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The following dogs are available through other organizations or as independent 
placements by owners;   
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We present them solely as a courtesy to the organization or owner. 

Please contact them directly, using the email address in the posting, 
if you are interested in more information.

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Blind Dogs Deaf Dogs Wheel chair Dogs 3 legged dogs Dogs with Minor Challenges

Blind Dogs
Blind dogs can live an almost normal life, please visit The Owners of Blind Dogs.   
To see how easy it can be to live with a blind dog, please visit

12 yr old Dachshund
Completely Blind

Very sweet female that was relinquished to live outside after she went blind.  The local shelter talked the family into surrendering her as they knew she would not make it through the winter months.  Volunteer at the shelter asked if we could take her and felt she had cataracts which could be remedied through surgery and sight restored.   We took her into our rescue and our vet feels she also has glaucoma and is doubtful that surgery will help with eyesight.  Prescribed two types of drops and we have made an appt with a specialist in Richmond, VA to see what, if anything can be done.  Her left eye is much worse that her right so we will be prepared should specialist want to remove the left eye.   The drops have worked wonders in just a couple of days in taking down the swelling of the eyes.

Cricket gets around with no problem, as most blind dogs are capable of, is crate trained and mostly potty trained.  


You can contact Pam Danford, 11613 Bundle Road, Chesterfield, VA  23838, cell phone # is 804-229-4043 and personal e-mail is or our rescue e-mail is  I am currently fostering her at the moment and can answer any questions someone may have.   An approved application will apply.

Mack is a 6 year old stray Pekingese found as a stray in Newark, NJ. He has some sight, but not very much.  is happy to be safe and cared for now. He is an absolute sweetheart that just loves everyone he meets. He is quiet, well behaved, and such a gentle and lovable little guy. Mack is not totally blind, but his vision is impaired due to glaucoma that was left untreated. 

Mack gets around perfectly fine though and has adjusted well to his loss of vision. Mack is a perfect little gentleman that wants nothing more than to take a leisurely stroll with a friend, or take a nap in a nice, comfy lap. He is not much into toys and instead, prefers to be by your side, getting some attention. Mack doesn't mind other well behaved dogs and would do best in a home with no small children under the age of 10 is happy to be safe and cared for now. He is an absolute sweetheart that just loves everyone he meets. He is quiet, well behaved, and such a gentle and lovable little guy. Mack is not totally blind, but his vision is impaired due to glaucoma that was left untreated. Mack gets around perfectly fine though and has adjusted well to his loss of vision. Mack is a perfect little gentleman that wants nothing more than to take a leisurely stroll with a friend, or take a nap in a nice, comfy lap. He is not much into toys and instead, prefers to be by your side, getting some attention. Mack doesn't mind other well behaved dogs and would do best in a home with no small children under the age of 10   Mack’s vision is impaired due to untreated glaucoma. He is under the care of our veterinarian who would gladly explain any issues with his eyes to interested adopters.

Mack is gentle and loves everyone he meets. He is a favorite with our volunteers. He is quiet and well-behaved. He gets around fine having adjusted to his vision problems. He isn’t into  toys and gets gets along with other quiet dogs. He enjoys walks and loves to sit by you and be loved. He would do best in a home with children old enough to understand his limited sight.

File # 23486.  Associated Humane/Popcorn Park Animal Shelter, 1 Humane Way, Forked River, NJ  609-693-1900  Open every day. Phones answered from 9 am till 5. Shelter open 12-5.


When we saw Jack on the sleep list at the New York City shelter he was a matted mess with flaming red eyes that desperately needed vet care. When he arrived we could see that his ocular disease was so horrible that one eye had scabs on it and he couldn’t even close it. He was in a great deal of pain.  His eyes could not be saved and once our veterinarian removed them, Jack was a new man. 

With the pain gone, he could be handled easily and  proved to be a happy, friendly fellow.  He has adapted to his blindness, but is a little nervous when approached to quickly. Once he knows he can trust you, he loves be held and cuddled. He is a mature, calm  boy who gets along with other friendly dogs. Because of all he has been through, he would do best with older children who can understand his sightlessness.  

File # 23439
Associated Humane/Popcorn Park Animal Shelter, 1 Humane Way, Forked River, NJ  609-693-1900  Open every day. Phones answered from 9 am till 5. Shelter open 12-5.


