Buggs is a darling 8-9 year old American Eskimo mix 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. Buggs has been placed as a permanent foster, so if you would like to consider making the Bugg-Man a sponsor choice, your contribution will go towards his continuing medicine.


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.


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! 

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. 


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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


Olivia 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. She will need medicated baths, medications, and special food for the rest of her life. She has been placed as a permanent foster and would love to have you as a  sponsor to help with her continued medical care.



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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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