The term “double merle” refers to a dog bred by two merle colored parents. Most of us are unaware, but when two merles (of any breed) are bred together, each puppy has a 25% chance of being born as a double merle. Common breeds with the merle trait include: Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Catahoula Leopard, Chihuahua. Collie, Dachshund, & Great Dane just to name a few. Born with excessive white coloration, these dogs are known to have eye abnormalities, hearing impairments or sometimes even both. Double Merle puppies are often dumped into shelters or left to fend for themselves.
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Before completing our online application please read the following:
Our adoption process involves multiple steps and it typically takes up to 2 weeks from the time we receive your application to the time your adoption is finalized. This process can take longer when puppies are involved since no puppy adoptions are finalized until they are spayed/neutered. We reserve the right to deny any application without explanation.
1.We do not normally adopt to adults under 25 years of age, however, exceptions will be made based on the organization’s assessment of the individual maturity of the adopter.
2.All of our dogs and/or puppies are in foster homes. We do not schedule private “Meet and Greets” without a processed application. Our Adoption Fee starts at $250.
3.We can adopt an animal ‘out of state’, but you must be willing to travel to where the pet is being fostered, and transport the animal yourself after the adoption.
4.We cannot place a hold on a dog for you. If you are not ready to adopt, please do not complete an application until you are ready to do so.
5.If you have other animals (dogs/cats) in your home, they must be up-to-date on vaccinations, heartworm testing (dogs), and on monthly heartworm preventative (dogs). We will verify this with your veterinarian.
6.If you do not own the property you live in, you must provide the owner/landlord’s name and phone number. We will contact them to verify that you are permitted to have the pet you are applying for.
7.If you are getting ready to move or are in the process of moving, please do not complete an application until after you are settled in your new home. Please be advised that we reserve the right to conduct a Home Visit if we feel it is necessary before placing an animal with you.
8.Please make sure to fully complete your application; leaving questions blank or not including phone numbers will delay your application (this especially true when we post puppies, incomplete applications are not processed until last).
9.Once your online application is completed, it can take our volunteers 5 days to process it (longer if we have a litter of puppies posted). If we have questions about your application, we will call or email you. You must respond in order to get your application fully processed.
10.Adoption application approval means you are approved to adopt an animal from us, it does not mean you are necessarily approved for the animal you applied for. There may be specific circumstances in your home that do not make it a good fit for one animal, but it may be a fine fit for another.
11.Once your application is approved by the processers it is sent to the person fostering the dog you have applied for. They will make the decision on whether the animal that you applied for is the right fit for you and your home. They may also choose to initially contact you via email or phone. If you do not respond promptly to their email or phone call, they will move on to the next applicant.
12.Once you have met the dog and the adoption is approved, we have a minimum 24-hour waiting period before the adoption is finalized.
13.Once your new pet is home with you, we recommend taking then to a veterinarian of your choice within 10-14 days of adoption for a general check-up, especially for dogs or puppies that have been recently spayed or neutered.
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Want a handsome border collie? Check out Tuff! Tuff is a beautiful double merle, born as a result of two merle dogs being bred together. He is completely blind; has some hearing loss, but he will inspire you with his enjoyment of life! Tuff does not want a home that is going to feel sorry for him, nor one that will lock him away thinking they are keeping him safe. He simply does not know he is different. He loves car rides, companionship, walks, hiking and exploring.... just like any other dog! Tuff will have your house and yard mapped out in a couple of days, just don't rearrange your furniture too often. Watching him, you will soon forget that Tuff is special needs dog. Tuff is housebroken, walks well on a leash, and rides great in the car. An ideal home would take him to training to strengthen the bond, learn to communicate effectively, and help him with his social skills. He is an absolute love and will jump on anyone in his excitement. Although Tuff lives with several foster dogs, he would do much better in a quieter home with no children and perhaps only one other (preferably female) doggie sibling. Tuff does require a fenced yard. Tuff is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, current on flea and heartworm preventative. He is being fostered in the St. Louis area. If you are interested in providing Tuff a forever home with lots of love, please fill out an application at http://www.speakstlouis.com/forms/adoption-application/
Unlike most of our dogs who are born blind as a result of Merle to Merle breeding, Tryston was not born blind. It is harder for dogs who have had their eyesight, then lose it. Pups born without, never know there is anything wrong. We knew it wasn't age related either as Tryston is still very young. We took him to our Ophthalmologist hoping there was a corrective procedure. Instead, we learned that Tryston's blindness is irreversible and a result of a systemic infection, such as distemper. So, just like all the deaf and blind Double Merle's, his blindness was totally preventable with inexpensive vaccinations that protect our loved ones from these harmful illnesses! Tryston's owner failed him in almost every way possible. When we pulled him from a rural shelter in Missouri on Easter Day, he was scared, a skeleton full of intestinal worms, his fur smelly and matted and of course, not neutered. He has had to spend the past several months enduring the dreadful heartworm treatment, which is also preventable! Tryston has had a horrible first couple years of life but his blindness is not going to prevent him from finding a home who will love and care for him forever and always, as he so deserves! Tryston has finally finished his heartworm treatment and has a clean bill of health. He is a beautiful black Tri Australian Shepherd, approximately two years old, house trained, knows basic commands and gets along with other dogs. He is also neutered, up to date on vaccinations, micro-chipped, and current on flea and heartworm preventative. He navigates his surroundings extraordinarily well and memorizes them within a week. It takes a little while for him to warm up but once he does he gives lots of love and kisses. Tryston will do best in a home without young children and will also need a fenced yard. He is being fostered in the St. Louis area. Are you ready to give this beautiful boy the home he deserves? Please fill out an application at http://www.speakstlouis.com/forms/adoption-application/
Star is a 7 year old cattle dog/Australian shepherd mix whose life was recently and tragically torn apart. She had a happy home with her retired human parents, but lost them both on the same day. When Speak! St. Louis took her in Star was confused and sad; everything she knew had been suddenly ripped from her. In spite of the recent tragedy, Star is a very sweet dog. She is truly a velcro dog who wants to always be near you, and she is good with other friendly dogs. Star would prefer a home without small children, and her perfect home would be with an active retiree who is looking for a loyal companion to love. Because of her breed's tendencies, Star needs a fenced yard at her forever home. Would you like to make this sweet girl the Star in your life? If you think you'd be a good fit for each other, fill out an adoption application at speakstlouis.com.