He is quiet, well behaved, and such a gentle and lovable little guy. Mack is not totally blind, but his vision is impaired due to glaucoma that was left untreated. Mack gets around perfectly fine though and has adjusted well to his loss of vision. Mack is a perfect little gentleman that wants nothing more than to take a leisurely stroll with a friend, or take a nap in a nice, comfy lap. He is not much into toys and instead, prefers to be by your side, getting some attention. Mack doesn't mind other well behaved dogs and would do best in a home with no small children under the age of 10.MMackis happy to be safe and cared for now. He is an absolute sweetheart that just loves everyone he meets. He is quiet, well behaved, and such a gentle and lovable little guy. Mack is not totally blind, but his vision is impaired due to glaucoma that was left untreated. Mack gets around perfectly fine though and has adjusted well to his loss of vision. Mack is a perfect little gentleman that wants nothing more than to take a leisurely stroll with a friend, or take a nap in a nice, comfy lap. He is not much into toys and instead, prefers to be by your side, getting some attention. Mack doesn't mind other well behaved dogs and would do best in a home with no small children under the age of 10

Koko is a very special boy. He is funny, confident, playful, cuddly, happy-go-lucky, and smart as Einstein. Though visually and hearing impaired, he goes up and down stairs and will quickly figure out the layout of his home. Comfy chair, check. Back yard, check. Family members, check. Plush toy, check. Water and food dish, double check. His foster family has found that taking care of Koko is both surprisingly easy and emotionally rewarding. Living with him is a joy and he will bring out the best in you. He is a love bug and a true optimist.
•Koko is between 7 and 9 years old and is in good health. He takes no medication. He was blinded by an accident when he was one.
•Koko loves his daily strolls. He should be walked 30-60 minutes a day for exercise and stimulus. He meanders, enjoying all the smells as he goes, so don’t expect to go far or fast.
•Koko is fine with being picked up and carried.
•Koko likes to play tug with plush toys. He also likes to play fight with humans.
•Koko initiates play with his foster family’s 60 pound Aussie mutt. He enjoys the company of other dogs and would thrive in a family that has another non-nervous dog, preferably his size or a gentle giant.
•Koko can climb stairs.
•Koko loves napping on couches and soft chairs with his family or by himself (he will jump up on his own). He sleeps in his foster parents’ bed at night (they carry him on and off the bed).
•Koko is house trained. His foster family leads him to the backyard every 4 hours. He goes out on his own as well. He is being trained to not territory mark inside the house.
•Koko loves belly rubs.
•Koko loves car rides.
•Koko loves people.

Koko lives in Oakland, California, with his foster family. Contact or for more information.

Meet three-year-old Darla, a black and white Shih Tzu. She came into our rescue when her guardian, a fellow dog rescuer, died suddenly. This wonderful rescuer fostered some of our special needs dogs, including Darla, and now several of them are once again without a home.

Darla is very sweet and affectionate--a total love bug! She LOVES to sit in your lap and be cuddled, to be held like a baby, and to have her tummy scratched. She is very easygoing quiet and gets along with other dogs and cats.

Darla has very limited sight due to a former medical condition but gets around fine in a home once she learns the layout of the furniture. She also does fine outside once she is familiar with the area.

To look at Darla, you'd never know that she has limited sight. It certainly doesn't slow her down!

This sweetie is still so young--she deserves to have a full life and to enjoy all the things that other dogs who are not sight-impaired enjoy.

Darla still needs some help with her house training so would do best in a setting where someone is home during the day to let her out regularly for potty breaks.
Caring Hearts Rescue, Springfield, VA 22153

We recently took four horribly matted poodles from a backyard breeder. One of them Angus is almost completely blind. We took him to a specialist in Oklahoma. she determined the cataracts were luxated had been there for quite some time and he was not a surgery candidate. He is a very sweet happy little 6 pound fella who would do great in a home who wants a lap lover. He loves to ride in the car. he's learned voice commands from me, he knows to go outside to potty, he uses doggie stairs to come up on the couch with me. He's real snuggle love bug I'm just needing some help finding him a suitable home. would you all please help me market him?

We have him listed at  and at . He has been completely vetted including a dental cleaning and he is on heartworm prevention and flea prevention. We are not charging an adoption fee but we do have an application process to approve adopters. Can you please help me help him? Thanks 😀 I work full-time and travel and while I am doing the best I can with him he really needs to be in a home where someone is at home more, retired, or works from home.

Contact Amanda (903) 701 3571

Deaf Dogs
For information on living with a deaf dog, please visit Deaf Dog Education Action Fund.

Meet Ludwig, a wonderful dog that needs to find his forever home.  He loves other dogs so if he could find a home with a canine playmate that would be terrific!  Ludwig is stunning and has quite a regal air about him.  Perhaps it is because he is deaf that he notices everything and is so very smart.  Ludwig has a wonderful vet tech from our spay/neuter clinic to thank for his opportunity to find a better life.  

