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 . Puppy Zoey .
 . Puppy Zoey .  . Puppy Zoey .  . Puppy Zoey .  . Puppy Zoey .  . Puppy Zoey .  . Puppy Zoey .
  • Vizsla, Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Meet Zoey! One year old Zoey is likely a Vizsla pit mix and she is a BIG baby! Look at the size of her paws! Zoey is full of fun and playful energy so would do well with someone with a fenced yard or another playful dog. Zoey currently lives at Scituate Shelter where she is adored by volunteers. She is attending Outbound Hounds' Pit Class training program where she is working with her Handsome Dan's Rescue Shelter Dog Enrichment Specialist, Dave, to learn all sorts of commands and how to walk nicely on a leash. To apply to adopt Zoey: http://www.handsomedansrescue.org/home/adoptable-dogs/ Or for questions you can email Dave or Leslie directly at: leslie02857@gmail.com dandblemieux@gmail.com Or you can contact the shelter directly to setup a visit! Scituate Animal Shelter 106 George Washington Hwy Clayville, RI 02815 (401) 647-7200
Baby, Female, Large
 . Leena - Take My Lead Dog .
 . Leena - Take My Lead Dog .  . Leena - Take My Lead Dog .  . Leena - Take My Lead Dog .  . Leena - Take My Lead Dog .  . Leena - Take My Lead Dog .  . Leena - Take My Lead Dog .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats
Please say hello to Leena at West Warwick Shelter. This special girl has been through a lot, and her recovery is nothing short of amazing. Leena arrived at the shelter in a terrible condition. But under the loving care of shelter staff, Leena has gained weight, and confidence and his how a happy and healthy girl. Leena has been added to Handsome Dan's Rescue Take My Lead program which gives her FREE private training, Reactive Dog Class, and supplies upon adoption. Please contact the shelter directly to learn more about Leena! West Warwick Animal Shelter 106 Hay St, West Warwick, RI 02893 (401) 615-3388
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Alice .
 . Alice .  . Alice .  . Alice .  . Alice .  . Alice .  . Alice .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
Alice. Where to begin. Alice is the kind of dog I would adopt myself if I had room. We have quite the history with this special girl. She is one of those dogs who has just had a run of bad luck through no fault of her own. Alice we left at Pawtucket shelter with her puppies over a year ago. She then was transferred to our friends at the RISPCA so her puppies could receive some behavioral interventions. Once the puppies were adopted, Alice moved on to the good folks at Pottery League who quickly adopted her out. Sadly, last month Alice we returned due to her owner relocating. Sweet sensitive Alice hates being in a kennel run and she started to show signs of distress. We have known her so long and so many of us are emotionally invested in Alice we decided there was no better place for her than in Handsome Dan's Rescue foster care. Alice gets along well with dogs she has met and has lived with a cat. She also did very well with Josephine, the seven year old girl in the photo. Alice's adoption donation is $50. To apply to adopt: http://www.handsomedansrescue.org/home/adoptable-dogs/ For questions, you can contact Alice's foster mom at amanda.connolly@gmail.com. Thank you for choosing rescue.
Young, Female, Medium
 . Lady .
 . Lady .  . Lady .  . Lady .  . Lady .  . Lady .  . Lady .
  • Mastiff, Cane Corso Mastiff
Lady and a male dog came into North Providence Shelter a few months back. Immediately our volunteer Liz began spending time with them. The male was released and adopted. But Lady was afraid of the leash, had clearly been used for breeding, and at five or six years old had a body that looked twice that age. When we first saw Lady we assumed she was a senior. But nope, just lots of hard living. Since that time. Lady has put on weight and become more comfortable. She has since become the property of North Providence shelter and is almost ready to find her forever home. Today, she was officially accepted into our Shelter Dog Enrichment Program, and of course matched to Liz who has already been spending time with Lady. We will take care of getting Lady spayed, since she is so HUGE the surgery can't be done at RICSNC so we are investigating options. Lady also has some issues with one eye and hip pain. So we will have all that addressed. Even though she is not technically available until her medical issues are addressed, we are accepting applications and inquiries. Our best guess is that Lady is a Mastiff / Cane Corso mix. She is so sweet and smooshy, and sure to make any home a little better just because she is in it! For questions, contact Liz at epare1430@gmail.com. And thanks also, to Ernie, Sue and everyone else at NP shelter! To apply to adopt Lady: http://www.handsomedansrescue.org/adoption-application/
Adult, Female, Not known
 . Tyson .
 . Tyson .  . Tyson .  . Tyson .  . Tyson .  . Tyson .  . Tyson .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats
Tyson is the complete package. Actually, this brindle beefcake's got so much that it isn't fair to the average dog; he was blessed with heart-stopping good looks, super intelligence, and an incredible sense of humor. He is a lover of humans and wants nothing more than to snuggle in your lap and cover you with slobbery kisses. He has all his basic commands down pat and of course, he excels at training. He does have to be the only pet, but with EVERYTHING this boy has to offer, obviously, he's all you'll ever need. If you would like to know more about the extraordinary Tyson, you can contact his Shelter Enrichment Specialist, Sara at saracaitlin@gmail.com OR his foster mother, Melissa, at hmelissa824@gmail.com. You can also apply for him using our online application: http://www.handsomedansrescue.org/adoption-application.
