Dog • Bull Dog Mix • Senior • Male • Large
Meet Bully! Bully entered our rescue mid January ending his nearly 2 month stay with Southbridge Animal Control. Bully was immediately neutered, vaccinated, and had a much needed dental surgery with extractions - ouch! He has now gained nearly ten pounds despite our good friends at Animal Control's best effort, the stress of a kennel environment was not easy on him. Bully is 75 lbs, and estimated to be 7 years old classifying him as a young senior. We do find "young seniors" to be a challenging group to place because a dog like Bully is still very strong and active despite being older. Bully requires an experienced owner, one who likely has experience with strong pushy dog like yours truly. He is VERY food motivated and thankfully entered our rescue with a solid foundation of basic obedience. Bully has made tremendous progress when it comes to his leash manners, crate training (he has insatiable thirst) and the attention and focus he gives his handler. Bully is suitable to live with children and has "tested well" with large female dogs and cats. We suspect he is not accustomed to sharing and/or engaging in healthy play with other animals so integrating him into a home with another dog or cat will be work but by no means impossible. Ideally we would love to have Bully adopted by a local family. Bully comes with free training to ensure this handsome pooch reach his greatest potential. If you are interested in meeting and potentially adopting Bully please fill out an application.
MORE ABOUT BULLY:
Neutered/Spayed • Up-to-date on vaccines • House Trained • Primary Color(s): Grey/Blue/Silver and White • Coat Length: Short
Dog • Pit Bull Terrier • Adult • Male • Medium
Meet Forrest! Forrest is estimated to be roughly 1-2 years old and is approximately 50 lbs. He is suspected of having a congenital disease, Cerebellar hypoplasia. He would be best described as special needs. He has extremely large front paws and is known to crash into things, run not walk and fall. Oh Forrest. This sweet boy has stolen our hearts. Forrest came to us in early February after being bounced around the shelter system in Rhode Island. He had originally been found as a stray in Providence November of 2018. Forrest is VERY dog friendly. He attends day care routinely and has gained fuller functioning of his motor skills since entering the rescue several months ago. Forrest would do best in a home with another dog, preferably a dog that would be up for the challenge of being his friend. Sadly he is not suitable to live with children or cats. Forrest is neutered, up to date on vaccines, house trained and crate trained. If you are interested in meeting and potentially adopting Forrest please fill out an application.
MORE ABOUT FORREST:
Neutered/Spayed • Up-to-date on vaccines • House Trained • Primary Color(s): Grey and White • Coat Length: Short • Special Needs: Congenital Disease
Cat • Domestic Short Hair • Senior • Female • Small
Meet Mama! Our longest resident! Mama is a former stray/semi feral cat that we have known for roughly 8 years!! She was a former colony cat at one of our feeding stations in Dorchester where we fed daily. Mama is called Mama because when we first came across her she had a tiny black kitten that followed her everywhere she went. Her kitten was taken in by the Animal Rescue League of Boston back in 2012 and found a home then. In April of 2017 we realized Mama was drastically losing weight, despite having a ravenous appetite. We took her in and sure enough she is diabetic. Since then her diabetes has been regulated and she is on insulin injections twice daily. She has adjusted to life indoors well but doesn't enjoy the company of dogs and most cats. She is spayed, microchipped, vaccinated felv/fiv negative and estimated to be roughly 8-9 years old, a young senior. Mama has been in our rescue for over 2 YEARS and has made tremendous strides. She allows a lot of handling which is required to give her insulin injections twice daily. She would still prefer to be an only pet but has shared her space successfully in the past with a calm foster cat. If you are interested in adopting Mama please fill out an application.
