Meet our Adoptable Dogs

 . Laney .
 . Laney .  . Laney .  . Laney .  . Laney .  . Laney .  . Laney .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
This is one special dog! Laney is about nine years old. She is incredibly affectionate and sweet, wanting nothing more than to snuggle and give love. Laney lived with a small dog in her previous home and has been social with some dogs at PARL. We are guessing a larger dog may be a better fit, though it will depend on the specific dog. Laney finds the shelter environment to be very stressful and has started anxiety medicine and has moved from a normal kennel run to a small quiet room. The change from a home to the shelter is difficult for all dogs, but for a sensitive senior like Laney, it's really tough. Laney will need a dental once she is adopted, so PARL is giving a $300 credit, and Handsome Dan's Rescue is giving a $300 credit, for a total of $600 toward her dental which should cover most at one of their recommended reduced-cost clinics. As with all older dogs, Laney does have a few minor issues she is working through with the help of the vets staff at PARL. Laney is a resident of PARL and a participant in Handsome Dan's Rescue Shelter Dog Enrichment Program where she will be getting additional time out of the shelter environment, enrichment supplies, and work on her training. Adoption Application: Thank you for considering a senior dog!
Senior, Female, Medium
 . Labby Lippy - 8 Month Old .
 . Labby Lippy - 8 Month Old .  . Labby Lippy - 8 Month Old .  . Labby Lippy - 8 Month Old .  . Labby Lippy - 8 Month Old .
  • Labrador Retriever, Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Prefers home without cats
We are guessing this sweet Lab / Pittie puppy is about eight or nine months old, and she is full of puppy love! Libby would do best with another very playful dog if she is to have a canine sibling. She needs some training and manners so we recommend only older kids for now. We know she will learn her commands and manners in no time, she is very smart and eager! We have added Libby to the Handsome Dan's Rescue Shelter Dog Enrichment Program where she has been matched to Enrichment Specialist, Adina. Adina will be bringing Libby to Outbound Hounds? Pit Class and teaching her how to be the best puppy she can be. Adoption Application: If you would like to know more about Libby, you can email Adina directly at
Baby, 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: 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
Senior, Female, Medium
 . Yogi .
 . Yogi .  . Yogi .  . Yogi .  . Yogi .  . Yogi .  . Yogi .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
Eight year old Yogi is a super special guy. He is an American Bully, the low-rider of the pit bull group! Yogi lived with other dogs, cats and children in his previous home. If you might be interested in giving Yogi 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: Thanks to our friends at Charlestown Shelter!
Senior, Male, Large
 . Bella .
 . Bella .  . Bella .  . Bella .  . Bella .  . Bella .  . Bella .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
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 gets along with other dogs and was 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: Thanks to our friends at Charlestown Shelter!
Senior, Female, Large
 . Stanley .
 . Stanley .  . Stanley .  . Stanley .
  • Domestic Short Hair (Black)
Stanley has gained some much needed weight and has gotten his thyroid issues under control! His dental surgery is scheduled for October 19th and once recovered, this loving senior will be ready for his forever home! To apply to adopt Stanley: Stanley's foster mom, Trish:
Senior, Male, Medium
 . Tyson .
 . Tyson .  . Tyson .  . Tyson .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats
Meet Tyson, our one and a half-year-old brindle ball of fire. Although he has spent half of his young life with our friends at the Warwick Animal Shelter, he hasn't let his time in the shelter damper his spirit one bit. He's silly, endearing, loves every person he meets, and ALWAYS down for a good time. Tyson's incredibly smart and has his basic commands down pat. He's working hard at learning to mind his manners through training with his Shelter Enrichment Specialist and by attending Pits and Pals C.L.A.S.S. each Saturday. Still a puppy at heart and brimming with goofy energy, Tyson is best suited for a grown up household (adults and older children). He does have to be the only pet, but with everything that this boy has to offer, we can guarantee that he's all you'll ever need. If you would like to know more about the amazing Tyson, please contact his Shelter Enrichment Specialist, Sara, at or you can fill out an application at
Young, Male, Large
 . Mandy .
 . Mandy .  . Mandy .  . Mandy .  . Mandy .  . Mandy .  . Mandy .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
***Update! Mandy is now if foster care with us!*** Mandy has settled in well in a home environment! Just one step closer to her forever home! Mandy is house broken, crate trained, and knows her basic commands. She loves to snuggle and be close to her person/people! Meet Mandy. Mandy was dumped at a popular dumping ground for unwanted animals within the city of Central Falls. In this condition. Every rib visible, her skin raw and painful, covered in staph infection. Despite this, Mandy happily went with her rescuers. Over the last several weeks Mandy has received medical attention and medicated baths from her hero ACO, Charlene. Mandy is a participant in Handsome Dan's Rescue's Shelter Dog Enrichment program where she is matched to Enrichment Specialist Amy, who is working with her on her training and taking her out on Saturdays to class and on adventures! Please contact Mandy's Foster Mom for more info on this adorable girl.
Young, Female, Medium
 . Odie - Take My Lead Dog .
 . Odie - Take My Lead Dog .  . Odie - Take My Lead Dog .  . Odie - Take My Lead Dog .
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Prefers home without dogs
Snuggly, sensitive Odie wants to fill your couch, your lap and your life with lots of love! Odie enjoys leash walks, relaxing in the backyard on a sunny afternoon and rolling in the snow on a New England winter’s day. He’s also a fan of TV time, but watching the neighborhood out the window might be his favorite program (he’s a bit nosy). On Saturday mornings, he loves training at Pits and Pals C.L.A.S.S. with his dedicated Handsome Dan’s volunteers. Thanks to his friend Ashley, Odie has learned to use his relaxation mat to chill out when something makes him nervous. He has excellent house manners; he is totally housebroken and likes to play with his treat-dispensing maze ball during his downtime (he's not a fan of squeakers!) Because Odie spent his formative time in a shelter setting, he is not as comfortable with some of the things we take for granted including vacuums, lawnmowers and barking dogs. Due to the loud, excitable nature of children and their toys, Odie would do best in a home with older kids. Odie also prefers to be the only pet in the home since he is unsure of other animals. Odie's adoption donation is $100 and he and his adopter will receive free transition training to ensure Odie and his new family are set for success! You can email his Enrichment Specialist, Kelly, at with any questions or apply at
Young, Male, Medium
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