Young, Male, Large
 . Bentley .
 . Bentley .  . Bentley .  . Bentley .  . Bentley .  . Bentley .  . Bentley .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
One year old Bentley is as fun as he is sweet! He is a busy energetic dog, so would do well with an active adopter. Bentley is extremely affectionate with his people, some of his favorite volunteers and staff at Westerly Shelter. Bentley is a participant in Handsome Dan's Rescue Shelter Dog Enrichment Program and has been matched to Johanna who will be taking him through Outbound Hounds Pit Class. For into on Bentley you can contact Johanna at johannacroteau@gmail.com or visit him at the Westerly Shelter. WESTERLY ANIMAL CONTROL 401-584-7941 33 Larry Hirsch Lane Westerly, RI 02891 To apply to adopt: http://www.handsomedansrescue.org/adoption-application/ Thank you for choosing rescue!
Young, Male, Medium
 . Santana .
 . Santana .  . Santana .  . Santana .  . Santana .  . Santana .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
Four year old Santana is learning how to live in a home as a pet for the very first time! Santana is a lovely girl who is timid to begin, but warms up very quickly. She has suffered a neglectful past and is looking for some humans that will be patient in her growth in our everyday world. She can be skittish to loud noises and fast movements, so a quiet home without small children would be best for her, in order for her to bloom into the confident young lady she is looking to be. Santana loves to play with toys, and enjoys her choice of stuffy toys and ropes to keep herself occupied. She LOVES her Kong. She has been mostly independent in her ways, but as she warms up to her handler more she has become more affectionate and trusting toward people. She would be best placed as the only pet, as she will need someone to dedicate time her to growth and training. She would make an amazing companion, and loves to go for trail walks and hikes. She is attending Outbound Hounds Pit Class to learn her commands and make new friends. The future's looking bright for Santana! Santana was rescued from a dog fighting case in Georgia and has made her way to our friends at a rescue in Maine, We assessed her behavior and are courtesy posting her to try to help find her a home. You can apply to adopter Santana via our application and we will send it over to them! Here is our ap: http://www.handsomedansrescue.org/adoption-application/ For questions about Traveler email: thegratefuldoganimalrescue@gmail.com
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Traveler .
 . Traveler .  . Traveler .  . Traveler .  . Traveler .  . Traveler .  . Traveler .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Special NeedsPrefers home without dogs
This is one special dog! The kind of dog that compels us to do more for survivors of dog fighting. Traveler is an older fellow, and is heartworm positive. His heartworm treatment has started and while we know this treatment is difficult, we know he will pull through. Traveler is super affectionate and loving. This sweet old man is looking for his forever home to spoil him for the rest of his days. Traveler loves to lounge, nap, and get lots of love. He would prefer a family where he is the only dog and doesn't have to share the love. He is crate trained and ready to find his forever home. Traveler was rescued from a dog fighting case in Georgia and has made his way to our friends at a rescue in Maine, We assessed his behavior and are courtesy posting him to try to help find him a home. You can apply to adopter Traveler via our application and we will send it over to them! Here is our ap: http://www.handsomedansrescue.org/adoption-application/ For questions about Traveler email: thegratefuldoganimalrescue@gmail.com
Senior, Male, Medium
 . Nissa .
 . Nissa .  . Nissa .  . Nissa .  . Nissa .  . Nissa .  . Nissa .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
Meet Nissa! She is the newest dog in our Shelter Dog Enrichment Program! Nissa is a shy young girl who is looking to bond with someone who will help build her confidence. Nissa is sweet. loving, sensitive, and gentle. We have matched Nissa to Handsome Dan?'s Rescue Shelter Dog Enrichment Specialist, Amy, who will be taking her though Outbound Hounds?' Pit Class where she will be learning her commands and getting some time out of the shelter. To apply to adopt Nissa: http://www.handsomedansrescue.org/adoption-application/
Young, Female, Medium
 . Gracie - Compassion Hold .
