Meet our Adoptable Dogs
Dudley is one of the sweetest dogs around. His mellow energy and snuggly nature make him the perfect Netflix and Chill buddy. Dudley is potty trained and knows his basic commands. He is currently in foster care with a young girl, another senior dog, and a guinea pig. We have not had him around cats, but due to how he feels about the guinea pig, we think it would be worth having him meet an applicant's cat to see how he they would do together. Dudley was found as a stray by a good samaritan who pulled over and Dudley jumped right into her car with her dog. The two sat together in the front seat all the way to Swansea shelter where Dudley was met with open arms. He was neutered, and although he is a wonderful guy, no one came to adopt him, maybe due to him being a big pit bull? Maybe due to his older age? But we saw what the shelter staff and volunteers saw - a very special gentleman deserving of the most wonderful of homes. Another reason we put Dudley into our foster care program was because he had a bad case of "happy tail". This happens when very happy dogs wag so much in their shelter kennel runs that they whip their tails on the concrete sides. This can cause the end of the tail to become bloody, as it did with Dudley. His friends at the shelter tried to keep it wrapped as best they could, but happy tail has a hard time healing in a shelter environment since the dog is still in a kennel run and still wags. Dudley wags A LOT! One in foster care, and under the care of our vets, we tried several wrapping methods, drugs for infection, and protocols to try to help the tail heal. We were unsuccessful and after several months of trying, his vet recommended that sadly, he would have to have the last couple of inches of his tail surgically removed. The vet also found a mast cell tumor on Dudley's shoulder, so that will be removed at the same time and set to pathology to figure out what it is. Fingers crossed it's nothing horrible. Dudley would do best in a home that had a soft couch, tons of love, and a need for a very special member of the family. He would love to be yours. Dudley's adoption donation is $50 To apply to adopt Dudley: http://www.handsomedansrescue.org/adoption-application/ For questions, please email Dudley's foster dad, Matthew: email@example.com Thank you for choosing rescue!
Senior, Male, Large
more to come
Young, Female, Medium
2-3-year-old Brownie is fun and fabulous. She has a zest for life and a love of humans. Her chocolate coat and stunning eyes have won her many beauty pageants, including the cutest chocolate-colored pittie we have for adoption (she may also be the only one, but don't tell her.) Brownie is what we call reactive. She gets very excited when she sees other dogs while on leash. Trainer Sue Riggiri is working with her on her reactivity, and Brownie is the recipient of a Handsome Dan's Rescue training grant meaning she goes home with FREE private training. Interested in Brownie? Apply at handsomedansrescue.org Thank you for choosing rescue!
Young, Female, Medium
Meet Lady! Lady is a 1-year-old pit mix looking for her forever home. This spunky lady is higher energy and would love to be your hiking or walking buddy. She is currently working with an enrichment specialist from Handsome Dan's Rescue on her training and manners. Lady could use work on her impulse control and dog to dog interactions but her enrichment specialist is here to help. Lady also qualifies for a Take My Lead grant through Handsome Dan's Rescue to cover the cost of training, if needed. A family willing to continue training is ideal for Lady. It is best that Lady goes home as the only pet. Pre-teens and adults are best for lady as she is quite the jumping bean. Lady was treated for an ear infection in both ears. This may pop up again in the future. If you're looking for a playful, exuberant little pitty, Lady is you girl. For information, please email Allision at firstname.lastname@example.org
Baby, Female, Medium
Update: Sesame is currently in foster care in RI. He is working hard to habituate to life as a pet both in the home, and in the community. He is also working through some medical issues. Sesame is not available for adoption at this time. Please follow Sesame: #OhSesame FB: Handsome Dan Insta: Handsome Dan's Rescue and Outbound_Hounds --------------------------------------------------- In early June, this young red dog's life changed forever. He was removed from the yard where he was kept chained in the Arkansas heat. He and the others from this dogfighting case made their way to a rural private shelter. The dogs were met with open arms. Dr. Nanci got to work triaging each of the dogs. Next, evidence photos were taken of each dog. This was Nanci's first dogfighting case, and hopefully her last. I can only imagine the emotion she was feeling as she worked quickly to get each of the dogs patched up and settled in the back. Holly and I went down to Arkansas to meet and perform behavioral assessments on each of the surviving dogs. Sadly, not all were still alive by the time we arrived. Some of these dogs were very sick, some beaten up, and others just could not go on. One by one, we met and assessed the first dozen or so dogs. We found silly ones, fearful ones, some were extremely stressed or confused. A few not ready for human touch. Then, a very special one walked into the room. Holly and I are professionals. We assess dogs all the time. But this dog, this particular dog, was different. He cautiously entered the room, low to the ground he looked around and slinked toward us. Holly and I sat down, maybe two feet from one another, and he nestled himself right in between. The fresh punctures and a large abscess on the left side of his face, the surrounding scarring that covered his face, neck, and chest, told us some of his stories. We had a hard time deciding how and where to touch him so as not to cause pain to his wounds. We then sat there, in silence, and cried into him. In all the years of assessments I have done with Holly, this has never before happened. He took turns in our laps, snuggling in as tightly as he could. We comforted him, and told him never again would he suffer as he had. Over the last many weeks he started his heartworm treatment and watched many of the dogs he knew from his yard move onto rescues around the country. He was pretty sick a few times, but under the care of Dr. Nanci and the staff has been doing well. Last week, he left the shelter with Dr. Nanci, never to return. She decided to bring him to her vet office to live as he finishes out his difficult treatment. And after that.... He will come to Handsome Dan's Rescue as my foster dog. Please meet Sesame. Sesame has a long way to go before he is healthy enough to make the trip from Arkansas to us here in Rhode Island. But his shelter days are behind him, and his chain and dirt spot just a distant memory now. Questions? Email me at email@example.com
Young, Male, Medium
Ruru is in our Compassion Hold program. He will live out whatever time he has left with his foster care / forever dad, Steve, meaning his current home will be his last home. If you would like to support Steve and Ruru, you can send them gifts, toys, and supplies through their Amazon wish list: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/36AYOCW0L2ESK?ref_=wl_share Eight-month-old Ruru has a severe heart condition. His cardiologist tells us it is likely he will not make it to adulthood. We took Ruru into our Compassion Hold (hospice) program from a local shelter and placed him into a home where he will be loved and spoiled for whatever time he has left. For more info on our Compassion Hold program: http://www.handsomedansrescue.org/home/programs/compassion-hold-program/
Baby, Male, Medium
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