• Est. birth date: 12/1/2009

  • Female, spayed

  • 20.3 lbs

  • Microchipped

  • Heartworm negative

  • Current on vaccinations

  • Adoption Fees

Gracie is fostered in Decatur, IL. 

Gracie is a sweet and gorgeous 9 or 10-year-old that was recently released from a commercial breeder. As a result, she is extremely shy and timid, and she will need some extra time and patience to warm up to you and develop trust in humans. She is starting to come out of her shell for her foster mom, but is a little nervous around men. An all-male home is not a good fit for her. Gracie will need loving, patient adopters that will help her learn to trust people, she has shown some progress with her foster family and gets a little braver each day!

Gracie is getting used to life inside a home and enjoys having some freedom on a tie-out in her foster mom and dad’s backyard. Gracie is learning to walk on a leash – each new day Gracie becomes a little more confident, but progress is slow. Gracie will need a securely fenced yard, as loud noises and new movements startle her. Gracie signals when she needs to go outside – we are working on using the backdoor with a leash! 

She needs a home that is calm and quiet. Gracie’s favorite room in the house is the laundry room (nice and quiet!), that is where she spends most of her time. She loves to snuggle in her doggy bed and take a nap, but she will explore the house occasionally! She is becoming less shy as time goes on, but loud noises startle her! 

Her foster home has two cats that she could care less about; she will watch them but she has never offered to chase or bother them. Gracie would do well in a house with another dog as well. She is very comfortable being in her crate but also enjoys laying on a soft blanket. She has the freedom to roam in her foster house, but chooses to spend most of her time in the quiet laundry room, she is gradually starting to explore more. She is learning to play with toys, she doesn't quite know what to do with a tennis ball yet -- but she likes to carry small stuffed animals into her crate to cuddle with!

If you are willing to open up your home to this sweet dog, email her foster mom at to learn more!


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.