Where new beginnings have happy endings
Telephone: 574 231 1122 | 4626 Burnett Drive, South Bend, IN 46614
Where new beginnings have happy endings
Telephone: 574 231 1122 | 4626 Burnett Drive, South Bend, IN 46614
This page is dedicated to some of our dogs with "special medical conditions" which have required them to be considered as long-term, Pet Refuge dogs and these dogs are available for you to "sponsor" (notations are made in their descriptions). 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.
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.
Pearl is an older gal of about 10 years old who is currently on medical hold. She is very sweet. She d prefers to take long naps in between a snack or two. Pearl makes a great TV companion!
Please consider sponsoring her for his continued medical treatment.
We helped with a hoarding situation back in July of 2012. There were 5 dogs out of Tennessee and we were surprised when we received an email request asking for our help since they were so far away. But the Animal Rescue Corp had rescued over 100 dogs from one facility that were being kept in the most horrible conditions any animal lover could imagine. It can be very difficult to find places for dogs that are as feral as all of these dogs were. So on that July day, Big Rosie, Roxie, Bear, Boss and Archie came a long way to live with us at Pet Refuge. All had major health issues which included being positive for Heartworm.
Our volunteers have never been ones to say "no way". They always step up when needed and that is what made it possible for us to be able to accept these dogs into our shelter. But now, almost 1 year later, I can't imagine any of these Fab 5 not being with us. Please help us with their medical needs by sponsoring one of them today.
Boss is a Hound mix of about 7-9 years old. He is one of the dogs from the hoarding rescue we helped with and was one that was more social in the beginning. He acted as a "seeing eye dog" for Archie in the beginning but they would get into little "spats" and needed to be separated. Since then, they seem to be just fine living in a close, but separate kennel from each other. Boss is still going through the slow-kill, heartworm treatment and doing very well. He is doing very well at walking on a leash and also even learning some beginner obedience commands! He loves receiving butt scratches and enjoys playing fetch in his kennel.
Please consider sponsoring him for his continued medical heartworm treatment.
Archie is a Shepherd mix of about 7-9 years old. After being examined by our Vet, it is 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 continues to go through the slow-kill heartworm treatment and would appreciate any help you can give towards his medical needs.
Roxie is a smaller, Lab mix of about 5-7 years old. She got very lucky one day, when one of our cleaning volunteers, Marti, stepped up and said she would love to foster her. She has a quiet home and has previous experience working with a very shy dog. Her other dog Mya, has helped Roxie a lot to learn to live in a home.
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. After two dental sessions and 18 teeth removed, she is eating much better. Unfortunately, the lump under her eye could not be fixed. It doesn't seem to bother her for right now.
Her progress in her foster home is she barks along with her sister Mya when needed, goes out in the back yard for a quick potty break with a leash dragging but will come back to the door and is learning to sit and give a paw for a treat!
Probably one of the most endearing moments I have been able
to witness when visiting her foster home is to see her laying on a
comfy chair, front legs crossed and just enjoying being in the
inside of someone's home. Roxie is also going through the slow-kill
heartworm treatment and would appreciate your sponsorship for her
continued care. (*)
Bear is a Chow/Shepherd mix of about 5-7 years old. He is probably one of the most challenging boys of the group. He is still very timid but with the patience of our volunteers, is now walking so-so good on a leash and even enjoys being brushed. One of our volunteers, Julie, is even working on "clicker-training" with him and he is her special projects.
He amazed us when we found out that he loves to play ball. In his kennel, a volunteer threw a ball and he retrieved it and brought it back. He loves most squeak toys and even certain plush toys like a frog! He really loves any ball that has a bell in it or makes a noise. Bear is also going through the slow-kill heartworm treatment and would appreciate your sponsorship for his continued medical needs.
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 dog and had gotten used to not being handled for many, many years.
In the condition these dogs were kept in Tennessee, it is obvious that they had no human contact. I can admit that I was very worried in the beginning that we would not be able to get her to come around and be at a point of us being able to show her the love that we all really wanted to give her.
After a few months of working with all of
them, it was time to start getting some of their medical needs taken
care of. Big Rosie really wasn't ready, but we needed to start
getting her dental situation taken care of and find out if the
mammary growth was going to end up being cancer or not. So
ready or not, she got loaded in a crate and after some sedation for
an exam at the Vet’s office and multiple visits I should add, Dr.
Harr removed the bad teeth in her mouth and
also spayed and removed the large mammary growth. She ended up with some tummy tucking after the procedure due to the mere size of it. But we were so happy to receive the pathology report back that it was benign!
After all of the medical procedures were done and over which was about 5-6 months into her stay with us, all of the sudden she just blossomed! She used to spin around in circles when we would leash her harness and walk her outside to potty and that decreased to almost no spinning at all. She suddenly became more interested in us whenever we would come into her kennel to talk to her or when we talked to her outside of her kennel. AND we could even start petting her without any snapping or her trying to get away. Maybe for the first time, in a long time, she really felt GOOD health wise or maybe she learned with time, that all people are not bad. She would even enjoy hanging out in the infirmary with a few of the other little dogs that were in there for various reasons. She would watch them interact with us.
