At ten months old, Laci’s story is not all that different from BB Leo’s. She too was in a local shelter with an old injury to her elbow, making it difficult for her to get around and keeping her in constant pain. We once again accepted the challenge of finding a way to make Laci whole again. Laci is needing surgery to her elbow requiring a pin and eight weeks of crate rest. Laci’s surgery is $1,000.00. A major cost even for Pet Refuge.


Due to your generous donations these two dogs are going to be OK.

BB Leo has had his surgery and Laci is scheduled for her surgery next week. Without your help this would not have been possible.

Big Boy Leo
AKA “BB Leo” found himself in local shelter needing bladder stone surgery. Sadly the shelter could not afford to get BB Leo the surgery he needed. They reached out to Pet Refuge knowing we would do everything in our power to find a way to get him the necessary medical care. Our big boy is only three years old and with the surgery should have many wonderful years ahead of him.

MUFFIN - Adoption Pending

Muffin is a 3 year old Corgi/Beagle mix that is looking for a special home that will help her achieve her fitness goals and be her BFF. As you can see she has some weight to lose. She loves to play ball and go for 30 minute walks. She is mostly indifferent to other dogs. She needs someone that is home a lot. 


Rae is an 11-month-old Terrier-Labrador mix. She was surrendered to us when her owner could no longer care for her. We are still in the process of getting to know her, but we do know that she will need a fenced yard.

DOB 7/1/2019 (58 pounds)


Luna is a high energy 2-year-old Hound mix that needs an active home with a fenced yard. She has done well with some dogs, but can be reactive on leash. We are still in the process of getting to know her, but please don’t hesitate to come in and meet her in person!

COMET - Adopted

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When you are only 2 years old and your life has been one disappointment after another, you begin to wonder when your lucky star will appear. Well, mine did the day Pet Refuge became my home.  I have some things to work through -  especially my fear of men. I like the ladies, but just cannot get comfortable with men. I love my foster mom with my whole heart because for now she just lets me be me.  We cuddle on the sofa and play in the yard with the other dogs.  I know she wants me to be a good dog so she is letting me know that jumping up on the counter to hunt for snacks is not a good thing; and so far she has not found a baby gate that I can’t vault over…..she says I could be in the Olympics with my vertical leaping ability.

So, with all that being said, here is my list of must haves:  A mom only, FENCED YARD, and someone who is home more to help me feel secure and work on my housebreaking skills.


Randa is a 4-year-old Shepherd that loves toys and will happily throw balls in the air to catch them and race through the yard with them. She is a happy, active girl and has so much fun in our yard that she sometimes enjoys a nice game of "catch me if you can." Randa thus requires a securely fenced yard in her new home. Randa already knows how to sit and is easily motivated by food, but she will need some more work on her basic manners. And even though Randa has a fun-loving, goofy side, she is also your typical Shepherd in many ways and has a protective nature. She needs to be in a home without other pets or young children and with a person that is committed to working with her. In return, she promises that she will be your loyal companion and love you forever!

DOB 4/4/2016, 60 pounds


Scout is a tall and lanky Shepherd-Retriever mix that looks like a puppy who hasn’t quite grown into his ears yet. The thing is though that Scout will most likely resemble a goofy cartoon character for the rest of his life.  Scout requires being an only dog living in a quiet low activity home, with no children, plus a fenced yard. He is OK with cats as long as they are OK with him. (*) 

DOB01/26/2018 (45 pounds)



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Billie Jean has had to listen to a lot of terrible singing from our volunteers in the last few weeks. But, I guess, that’s what happens when you are named after a song. Luckily, Billie Jean doesn’t care one bit and will happily dance and bounce as soon as she hears “her song”. Billie Jean is a Boxer-Terrier mix. She’s a happy, active girl who would benefit from some more leash training and obedience work. She does a great job entertaining herself with toys and would love a fenced yard and no children in her new home.

DOB 10/5/2018 (37 pounds)

MISS MARLEE  - Adoption Pending

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Miss Marlee is a Boxer-Terrier mix. She loves people more than anything in the world and will soak up all the attention she can get. Marlee already knows some basic commands and figured out our agility obstacles very quickly. She needs a home with a fenced yard and older children. (*)

DOB 9/2/2017. (40 pounds)


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Everyone should have a lucky Penny and that's what you will get if you adopt me! I can be a bit shy at first, but will quickly warm up when shown a little love. Being a Jack Russell Terrier I am a busy girl, but also love to cuddle.  I do require a fenced yard because sometimes my nose overrules my head. I would love to have some older kids to play with and love. 


