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Meet Stevie


Stevie has a Patella Luxation on her right hind leg and will require corrective surgery when she is about 10 months old, after she has grown a bit. Stevie will remain in DCH foster care until after her surgery.

Any donation towards the cost of this surgery, which will be approximately $1,000, would be very much appreciated.

Stevie was surrendered to Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter, and although her history is unknown, she was initially too scared to be handled or touched and cowered in fear from people.

However, after only a few days in foster care, this lovely girl is just a happy, playful puppy who needs some love, patience and training!

Stevie really enjoys a head scratch or back rub, and she is even doing well with her on-lead training in the backyard and we are now working on the "sit" command. Once she is fully vaccinated, she can go for walks. She comes inside the house every day for short periods as she is not house-trained yet (but no accidents so far!), and although she gets excited, she behaves very well.

Still shy of anything going over her head, Stevie also dislikes anyone coming up behind her too quickly. Although she still gets scared, she has shown no aggression whilst in foster care, and will just run out of reach, preferably into the safety of her crate.

Stevie is being crate trained and is doing really well! The crate is used for car travel but more importantly, it gives her a safe place to go when she is unsure or needs some security, and it is also where she sleeps at night. Stevie will go into her crate at bedtime and sleep by herself on her nice soft bed, without barking or complaining.

If you have a lonely, non-aggressive dog that needs a friend, Stevie would be a great companion. Stevie has quickly made friends with our Golden Retrievers and she loves playing tug-of-war, chase or just jumping on them and demanding that they play! Stevie is a bit cheeky at food time however, and mostly eats in her crate now as she loves to sample what the other dogs are eating rather than her own bowl (but our dogs are not food reactive).

Although Stevie has met our resident cats, she wants to play with them like dogs, and they are not impressed! It would be best if she went to a cat-free home.

Stevie will be a medium sized dog and will suit a person/family that has prior experience with dogs and, most importantly, has the time to continue with her training and socialisation. She is a clever puppy and responds very well to positive reinforcement, and is very affectionate once she knows and trusts you. I think Stevie would excel if given proper obedience training.

As she has already had a rough start to her life, please carefully consider if you would be suitable to adopt Stevie as she now needs love, stability and a permanent Forever Home.

Remember that Stevie is still a 6 month old puppy who will be naughty, chew something she shouldn't or occasionally bark - how she behaves as an adult dog will depend on how she is trained now.

Stevie will remain in DCH foster care until after her corrective surgery. She will hopefully be ready for adoption around April 2021

Stevie has sadly had additional veterinary expenses due to illness or injury. We are seeking sponsorship for Stevie to help us cover some of those additional costs.

To help sponsor Stevie you can donate securely online using the Give Now or Paypal on the links below.

Alternatively, you can contact us on 1300-88-93-40 or cheques can be sent to DCH Animal Adoptions, 44 Dingle St Riverstone NSW 2765.

  • Staffy X
  • female
  • 10 May 2020
  • 6 months and 2 weeks
  • White with Brindle Patches
  • Medium
  • 25 October 2020

Would you like to adopt Stevie?

NSW Rehoming Organisation Number: R251000023

To find out more information about Stevie, or to organise to see her, please contact her foster carer above. Alternatively use our contact form

Our animals are rescued from various pounds and shelters and placed in Foster Care until a permanent home can be found. Our Foster Carers are located throughout Sydney, Australia.

Stevie has been in foster care since 25 October 2020, for 1 month

Animals in our Care

These animals have been rescued from various pounds and shelters by volunteer Foster Carers who provide the animal with a safe haven until they can be permanently rehomed. They are located throughout Sydney, Australia.

Please note that descriptions of breed, age and size are given in good faith and are based on assessment of the animal's features, together with veterinary opinion. We cannot guarantee the age and breed of any animal listed.

All dogs and cats listed come desexed, vaccinated, wormed, microchipped and heartworm tested.

Also have a look at our Dogs in Care pages for more dogs available for adoption.

Last updated: 17 November 2020