If you are interested in one of our adoptable dogs, please click on APPLICATIONS for more information on the adoption process.
Bruce is an 8 month old Boston Terrier with a dashing and charming personality! He is an active and high energy puppy that loves to go on walks, wrestle with his friends, and he truly enjoys meeting as many people as he possibly can! When he’s taking a break from all of his socializing, you will find him napping in his favorite bed or cuddled up in a warm soft blanket while chewing on a bully stick!
Bruce had a pretty tough start to life, but he has no idea he is different from any other dog! Bruce came to Heath’s Haven from another rescue that deemed him “unadoptable,” due to being incontinent, and he was sadly facing euthanasia. Fortunately, they reached out to Heath’s Haven as his last hope! When he arrived at Heath’s Haven, he was immediately scheduled with the Neurology Department at The Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital for an MRI to diagnose the cause of his incontinence. We did not just want to put a diaper on him and call it good…we wanted answers for Bruce Wayne! And boy did we get some answers…and some more questions, but here’s what we know so far after his MRI!
Bruce was born with a congenital defect called Spina Bifida. This is a rare congenital abnormality in the vertebrae of the spine that occurs in the embryotic stage of development during gestation. In Bruce’s case, the vertebrae in the sacral area of his spine did not completely develop/fuse around the spinal cord. They also found that he had a condition called Syringomyelia. His spinal cord was full of fluid from his neck all the way down to his little cork-screw tail. Bruce has been prescribed medications to help his body absorb the extra fluid and decrease any inflammation. In addition to the Spina Bifida and Syringomyelia, the Neurologist ALSO found that Bruce had “Tethered Cord Syndrome.” The tissues that surround his spinal cord (meninges) have fused to his saccrum causing his spinal cord to stretch as he grows and could cause him to become paralyzed in the hind end. Fortunately, there is a surgery that can be performed to “untether” the tissue and we are in the process of coming up with a surgical/treatment plan with his neurologists.
Bruce will always be incontinent (not able to control his bladder or bowels), and he has an underdeveloped and small bladder that can not be expressed. This is easily managed with diapers and/or belly bands that he doesn’t mind wearing at all!
Bruce has quite the journey ahead of him, but we are committed to helping Bruce be the best dog that he can be, inside and out, so he can find a family to call his very own! We are currently accepting applications for Bruce and hope to find an adopter with experience in managing the care of a Spina Bifida dog, but experience is not required. We have been caring for incontinent dogs for the past 10 years and will provide his new family with all of the tips and tricks to care for a “diaper dog.”
Bruce deserves the chance to live a happy, healthy life just like any other dog so if you are interested in adopting this handsome guy, please fill out an application! We hope to have the perfect FOREVER FAMILY all lined up for him the moment he is cleared by his doctors! He is already neutered, microchipped, current on vaccines/flea & tick preventative, crate trained, and he is good will cats, dogs, and children…all he needs is a loving home!
Can’t adopt?! Please, help Heath’s Haven by making a donation towards Bruce’s surgical expenses! This is a lot for our small rescue to take on, but Bruce’s health and well being is our number one priority. Remember, your donation is tax deductible as Heath’s Haven is a registered 501c3 Non-Profit Organization.
Portia (adoption pending!)
Portia is a sweet, loving, goofy 7 month old Lab Mix puppy! She adores everyone she meets and is looking for a family to call her own!
Portia is spayed, current on vaccines/flea & tick preventative/deworming, microchipped, crate trained, and is doing well with house training.
*Heath’s Haven will adopt out of state as long as a home visit and transportation can be arranged.
Patrick (adoption pending!)
Patrick is a 7 month old Lab Mix puppy looking for his forever home! He is an enthusiastic little guy that befriends everyone he sees and loves to meet new furry friends and does well with all dogs and cats! Patrick is curious, cuddly, and a social butterfly!
Patrick came to Heath's Haven from a shelter in Arkansas. He was born with a neurological condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH) and this effects his balance, coordination, and depth perception. He has an adorable wiggle and bounce to his walk, but he doesn't know he is different! Dogs with CH can long, healthy, normal lives just like any other dog, but loud noises and sudden movements can be little scary so he is looking for a home without small children. We would prefer that he goes to a new home with his sister and litter mate, Portia, but it is not a requirement to adopt. If they are adopted together, one of the adoption fees will be covered.
Patrick is neutered, current on vaccines/flea & tick preventative/deworming, microchipped, crate trained, and is doing well with house training.
*Heath’s Haven will adopt out of state as long as a home visit and transportation can be arrange.
