To know Salerno is to love him! Although this little guy was rescued from a terrible situation, his lively spirit endured through the hard times. He quickly showed love to his foster family, and now he is learning to trust and receive affection from humans. At 9 years old and just under 9 pounds, he was a bit lost when he came into rescue. His teeth were rotted out, he was terrified of loud noises, and he definitely didn’t have any leash or potty training. It is amazing how quickly he came around! He was a breeze to potty train (he is in his kennel for 4-5 hours a day while his humans are working, and no accidents!) and loves to trot around outside in his harness. It may take him some time to warm up to new faces, but once he does, he wants nothing more than to curl up next to you and receive ear scratches.

Sal does not act like a 9 year old dog at all, and is so excited to be able to explore his surroundings. Once in a while he will even show interest in a toy! He needs to be monitored closely when loose in the house as he is still getting used to a home setting, but he has shown zero destructive tendencies thus far. He adores his foster sister, and follows her lead while respecting her space (she’s not the most social gal!), so he would do wonderfully in a home with other small dogs. Loud noises still make him nervous, so a quieter home may be the best place for him, although with lots of love I think he could adapt to any situation.

He is currently on crate rest due to a neck injury, but is healing quickly and will be ready to meet prospective adopters in early December. Salerno is a special guy who has shown amazing resilience, and he is ready for a safe home and loving family to curl up with at the end of the day.