SPECIAL NEEDS DOGS

TINSLEY

Hi, my name is Tinsley. I came from another shelter where I was turned in for escaping the yard. I am very people-social, so maybe I was wanting attention.

I had a growth on my right rear foot and from my right shoulder area removed shortly after coming to Pet Refuge. Unfortunately, both came back as two different cancers. This made the shelter volunteers very sad. However, I am not sad since I am still full of energy and feeling good!

I do not know when any growth might come back or when my health might start declining. But it is NOT now and I am feeling VERY OPTIMISTIC that I have a lot of time left and I know that I have a lot of love to give to that special family that will give me a chance.

I am only about 7.5 years old and even though I enjoy barking at other dogs through the fence, I am quite the flirt when I get to actually meet them and play with them.

KENLIWORTH

There are many great reasons for why Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dog breed in the world. They are known to be goofy, active, playful, and love toys. Kenilworth fits that description to a T. At 7-9 years old, Kenilworth is starting to see the first grey hairs in his shiny black coat and his back end is starting to bother him a bit, but he still likes to act like an overgrown puppy sometimes. He is happiest when he has a toy in his mouth and will gladly carry it around on his walks.

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! 

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. 

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.

OLIVIA

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 without young children. She is starting to enjoy her walks and loves going for car rides. Currently, her allergies are better controlled,  but she will most likely need medicated baths, medications, and special food for the rest of her life.

Until Olivia is adopted, she could use a sponsor to help with her continued medical care.

BUGGS

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.

PET REFUGE

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South Bend, IN 46614


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