During this past winter, this vet tech passed by his house on her way to and from work and saw that he was chained outside in the dirt and appeared to have little, if any, care or attention.  She spoke to the owner of the house who agreed to surrender Ludwig.  The vet tech asked if we could take Ludwig into our rescue program and help him find a real home.  He has been a great fit here since he has lots of dogs to play with!  He is a very attentive and obedient boy and is crate-trained and housebroken.  He is wonderful on lead.  He notices everything and you may find that you start noticing the smaller things too as you explore together on your walks.  Ludwig has the best time chasing leaves blowing in the wind or watching the clouds and birds in the sky.  

We are so excited to help him to find that special place to call his own where he can blossom even more and get all that well-deserved attention that he missed in the first few months of his life.  He is now 11 months old and currently weighs 31 lbs.  Ludwig has been neutered, microchipped and is up to date on all of his shots.  He is heartworm negative and on monthly preventatives for heartworms, fleas and ticks.  

If you would like to meet Ludwig please complete our adoption application form at .  Call 336.251.8877 with any questions about Ludwig or our rescue process.  We do require that you come visit with Ludwig at our adoption center in downtown Mocksville, NC.  We are there by appointment only, so please call to set that up.  

Herbert is a year and a half 50 pound handsome Bull Terrier mix who charms us in so many ways.  First of all, his white fur is so soft, you could mistake him for a bunny.  But he is a quintessential dog, one that is not held back at all by his deafness.  If anything, it allows him to remain calm in a noisy, urban environment.  Like all deaf dogs, Herbert is highly trainable with the use of hand signals -- or signals from other dogs!  Herbert loves to play and will respond to a barking dog with a polite play-bow.  Next, his come-hither blue eyes which are so expressive and mischievous.  

True to his (mixed) breed, Herbert is also highly intelligent and energetic.  He benefits and learns from other dogs, good boundaries, and training.  Our Herbert is ready for a home.  If you like to laugh (Herbert guarantees this, even if it's due to his sleeping upside down or other goofiness), exercise, and a true companion, he is a great match. 

Herbert is currently located at Northern California Family Dog Rescue in San Francisco, CA. Have questions? Please email,  If interested in meeting Herbert, please fill out an application on our website: 

Miley is about 9 months old ,We found her in the streets about 4 months ago

She is a loving sweet dog who is deaf. She knows commands with hand signals and needs a home with no other animals. We are sad to have to find her a new home but our other dog does not get along with her. She plays very rough with other dogs and unfortunately does not pick up on there growls or barking that is why she needs a good home with no other animals.

She is great with kids but requires a lot of attention and will need additional training.

Miley is located in Putnam Valley NY and is up to date on all of her shots.

If interested please contact me at

Grits is calm when he’s near his person. He enjoys car rides and responds positively to the ‘Car’ command (I’ve seen him bolt out the door and wait at the car expectantly). He’s not afraid to be touched to wake him up or to get his attention (a tap on the nape, or lower back). He’s quiet in public places.

Grits is sweet and affectionate. He’s a great couch buddy, and he’s happy sleeping next to his ‘persons’ feet as well. He’s cautious with dogs he’s not been introduced, but is good with building positive friendships with other dogs he meets. Keep in mind that he’s deaf, unknown dogs will startle him if he doesn’t expect them.

Hello my name is Snowy.   

I am deaf but am working on hand signals with my foster. I am able to sit and come with hand signals.  Because I can't hear I like to be able to see my human all the time.  I am good with humans, even little ones. I love attention from everyone. I love going for long walks, I have gone as far as 8 miles. I like other dogs if they are calm. Because I cannot hear loud sounds do no bother me.  I am house trained.  

For more pictures of me or to fill out an adoption application check out or questions can be directed to Shea Kinsey at

Snowy's webpage


-6 yr old, double merle deaf sheltie mix
-Approx 40lbs
-Housebroken and crate trained

Matilda knows basic sign language, and is good with cats, dogs, and kids.  She has to get to know you on her terms or she will nip.  Playful and has a great personality once she feels safe and secure

Sadly we must part with her because of allergies in our home.  Her new home must be patient and loving because of her handicap.

Please contact

Christine J. Saia

Cell: (973) 769-0498


Wheel Chair Dogs
We have a wonderful adopter of a fabulous wheelchair dog that has offered to speak with anyone needing assistance with your paralyzed dog.  Please contact Elizabeth at 

We will not be accepting anymore paralyzed dogs into the rescue.  The 5 we are currently caring for have filled our spaces for wheelchair/incontinent dogs.  Thank you.

