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.  



Marley is a sweet old guy that recently became blind.  We are still researching the cause of his blindness but it appears to be related to his retinas.  He is still adjusting to his new situation and foster home.  He is becoming more comfortable but these type of life changes are very scary.  In the past two months he was in two different shelters and another foster home before coming to Pet Refuge and in his current foster home.  We were asked to take him in as a special request from another shelter where he was not adjusting to his ...
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Gypsy is an 11 year old Chinese crested hairless, 8 pounds. Just too cute for words and just as sweet a personality. She is housebroken and crate trained and just loves to cuddle under the comforter on your lap or inside your bathrobe! She will keep you laughing with her silly antics when she gets wound up. She came to us with Paco. They can be adopted together or separately. She is the jokester, always sticking her tongue out at you. (*)(female)(8 pounds)   ...
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Meet Paco. Is he too cute or what? Paco and his friend Gypsy came to us from another shelter who asked for our help. He is a Chinese crested hairless, 11 years young, 10 pounds. He loves laps and naps but also loves his squeaky toys. He is housebroken and crate trained, just an all-around good boy. He gets along well with other dogs and cats. Paco and Gypsy came to us as a pair. They would like to be adopted together, but are independent enough to be adopted out separately. He is looking for someone to cuddle under the ...
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Vinnie – adoted!

Vinnie is going to make someone very happy! He's such a loving little guy who just wants to be by your side. At 4 1/2 pounds, this apple chihuahua is easy to carry around or hold on your lap. He goes where you go. His luxating patella doesn't seem to slow him down, but will need monitored. Vinnie loves to meet new people. We haven't met small children, but he warmly welcomes older kids and adults. He gets along well with two dogs in his foster family. He can get a little nervous with a lot of activity. Vinnie is ...
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Kasey is a very loving and attentive 4 yr old rott/shep mix. Kasey loves to be around people and be part of what ever you are doing! Kasey's foster mom is working closely with the vet, Kasey has significant food and environmental allergies. Kasey is really hoping this winter gives her skin a nice break although she's not looking forward to the cold part! It's not fun being itchy all the time. Kasey is on a prescription dog food and medication to help her body heal.  Once she is all better she will be available for adoption.  (*)(female) (85 pounds) Would ...
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Lyla came to us via another shelter who requested our help.  She will need a lot of medical treatment and "time" to allow her skin to heal.  We will be sharing her health progress with you. When she first came to us, she must have been pretty painful and just feeling very crappy because she was a little growly and I will tell you I was a lot concerned about how this treatment regiment was going to go.  Her severe skin condition is due to untreated demondex mange with secondary infection.  So...she requires medicated baths about 3 times a week!  Luckily, after starting some ...
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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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Bella – pending adoption

Bella is a 2 1/2 year old Shepherd/Lab mix who came to us from another shelter.  She had been hit-by-a-car and had a fractured pelvis and a dislocated hip on the other side.  She has had a surgery to repair her hip and her fractured pelvis has healed.  We had hoped she would be ready to go on our adoption floor and find her forever home.  But when we started to try to work with her in getting her out for walks, we discovered she has a still deep-seeded fear of moving cars.  We are taking baby steps to try to work ...
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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 might 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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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 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. So, if you already have one, she would need to meet him/her!! A fenced yard is required ...
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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 which we would love to tell you about. His happy and loving personality is well worth it! A fenced yard is required ...
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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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Lacey came to us from another shelter and is a Treeing Walker Coonhound of about 11 years old. Lacey enjoys being around people, exploring in the yard and basically being a Hound-girl. She may do well around some other dogs but felines are not in her future! She should do fine around older children and a fenced yard is required. After several years at various shelters, Lacey is now enjoying herself in a loving foster home. So much, in fact, that she just doesn't understand why she would have to ever attend another adoption event in her life ...
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Bailey is an 10-year-old blue tick Coonhound. She is a very sweet girl who loves to be with her people and give doggie hugs. Unfortunately, she experiences some separation anxiety when she is home alone. Bailey is house broken and has good house manners. She likes most other dogs. Bailey is known to climb even 5-foot chain link fences.  Bailey is doing very well in her foster home and it is felt that is the best place for her.  Please consider sponsoring her to help with her care ...
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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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Eddie is a gorgeous 5-year old Chow. Unfortunately, his previous owners did not socialize Eddie very well and he will need continued training and socialization. Eddie is comfortable in his foster home and it is felt that is the best place for him.  Eddie likes other dogs but does not play well with children.  Please sponsor Eddie to help with his care and training ...
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Rosie (one of the Fab 5)

We are VERY happy to say that Rosie has been adopted! Big Rosie had a huge mammary tumor which was removed and she had 20 teeth removed because they were being worn down and causing her pain.  I can honestly say that besides Bear, she was one of the hardest dogs to try to work with in the beginning.  I can only compare her to an alligator whenever you tried to touch her, she just started snapping.  Oh, and Big Rosie also has limited vision.  Not totally blind like Archie but probably 50% loss of eye-site. Big Rosie was also an older ...
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Roxie (one of the Fab 5)

We are very happy to say that Roxie has been adopted! Roxie is a smaller Lab mix of about 8-10 years old. Roxie first came to us with a lot of medical problems. She had a huge lump under one of her eyes, terrible teeth and also a mammary growth. She had two dental sessions and 18 teeth removed, but is able to eat well now. Unfortunately, the lump under her eye is cancer and could not be removed entirely, but right now does not seem to bother her. She also went through the slow-kill heartworm treatment. Roxie is now in a ...
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We are VERY happy to say that Archie has been adopted! Archie is a Shepherd mix of about 7-9 years old. After being examined by our Vet, it was determined that he is almost totally blind but he does see some shadowing. He also has a very keen sense of smell because he knows when his buddy, Boss is near. He is finally becoming much more comfortable around people and doing excellent with his leash walking work. He has just the sweetest puppy looking face! He went through the slow-kill heartworm treatment and would appreciate any help you can give towards ...
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Luke is a very young, 12 year old, Terrier mix who came back to us due to his owner passing away. He has been known to be shy with men in his past but has done well with our "male" volunteers at the shelter. Luke is very sweet and loves to sit on your lap! Unfortunately, he has some heart conditions that have him on medical hold. Please consider sponsoring him for his continued medical treatment. Update (February 2015): Luke has been on our sponsorship page for a while.  He is still a happy fellow in a foster home.  He is ...
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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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Junior is a Rottweiler/Shepherd mix of 12 years.  Junior would appreciate your sponsorship to help with his medicine and medical needs.  This handsome boy has seizures and is currently on medicine to control them.  He has had dental work done and surgery to remove a few growths in his mouth. Unfortunately, one of the growths did come back as cancer. So, for now, we spoil him as much as we can.  He loves to go for car rides and walks.  But you have to be on your guard as he has words for every car that passes us on the walk! ...
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This is Honey and she is going to need a very special home. She is house broken and will love you forever once she knows you.  She was never socialized so her foster mom is spending a lot of time teaching her that she is safe and there are good people in the world. She is learning how to play and loves to run from room to room then "slide into home" on the couch. When she's ready to rest she loves to curl under a comforter and peek her nose or head out. She likes routine and will need ...
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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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On Medical Hold 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 ...
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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 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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