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Cheeto is currently living in a training kennel, dreaming every night of her forever home. Are you the one who will make her dreams come true? Cheeto is an extremely loving and affectionate Staffie mix whose favorite things include snuggling and belly rubs. This sweet, sensitive, beautiful girl dreams of a home where she can start her mornings with belly rubs and spend her evenings snuggled next to her favorite person, dreaming of the next days adventures. She loves to be close to her people, and her former home lovingly described her as a 38-lb lap dog. She is fun loving and playful but happily entertains herself with toys or a nap when playtime is over. Cheeto is smart, eager to please, house trained, relaxed and quiet in her crate . We think she's around 9-10 years old, but you would never know it from meeting her! Cheeto is a happy dog who loves lounging around, but she also needs her daily walks and loves to play with her ball . She is very smart and super obedient, and understands many commands, including sit, stay, come, down, roll over, (aka show me da belly!), up, off, no, get da ball, and drop it. Cheeto loves people more than anything else, and will do best in an adult only home. She is the perfect companion for those who love the terrier breed, yet prefer the calm disposition of and adult dog. Her family will be rewarded with a life filled with affection, sweetness, beautiful smiles, love, laughter and bragging rights when you see her do her tricks. To learn more about this incredibly needy senior dog, email Jamie at

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Founded in Sept. 2000 Stray from the Heart is a non-profit, volunteer-run dog rescue organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of homeless dogs. SFTH has grown into a network of volunteers who donate their time, expertise and housing space to help abandoned, abused, and neglected dogs find permanent, loving homes.

SFTH is also a member of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, a collaboration between animal care groups and the City of New York aimed at developing creative solutions to local animal care and control issues.

To date SFTH has helped rescue over 2,400 dogs, all without the benefit of either paid employees or a dedicated shelter facility. We rely solely on the generosity of its volunteers, supporters and contributors for its continued success.

We are different from other shelter and rescue organizations in that we have the uncanny ability to continuously successfully match up pets and people. As desperate as our little ones are for a home, we will always hold out for the right home.

If you have room in your life for a new best friend, call 212.726.DOGS and speak to an adoption counselor/matchmaker today. Thank you for giving our Strays the chance to experience joy, love and a life beyond their wildest dreams.

Saving one dog may not change the world, but for that one dog the world has changed!" --author unknown

Stray From The Heart has lots of wonderful programs, from Fostering and Adopting to our Angels. Please call us at 212.726.DOGS to find the best way to help one of our fabulous canines! Even if you don't have room in your life (or your apartment) for a new pet, we have lots of ways to bond with our babies and help these deserving dogs find the loving and stable homes they need!

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Stray from the Heart has our dogs in a network of foster care givers and private boarding facilities. We do not have a shelter at this time. Please call us at 212.726.DOGS.

our snail mail address
Stray From The Heart
PO Box 11
New York, NY 10024-0011


A Courtesy Listing means that the dog listed is not a SFTH rescue, therefore we are not able to provide information about the dog or make a decision regarding the adoption. To meet the dog, or for further information about the dog posted as a courtesy, please contact the individual or group indicated as the contact on the listing.


Like most rescue organizations, Stray from the Heart ("SFTH") makes no representations as to the temperamental or mental disposition of the dog(s). Adopters and fosters adopt and/or foster the dog at his/her own risk, and indemnify and release Stray from the Heart, its Officers and Directors, of any and all liability arising from damages to person(s) or property caused by the dog.

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