• Est. birth date: 11/1/2008
  • Female (spay pending)
  • 20 lbs
  • Microchipped
  • Heartworm negative
  • Current on vaccinations
  • Adoption Fees

Lucy is fostered in Machesney Park, Illinois

Lucy is a 9 year old female who was recently released from a commercial breeder.  She is timid around humans but very sweet, and has not shown any signs of aggression whatsoever.  Currently she lives with two female dogs, one a shiba mix, and one a black lab mix.  They get along very well.  Lucy has also shown a lot of interest in the neighbor's boy chocolate lab, even exchanging kisses with him through the chain link fence!  It is not currently known how Lucy will react to children or cats.

Lucy has not had an accident in the house and she has learned to vocalize and pace when she wants to go outside.  She can go all day while her foster parents are at work, having the run of the main floor with her fursisters with no accidents.  She has a quiet "half-bark" most of the time and a very quiet puppy whine.

Although she does not want to be held, she will lay on the couch next to her humans if she is picked up and put there, and after a short time will relax and fall asleep next to them.  She shows little interest in treats so far, but likes cooked chicken!  She has no interest in toys so far, but that may change as she learns to be more comfortable in her environment.   As a former mill dog, her preferred eating time is overnight, so her foster mom has to leave food out for her after she goes to bed.

Lucy's safe place is her crate, but when the bedroom is closed off, she will lay out on a bed across the room from her humans and watch what goes on.  If foster mom or dad goes into the kitchen, she might get up and go to the doorway to observe what is going on, but currently she always watches from a distance and if the humans walk toward her, she retreats to her bed.

Please contact Lucy's foster mom at if you are interested and would like 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.