Special Needs Dogs

This page is dedicated to our dogs with special medical or behavioral needs. As a no-kill rescue, we make a lifelong commitment to every animal that comes through our doors and some of these animals require ongoing care and treatment. While some of these dogs are happiest in their current foster homes or at our shelter, others are available for adoption to the right home. Please see their individual descriptions to learn more about each dog. In the meantime, all of these dogs are available for you to “sponsor”. The Sponsor program helps us to continue to provide for their future medical care.  All of these dogs hold a very special place in our hearts.  

Buckaroo – HW+

In the past few months, our shelter has taken in 7 dogs that have tested positive for heartworm. Heartworm is a dangerous disease that is easy to prevent with just one affordable monthly pill. However, many of the dogs that come through our doors have not received prevention regularly and now need treatment. If left untreated, heartworm disease is deadly. While the preventative is safe, easy, and inexpensive, the treatment for heartworm disease is costly and dangerous. The treatment consists of three injections over the course of the several months. It takes even longer for all of the heartworms to ...
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Cotton – HW+

***On medical hold*** Cotton is one of our other heartworm positive Harvey rescues. Please consider donating towards her care ...
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Tex – HW+

***On medical hold*** This is little girl is another heartworm positive rescue from Texas. Tex is currently going through treatment and would appreciate everyone’s support ...
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Dallas – HW+

***On medical hold*** Our fourth heartworm positive Harvey rescue is Dallas. Please help us pay for her treatment through a one-time donation or a monthly sponsorship ...
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Willy and Buster – HW+

***On medical hold*** Willy and Buster are not only brothers, they are also the best of friends. Unfortunately, they both came to us heartworm positive and are currently going through treatment. They are not yet available for adoption, but please consider donating to help us with their ongoing care. ...
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Bud – HW+

***On medical hold*** Bud is another one of our heartworm positive dogs who was surrender to us from a home with several other dogs. He is also going through treatment at the moment and will be available in a few months. Please consider sponsoring him until then. ...
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Nala

***On medical hold*** Hi My name is Nala. I am a very spirited, young Australian Shepherd mix.  I came to Pet Refuge via another shelter with a fractured femoral head and my leg muscle had started to atrophy.  I was doing my best to solider through the pain but now I don’t have to anymore. Pet Refuge took me to Dr. Kryder and he fixed my leg all up.   I have heard them talking and it was quite expensive to do the surgery to save my leg.  I am sure glad that I still have four legs to romp and ...
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Bolt

***On medical hold** Bolt is a fun loving puppy. Bolt loves to give kisses. Bolt will soon be looking for his forever home. Bolt will need a home who will have the time to continue working on basic Obedience training and socialization. Due to Bolt’s surgery for a snapped growth plate he has spent the last few months on crate rest. Bolt will do best in a home without young children as he works on socialization and training. If you would like to learn more about Bolt you can contact the shelter and Bolt’s foster would love to answer any ...
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Olivia

Olivia came to us in terrible shape. She was covered in open sores, her skin was infected, and she had almost no hair. And her previous owner must have cropped her ears at home – there is almost no ear flap left. Yet despite all of that, Olivia has been a model patient. She has done very well for her medicated baths and will even lift her paws to let you wash them off after she comes back in. We recently discovered that Olivia is allergic to a number of environmental allergens as well as food. One of the things ...
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Lily

Hey Everyone! I am Lily and Pet Refuge is taking care of me because my heart is broken. The doctor will tell you that I have a severe heart murmur.  I take three expensive medications multiple times a day to help my heart work. I am only seven years old and will need to be on these medications for the rest of my life. That's a lot of medication to keep my little heart ticking, but Pet Refuge is convinced that I am worth it!! I just love these people!   So if you think you could sponsor me to help with my ...
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Marley

Marley is a sweet old (9 or 10) guy that recently became blind.  The blindness appears to be related to his retinas.  He has adjusted well to his new situation and foster home.  He has became more comfortable but these type of life changes are very scary.  In two months he was in two different shelters and another foster home before coming to Pet Refuge and in his current foster home back in January 2017.  We were asked to take him in as a special request from another shelter where he was not adjusting to his blind & deaf foster ...
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Kasey

Well Hello! Thank you for taking a minute to learn about me. My name is Kasey and I'm 5 years old! I love to run in the yard and relax in the sunshine. Squeak toys are my number one leisure activity. Do you like squeak toys? I sure know how to make them sing. I really like playing fetch inside the house where I can jump over obstacles and test my skills. I live in a foster home with young kids and other dogs.  Kids are great, don't get me wrong. But why do they get so loud when I ...
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Gizmo

