Detroit Rescue Puppies Available 3/17/2017

We still have one puppy to add, but the adoption application is LIVE! Click here for the form. 

Persephone, Tangerine, Aleph, and Hermes. Aleph is sleeping in the foreground and Zeus is in the background.

The puppies listed here are the ones I’ve been calling the Shadow Pups on our dog’s Facebook page. I’m calling them that because when she was a stray, their mother would only come out at night – and even then she stuck to the shadows. The mother was living on the streets for months before we were able to catch her, and of course by the time we got hold of her she was pregnant. This litter was born in our home just a few days after we managed to catch her. Once the puppies are fully weaned, we will spay the mother and give her a forever home with us. We can’t keep her puppies, though, so we’re going to start adopting them out to good homes on March 17th. They’ll be 10 weeks old.

The mother is a brindle shepherd mix, and weighs about 60 pounds. We think the puppies will weigh somewhere between 50 and 70 pounds when fully grown, but of course we don’t know for sure. There are nine puppies: 6 boys and 3 girls.

Although we’re planning to adopt most of the Shadow Pups out to people in the Metro Detroit area, we are willing to travel a bit for people we already know. We’re very sorry, but we don’t have the time or resources to do the same for strangers.

We are not a rescue or a shelter, but we will ask you to complete an application and submit to a home visit and vet check just like you’d expect to have through a rescue organization. We’ll also ask you to sign an adoption contract that outlines your responsibilities as a pet owner and our responsibilities as the people who are making the pet available to you. This is necessary to ensure the safety of the puppies and the satisfaction of the adopters. We just want every one of these puppies and their new families to be happy together.

Zahir, 4.5 weeks. Relaxation time is's time to POUNCE.
Zahir, 4.5 weeks. Relaxation time is over…it’s time to POUNCE.

The adoption fee will be $200. This fee covers the puppies’ first 10 weeks’ worth of dewormers (they get them every two weeks for 10-12 weeks, and monthly after that), their first two vet visits and first two rounds of vaccinations, microchipping (we’ll transfer the accounts to you upon adoption), a collar, several days’ worth of food, a folder with dog behavior and training guides, a favorite toy or two, and at least a week’s supply of any medication. So far none of them need any medication, but we will make it available if they do.

We are now taking applications and deposits. Click here for the adoption application. 

Deposits will be $50 and will be required to start the adoption process. We will only take one deposit at a time per puppy. We will have a waiting list for each puppy in case a potential adopter falls through. If we don’t approve someone for a puppy, we will refund their deposit. If you put down a deposit and we start your application process and then you change your mind, we will retain $25 of your deposit and refund the balance.  We will start doing home visits and vet checks on March 1st.

We’ll also have 2 different puppy starter kits available. The “I already have dogs, I’m mostly good” kit will be $50 and will include extra food, more toys, a bag of training treats, a small spray bottle of enzymatic cleaner/odor remover, and puppy-safe shampoo. The “I have zero dogs and zero things for dogs! HELP!” kit will be $75. These will include everything in the “I have dogs” kit plus a puppy-strength leash, a small flannel blanket, bowls, a clicker, a roll of dog mess baggies, and a collar in the next size up. Please let us know if you’ll need a kit when we do your initial home visit.


As of 2/23/17, we have listed all puppies but one. We’ll post the last one ASAP. If you want to know more now, please visit our dog’s Facebook page.

All of the photos on this page were taken at or around 4 weeks old unless otherwise noted. Puppies whose names are in bold black are still available as of 2/23/17. Puppies whose names are in bold blue already have interested adopters and may not be available – but nothing’s set in stone yet, so please don’t let that keep you from applying! We will have wait lists for each puppy.

The Shadow Pups are old enough for us to do an early evaluation of their temperaments. Some of this will change as they age, but here’s what we know so far:


Male, light fawn coat, dark brown muzzle and brown coloring on the ears and tail. He has a distinct black spot midway down his tail. Aleph is probably going to be on the stocky side.

Aleph is the sweetest puppy in the litter. He’s a very laid-back boy, and quite friendly with all of his siblings no matter how much they pounce on him. Aleph sometimes startles easily and he can be a little nervous about new things; the nervousness presents as hesitation rather than aggression because he’s just naturally kind. His hesitation doesn’t last long; once he has a chance to check things out, he’s all in.

Interested in Aleph? Fill out an application!


Male, light brindle with orange and yellow patches; brown muzzle; out of all the puppies, Plato’s coloration is the closest to their mother’s.

Plato is the most chill puppy. He’s up for almost anything and is very comfortable being handled. He isn’t much of a wrestler, but he does like to run around with his siblings. At six weeks old and 8.7 pounds, he’s one of the larger puppies. Plato was born dead, but we were able to revive him quickly and he’s been healthy as a bull ever since. Plato is even more curious about the world around him than most of the other puppies, and he’s up for a cuddle pretty much any time. We think Plato would be happiest in a large family or busy household, or with someone who works from home and can give him the one-on-one time he needs. He does well with our older dogs and with older children, and although we haven’t tested him with younger children or cats we don’t anticipate any issues as long as everyone’s properly introduced.

Interested in Plato? Fill out an application!


Male, medium-dark brindle with clearly delineated striations. White blaze on his belly which extends from his lower lip to his tail. Four white paws. Orange eyelashes on his right eye.

