him with a family with children younger than 8 years old. We like to place Woezel with people who are not absent for whole days (by the way, it’s possible to easily take him with you because he fits in handbag) and want to spend a lot of time with him, which could be as simple as just being present. Another pooch friend would be nice, but is not a must. Woezel is also great with cats.
Woezel is in possession of a European pet passport. He is completely in order with regard to his vaccinations, deworming and anti-parasite treatment. His coat, if you want to grow it, needs the necessary, weekly maintenance. Woezel will be groomed one more time before he’s being adopted.
Do you think you have Woezel’s golden dog basket in your house or if you know someone who can offer him that golden dog basket, then please fill out the form below.
More information about our adoption procedure can be found here: https://bit.ly/2sFXWoq
~ Their world, we just live in it ~
Bobbie, one of our rescue pooches, a neutered one-year-young Westpointer (of the size of a Border Collie) from Curacao who already lived in the Netherlands is temporarily being fostered by us. Bobbie stayed with a foster family since the beginning of December 2018 where he did very well. However, just before Christmas, disaster struck this foster family and their kitchen burned out. Because of the fire and smoke damage, their house had become temporarily un liveable and they no longer could take care of Bobbie. We have picked up Bobbie and let him stay at the farm sanctuary for special needs animals. We didn’t know what impact of the fire had on Bobbie, who was alone at the time of the fire.
At home we integrated Bobbie into the pack and from the moment he stepped with his paws in the KFAAF house, he felt at ease. In the past weeks we have also had the opportunity to observe Bobbie well and we have come to the conclusion that there is nothing wrong with this pooch. He only had the bad luck to have been adopted by the wrong family.
Bobbie is in fact a wonderfully stable and cheerful pooch that is getting along amazingly well with our pack of 14 pooches (boys, girls, young and old, different races). Outside he is very active and playful. We regularly see him running over the playing field with his partners in crime: Alfi, Jessie, Sammy or Lexie. He has the energy that is appropriate for his age. He is very eager to learn and smart and picks everything up incredibly quickly. He is suitably watchful, but is easy to correct, in fact with everything. He knows some basic commands that we have taught him and during feeding, we let him sit and then we put his food bowl in front of him. Then he looks at us with those beautiful brown eyes of his and waits until we give the command to eat. We then hear him enjoy his meal.
Inside the house he’s very calm. He likes to lie on one of the dog cushions or on one of the chairs and he can really fall asleep in the craziest poses. Bobbie also seems to have invented cuddling because he likes to cuddle and he loves to be with you, lie next to or on top of you. In bed, for example, if it is up to him, he likes to crawl against you and he then rolls himself up to fall into a deep sleep. Bobbie is a pooch who’s incredibly loyal and sweet towards his family. With his previous family and foster families he was somewhat distant to visitors and he didn’t like people who’re wearing uniforms, but we don’t experience that at all. We have a lot of people visiting us every single day and he’s very friendly towards them, including people in uniform.
Bobbie listens very well and is a delightful happy chap at the KFAAF house. He walks well on a leash, loves balls and everything he can fetch. He is social, he likes taking a ride in the car and a visit to the vet is also going well.
We’re told by his former family that Bobbie didn’t like to stay at home alone. This was confirmed when he was accommodated with his first foster family. Because he would have to stay there for a couple of hours a day alone, we brought Bobbie to his second foster family where he loved being, but who couldn’t take care of Bobbie any longer because of the fire in their house.
With us, Bobbie can stay alone for a while, as he is with another dog(s) with whom he clicks well. Apparently he feels safe and at ease in the house. We practice this daily by leaving him alone with the other pooches while we’re in the stables. This way we can intervene quickly if necessary because we are not “really gone,” but in his mind we’re not present at that moment. As soon as we step back into the house, our boy is laying stretched out on a chair or a dog pillow.
The ideal family for Bobbie are experienced dog owners who enjoy walking with a pooch and who’re active. A family where another pooch is present with whom Bobbie can get along well. Bobbie loves children, but because he isn’t used living with very small children in a house, we don’t place him in a family with children under 8 years of age. Bobbie has a strong character (please note: he is not aggressive or dominant, but it is a pooch that clearly communicates to indicate if he doesn’t like something) but is a pooch of which you know where you stand. He can still grow very much in his learning process, whereby we have already laid a good foundation on which his future family can further build. It would be great for Bobbie if he would live with a family where he wouldn’t be left alone (with another pooch friend) much. Bobbie is really the type of pooch who will become your best buddy and most loyal friend. Not only does he have a great character, he is also a very handsome guy with a beautiful snout.
Do you think you have Bobbie’s golden dog basket in your house or if you know someone who can offer him that golden dog basket, then please fill out the form below.
More information about our adoption procedure can be found here: https://bit.ly/2sFXWoq
~ Their world, we just live in it ~