Jackson is a 6 year old Corgi with a lot of energy! He loves to go for walks and play fetch, but is also content with being indoors with his family. Jackson does well with other dogs, cats, and children. He is intelligent, playful, rides well in the car, and he is ready to find his forever family!
One year ago, Jackson had a spinal injury (unknown cause) that suddenly caused him to lose function of his hind end. He has almost completely recovered and can walk, run, and play just like any other dog. He still has a residual "hitch in his giddy-up" when he gets going too fast, and occasionally drags his toes. He will need to wear protective boots when he is out walking on hard surfaces like concrete or asphalt. He has no problem conquering small flights of stairs, but will need assistance getting in and out of the car.
Jackson is neutered, current on vaccines and flea/tick preventative, house trained, microchipped, and crate trained.
Heath's Haven will adopt out of state as long as a home visit and transportation can be arranged.
Molly is an independent, sassy, but loving 10 week old Boxer/Beagle mix. She makes friends with everyone she meets, and she is truly a social butterfly! Molly was born with deformed hind legs, but she doesn’t know she is any different from any other dog! She can wrestle, play, and run with the best! She is good with dogs of all sizes, cats, and children and she is house trained! Molly will be a medium sized dog and around 30 pounds.
Molly was seen by an orthopedic specialist and there is no surgery that can be done to correct her hind legs. She doesn’t notice and it doesn’t slow her down one bit! Molly carries all of her body weight with her two front legs and she does not need a wheelchair at this time. As she ages a wheelchair may be necessary, so her potential family should be aware that this could be a future expense. She will need assistance up and down stairs and in and out of the car.
When Molly reaches 4-5 months old she will be spayed and ready to go to her forever home, but we are accepting applications now! She is current on vaccines (for her age) and flea & tick preventative, she will be microchipped and dewormed. Heath’s Haven will adopt out of state as long as a home visit can be completed and transport can be arranged.
Cashay is approximately 7 years old and weighs 10 pounds. She loves being around people and enjoys being the center of attention! She does great with other dogs or she could do without... she has no preference. If you are looking for a dog with that perfect balance between "Netflix and chill" and an adventure dog, Cashay is your girl! She is an active girl that enjoys (and needs) exercise to keep her muscles strong and her figure slim, but napping is one of her favorite hobbies! Talking is not one of her strong suits (she's not a yapper), but she will alert you to noises/people outside of the home. She won't be able to greet you with tail wags when you get home, as her tail is broken, but I promise she will greet you with a smile and happy, dancing feet!
Cashay is special needs, as she had a spinal injury 6 months ago. She regained the use of her hind end, but she remains incontinent. She is not able to be house trained or go potty on her own, so she will need a dedicated guardian that will express her bladder three times per day. She is also on two medications twice a day that help make the expressing process successful for her and her guardian. These medications run about $75 per month and are a permanent necessity, meaning she will need them forever.
Cashay is great with other dogs and cats, but no small children please as she has a history of a spinal injury. She is spayed, current on vaccines/deworming/flea & tick preventative, fecal parasite negative, and crate trained.
** Heath's Haven will adopt out of state as long as a home visit and transport can be arranged.
Lola is a sweet little girl we rescued from a shelter in New Mexico in February. She was diagnosed with “Bilateral Carpal Instability” in both front legs. Her carpal ligaments were tightly contracted and causing her to walk on the top of her toes rather than her pads. We immediately took her to The Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital to see the Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Specialists. Not only were her carpal ligaments tightly contracted, but her left elbow was fused in place and not able to bend. To prevent damage to her wrists she had surgery to place plates and pins in her legs to fuse her wrists (Arthrodesis) to keep them stable and in a permanent position. She went through an extensive rehab program with the Rehabilitation Specialist at WSU and her progress was slow but her mobility improved greatly.
Lola is still under our care and doing rehab here at Heath’s Haven until she is cleared by her specialists to go to her forever home, but we are accepting applications in hopes to have her forever family all line up when she’s ready. Lola is an amazing girl that enjoys the outdoors, but is also content with being inside on the couch with her humans. She is not a high energy girl and she would be a great fit for a single senior or couple looking for a loving companion! She will need regular grooming every 8-10 weeks so her potential adopter should expect this expense when considering adoption.
Lola is spayed, current on vaccines/deworming/flea & tick prevenative, fecal parasite negative, and crate trained. As we learn more about her future requirements we will update her profile.
**Heath’s Haven will adopt out of state as long as a home visit and transport can be arranged.