Jubilent Jax - Toy Breeds In Need Rescue - Maryland -

Available for Adoption or Long-Term Foster Placement.

Jax is a stunning cream colored Pekingese Mix. We cannot be certain but, we think Jax may be part Peke and part lion. This little boy has courage and heart that is nothing short of inspirational. He is still very much a pup at only 3 years of age. He is 17 pounds of fluffy, sweet, cotton candy. Jax loves to play with other dogs, likes to chase cats (he means them no harm, he is just curious!) and gives his foster Mom a smooch every time she picks him up. 

A few weeks ago, TBIN offered to welcome Jax in to our rescue after his family decided they were no longer able to care for him. Jax suffered a ruptured disc and so no his hind legs are paralyzed. Upon taking Jax in, we took him to our fabulous holistic vet who evaluated him and began treating him with a few different modalities (herbs, supplements, and laser acupuncture). Jax is in no pain whatsoever and is blissfully unaware that he is paralyzed. Jax is taken out frequently and expressed (this is not hard to do!) and so he does NOT have accidents in the house. Jax had some pretty bad sores on his knees when he was relinquished to us so we ordered him a drag bag (second picture) so that he could scoot along without abrading his skin and allowing his sores to heal (which they have). We are going to be measuring Jax for a cart this week which will be custom made just for him so that he can go for walks outside. While inside, he pulls himself right along and has zero issues getting around. 

Jax is otherwise in good health, up-to-date on vaccines, Heartworm negative, and has been microchipped. We are seeking either an adoptive home for Jax, or someone who is interested in providing him with a long-term foster home. Jax's ideal home would include someone who is home most of the day and is able to take him outside for regular potty breaks. Another small, playful canine companion who would be interested in wrestling and playing with Jax, as he really loves to play and it is great exercise for him. A home without young children would be best (ages 14 and up). 

If you feel that you have room in your heart and home for Jax, please complete an Adoption Application: 

For questions or inquiries, please e-mail Toy Breeds In Need Rescue: 

Due to my failing health I have a rescue dog in a wheel chair that needs a new home.  Brian was shot and thrown in the woods to die.  By the time he was found, he had lost a lot of weight because he couldn’t move.  We took him in and started putting weight back on him and had him completely checked out by our vet.  Because he was shot he does not have use of his rear legs or control of his bowel and bladder.  He is a happy go lucky dog, loves food and treats.  We bought him an Eddie’s Wheel Cart so he could run around in the back yard.  He loves it and runs around like crazy.  He is up to date on all his shots, neutered,  about  2 years old, heartworm free, blond in color and listed as a mixed breed, weights about 26 lbs.  He is located in East Providence, RI.

His bed, cart, and blankets go with him.  He is on anti seizure pills twice a day as he had seizures in the past.  Anti seizure pills are cheap and are put in his food.  See the picture of Brian.

If you are interested in adopting Brian please call Ken at 401-569-2554, Thank you.

Tundra's Story: Every so often, Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM) is asked to consider taking in dogs who have exceptional needs and very often these dogs have a heart-breaking story that accompanies them. Tundra is one of those dogs.

Tundra is a male golden/shepherd/husky mix who was rescued by a RAGOM volunteer and the director of The Marshmallow Foundation along with two other dogs and three cats. All of these animals had been victims of severe, long-term neglect but because they were not malnourished enough to be seized there was nothing the local authorities could do about it.

Chained to the side of the house on a chain too short to reach his dog house, Tundra had a miserable life. The road to a new life began for Tundra and his canine and feline companions when the owner of the home was evicted. At the same time, a guardian angel neighbor made sure the animals had food and water. She was also very persistent in seeking out help for these animals…while another neighbor had been threatening to shoot them.

As all six animals found themselves in rescue with the Marshmallow Foundation, the Foundation asked asked RAGOM to take Tundra because of our past success with Joy (another wheelchair dog). At some point in Tundra’s life, an unknown event caused a disc rupture or fibrocartilagenous emboli, a catastrophic injury that left his back legs paralyzed. Despite his sad and rough beginnings, he’s a happy boy who soaks up love and attention.

Please contact Kathy Guinn at for more information.  Tundra is located in Minneapolis, MN 

Australian Cattle Dog (Red Heeler)
5 yrs old spayed female
Is being brought UTD on vaccines and HW tested
Currently located an hour north of Dallas in Gainesville, TX


See the attached video and you'll see just how sweet she is. She is friendly, affectionate and playful. She is fine with being handled and groomed. When introduced to other dogs she was not aggressive.