Hermes is the shyest and gentlest of the puppies. He’s also very smart, and loves playing with all of our puppy toys. He isn’t quite as fast as his namesake, but he does run faster than his siblings. Hermes is naturally submissive, so while we think he’d do well in a household with other dogs he’ll be happiest if he isn’t with dogs who are extremely dominant…he’s just too easy to bully. We do think he’d be a great fit for large families or busy households – he loves to play but almost never gets really worked up, so he can join in the fun without adding to the chaos. 🙂 Because he’s so gentle, we also think he’d be fine in a household with cats as long as you’re willing to take the time to introduce everyone properly.

Interested in Hermes? Fill out an application!


Female; our redhead. Reddish face and a subtle red tint to her fawn coat, deep black mask. She has a dark stripe down her back from her waist to the tip of her tail.

Persephone is the shyest female puppy; she can be a little hesitant to try new things, but once she gets used to them she’s as lively as the rest of the pups. She’s just as happy chasing a wadded up ball of paper as she is playing with expensive dog toys, and she’s much less of a chewer than the other pups. She’d rather have a puzzle to solve than something to rip apart. We think Persephone would be good in a home with pretty much anyone – she’s laid back enough to get along with a dominant dog, not so bossy that she’d terrorize a submissive one, and lively enough to have fun with a playful one. She gets along fine with older children (we haven’t tested her with young ones yet) and with pretty much any adult she’s ever met. We haven’t tested her with cats, but like most of the other puppies we’re pretty sure she’d do okay as long as proper introductions are made.

Interested in Persephone? Fill out an application!


Female, fawn coat, black muzzle, white blaze on her chest and white tips on all four feet. She has a stout chest and a broad head, and we think she’ll have close to a classic mastiff build.

Zahir is the boldest puppy. She’s already very protective of her pack – whenever something happens to send the other puppies running, she stands her ground and puffs herself up as much as she can. Zahir is very active and cuddly, and is always the first puppy to ask for belly rubs. She’s also pretty fearless – of all the puppies, she’s the first one to run out of the puppy room and go exploring if we leave the door open or the gate unsecured. The others still hang back and wait for her to check things out. Zahir is firm with the other puppies without being aggressive: if one of them is playing too rough, she’s almost as quick as their mother is to jump in and correct them. We think she’ll make an excellent family companion and guard dog. Because she is so strong-willed, she will need owners who can commit to being consistent with her training for first year or so; therefore, we don’t recommend her for seniors or for families with children under 10 years old unless everyone in your family has experience with mastiffs or similar breeds.

Interested in Zahir? Fill out an application!


Male, dark fawn coat with a black mask and black tips to his ears, tiny white spot on chest and a dark patch running along his spine. Since this photo was taken, his muzzle has begun to narrow and he’s become quite lean. We think his build will be similar to his mother’s.

Zeus is very smart and sweet. He does everything a few days ahead of the rest of his litter, and he’s one of the friendliest puppies. At 6.5 weeks and just under 8 pounds Zeus is the smallest puppy in the litter (though not by much), but he’s still on track to weigh somewhere between 50-60# when he’s fully grown. He’s just as happy to curl up in our laps as he is to run around with his siblings, and he’s always happy. Zeus is so easygoing that we think he’d be a great fit for almost any household. He is pretty high-energy, so he will be happiest with someone who can give him the exercise and attention he needs.

Interested in Zeus? Fill out an application!


**This puppy already has two different interested parties – if you select him, please indicate a 2nd choice.**

Male, light fawn coat with subtle orange highlights. White marks on his chest.

Tangerine is curious but not pushy. He loves to sleep on our laps, and he’s the only puppy who seems to have a favorite spot in the room. Tangerine is also the best at entertaining himself; the other puppies sometimes get upset if no one else wants to play, but he’s just as happy making up his own games as he is to wrestle with the others. He’s probably going to end up being a real homebody, and will be a good fit for a family with other dogs or children. We haven’t tested him with cats, but he’s so laid back that we don’t think the right cat(s) would be an issue as long as everyone’s introduced slowly.

Interested in Tangerine? Fill out an application!

**This puppy already has two different interested parties – if you select him, please indicate a 2nd choice.**


**This dog already has at least one interested party – if you select her, please indicate a 2nd choice.**

Female, light brown fur with cream accents (she looks like someone bleached a Rottweiler). She has a wrinkly hound sort of face, complete with jowls and floppy ears. 

Comet always wants to know what’s going on. She’s very alert to her surroundings, and has a buoyant personality. Comet can be pushy with her siblings, but she backs off right away if the other puppies correct her. She was one of the first puppies to learn how to run and she loves it; she’s barely taken a slow, casual step since. Comet is a curious, intelligent dog and will need someone who can keep her engaged. While she’s a little bit too rambunctious to be a good fit for families with very young children, we think she’d do great in a household with one or more dogs under 5 or 6 years old, and/or with kids ages 5 and up.  We do think she’d get along with cats who are used to dogs, but we don’t recommend her for households that have cats who’ve never lived with dogs — she’s a very sweet puppy, but not the best first dog for the family cat.

Interested in Comet? Fill out an application!

**This dog already has at least one interested party – if you select her, please indicate a 2nd choice.**