KFYO Rescue of the Week: Jimbo the Australian Shepherd
This is Jimbo, an Australian Shepherd Mix. He is about two years old and was originally left at The Haven Animal Care Shelter in October of 2010. Employees found him dumped on the facility's property and took him in.
Jimbo has been taken in by The Haven twice. When Haven employees originally found him, he had been hit by a car and left outside the Haven gates. His leg was mangled, but vets were able to save his leg. However, as a result of his injuries, he now has a permanent limp. He was eventually adopted out to a couple of college-age adopters. Unfortunately, they did not take care of him, and eventually abandoned him by tying him to a fence. Lubbock Animal Control found him, and the Haven paid to take him back to save him from euthanasia.
Before he was abandoned, Jimbo was an outgoing, friendly dog. However after the poor treatment he received from his former owners, he is now extremely shy. Haven workers say he would do best as an inside do so he would grow more comfortable with people. He his very loving and kind, despite his shyness. When I visited him at the Haven, he obviously loved to have his belly and ears scratched, even though it took quite a bit of coaxing for him to come out of his dog house. Staff say he is great with children and other dogs, however he shouldn't be allowed around cats or other small animals because of his prey drive. Haven staff say they believe his shyness would improve if he spend time in an affectionate, well-balanced home.
Jimbo is an Australian Shepherd, but he looks and acts like he may be a shepherd-collie mix. Both breeds are highly intelligent and great problem solvers. They also are loyal and loving companions who bond closely with their family. Australian Shepherds have a strong herding instinct, and will protect their "flock" from precived dangers. Shepherds and Collies have both been known to keep children from wandering out in the street. These dogs are not aggressive, however. They rarely bite and love people. Because of their high energy and intelligence, Australian Shepherds do great in agility competitions. They can be taught various tricks and commands, and pick up on their family's routines quickly.
Jimbo has been neutered and is up-to-date on all of his shots. His adoption fee is only $75. If you are interested in fostering or adopting Jimbo contact the Haven at 806-763-0092, email them at havenACS@gmail.com, or visit their shelter south of Idalou. You can also send me an email at Julie@kfyo.com, with the words KFYO Rescue in the subject line.