Jesse is hind paralyzed, but continent (i.e. has control of her bladder and bowels). We are currently working on getting her a wheelchair.


Jesse is currently in the care of the Good Samaritan that saved her life, literally. Jesse was this woman's neighbors' dog. When they got her their dogs went after Jesse so they put her outside. One day the Good Samaritan found Jessie unable to walk and went to the neighbor. The neighbor said she was aware of Jesse's condition, that she just showed up like that in the morning and they she probably got hit by a car. Here is where Jesse got lucky...the neighbor's son was going to shoot Jesse and that is when the Good Samaritan told her neighbor she would take Jesse. Jesse was taken to the vet where x-rays were taken and no broken bones were found. The veterinarian prescribed steroids suspecting a disk issue but couldn't confirm that diagnosis with an MRI. Jesse is being boarded in the Good Samaritan's boarding facility (more luck) and is being well cared for, kept clean and given affection.


PLEASE, let's help this Good Samaritan help Jesse get into rescue or a forever home! If you are interesting in learning more about Jesse please e-mail  or

(not currently in a wheelchair)  Robbie, who was adopted by the present owner from a Philadelphia shelter, is a very happy, sweet, compliant beagle-terrier mix, roughly three years old, weighing about 40 lbs., and fully house-trained.  Physically, Robbie was in extremely good health until November 2013, when he had to undergo emergency surgery for a ruptured vertebral disc (IVDD).  Though at first he lost the use of his hind legs, his spinal cord was not completely severed; he regained limited sensation and mobility, and with extensive rehab learned to walk again.  His gait is very unsteady and he must wear protective robber booties on his hind paws to prevent damage from dragging (and also to help with traction on smooth surfaces).  He can walk for short distances but cannot be allowed to engage in active play (no dog park, for example; no jumping or climbing).  He loves people and other dogs, and he remains energetic, with a good appetite and demeanor.  Robbie also has separation anxiety, which has continued to be resistant to treatment both behavioral and pharmacological.  So he would do best in a household with multiple caretakers and, ideally, at least one other dog.  His present owner, who lives alone, can’t manage this combination of physical and behavioral challenges.  He hopes that Robbie can find the right forever home with you, and he would be very happy to send you more information, pictures, videos, etc. and to talk with you about arranging a visit in or near Philadelphia.  Please contact him directly at

NAME: Bree
DOB: 3.5.14
Breed/Weight: Doxie mix, 20 lbs
Disability: Rear legs lack of motion
Location: Statesboro, GA
Contact info: STARS of GA – Sissy 912 536 6893 ,

History: Bree showed up at somebody's property. We have no idea if she was born that way, hit by a car, dropped at one point ....? We took her into rescue 7.29.14

UPDATE: 9.11.14
We are now doing LASER Therapy. She has more motion in her legs now and is even trying to stand up some. !!!\  She has control over her bladder and bowel movement. She actually "hops" on her rear legs now and shows more motion.

UPDATE Oct. 2014
Bree is standing on her hint legs for seconds and uses her back legs to walk a few steps at a time. YAY

Follow this link for more pictures: Save The Animals Rescue Society of Georgia  Statesboro, GA 30461

Olive's Bio:

Olive was born in September of 2014, into sad circumstances. Although we can not be certain of her past, we know that she ended up at our local kill shelter, paralyzed in her hind quarters. 

Having Olive with us has been an absolute joy, she loves to cuddle, and play with the other puppies in her foster home and fetch her squeaky toys. She is quite out-going with women, and is a total lap dog if you’ll let her be. 

Olive would prefer a home with no big dogs because they make her a little nervous, BUT she does warm up to them, if you think you may be the perfect home for her.  Olive is also incontinent so an experienced home, or one who is willing to learn about an incontinent puppy is required. Olive is spayed, microchipped and up to date on shots and will come with her wheel chair, and other accessories. 

Although little Olive may require a little more attention then other dogs, she promises to give you more love and devotion then you could imagine. Contact Ashley]

Available from ~ Ohio

Bubba is an American Staffordshire Terrier, that is about 2 years old. He is the sweetest happiest dog around. When our rescue took him he had no use of his back legs at all. But we have spent a lot of time working with him and he has really come a long way in the 3 months we’ve had him. He can stand for short periods, and even take some steps. He now has actual muscle in his hind legs. And surprises us more and more all the time.  He gets around just fine in the house and just needs help out to the bathroom. He also does not have accidents in the house as long as you take him out fairly regularly.  The length of time has gotten longer as he’s gotten stronger and gained weight. His tail is always wagging. And he just loves to be able to be a part of the family. Loves to chew on bones, hooves, balls, and especially loves to tear apart stuffed animals. He’s just an all around happy boy, that needs to find his forever family. He should not go to a family that has cats, as he’s a little too interested in trying to chase the resident cat at his foster home. Bubba has been neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. His adoption fee is $175.00.

