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Bella Bean - She's Ready! Mixed Breed New York, NY

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Medium
  • Black, White / Cream


Coat length
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
Prefers a home without
Other dogs, cats.

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Meet Bella Bean - She's Ready!


300 days ago, a timid black dog with speckles of gray on her muzzle was brought to NYC municipal city shelter. The stress of the pandemic made her another financial burden and her family felt they could not keep her. She had been kept mostly indoors, unsocialized with other dogs, and had never been off leash outside. Her entire world was pulled out from under her.

After six + years in a home, BELLA did not fare well in the municipal shelter. The smells and noises scared her, the echoes of other dogs in agony only compounded hers. BELLA shut down quickly, making her a Level 4 adoption – experienced homes only. Large municipal shelters cannot provide the individual enrichment special needs cases like hers require and so she became a sad heap of fear, anxiety, and nervousness.

Enter the shelter volunteers, an incredible group of people! They realized BELLA needed out and so Manisha asked to foster her on December 21, 2020. We watched BELLA from afar during the time Manisha started fostering her and in March 2021, when we had an open slot in our #OneLuckyPup program, we asked NYC ACC if we could pull her with Manisha in place as her foster. And just like that, BELLA was ours. ??

Her dedicated foster mom nicknamed her BELLA BEAN, which became her rescue name. We lined up training with Kizz Robinson, an IAABC certified canine behavior consultant rooted in POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT (fear free – no prong/shock/choke collars.) Together they worked hard to teach BELLA BEAN the life skills she needed to boost her confidence around new people and situations.

And guess what happened? BELLA BEAN came through! She has been climbing her mountains for the past three months and we are excited to share that she is ready to go home! Her hilarious, endearing personality slowly emerged and she shed her shelter self. Bella has done so well with her training that we are now opening up her adoption radius to include experienced homes in the city  (though a quieter neighborhood would still be best!)
So what have we learned about Bella Bean? She is a medium energy girl, who enjoys a short game of fetch, taking in the sights and sounds from her foster's backyard, and plenty of couch time. Her bedtime is 8PM when she will happily retire to her crate for the evening. She is comfortable home alone, and will rest peacefully in her crate for up to 8 hours after enjoying a frozen kong. She will eat literally anything with gusto. Bella Bean is a sensitive girl. While she takes time to warm up to new people, she is learning to trust more and more every day. She is affectionate with her person, requesting daily affection and climbing onto a lap now and again. She’s also become softer, more relaxed, and is learning to ask for what she wants and adjusting to a world in which people listen to her needs.
What home would be best for Bella? She’d do best in a low traffic home. A small yard would be great or an area for slow, quiet walks. Bella has done best when her world is kept relatively small, though it is slowly growing. While she is learning to express herself, her body language remains subtle and she would do best with a good "listener" who is happy to meet Bella where she is and respect where she is in her journey. We have LOVED watching her success with training and would love a home that would enjoy working with her and revel in her successes as much as we have. 
We have worked on training a number of skills that will make her transition to a new home smoother!

The metamorphosis of BELLA BEAN has been incredible. If you’d like to star ?? in the upcoming sequel ? as her new home, apply via or ?

Read BELLA’s complete script at #AdoptBellaBeanMBC and watch her daily episodes at @adoptbellabean

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Bella Bean - She's Ready!

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  • Mixed Breed
  • Adult
  • Female