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You want beauty and brains? Well, look no further! My name is Bella. I am deaf but I am just as amazing as any other puppy. I am an Australian Shepherd and Border Collie mix. My birth mom and dad are both merle (color pattern), which means they should not have been bred. While I will never hear my own voice or my new family's voice, I can provide you with lots of joy. My foster mom says I need to continue with training and socialization, so I can be just like any other girl when I grow up. I am learning to walk well on a leash. I love to cuddle and I am a pretty chill girl. I am good with a consistent routine learning to do my âbusinessâ outside with little to no accidents. I love to fall asleep on my foster momâs lap, when the resident dog isnât hogging her. I settle down quickly in the evenings with an interactive toy. Donât tell the other fosters, but my foster Mom says I am an angel. I would love my forever family to have a visible fence, herding dog breed experience (helpful), a home with no children under 10. Having special needs experience would be a plus. I would like the opportunity to go to obedience class so I can become even smarter! They tell me I am spayed, microchipped and up-to-date on all vaccinations for my age. If you are interested in becoming my forever family, please fill out an application at http://www.speakstlouis.com/forms/adoption-application
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Big personalities come in small packages! Meet this handsome little guy named Henry! He is an Australian shepherd / cattle dog mix. He would be considered a double merle, meaning his birth parents are both merle (color pattern) and should not have been bred. As a result of this breeding, Henry is deaf. Donât be fooled by this because being deaf does not slow Henry down one bit. Henry loves playing with his foster siblings and is usually the instigator in playtime matches. Henry is still working on housetraining and a few sign commands. He is also working on socialization as well as crate training. He does settle down in the evenings with an interactive toy. These items are things his forever home should continue working on with Henry. Henry would benefit from some obedience training that includes sign language commands to help communicate with him. Henryâs ideal family should have a visible fence, herding breed experience (helpful) and a home with no children under 10. Any special needs experience is beneficial. Henry is neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on all vaccinations and monthly preventatives. If you are interested in adopting Henry, please fill out an application at http://www.speakstlouis.com/forms/adoption-application
Bennett is a wonderful 8 year old boy who has had a rough life and knew very little of the world around him; until recently. In September he was rescued by Speak and he now knows people are kind, he always gets his meals and things are good. Because Bennett is still learning the world around him, he is hesitant with new people but he warms up nicely. He is deaf (but hears some sounds) and possibly vision impaired in his right eye but he doesnât let anything stop him. He is good on a leash once that trust is there. He knows some touch and hand signals for âcomeâ, and sit and no. He loves getting pets â all over especially under his chin and a nice massage on his sides is lovely when heâs sleepy. He is not food aggressive but enjoys a good meal. He would ideally do best in a home as the only dog, or with another very mellow non dominant dog; as he will make a âmean faceâ and sometimes try to snap. This is not him being aggressive, just simply saying âI donât see so well, and this is my spaceâ¦ please moveâ. Bennett is a furry shadow and enjoys being with his peopleâ¦. And little kids are not his cup of tea, as he gets pretty darn frightened of all that movement from tiny people. Bennett would make a lovely companion for an older couple whoâs kids are out of the house, or for someone in a quieter household. He enjoys long naps during the day, but isnât too fond of being left alone a lot â as he will bark or cry. He does not need a crate being the lounge lizard he isâ¦ he is fine with his over sized memory foam bed that is so comfy. He is potty trained and will do his business on command as soon as heâs outside. Bennett is a truly wonderful, amazing, and handsome man who is looking for a place he can relax, unwind and enjoy the little things in life which he so deserves.
COURTESY LISTING Meet beautiful Ezra. 2017 was not a good year for Ezra. She was living outside on a chain, had a miscarriage and her owners moved and couldn't take her with them. She is currently in foster care and living with 3 other dogs. She is also fine w/cats. She loves to play, snuggle, and goes to the door when she needs to potty. She is a nice size at 50 lbs, with black sleek fur, a white streak under her chin and some white tracks on her chest. She is about 22in high at the shoulder. She is around 1-year old, fully vetted, spayed, heartworm negative, microchipped and ready for her forever home!! For more information contact Dorrie at firstname.lastname@example.org