If you have any questions please see our contact us page.

To fill out an application for this sweet boy 

Thank you so much for your consideration - Adrian Alltop (Bubba’s foster mom)

Meet Tilly! She is a sweet, small, 3yr old mixed breed pup who currently resides in Florida, USA.

She made the long travel from Thailand a few weeks ago, and is looking for a loving, forever home or special needs rescue. While in Thailand, Tilly was hit by a car, causing her to be partially paralyzed in her hind legs. She was being held at a wild animal sanctuary, where she couldn't get the treatment she needed to heal. An American volunteer decided to bring her home to give her a second chance.

She was surrounded by other dogs in Thailand, and even had a little doggie best friend. They were always together. She was also around other dogs at the vet and in the airport, and she was her normal self. I've never seen her be aggressive, either with other dogs or food. She has a very mild temperament, and weighs about 17-18 lbs.  

She is currently on pain meds and getting laser therapy, and is able to stand on her own now! She is still not quite walking, but she is certainly trying and her vet has hope :-) She cannot stay where she is and needs a forever home. 

For more information on Tilly or to contact her foster momma, please email Lindsay Sundell at

Three legged Dogs

Name: Dottie
Sex: Female, spayed
Age: approx. 9 months
Location: San Jose, California 

Dottie is a loving 8-month old Puggle, who loves people and other dogs. She had the unfortunate experience of being allowed out without a leash and headed right into the street where she was hit by a car. Fortunately, luck was on Dottie's side, and she survived the hit. Her back right leg was shattered, and she had some internal injuries, but she is a strong little girl and survived. Because of the bone injury to her back right leg, it was determined that the best course of action was to amputate.

Dottie's family could not afford the vet expenses that were as a result of this incident, so Northern California Animal Rescue Friends accepted her into our rescue and has provided all of her medical care. Dottie is now up and about and can even get up stairs and onto the couch and bed. It is pretty amazing how fur babies bounce back after such a traumatic experience.

Dottie weighs 12 pounds and will need to maintain a low weight as a ‘tripod’. She is spayed and will have all shots up-to-date and a chip prior to adoption. She is healthy and strong and wants to be with her people.

Dottie is ready for her new forever home. As a puppy, she needs a home with another dog or with someone who will be home with her for most of the day. She is very social.  

Dottie's adoption fee is $350. If you would like to complete an application for Dottie, please email Ellen at

Meet Casey - a 6 yr old, therapy certified border collie.

Casey is a fabulous dog - loves his frisbee, loves a good walk, he doesn't even need a leash because he likes to be with his person, and enjoys the work of therapy dog - visiting veterans hospitals and rehabs and children's facilities.  Casey lost his front leg 4 yrs ago after being hit by a car, but that doesn't slow him down.  He is looking for a new home because his guardians have moved into a second floor condo and Casey would much prefer living in a single story home.

Casey is good with other dogs and lives with a cat.  He is 45lbs, utd on all his vetting and neutered.  He is used to someone being home much of the day - only being left 2-3 hrs at a time (like most border collies - he's a participant in life, not just a pet!)

If you are interested in meeting Casey, please contact Shannon Fitzgerald, email:  A vet reference and indepth interview will be required.  This is a heart breaking decision - but, we love this dog enough to find him a home environment more suitable to his happiness.

Casey is located in Reston, VA

Dogs with Minor Challenges

Meet Sugar!  Sugar is an adorable small mix-breed who is 30-pounds and under two years of age. When Sugar was found she had a litter of puppies with her.  Shortly after she came into rescue with her pups, she began showing signs of an illness.  Despite the antibiotics and fluids, Sugar was not getting any better. We soon learned that she had distemper which is fatal; only 5% of all dogs who contract distemper survive.  But everyone went through great lengths to save Sugar and she miraculously made it through all thanks to grace and her wonderful fosters and veterinarians. Her distemper never led to any seizures, but it did affect her gait just a bit and left her with hyperkeratosis which is a hardening of the paws and nose.  Thankfully, with lot's of love and TLC she's walking normally again but her paws and nose will remain that way for the rest of her life.  The vets have given her a clean bill of health. She can now go to a forever home! 

