Meet the AKC Rescue Network’s Top Dogs

Many people are surprised to learn it’s possible to find a purebred that both fits your lifestyle AND is in serious need of a loving, forever home. The AKC Rescue Network is the largest network of dog rescue groups in the country, representing 166 breeds. The majority of these breed-specific rescues are run by volunteers from our National Breed Clubs who work tirelessly to take in, rehabilitate, foster and re-home dogs that are down on their luck.

Check out the slideshow to learn about a few of the AKC Rescue Network’s available dogs currently looking for new homes.

Abby

Meet Abby, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who was found living outside in California by The American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rescue Trust.  Abby didn’t have use of her back legs as a result of a birth defect.  The Rescue Trust paid for surgery and therapy for Abby, and she can now stand and use her back legs!  She uses a doggie wheelchair to help her get around easier.  To inquire about Abby, contact Renee Bruns at cavalierrescue@cox.net.

Rescue Abby and her cart at the National

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casey

Meet Casey, an energetic 8-year-old Airedale Terrier with a zest for life.  Her owner surrendered her to the Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue because he was facing multiple knee surgeries and felt he couldn’t give Casey the activity she needed.  She will make a fantastic companion for an active family.  To inquire about Casey, contact Sidney Hardie at swat.rescue@gmail.com.

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Bella

Meet Bella, a 4-year-old Tibetan Mastiff who was surrendered to a shelter by her family when she was almost a year old.  The Tibetan Mastiff Rescue, Inc. took her in.  Tibetan Mastiffs are natural guardians of people and property, and Bella takes her job seriously!  She warms up to people slowly, but once she’s comfortable, she is silly, sweet, and highly responsive.  She loves going for walks and playing with other dogs and toys.  Bella would be the perfect pet for someone who understands guardian breeds and has the patience to allow her to warm up.  To inquire about Bella, contact Rebecca Chambliss at chamb@cox.net.

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Trooper

Meet Trooper, a 5-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier who came to SBTCA Rescue a few months ago.  Trooper is a unique little guy, as he has facial scars and no tongue.  Even without a tongue, he is very self-sufficient and can eat and drink on his own.  He imitates kisses too!  He’s a loveable boy that will do anything you ask of him, enjoys playing fetch, laying in the sun, and cuddling.  He’s wonderful with other dogs and people.  He needs surgery on his knees, which is being addressed by SBTCA Rescue.  To inquire about Trooper, contact Kristina Estlund at Rescue@SBTCA.com.

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Bryce

Meet Bryce, an 8-year-old Boston Terrier who was surrendered to Coastal Carolina Boston Terrier Rescue because of a family hardship.  Bryce is fearful of large male dogs and engaging dogs.  He gets along best with small, non-confrontational females.  Bryce is an active, healthy, affectionate dog and loves going on long leash walks and playing fetch.  To inquire about Bryce, contact Kathy Quartana at ccbtr@fastmail.fm.

Bryce Happy Friday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jingles

Meet Jingles, a 7-year-old Boston Terrier who was brought to Coastal Carolina Boston Terrier Rescue by a Good Samaritan who found him stuck in a muddy trench on the side of the road.  Jingles was very underweight and had skin issues.  The rescue team also found out that Jingles is deaf.  He is a gentle, sweet boy and has learned hand signals since being in foster care.  He would make the perfect pet for a family that is willing to work with him on hand commands.  To inquire about Jingles, contact Kathy Quartana at ccbtr@fastmail.fm.

Jingles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tonka

Meet Tonka, a 4-year-old Bullmastiff who came to the American Bullmastiff Association Rescue Service (ABARS) after she and her former family’s other large dog got into a fight.  Her former owner shot her through the neck and she was surrendered to ABARS.  Her serious wound was repaired and the rescue volunteers found that Tonka is a very sweet girl who loves people and cats!  She is great for a family that does not already have another dog.  To inquire about Tonka, contact Virginia Rowland of ABARS at blackslate@aol.com.

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TJ

Meet TJ, a 14-month-old German Shepherd Dog who was hit by a car and left for dead by his owners when the Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue was contacted to help.  As a result, TJ’s severely damaged front leg was amputated.  He’s been recuperating and the rescue group raised money to buy him a wheelchair.  TJ is a loving, sweet boy who plays well with other dogs and enjoys a good tummy rub.  To inquire about TJ, contact Rob Holloway at celestialrob@gmail.com.

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Austin

Meet Austin, a 13-month-old Rhodesian Ridgeback who was surrendered to Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue by his family because they couldn’t afford to provide him with medical treatment after he was hit by a car.  Austin underwent extensive surgery to repair a severely fractured leg.  He is getting stronger every day!  Austin is a snuggly, playful boy who is friendly to other dogs and cats.  To inquire about Austin, please contact jwright@ridgebackrescue.org  or NJ@ridgebackrescue.org.

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Max

Meet Max, a 4-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback who was surrendered to Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue by his owners who no longer wanted him.  He had a massive yeast infection in his ears and covering half his body – his previous owners hadn’t taken him to the vet since he was a puppy and left him outside in the wet dirt and grass, causing the infection to spread more.  Just a few weeks of being at the rescue in a clean, dry environment with antibiotics have made a huge difference for Max!  He truly loves all people and enjoys riding in the car.  He would be a great pet for a family where someone was home for at least part of the day, as he’s so happy when people are around.  To inquire about Max, please contact critz@ridgebackrescue.org or FL@ridgebackrescue.org.

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2 comments on “Meet the AKC Rescue Network’s Top Dogs
  1. Peg Vohr says:

    I thought your feature on rescue purebreds was really excellent. So few people seem to be aware of the work we do to help and protect and rehome unwanted purebreds. I would like to see this feature become a regular on AKC Dog Lovers and also be spotlighted on the AKC website.

  2. Barbara G Freeman says:

    I think the exposure is critical & agree with Peg’s post above. However, in my opinion there needs to be one central area for adoption. I have been looking into it for the past month & you really need a road map to get through the maze of paperwork & multiple contacts. Each agency has their own application, home evaluation, & rules. So for adopting one dog a person could have filled out numerous applications making a lot of work for the potential adoptee as well as the awesome volunteers that take this on. In the end, several would have expended time & energy without placing an animal. I am so frustrated I have given up on this option. IMHO, one application with a list of up to three (3) preferred dogs, one contact person, especially when interested in a special needs animal. G-d Bless all these volunteers!

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