Animal Profile


Hello, my name is Ceus. My animal id is #70277. I am a male black dog at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 11 months 3 weeks old.

I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 8/9/2019, with the surrender reason stated as person circumstance- landlord won't allow.

Sorry, this pet is for new hope partners only.

Ceus is at risk for behavioral reasons. Ceus has remained fearful at the care center and has exhibited touch sensitivities, allowing for only minimal handling. Ceus would be best suited for placement with a new hope partner that can provide the necessary behavior modification. Medically, Ceus has a heart murmur which may need further care.

My medical notes are...

Weight: 59.6 lbs


DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: 11 months based on O hx. consistent with exam. History : O surrender; unable to keep P in home due to lease agreement Subjective / Observed Behavior - BAR. reluctant to leave kennel. Growling on approach during intake exam. Tense, struggling during restraint. Did not escalate. Evidence of Cruelty seen - none Evidence of Trauma seen - none Objective BCS 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: did not evaluate due to behavior. PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: Grade 2/6 L systolic murmur ausculted; CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: intact male. testicles are smooth and symmetrical. MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: externally normal. Assessment heart murmur grade 2/6 Prognosis: excellent w proper follow-up care and training Plan: recommend follow-up with cardiology recommend behavioral training SURGERY: Permanent waiver due to heart murmur


[Spay/Neuter Waiver - Permanent] Your newly adopted pet has been diagnosed with a Heart Murmur and the staff veterinarians are issuing a PERMANENT waiver from the spay/neuter requirements of the City of NY. ACC does not have the facility to safely sterilize your pet with his/her current condition. However, your veterinarian will provide consultation on whether this procedure can or should be performed under their supervision. Follow up care at your regular veterinarian is recommended to ensure continued treatment and proper oversight of your pet's health. All costs for follow up care and subsequent surgery is at the expense of the adopter.

Details on my behavior are...

Behavior Condition: 3. Yellow

During intake Ceus would hard bark and growl at counselor. He did not allow any handling. When another staff member walked into the room he would lower he front half of his body and then growl and hard bark at them. Counselor was not able to handle at all due to erratic behavior.

Date of Intake: 8/9/2019

Spay/Neuter Status: Not Applicable

Basic Information:: Ceus is a large mixed breed who was brought in as an owner surrender

Previously lived with:: 2 adults, 3 children

How is this dog around strangers?: It is said that Ceus is nervous and will bark at strangers. It is said that after he warms up that he will play roughly with adults.

How is this dog around children?: Ceus previously lived with 3 children in the house of ages ranging from 3 to 18. It is said that he was tolerant and playful with the children and that he will play somewhat roughly with them.

How is this dog around other dogs?: It is said that Cues will bark, growl, and lunge at dog while on walks. It is unknown how he will play with dogs.

How is this dog around cats?: Behavior is unknown

Resource guarding:: No known resource guarding.

Bite history:: No known bite history

Housetrained:: Yes

Energy level/descriptors:: High

Other Notes:: It is said that Ceus is non-reactive during thunderstorms and fireworks. It is said that he is non-reactive when having his food, toys, and treats being taken away, when being taken off of furniture, when being held or restrained, when being disturbed while sleeping, when being given a bath, and when having his coat brushed. It is said that he will struggle when having his nails trimmed. It is said that he will bark when unfamiliar people approach the house, yard, and family members.

Has this dog ever had any medical issues?: No

Medical Notes: No known medical issues.

For a New Family to Know: Ceus is described as playful and excitable. It is said that his favorite activity is playing fetch. It is said that he enjoys playing with balls, ropes, and stuffed toys and that he enjoys playing tug. It is said that when in the home that he will follow family members around and stay in the same room as them. He was kept indoors and is used to sleeping in a dog bed. He was fed both dry and wet food 3 times a day. It is said that he is house trained and will rarely have accidents. It is said that he is trained to go both outdoors and on wee-wee pads. It is said that when left alone in the house that he is well behaved and he has never been left alone in a yard. It is said that he has never been crate trained. It is said that he know the command sit. For exercise he is used to slow walks on leash and is said to pull hard on leash. He has never been off leash.

Date of intake:: 8/9/2019

Spay/Neuter status:: No

Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender (In home for 7 months)

Previously lived with:: Adults and children (ages 3-18)

Behavior toward strangers:: Barks at them then warms up and plays rough

Behavior toward children:: Tolerant and plays somewhat rough with the children in the home

Behavior toward dogs:: Barks, growls, and lunges at dogs on walks

Resource guarding:: None reported

Bite history:: None reported

Housetrained:: Yes

Energy level/descriptors:: Ceus is described as playful and excitable with a high level of activity.

Date of assessment:: 8/11/2019

Summary:: Leash Walking Strength and pulling: Moderate Reactivity to humans: None Reactivity to dogs: None Leash walking comments: None Sociability Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Moderately social Call over: Approaches with coxing Sociability comments: Body tense, warms up with time and becomes mouthy with the assessor applying light pressure Handling Soft handling: Accepts contact Exuberant handling: Extremely fearful Comments: Body soft at first but quickly freezes and head whips when head is touched Arousal Jog: Follows (loose) Arousal comments: None Knock: Approaches (loose) Knock Comments: None Toy: No response Toy comments: None

Summary:: Due to handling concern, Ceus is not a candidate for off leash playgroups. He has been observed to growl and lunge toward dogs in passing, but has not been introduced to them closely.

Date of intake:: 8/9/2019

Summary:: hard barking, growling, no handling

ENERGY LEVEL:: Ceus is described as having a high level of activity. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct his energy and enthusiasm.

IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: Ceus has allowed minimal handling in the care center from handlers. When attempting to remove from his kennel, he requires coaxing to step out (he has appeared somewhat response to praise/treats). Once out of his kennel, Ceus remains cautious and wary of his surroundings. He has been observed to rapidly escalate to growling, lunging and snapping towards passing by handlers and dogs. One one instance during a walk, Ceus was observed to jump towards and snap at the handler who was walking him.


Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable

Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner

Recommendations comments:: No children: Due to reportedly barking at unfamiliar people and the potential for defensive aggression he has displayed at the care center, we recommend an adult only home. Place with a New Hope partner: At the care center, Ceus has barked at handlers and head flipped during handling, displaying discomfort with it. He also has a history of barking at unfamiliar people. We recommend placement with a New Hope partner who can provide any necessary behavior modification (force-free, positive reinforcement-based) and re-evaluate behavior in a stable home environment before placement into a permanent home.

Potential challenges: : Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition,Handling/touch sensitivity,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration

Potential challenges comments:: Handling/touch sensitivity: Ceus has displayed discomfort with handling at the care center, head flipping and freezing when a handler he was previously comfortable with touched his head. Please see handout on Handling Sensitivity. Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition: Once comfortable with handlers, Ceuss has displayed some mouthinhess with them. This was also reported in his previous home. Please see handout on Mouthiness. Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Ceus is reported to bark at unfamiliar people. At the care center, he has also displayed this behavior, especially when being leashed. Please see handout on Fearful/potential for defensive aggression. On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration: Ceus is reported to bark, growl, and lunge at dogs when on leash. Please see handout on On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration.