Revised Jan 29, 2018. Smokey Joe has a sponsor who subsidized his fee to $25. Smokey Joe has been at the shelter for 4 1/2 years and has waited the longest of any dog ever in our care to have a home. The long wait is not because there was no one who wanted Joe. It is due to the inability to find the person with the experience, skills and environment to safely work with him while keeping him safe. He first was adopted from the shelter as a puppy in 2012 and was returned in May of 2013 with an intense fear of leashes and anything that looked like a leash. Over time he has developed issues which were cause to put him on prozac, an anti-anxiety medication as a result of kennel confinement and a suppression of his spirit for such a long time. Joe's photos and videos show the great love he has for the caretakers who have earned his trust and total devotion. When in their presence he is joyous and will engage in puppyish behavior. We continue to seek an adopter experienced in dogs with behavior issues what could result in aggression. Much of Joe's behavior issues are believed to be due to the stress of long term shelter living and may subside when in an environment that lacks the stress that comes with being in this environment. But it is not possible to have any certainty that leaving this behind is the total answer to restoring Joe's spirit to one of being the full time happy dog seen in his video. Therefore, the only applicants that will be considered for Joe are those with experience in working with and healing dogs like Joe and who also have the environment that keeps Joe safe as well as people unknown to him. Joe is 6 years old and is a strong 78 pound Shepherd mix. We are seeking an adult only household with secure fencing that is in place at the time of adoption. Joe had a female companion in the play yards until she was adopted so homes with dogs will be assessed with the adopter. He has been uninterested in the office cats. Smokey Joe's fee has been subsidized by a sponsor to $25. He is neutered, fully vaccinated and tested free of heart worms. Joe takes prozac daily and his adopter may need to continue this medication short term or for the duration of his life. Applicants who do not meet the requirements detailed in this profile will not be considered and should not apply. Application can be submitted online at our website: https://www.charlessmithgallhumanesociety.org/page/dog-adoption-application/ or at the shelter. Adoption policies/application procedures are detailed under All Adoptable Animals. Adoption of all dogs/cats requires an approval process to ensure that they are going into a home suitable for their needs and committed to their care and safety. Each is placed with same due diligence that they would be given if they were our own furry family members. Adopters who are not within the local area of the shelter MUST come to the shelter to transport their new family member home. Meeting approved adopters is one of the final steps in the adoption process. We do not permit transport or shipping of our residents without the adopter. Charles Smithgall Humane Society (CSHS) is a No kill shelter which provides quality care, spay/neuter-all vaccines, deworming, vet exam, standard disease testing and for dogs-monthly heart worm prevention treatment. Resident animals are owner relinquished and also accepted from local Animal Control. The shelter is not permitted by GA law to accept strays. The facility is usually operating at capacity with a list of animals approved for intake waiting for space to open. Adoption hours are Tues-Sat 10-4 and Sun 1-4. Closed Mondays Location: 4823 Helen Hwy. 75N, Sautee, GA 30571, Phone: 706-865-4135 Email: email@example.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smithgallhumanesociety/ Charles Smithgall Humane Society is located in the mountains of NE GA, 3 miles south of the alpine town of Helen.