Rex is a 9 month old mutt of a lot of sorts (maybe hound, collie, lab) he is an adorable guy, on the smaller side about 40 lbs, has a longer coat that feel and looks beautiful in the sun. He came to us about 5 months ago, and very quickly we knew he was a sad, lost, under socialized soul. It’s very important for a puppy to be exposed to many things at a young age, if they are not, you can end up with a skittish, nervous and very sad puppy. In Rex’s case, he was not taught strangers are OK and not everyone is out to hurt him so when he meets new people (mostly men) he gets scared, barks and isn’t sure how to act until he gets used to them which can take 5 minutes or 5 hours…
Rex is a very happy boy once he warms up, he loves his humans that take care of him and he is very food motivated. A puppy like Rex needs a home with just the right amount of stimulation, not too quiet but not too crazy. A home with older kids, and possibly another super happy/outgoing, dog friendly brother of sister would be great. He needs patients and love from a family that can teach him that not everyone is out to hurt him and with a little bond with the right family, this boy will be amazing. Just watching him the last few months, he has become more confident, more social, and happier by the day. He has so much potential to thrive and be such an awesome boy! It’s time for him to find that forever family that can do that for him. Do you believe Rex would be a good fit in your home? See more photos
We have to be a little creative with names because we currently have 3 Bella’s! Miss. BellaDane was suppose to be some type of Great Dane mix…well she missed that memo and she is far from a dane. She is only about 60 LBs and 10 months old, so she is not getting much bigger. She has a very beautiful coat, white and blue with a mixture of brindle in parts of it. She is a super smart girl, and catches on to new things very quicky. Bella is good with other dogs but NO CATS! She would make a great addition to any family that loves to be outdoors, running and hiking. She will always keep up! Bella is available for adoption right now!
Our sweet Southern Belle from South Carolina!
Meet SANDY. She’s a two-four year old, 50-lb. Pitbull mix who has been through the ringer. When she was brought in to a shelter down South, Sandy weighed just 18 lbs. and suffered from mange,* secondary infections and a URI.
But, just look at her now…all fifty, compact, short, stocky pounds of her! She is great with male dogs and possibly cats (though not 100% tested just yet). Sandy is heart worm negative, spayed, UTD on vaccinations and micro-chipped. It seems that life in the North has served her well.
Despite being failed by people in the past, Sandy LOVES people. She is super affectionate and somewhere along the way, put herself in the category of ‘lap dog’ but when you look at that face, how can you not agree that Sandy should be able to be whatever Sandy wants to be…including to be with a furever family!
While Sandy may steal your lap and steal your covers, she’ll also steal your heart. She has stolen every heart at HVARS, so we know what we’re talking about.
Fill out an application at www.hvars.org. Just in time for Thanksgiving and something to be extra thankful for this year!
*Sandy’s demodex mange, while treatable, is often a death sentence for shelter dogs because rarely does, or can, anyone devote the time it takes to treat it. We’re so glad we took that time. Sandy is now the picture of perfect health!
Meet TEDDY! At 11+ yrs old this guy is our oldest and also our smallest senior currently available. We believe he is some type of Chow (maybe Shar Pei) mix. Teddy is dog-friendly, enjoys chasing cats and spends most of his day sleeping on his dog bed, only waking to eat breakfast and dinner. If you are searching for a dog with the personality that’s more like that of a cat, this is the guy for you. Given Teddy’s hearing issues, he is no watchdog but he’ll provide many hours for you to sit back and watch HIM!
Meet (Kyle) COGNAC! Some may argue that this guy is actually not a senior because well…he has the energy and attitude of the young and confident little piggy that he is…we mean Staffie! This guy loves his toys, loves to go for long walks and loves to have all the attention to himself. He may be a little full of himself but look at him, you would be too if you were as handsome as he is! Cognac is dog selective-mostly with male dogs which is typical because he was not neutered until later in life. With the right dogs though, he could be fine with most dogs. A home without young children would be best because as we said, he isn’t quite “senior” acting. If you are looking for an adorable, short, stout little “pig dog,” look no further…we’ve got him right here, just waiting for you!
Meet PENNY LANE! The first thing you see when you look at this girl is that she is tired, she is worn and sadly, she has been used for one too many years. Penny has been bred more times than you can, or should be able to, imagine. We rescued her with ears that are ripped, legs that are scarred, nipples that hang so low they sway and, course, yet another littler of puppies. But, let’s talk about some goodness in this sweet lady. This lovely dog has the best and most optimistic personality given all that she has been through. She is dog-friendly, but no cats – she is a hound with all the characteristics a hound dog possesses. We estimate that she is 6-7 years old. Penny Lane has been a mama far too many times. It’s time for her to be the baby and get the pampering she deserves!
Chase is a 1 1/2yr old mastiff/pit mix that is a total love. He is very dog friendly, is as goofy as he is strong and loves everyone he meets – and especially loves everyone’s lap! Chase is currently available and waiting for his forever family to come along.
Meet Mister! His life has been quite a story…
This big boy has had some life…at only 10 months old he found himself fighting for his life. Mister was in a life or death situation with very few options…
Misters story starts back in June of 2016 when he was running the streets of Newburgh, NY, he was not being watched by his owners and off a leash he was struck by a car. Running him over, giving him scratches and bruises all over his body …if that wasn’t enough he also has a completely shattered back leg.
Mister was taken into an animal hospital to be euthanized and once there some of the staff realized he had a chance to live and asked the owners to surrender him. They searched high and low for rescues to take him in but his wounds and breaks were far worse than anyone expected and after a rescue committed to him and then backed out last minute HVARS was contacted.
(Many of you don’t know this but HVARS pays for about 3 orthopedic surgeries a month. We have to have special doctors come in to perform these surgeries and they cost a lot more money…)
So to us, this was just another dog with a bad leg who needed help. HVARS gladly took him in and got him right to the vet’s office. We had 2 options- 1) take his leg off or 2) save it because it was still savable and he had feeling in it. We chose the more costly but also the better quality of life for him in the long run. The next day, MISTER was admitted for surgery, he came out with a plate, a pin, 7 screws and wire holding his leg together. He had to have a FHO (femoral head osteotomy) and he also got neutered. Poor guy was in rough shape but seeing him start to use his leg only 3 days after surgery showed that we made the right decision.
It was a battle to keep him quiet for so long, at times we were worried it wasn’t healing properly but now 3 months later, he is healed, he runs and plays like a normal dog. He has a “full of himself” personality and he LOVES attention. He is an awesome dog who is dog/cat friendly. You would never know that only a few months prior he was in such bad shape, he does walk with a limp but his leg does not bother him at all.
MISTER is FINALLY ready to find a forever family to love him as much as we do. Mister is house broken, crate trained and great on or off a leash. He would do best in a home with older children as he thinks he’s a 70 LB lap dog. What is he? We have not a clue but he has the legs of a basset, the colors of a St Bernard, head of a Great Dane and body of a Pit!! He is a MUTT of all sorts, but a very cute one at that. Whoever gets lucky enough to adopt this boy will be more than happy with the choice they made!
If you are interested in donating towards Misters and other dogs vet bills, you can send a donation through PayPal on our website, it would be greatly appreciated, this month is coming to an end and we dealt with 3 going on 4 orthopedic surgeries. It gets very costly and we do not look for these cases, they just happen to fall into our rescue time and time again.
Frank- This very big handsome guy is some type of pointer mix. He is very sweet, good with some other dogs and starting to learn manners. He and his brother (Neil) grew up in a shelter from the time they were 3 months old. At 1yr old, they have been broken free and are learning the dog life outside the kennel. They need someone with patients, time and a lot of love.