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Please note: The dogs in ODH's Final Refuge care are not adoptable due to medical reasons and all are in permanent homes. Your sponsorship supports the veterinary expenses for these dogs - and we thank you!

Rusty came to ODH when he was found to be being kenneled outside, because the facility his owners were in (an assisted living facility) would not take him in, and his daughter was already maxed out for dogs. When the daughter found out Rusty was being kept outside, she was very upset and contacted ODH.

Since being taken in by ODH, Rusty has had surgery to remove an enlarged testicle (as well as the other one!), repair a nasty oro-nasal fistula, drain some dental abscesses and clean his teeth, removing 12 damaged teeth, and repairing jaw bone that had degenerated. Ear infections were treated, his crazy long nails trimmed, fleas treated, so all in all he is MUCH more comfortable.  His bladder wall did not appear normal on routine exam, so a biopsy was taken, which has since come back and confirmed that he has an aggressive form of bladder cancer.  We’ve been told that his time will be limited, but we will be thankful for whatever time we have with him, and his 3 new canine siblings seem to make him very happy with their willingness to cuddle and play with him- probably because he is such a gentle, loving dog.

He remains a challenge where ‘marking’ is concerned, but is being gracious about wearing his belly band, something his Final Refuge Mom really appreciates!

We have all our fingers, toes and tails crossed that we can keep Rusty happy and comfortable for as long as possible and make this last phase of his life, a truly wonderful one.


Rusty and packmate Rupert (right) snoozing in the sun

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