• Est. birth date: 1/3/2013
  • Male, neutered
  • 32 lbs
  • Microchipped
  • Heartworm negative
  • Current on vaccinations
  • Adoption Fees

Carl is fostered in Mitchell, South Dakota. 

Carl is a gentle five year old who was recently released from a commercial breeder.  He is missing parts of his ears, likely due to frostbite.  Carl extremely shy of humans, but interacts well with other dogs.  Carl will need plenty of patience as he adjusts to life in a home.  He does best with a consistent schedule and repeated positive experiences.  He has shown each day that he trusts his foster home a little more.

Carl is most relaxed outside and will love his own securely fenced yard.  When he feels confident, he zooms around with his foster sister.  Unexpected noises startle him and he is very hesitant going in and out of doors, especially exterior doors.  He does however, know how to use a dog door! He is slowly gaining confidence going up and down stairs.  He is learning how to wear a collar and harness and walk on a leash in the house.  His foster home hopes to take him on a walk when he seems more confident.

A quieter home with least one other well socialized dog would be ideal for Carl.  Carl is still learning human hands give good scratches and yummy treats.  Quieter children who know how to respect dogs will also work for Carl as he has not shown any aggression.  Currently, Carl sticks to his kennel in his foster home.  He ventures out occasionally, but quickly returns to the comfort of his room.  He loves playing with his foster sister and will benefit from a playmate in his adoptive home.  He has begun to instigate games of "chase me!" and has shown interest in toys.

Carl eats breakfast and dinner in a timely manner and won't let you forget when it's near mealtime.  He has not had any accidents in his foster home since being neutered.  Carl is content to spend most of the day snoozing in his kennel.  He did break a toenail while in foster care but has had it removed and is healing well.  He currently best travels in a car while secured in his kennel.  It is unknown how he does with cats.

Carl is looking for a new doggy BFF to play with and learn from as he continues to trust humans.  If your home sounds right for Carl, please email his foster mom, RiAnna, at


Any one interested in adopting this dog must first complete an adoption application indicating the name of the dog(s) they are interested in learning more about.  Once the adoption application is received, our adoption coordinator will contact you.  You must respond to this email to set up your home visit and complete the approval process.  The entire adoption process is outlined on our web site.

NOTE: Due to the breed's independent and prey driven nature, Shibas should ALWAYS be leashed whenever they are outside of a securely fenced area.  In addition, many Shibas are door bolters and care should be taken around doors and other escape points.