An ideal home for Sugar is with an individual/family who understands that she will need a quiet, peaceful life yet social life.  Our vets do not anticipate any major health problems as a result of her contracting distemper in her earlier life. She eats just fine, she goes to the bathroom just fine, loves to go on walks and (enjoys the beach!) and does not have any tremors.  She has an excellent appetite, barks appropriately, and enjoys cuddling with people.  

Sugar is a well behaved, affectionate, and loyal dog. She walks well on the leash. She would do best in a home with older kids due to her traumatic past.  Sugar is very sweet-natured, she gets along fine with other animals, loves dogs and has never shown any aggression at all.  She doesn't have a mean bone in her body.  Her foster mom cannot say enough good things about her!  Sugar is seeking a foster or a forever home at this time.

If interested in bringing a little sweetness into your life, email Patricia at:

Our sweet Aspin, Spotty, arrived in Southern California this spring and she really hit the States running!! She quickly settled into the life of a Cali girl and has been enjoying all the new experiences here (like playing on grass!).

Spotty hails from the streets of Manila where she had a tough time on her own. We don’t know what happened to her there but she was injured and unable to walk when her Philippine rescuers found her. They did an amazing job getting her health back on track as you can see from her early photos. We have continued her rehabilitation in one of our awesome foster homes, and Spots is stronger and healthier than ever! Her back end has a mind of its own, possibly due to an old spinal injury, but Spotty is handicapable and doesn’t notice or care. She has a wonky gait and might stumble every once in a while but she’s right back up again and on to bigger and better things. She’s thrived with good nutrition and supplements, and after a couple months of hydrotherapy she appears to be even stronger.

Our 26 pound girlie is around 3 or 4 years old. She was quite timid when she first arrived but has learned that people can be nice – and we have food :)Yep, Spots is a huge fan of food. Hehe. She also loves all other dogs, cats and critters and a nice, friendly dog or two in her forever home is a must. A quiet environment will suit her best, and we’d really like her to have a backyard to enjoy. Because stairs are difficult for Spotty to manage, a single story home is necessary. Loving, patient parents will complete the package for our Filipina orphan, folks who understand her special needs and appreciate her amazing spirit and will to live. Does that sound like you?

Southern California adopters only please!

Please contact for information and inquiries.

Gracie Ellen is a 9 yr old Yorkie/Shitzu mix and weighs about 7 pounds.

Gracie Ellen! What a delightful, pretty name for our pretty little girl. Gracie is a treasure, a precious precocious, intelligent dog who wants to share good times with someone who needs a little companion.  She is about 7 pounds but needs to lose at least one pound (don't we all?) A few long walks will do you both good. She is so unique! Look at that face!

Gracie is happy to be on your lap and spend time with you. So if you are looking for companionship, she volunteers. She has been cleaned up, bathed and all of her matts removed, her hair was cut short - now it will grow in lush and full. We prefer a cool puppy cut for summer, don't you? Walking and going for car rides are two of her favorite pass times, won't you enjoy sharing them with her? If you are a bit lonely, you need Gracie to share your life.

By the way, she was newly diagnosed with diabetes and is going to need two very small doses of insulin a day. Perhaps you are diabetic and check your own blood sugar levels. Gracie will be right with you so this is something else you can share and understand. It's good to have a friend who knows what you need. Don't miss out on our little cutie.

Gracie is vacationing with Tiffany in West Milton, PA. - Her adoption donation is $250

Sadie is 3-4 years old and is a toy poodle found in a high kill shelter in North Carolina.  She is very sweet, smart and now has learn to walk on a leash.  She is housebroken, spayed and current on vaccinations, heart worm and flea protection.  She is a love bug and will make someone a nice companion.  Recently Sadie has had two seizures July 4 (fire works) and July 25 (pet adoption meet and greet) and our vet now believes this  is stress related or induced.  We would like to adopt her to a family that would love to have her with her known disability.

She likes other dogs and people.  She is shy at first and that’s last for about 5 minutes and then you are her very best friend.  She is an outstanding dog and we can’t say enough good things about her and would like to get her into her forever home so  she won’t have the stress of being in a shelter system.

Please reach out if you have questions or need medical documentation. 

Thank you, Lori Mufford, President, Duffy’s Friends, Inc.
585-230-7664 email

I have a wonderful dog named Griffin who I adopted about 2 1/2 years ago. After adopting him from the DC animal shelter, I noticed that he had an obsession with water and was constantly thirsty. After many vet visits it was determined that he has mild renal failure most likely due to him drinking anti-freeze when he was a stray. He is super sweet and loving and he's a great walking companion and just likes to relax with the people he loves. We go to the dog park about once per week and he loves interacting with all of his dog friends.