Hi, my name is Gizmo, and I am the luckiest dog alive. You may wonder why an elderly dog with scads of health problems who cannot see, hear, or walk very well is lucky. I'll tell you why! Because the volunteers at Pet Refuge chose me. I thought for sure I was the end of my life in a kill shelter. Who would want a dog as sick as I was? It was an effort to even lift my head. I was covered in mats, and those things REALLY hurt!  When I arrived at Pet Refuge, I met the cutest ...
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Buggs

Buggs is a darling little boy who always has a smile on his face and is just so happy that he is finally getting the care that he so desperately needed. He was originally found by another shelter with a severe skin infection and a harness that was much too tight. We also discovered that he has some other medical needs that we have started to address. Yet even though Buggs will need some ongoing care, he will more than make up for it with his sweet and sunny disposition. He doesn’t seem to want to share his space with ...
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Delila

This spunky little Puggle is Delila who is 5 1/2 years old and seeking that special home that will have some time to spend with her and provide her with some good exercise. Delila needs to the only animal in the home as she just doesn't want to share the attention. This little girl has become very settled in her foster home and does very well there.  Please consider sponsoring her to help with her care ...
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Mya

Mya is a Husky/Shepherd mix of 10 years old. She came to us with Luke.  She is learning quickly how great it feels to receive love and attention and especially LOVES to be brushed. Not a mean bone in this body. She has done well hanging out with Luke, but has been known to be pushy around other dogs. She is only available to be sponsored at this time ...
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Luke

Luke is a loving, smaller Lab mix of 10 years old. His buddy, Mya, is pictured below and that is who he came to us with. We believe Luke has had a tough life before coming to us and has a few minor medical issues and is only available to be sponsored ...
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Abby

Miss Abby is a Treeing Walker Coonhound of about 9 years old. She is in a foster home and doing better. Miss Abby did not come from the best situation, so our foster home is giving her lots of love and attention! She does well around most other dogs her size but no felines please! Soon after coming to us, we learned that Abby had seizures and is on medication to keep that under control. Please consider sponsoring her to help with the care and medication ...
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Ranger

Ranger is a husky mix who has been adopted and returned multiple times. He has some behavioral and housebreaking issues and hasn’t adjusted well in new homes. After so many years in the same foster home, it was agreed it would be best to let him stay where he’s comfortable in his surroundings. Ranger is 8 years old ...
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Oscar

Lights, Camera, Action!  This guy is sure to win your heart!  Oscar is a very sweet older gentlemen.  He is blind and has many health issues so he will live out his golden years in his foster home where he is comfortable .  He is a10 year old Maltipoo.  Please consider sponsoring him to help with his care and medical needs ...
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Grissom

Grissom is a Treeing Walker Coonhound mix with serious stranger issues. He came to Pet Refuge from a kill shelter so we don't know what his life was like before he came to us. We do know that he takes a really long time before he decides that a stranger is a friend. Right now he lives in a foster home in the country where he can spend his days chasing squirrels and biting trees (yes, he has killed full-sized trees). He has significant allergies and requires special food and medication. We would love to have some help paying for ...
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Tessa

Tessa is a very well-trained 9-year-old mixed breed dog. Her previous owners started taking her to obedience and agility classes when she was still a puppy and as long as you have a treat in your hand, you have Tessa’s full attention. She has good house manners and likes to be told what a good girl she is. Tessa is a laid back dog that likes to hang with her people and go for a nice walk through the neighborhood. However, she is reactive around other dogs and small animals and will need to be an only dog in her ...
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Lucy

Lucy is a super sweet 9 year old Yellow Labrador mix.  She is a smart, active girl who needs both physical and mental exercise. Lucy is food-motivated and very focused on people. She is eager to learn.  As many smart, people-oriented dogs, Lucy gets anxious when she is bored and left alone. We try to keep her busy with interactive, treat-dispensing toys and puzzle toys. We have also started introducing her to other dogs and while she clearly doesn’t know how to play quite yet, she is very interested in making new friends. (~60 pounds) (*) (female) Lucy has been ...
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Zandra

Zandra has been patiently waiting for the perfect home to come along for quite some time!  She is a Terrier mix of about 8 years old.  Zandra wishes her new home to be one that has her as the only canine.  She really enjoys playing fetch with a tennis ball unfortunately; she is limited in doing this due to some knee and hip issues.  Neither of these issues really bother her as she is on daily glucosamine which helps with both.  She goes along with the idea when a few of our volunteers feel she needs to be dressed up in ...
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Fenway

Fenway is a sweet 7-year-old Labrador-Chow mix who was recently returned to us when the child in the home proved to be too much for him. Once our vet evaluated Fenway, it became very clear that Fenway suffers from severe hip dysplasia and has been is pain for quite a while. After starting him on pain medication and supplements, we have already seen a dramatic improvement. Fenway enjoys hanging out in the yard with his foster sister and going on slower walks. We would much appreciate some financial assistance with his ongoing medical care ...
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