 . Gracie - Compassion Hold .  . Gracie - Compassion Hold .  . Gracie - Compassion Hold .  . Gracie - Compassion Hold .  . Gracie - Compassion Hold .  . Gracie - Compassion Hold .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Special NeedsPrefers home without cats
Gracie is now happily settling in at her Compassion Hold Hospice Foster Home where she will live out whatever time she has left. Huge thanks to Lauren and John for opening their home and heart to Gracie. Thanks also to everyone who played a part in Gracie's journey to her final home. ________________________________________ We have been keeping you updated on our sweetest Gracie AKA the Baby Silver Panther. We are now hoping you will help us find the perfect person or family to take Gracie home to share this last part of her journey, wrap her in love, and be by her side until it is time to let her go. Please share this post with anyone in Southern New England who may be able to be Gracie's heroic Compassion Hold Foster. Gracie was a stray found in North Providence. She is wobbly and falls sometimes, due to a terminal brain tumor. We do not know how much time Gracie has left, but we have promised her to find a wonderful home to help her make up for whatever she missed out on in what will be a life lost too soon. Gracie is one of those amazing dogs who loves everyone and everything. Her greatest joy is her volunteer friend Liz (shown in the second photo) who has been taking Gracie on field trips since she arrived to the shelter. Liz takes her on short walks, car rides, and visits to her parent's home which includes two other dogs. (Liz wanted to take Gracie home but was unable to obtain landlord approval.) While we were working through a diagnosis, and starting her on prednisone and treating her stump Pyometra (infection of the uterine stump which seems to be responding to antibiotics) she has been staying with us. We feel she is now ready to move into her Compassion Hold Foster, where we will be providing all of her supplies, medical care, and support, for whatever good time she has left. Gracie's neurologist is not able to tell us a time frame, only that it could be weeks, months or maybe even close to a year if we are lucky. She will need to remain in Southern New England and under the care of our partner vets. Gracie is a joy. Each new day brings excitement for a new outdoor smell. She loves to just hang out outside, in a small pen which is hers to take with her wherever she goes. She is crate trained and does spend much of her time crated, as pacing and panting are side effects of the tumor. Keeping her space small helps to calm her, and the pacing. Gracie enjoys short leash walks, but tires easily, and is then ready for a long nap. She is housebroken, but needs frequent potty breaks due to the prednisone which increases her thirst. (Dog walker/pet sitter may be provided for a compassion hold foster who works long hour so that Gracie can have a potty break.) We are searching for a loving person to be by Gracie's side as she walks this last part of her journey. You will need to be patient, have love overflowing, but your heart will need to be strong enough to help her leave when her quality of life declines. I believe compassion hold fostering is one of the most difficult aspects of rescue. It's not for the faint of heart, but I can tell you from first hand knowledge, what I have gotten back from these experiences, being able to ensure the last precious time an animal has on earth is their best time, is priceless. I have never regretted my decision to take on a compassion hold dog. Easing them into and beyond the last chapter of their lives is an experience, an honor, that I can promise will make you a better human. And knowing this dog as I do, I can tell you your heart will grow from having had Gracie in it. Here is more on our Compassion Hold program: http://bit.ly/2gKUKlI If you have any questions about Gracie, how this program might work, and if Gracie may be a good fit in your home, please email me at heather@obhounds.com.
Senior, Female, Medium
 . Yogi .
 . Yogi .  . Yogi .  . Yogi .  . Yogi .  . Yogi .  . Yogi .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
Eight year old Yogi is a super special guy. Laid back, with a spunky side, he loves a walk and then to lay next to his people. He currently lives with a nine year old human girl and a blind seven year old pittie girl. He loves them both and while he can be a bit bossy with them occasionally, he responds quickly to redirection and is quite tolerant of his foster sister running into him. He is looking forward to starting CLASS in January and learning lots of new tricks! Yogi's adoption donation is $50. Please fill out an application here: http://www.handsomedansrescue.org/adoption-application/
Senior, Male, Large
 . Bella .
 . Bella .  . Bella .  . Bella .  . Bella .  . Bella .  . Bella .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Prefers home without dogs
Bella has seen the vet and other than her skin condition she is on the road to better health. She needs to slim down a bit, she is a little sensitive about her weight so please don't say anything. She thinks she is beautiful and we agree! Bella is a stunning American Bully, the low-rider of the pit bull group! She is about eight years old, and a wonderful combination that comes with a dog of that age; laid back enough not to drive you crazy but still young enough to have a little fun! Bella is snuggly and sweet and extremely affiliative. She seems to walk well on leash and knows a few commands. This big beautiful girl is smart too! Bella prefers to be the only dog in the home but is said to have lived with children and cats in her previous home. But for now, she lives at Charlestown Shelter. We would prefer a home with middle aged to older kids, just because of Bella's size and spurts of excitement when the leash comes out. That could fade once out of the shelter, but better safe than sorry! If you might be interested in giving Bella a loving home, you can contact the Charlestown Shelter on Sand Hill Rd, Charlestown, RI 02813 Phone: (401) 364-1211. You are also welcome to fill out an application on our website and it will be forwarded to Charlestown: http://www.handsomedansrescue.org/adoption-application/ Thanks to our friends at Charlestown Shelter!
Senior, Female, Large
 . Stanley .
 . Stanley .  . Stanley .  . Stanley .
  • Domestic Short Hair
Stanley is a quiet reserved older gent of a cat looking for a new home. Found as a stray in Cranston he found his way to the shelter and sadly being black and older was overlooked by adopters. Stanley developed an upper respiratory infection while waiting to be adopted, and we were concerned about his being able to recuperate in a shelter environment so took him into foster care. Since becoming a Handsome Dan’s Rescue Pit Bull Type Cat, Stanley is thriving. We found that he had a thyroid condition that was preventing him from putting on much needed weight. Now that he has been on medication and his thyroid is functioning correctly, he has put on some weight and is very content. We think Stanley would do fine an a home with other mellow cats. His favorite things pets, wet food, and fuzzy warm blankets. We are sure that he always has lots of all of those. If interested in learning more about Stanley, please email his foster mom at TTorres@aspectsinc.com
Senior, Male, Medium
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