They tell me "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" Now, how could a cute little thing like me end up in a shelter? I am a 5 year old Jack Russell Terrier with a bad knee from an old injury. However, the Doctor says I can get around just fine. I'm looking for a nice home with no children and a fenced yard, My new owner also needs to have experience with my Breed and my high energy level.



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My name is Jilly and I'm ready for a new family to love and snuggle with me. I am a 6 year old Chiweenie (Dachshund/Chihuahua). I currently live in a foster home with 3 dogs (I play with one of them) and a cat that I love to chase. I really would prefer a quiet home with older children (10+). I still need work on my housebreaking, so someone who has time to work with me on this is preferred. A secure fence is required as I love to follow my nose. Remember I'm part hound. I am 100% sweetness mixed in with a dose of independence and stubbornness. (*)

DOB 10/21/2014 (13 pounds)


Wallace is a terrier/border collie mix (but we’re really only guessing from looking at him) who weighs around 20 pounds. He had a rough start in life because he was owned by a hoarder (of dogs, not a hoarder of stuff). Like most hoarded dogs, Wallace is great with other dogs, yet terrified of people. We are getting him used to people, but it is likely a long process that will have to be continued in his forever home. Wallace loves other dogs more than anything and he must have a dog-friendly dog in his forever home. (*)

DOB 4/8/2017 (20 pounds)

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Zani is a little bundle of energy and loves to play. She can be picky about what dogs she wants to get a long with. She is looking for an active home with a fenced yard, and older children. Our best guess is that she has some Terrier in her, but with her floppy ears and her charcoal-colored coat, it is safe to say that she a mix of different breeds. She is and still working on her leash-walking skills and learning basic commands.

DOB 12/21/2018, (30 pounds)


Justin (tan dog) is a 3-year-old terrier/shepherd mix who was rescued from a hoarding situation. He only weighs around 40 pounds and looks like a pocket German Shepherd to us! He is good with other dogs, but he is afraid of people (even the people that he lives with), so he needs a home with patient, experienced owners and a securely-fenced (no underground fence) yard. Justin spends his days running and playing with Wallace (black dog in picture). They enjoy one another’s company, but do not need to go to a home together. Justin is a bit of a thief, many socks, shoes, and sweatshirts have been retrieved from his cage where he stashes them. Justin would do best with a confident, people-loving dog to serve as a role model in his forever home. (*)

DOB 4/8/2017


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Olivia is looking for that special family to adopt her. She hardly had any fur on her body when she arrived at Pet Refuge in July 2017, and she was miserable from feeling so itchy. We discovered that she is allergic to many kinds of grass and foods. It has taken a while to get her on the correct medications and food, but she is finally feeling better. Olivia is a pit bull mix. She gets along with people and most dogs, but will need a home with a fenced yard and without children . 

DOB 8/24/2015 (56 pounds)


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Kodak is a German Shepherd mix and, true to his breed, Kodak is an intelligent and very loyal dog. He loves to learn and knows many commands. He would make a great companion to an owner who has experience with training and is committed to giving Kodak opportunities to exercise both his body and his mind. Kodak would not be a good choice for a home with young children and he is much more comfortable with people who let him approach slowly. Kodak has food allergies, and is on special food and medications that he will need throughout his lifetime. He also requires a fenced yard. (*)

DOB 3/28/2011, around 100 pounds


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Pooh is a Terrier mix who is awaiting just the right person to come in and provide him a special home.  He has a spunky-ness about him that we know someone will just adore.  Little Pooh needs time to get to know you and trust you.  For our cleaning volunteers, many have won him over with patience and lots of praise and of course…treats!  Pooh would do best in a home with teenage or older children and a fenced yard.  He was in a home with other dogs and did ok with some.  He might do best as an only boy though.

DOB 6/28/2013


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Jack Jack is a 7 year old Chihuahua that weighs 6lbs.  He is typical of his breed...little body and BIG attitude!  He is working on becoming housebroken, and can be protective of his "chosen" person. He is also 'adventurous', so he will need a secure fence or someone willing to leash walk him.  Older children are okay.  He bosses my three big girl dogs around, and they tolerate the additional photos any companion dog must be tolerant...he is the 'BOSS'. He loves to sing the 'song of his people' (Barks).  He also loves to cuddle, give oodles of kisses, and sleep next to you in bed.

 He is crate trained, and full of personality.


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Shiloh will need a dog-savvy owner that is willing to deal with his quirks. He would prefer to be an only dog in the home, but he does fine though when passing a dog on the street. Shiloh is in many ways your typical Beagle. He likes to follow his nose and will need a secure fence to keep him and his hunting instincts safe. When he is in the mood, he likes to play fetch for a little while, but he is generally a medium energy dog and happy to take long naps. (*)

DOB 7/24/2010, about 30 pounds


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