SPECIAL NEEDS DOGS

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SHILOH 

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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

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.

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. 

JUSTIN

Justin (the tan dog) is a 4-year-old mixed-breed dog who came from a hoarding situation. We don’t know his breed mixture, but he looks like a “pocket” German Shepherd (30 pounds) and is likely to have some terrier in there. When Justin came to us he was semi-feral. He has learned to tolerate people a little better in his year and a half in a foster home. He is not potty trained (will have both types of accidents regularly) but he is crate trained (no accidents in his crate). He enjoys the company of other dogs and might be a good companion for a playful or calm dog. He does not want to be touched by people and he cannot be caught, either in the house or in the yard. The only way of catching him is to ask him to go into his crate, crawl into the crate behind him, and leash him while in the crate. Justin requires a secure, physical, structural fence (no underground fence). He is considered special needs, and should go to a home with an experienced dog owner. (*)

OLIVIA

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.

BRIELLE

Brielle, an  affectionate 8-year old terrier mix, has special needs. With much medical intervention, she now  appears to be a healthy, playful dog, but needs monitored closely. Brielle is blind, but navigates her surroundings well. She had benign mammary tumors removed in November. Puzzles, walks, fuzzy squeak toys, fetch and any challenge keep her busy. Brielle is house trained, incredibly smart, with a sweet disposition. She gets along with dogs, but sometimes mistakes play for aggression. She’s your shadow. If you have the time to commit to Brielle, you won’t be sorry.

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