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Saint Gianna

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Size: Large
Age: Adult
Gender: Female
Breeds: Pit Bull Terrier
Unknown with Dogs/Cats/Kids

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Meet Saint Gianna, only 2 years and already with a story to tell!

Saint Gianna came to us through one of our amazing Memphis partners. It seems Gianna decided a local church was the best place to bring her NINE puppies! Unfortunately, when her puppies were brought in out of the cold, Gianna got scared and ran off! She was eventually caught in a humane trap by one of our partners and reunited with her bouncing babies. All nine have found their forever homes, and now it is time for Gianna to have her own happy tale!

Saint Gianna is a 2 year old, 48 pound pit bull mix. Being inside a nice warm home is clearly very new to Gianna, but she’s learning new great things about it every day! Through all her struggles, first with her pups and now being inside a house after life on the street, she has every reason to be mean, and she has never shown any aggression at all. She is still timid with humans, and when she gets overwhelmed with all the new, she runs and hides. She loves her crate covered with blankets or towels so it is a nice dark cave. From there, with the door wide open, she watches the world go by.

Saint Gianna IS learning how to trust people. We think a home with another happy dog would be ideal for her. She is currently doing well in her foster homes with other dogs. She is warming up to her humans because the other dogs trust them. She is a low energy pup inside the house and medium energy outside the house. Because she is still wary of trusting humans, we think she is a bit of a flight risk. If scared, she might jump a fence. She needs lots of supervised walks and other exercise while she learns the sights and smells of her new home.

Some noises inside the house are still new sounds to her, and she retreats to her crate often still. She needs a family committed to showing her she can trust them.

Saint Gianna’s life on the street did leave her some health issues. She was spayed on 3/2 and has recovered from that. She is currently getting heartworm treatment at her foster home. She will need to continue that treatment until she is clear. PAWS can help navigate that path with a committed adopter. She has a Grade 3 heart murmur now, but the vet is optimistic that this will get better after heartworm treatment.

On the upside, she’s pretty much tackled housetraining! When let out on a schedule, she has not had an accident in the house. She sleeps quietly in her crate all night. She lives peaceably with a dog and a cat. We think she would do fine with older, dog savvy kids in the home. She needs a family who will help her see how much fun it is to be a part of a Pack!

She adores dog beds! Her foster family has beds throughout the house, and she can almost always be found on one of them! She had some sensitive skin from her days on the street and we discovered that she doesn’t hate the bath and loves playing in the towels aftewards!

This independent lady took care of herself for a long time on the streets. With every day, she is learning to enjoy being part of the group, of being safe and warm and surrounded by friends who love her. If you would like to help her know that feeling for the rest of her life, fill out an application now!

Name: Saint Gianna
Breed: Pit Bull Terrier
Sex: Female
Age: 2 years 2 months  (estimated)
Weight: 0.0
Spayed/Neutered: No
Vaccinations: Up to date
Heartworm: on recent testing
Microchipped: Yes

Good with Children: Over 12
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: Yes

Adoption Fee: $500.00  (includes transport fee when applicable)

Location of dog currently:  Memphis  TN


Paws New England is a foster-based rescue - our dogs reside in various locations throughout the south and New England.  

Adoption donations cover pre-adoption vet costs (including vaccinations, spay/neuter when age appropriate, and heartworm testing/treatment when necessary), a microchip, and transportation to New England if necessary.

Donations for our young, healthy puppies and dogs support their fellow canines of advanced age or suffering from injuries and abuse whose donations are reduced but whose veterinary costs are typically much higher. We appreciate your understanding that your newly adopted dog will help others in need.