Griffin is in great health except for his kidney (renal) issues. Because his kidneys have diminished function to process and filter water through his body he feels that he not properly hydrated so it causes him to be thirsty all the time. He's a playful puppy that requires extra water and access to outside so he can use the bathroom frequently. He does not require a special diet or medication for his condition, just a little extra time and attention from his human. Unfortunately, I am not doing a good job at providing that to him. We live in a small apartment and like most people I am out of the house for work 8-10 hours per day. At one point I had a dog walker who would come by mid day to take him out, but unfortunately that is no longer financially feasible for me. Griffin would thrive in an environment where he could have access to as much water as he likes and access to use the bathroom as often as he needs. By looking at Griffin he is a beautiful, sweet, Boxer Lab mix with the best temperament ever so he does not appear to have special needs, but his medical condition requires him to have special attention that I'm unable to give him. I love Griffin to pieces and I want him to have THE BEST LIFE and unfortunately I don't think I'm giving him that. Being trapped in an apartment all day is no way for this amazing dog to live. He deserves a yard and someone who has time to give him exactly what he needs, and it saddens me that that person is not me.

I am afraid to take him back to the DC animal shelter where I got him because they are a high kill shelter and I fear that he will not make it longer than 1 week if he's not adopted quickly. I refuse to have him killed because he has this kidney issue. He is a great dog and definitely doesn't deserve to die because of something that requires a little extra attention. I'm not sure if your facility can take a dog like Griffin, but I am open to any suggestions that you may have on what I can do to place him either with a no-kill shelter or in a loving home. If I cannot place him somewhere with a guarantee that he won't be euthanized than I will keep him myself, as this wonderful dog being killed is not an option for me. Again, thank you for you time and I hope to hear from you soon. I can be reached at  or 202-509-5212.

This is Hyacinth. Hyacinth finds herself in need of a home, through absolutely no fault of her own. Her human daddy died. She is 7-8 years old, medium size, and a marvelous beagle. She is very human-oriented, loves to snuggle and cuddle and be with her people. She has lived with other dogs, is living with dogs and children, while in foster care. She gets along wonderfully with everyone she meets, but not so much with cats. 

She does have the very occasional seizure, which are kept under control with medicine. But please don't let that deter you from opening your heart and home to her. 

Please direct questions to, and Kay will put you in touch with her current caretaker. Her rescue organization is Worthy Tails Animal Rescue in Mechnicsburg, PA. An adoption application will be processed by Worthy Tails, and will be required for the adoption of Hyacinth. 


Kilee didn't have to move mountains, but she did have one big hill to climb in order to be ready for adoption. This stunning copper-brown dog has seizures, and it took Plenty of Pitbulls in Florida, several months to get her medication and dosage just right. Now, Kilee's vibrant happiness shows in her cute Kilee cam video. She is a shining star at the dog park festival!

Kilee's foster mom says she's a "mellow, well-behaved, easy-going" girl who is "sweet with everyone she meets." Kilee's trainer in Gainesville says now is the time for Kilee to move out of foster care and into the adoring home that she deserves. Can you help three-year-old Kilee graduate into family life? She wants to fly into someone's waiting arms!

It's hard to imagine that Kilee is a special-needs girl, seeing her photos and video. But her medications do cost about $150 per month. Her epilepsy is very well-managed now, and Plenty of Pitbulls wants to find a fantastic, caring adopter to keep this doggie healthy and happy.
If you're interested in meeting Kilee, please call Sharon Nataline at 352-231-0702 or email her at Plenty of Pitbulls says Kilee loves other dogs, so a dog-rich home would be grand. You can share Kilee's on her Petfinder page with friends.  Can you help this sweet, vibrant Florida dog put on wings and fly away home?

Sweet LILLY........... is a very pretty boxer/boston mix approx. 10 months old. She is house and kennel trained. She is very loving and playful and gets along well with other dogs and cats. She lost an eye in an unfortunate accident with another dog as a little pup but that has not altered her playful attitude with dogs. She loves to play with children as well and pretty much anyone that she meets. Lilly has learned several basic obedience commands. She would love a family, a yard to have fun in and a playmate would be great fun. She is current on shots, spayed and microchipped and just waiting to hear from you. Lilly is located in Spring, Texas. The fosters will transport within the USA. Please contact 

Hi everyone! My name is Arnie, and I would love to be your best friend! I get along with everyone and love to play! I walk kind of funny and lose my balance sometimes because the doctors say have a condition called Myotonia Congenita. I take on the world at a slower pace, but I don't mind--you should see my huge muscles! Arnie is currently in foster care, if you would like to meet with him please contact Animal House at 970-224-3647.

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