Recently Virginia, a dog room cleaner, who had helped take care of her from the beginning asked to take her to her home to see how she would react. After only one day of visiting her home, Virginia asked to adopt her and give her a permanent home!
So far, she has lined up in a row with her other two dogs when waiting to get fed, goes for little short walks outside. She has a large fluffy bed that she enjoys laying on in the bathroom which, she chose as being the safe place she is most comfortable in right now. It will take time for her but I know that in looking back at the true miracle in how she came around with us at the
shelter, that she will learn how wonderful being inside a home is.
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.
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.
Please consider sponsoring Ranger to help us cover the costs of his care.
Bubbles is a 7 year old, Collie or Sheltie mix that was adopted and came back to us. When she came back, we discovered she had a few quirks. She can be temperamental at times! She soon went into a foster home and is doing well there so we have decided not to mess up something that is working for her! Please consider sponsoring Bubbles for her ongoing medical care and vaccinations.
Puck is one of Pandora's surviving siblings. He was adopted out as a young puppy and returned a year and a half later. While waiting for his new adoptive home, Puck began having very serious seizures. He was diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy and it was also discovered that he has a congenital liver defect. Puck's epilepsy is severe and requires constant care and monitoring. His medications and testing are quite expensive. Puck is now 9 1/2 years old. Please consider sponsoring Puck to maintain his extensive medical needs.
Madison is a lab mix of 4 years old. She has been spayed, gets along with other dogs and even cats and loves being around children. She unfortunately, has a skin condition called "demodex mange". This is a form of mange and is usually caused by a compromised immune system within the dog. It is not contagious to people nor other animals. The good news is, it is a manageable condition. She has been doing well the past few years with this condition. Please consider sponsoring Madison to help with her on-going medical needs.
Pandora was abandoned at birth and left in a bucket to die. In her first days of life, she had an infection which caused serious joint damage. Her right hip completely disintegrated and both of her elbows are permanently damaged. With swim therapy, she learned to walk and is still doing very well. No one has told her she's handicapped and she enjoys racing around the yard with her brother. She will have more and more pain as she begins to age, but she's a tough girl and is quite happy having just reached her seventh birthday. She is now 9 1/2 years old.
Stormy is an 8 year old, purebred Bichon Frise. He suffers from numerous allergies and had serious behavioral issues. He failed 2 placements, despite the fact that the new owners went the extra mile in trying to deal with his "issues". The Vet's temperament evaluation revealed that he's probably the product of a puppy mill and that he wasn't socialized early on. As a result, he has a rather unpredictable temperament. Stormy has been in a permanent foster home for the past 3 years and has come a long way. He still has allergy problems and is on a special diet and will need to be for the rest of his life. When serious flareups occur, he needs oral medication as well as special baths. Stormy was a chronic biter but has come a long way while in foster care. Once in a while, he will still tests the waters with his foster Mom though! She says he will always be the 3 year old she never had -- into everything and laughing at her while he does it !! He has a favorite game of barking at the door, as if he needed to go out.....NO, he really was just waiting for his foster Mom to get up from the chair so he could steal it! Trash cans and newspapers are no-no's at Stormy's foster home. There are also certain items in the dirty laundry that he especially loves!! He enjoys his morning ritual of when the other dogs go out in the morning, he waits and knows that it is special cuddle time with his foster Mom. Then when the other dogs come in, he gets his time outside. Being a foster home can hold new adventures everyday with some of our dogs and as you can read, special bonds are built. Please consider sponsoring Stormy to help with his on-going medical needs.
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.
Murphy is a very sweet boy who does well with other dogs and kids. Even though he is eleven and half years old, Murphy is an expert climber and can master chain link fences of any height. So he will need a privacy fence. Murphy was returned to us due to incontinence. He's on two medications to help manage this condition, but he still needs to wear a belly band in the house. Please help sponsor him to cover medication and his care.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A long-timer with us, Duchess recently went to live in a permanent foster home with one of our volunteers. Having stolen every volunteer's heart (especially our President's!), she has been very special to all and loved greatly. Diagnosed with a hip dysfunction when she first came to us, she has remained on medication to help her along. Doing better, and losing some weight, she's improved, and if surgery is ever needed, at least it will be further down the road. A vet visit though revealed Duchess has some hearing loss. This explains why she probably tilts her head most of the time and has a bit of a lopsided walk. But Duchess is extremely happy in her new home and doing wonderfully in her foster family's loving care. In fact, she's taken up a new hobby - going fishing with her foster dad. He fishes, she lays and sleeps beside him. The perfect combination! Duchess will most likely remain on medication the rest of her life, and she's just a young lady of about six. She'd be really grateful if you'd sponsor her and help with the cost of healthcare.