MORE ABOUT MAMA:
Neutered/Spayed • Up-to-date on vaccines • House Trained • Primary Color(s): Grey and White • Coat Length: Short • Special Needs: Diabetic
Dog • Pit Bull Terrier Mix • Adult • Male • Large
Meet Quinton! Quinton entered the shelter system back in November of 2016. He is roughly 60 lbs, 6 years old, vaccinated and neutered. For the past three years he has been overlooked, returned, made some bad decisions and has been set up for failure quiet a few times. Thankfully over the last three years he has made it loud and clear who he is as a dog....and we have listened. Quinton has absolutely matured and grown since he was sprung from a rural shelter in 2016. He is no longer a rude, heart worm positive back yard dog. He's obedient, house and crate trained, and he desperately wants to make his handler happy. Quinton no longer eats ever crumb of dry food in his dish, or drinks every last drop of water in his bowl. He is a GOOD dog, he really is. This is why we haven't given up on him. Unfortunately Quinton can VERY easily be set up for failure. He has three failed adoptions. Quinton can not hack it in the average home today,but to be honest a lot of our dogs can't. After waiting this long, his 4th time around he needs and requires a home with the least amount of variables that jeopardize his future. Quinton is good with respectful dogs and children but he's not fantastic, he's not bomb proof or guaranteed to never react. Quinton's ideal home is as a companion to a single man, preferably a mature man. Quinton is a dog with very simple needs, but what he has never had is someone who wanted to do more than meet his basic needs. Quinton does not ask for much, and what you put into him you will get back 10 fold. A while back we said his ideal home would be with a truck driver. This past year we put our theory to practice and he went on multiple long distance road trips. His first trip he came back a changed dog- content, calm, and cooperative. Over the last few months Quinton has consistently made good decisions, in times where he historically would not. He has spent the entire year of 2019 in our care. Quinton has proven he is finally READY and he has earned it this time. If you are interested in meeting Quinton and potentially adopting him please fill out an application.
MORE ABOUT QUINTON:
Neutered/Spayed • Up-to-date on vaccines • House Trained • Primary Color(s): White/Cream and Apricot/Beige • Coat Length: Short
Dog • Patterdale Terrier/Fell Terrier Mix • Adult • Male • Medium
Meet Black Bear! Yes another dog in our rescue named Bear! Bear is roughly 50 lbs and estimated to be a year old. As far as we know he is considered to be "mixed breed" although we suspect he is predominantly a smooth coat Patterdale terrier. Bear was found a few months ago wandering the streets of Memphis by an independent rescuer we have a great partnership with so we agreed to take him once we had room! Bear can best be described as a rambunctious, energetic, playful, and active dog! He requires a home with a canine friend, preferably one that likes to rough house like he does. Bear is up to date on vaccines, neutered and crate trained. If you are interested in meeting and potentially adopting Bear please fill out an application.
MORE ABOUT BLACK BEAR:
Neutered/Spayed • Up-to-date on vaccines • House Trained • Primary Color(s): White/Cream and Black • Coat Length: Short
Cat • Domestic Short Hair • Senior • Male • Medium
Meet Truman! Truman is a former feral from Dorchester. He was trapped back in January of 2017 because he was getting attacked by other cats on the same property Mama came from. Thankfully our friends over at Kitty Angels covered all of his medical costs, neuter, dental, vaccines, and wound care at the time he was trapped. We were devestated when his combo test came back positive for Felv and FIV. Due to this he couldn't return to life as an outdoor cat for the risk to himself and the other cats on the property. Truman has stayed with the founder of Big Hair for the last three + years as an "unadoptable lifer". Today he went to the vet for his annual vaccines and sure enough he is now Felv NEGATIVE!! Truman is 11 years young and is still FIV positive so he should ideally be placed in a home with other FIV positive cats. Over the last three years Truman has shown tremendous growth when it comes to humans and he now even solicits affection and tolerates human touch. Truman has gone from an unadoptable "lifer" to ADOPTABLE and we can't contain our excitement for him! He is now in search of a multi cat foster home or better yet adopter. Come on cat lovers! Truman is one of our BIGGEST underdogs who happens to be a cat and he needs your help! To apply to foster or adopt Truman please fill out an application.
MORE ABOUT TRUMAN:
Neutered/Spayed • Up-to-date on vaccines • House Trained • Primary Color(s): Black and White • Coat Length: Short
Dog • Lab/Hound Mix • Adult • Female • Medium
Meet Ashleigh! Ashleigh entered our rescue several months ago with her brother Addison from a rural shelter. Both are likely lab/hound mixes, 35 lbs and roughly a year old. Ashleigh has made and continues to make more progress than her brother Addison. Initially both dogs were feral and trapped in the woods- they would bite leashes, and scream when attempting to touch them. Both have come a long way and continue to work towards becoming domesticated dogs. Trust me, these two take counter surfing to an entirely different level! Ashleigh is up to date on vaccines, learning to walk on a leash, crate trained, and VERY playful with other dogs and has tested well with cats. She requires a multi dog home, preferably with a fenced in yard and owners experienced with handling fearful or feral/semi feral dogs. Because Ashleigh can scared easily she is not suitable to live with young children. If you are interested in meeting and potentially adopting Ashleigh please fill out an application.
MORE ABOUT ASHLEIGH:
Neutered/Spayed • Up-to-date on vaccines • House Trained • Primary Color(s): White/Cream, Apricot/Beige and Yellow/Tan/Blond/Fawn • Coat Length: Short
Dog • American Bulldog • Adult• Male • Large
Meet Rocco! Rocco is a two year old American Bulldog originally purchased from a breeder. He is roughly 70 lbs, neutered, and up to date on vaccines. Rocco entered our rescue the summer of 2018 as a very fearful and insecure under socialized adolescent dog. He was with us for four months and went through a board and train program where he met a family that we thought would honor their commitment to him. Sadly he was returned a year later due to conflict with the cat in the home. Thankfully Rocco's training has been consistent and his overall confidence has improved. Rocco is house trained, crate trained and off leash trained with an e collar. He still requires a home with other dogs, preferably experienced owners. If you are interested in meeting and potentially adopting Rocco please fill out an application.
MORE ABOUT ROCCO:
Neutered/Spayed • Up-to-date on vaccines • Primary Color(s): Brindle and White/Cream • Coat Length: Short
Dog • Chihuahua • Adult • Male • Small
Meet Mickey! Mickey entered our rescue way back in October through our good friends at Sturbridge Animal Control. He was picked up as a loose dog and never claimed. Over the last several months he has had several meet and greets and even an adoption that lasted only 2 days. Unfortunately despite us disclosing Mickey growls, and will even lunge and snap he was returned for that very behavior while perched up on a recliner at 10 pm when someone had the audacity to walk past him! Oh boy, some of our dogs sure are their own worst enemy and Mickey here is no stranger to self sabatoge. The reality is Mickey is what we know to be a typical Chihuahua, and while he has his moments he's not a bad dog. Mickey in most cases is boundary setting especially early on into a new placement. He is a lot like Gizmo and the closer to midnight it gets the more likely it is he will turn into a gremlin. DON'T SPILL WATER ON HIM!! All jokes aside, if Mickey was going to bite someone he likely would have already. Over the last several months in most of these instances he's given a privilege that he did not earn, value or handle. Or he is advocating for himself by boundary setting when uncomfortable, tired, moody. For this reason, Mickey would do best in a home with Chihuahua experience. He is currently in a foster home in Spencer Ma. Mickey is crate trained and actively working on his house training which has improved since his neuter surgery. He walks well on a leash and enjoys daily walks. If you are interested in meeting and potentially adopting Mickey please fill out an application.
MORE ABOUT MICKEY:
Neutered/Spayed • Up-to-date on vaccines • House Trained • Primary Color(s): White/Cream, Brown/Chocolate and Yellow/Tan/Blond/Fawn • Coat Length: Short