Every pet that Luckydog takes in for "lifetime sanctuary" has a special situation that makes them unadoptable, but we don't advertise this to gain pity and donations. We notice that healing happens faster and life feels better when the expectation of illness and trauma are released. If a pet is up for adoption, we disclose all known health isues to applicants, of course.
Most of the pets on this page are members of Luckydog's lifetime research program for pets with unique needs. Some of the easier-to-manage pets are up for adoption or fostering in a new home. Their headlines tell which are up for adoption and foster care.
All of these pets need your support. Please click the "sponsor a pet" button below and donate $5, $11, $33, $333 or whatever you can afford. Please select "Make this a monthly donation" to sponsor a pet long-term. The pets thank you!
Please note: Luckydog doesn't have an adoption facility that is open to the public. Pets live in the Roving Rover RV, private homes and boarding facilities in the US and Mexico.
This loving and comical pupper came to us as a foster with a few challenges. He is enthusiastic when it comes to offering afffection and gaining approval of humans. His eagerness to please earned him "Best Dog Trick" at a big festival where he competed against professionally-trained dogs. He's now trained to offer reminders, and excels at keeping track of time. He's a very special lifetime member of the pack.
Little Boy was insecure, but so very sweet when he came from the shelter. He's found confidence being part of a pack. He's a special boy, but we aren't going to talk about the sad things that make him special. For over 2 years, he's been adorabley vibrant! He'll be a lifetime sanctuary resident so he can continue to receive immune-boosting care.
We didn't know this precious was special needs when we reached out to the person rehoming her. We just felt she needed us. The reason why became apparent a while after we took her in. A surgery by a talented vet and lots of training have helped her become a truly healthy and happy member of the pack. She's is now thriving and has a never-ending zest for life.
Piper was one-day-old when I rescued her. She was an unusual kitten with a big appetite for anything rubber (and certain textiles). We couldn't find anyone else willing to peeper-proof their home, so we took on the challenge of providing her a safe and happy home for life. Piper is the sweetest cat one could imagine.
Vido was one-day-old when we took him in. He had some challenges, but he was super loving and always wanted to be "helpful" around the sanctuary (e.g. riding on people's shoulders as they did chores). When switched to a raw diet, he got stronger and blossomed into a big, beautiful cat. We failed to find an adopter willing to continue his diet, so we took him on as a lifetime resident and cherished research subject. We look forward to many more years of his love.
The most snuggly muffin you'll ever meet.... but she doesn't like kisses. Previous adopters gave up on her, but that's not because she was a bad dog. She just has a lot of energy and needs to be kept focused to feel secure. Since she needs to work to be happy, she's been trained as a service dog. Belle guards and herds other pack members and, as the self-appointed "Cat Tattler", she lets us know when there's a cat misbehaving.
This guy's a lazy cuddle-bug, one minute, and a ninja-fast fly murderer, the next. He is praying for someone to donate some kitty forts and cabinets and other storage solutions for all of our stuff. He feels most confident in a very neat environment with trusted hiding places. Please consider donating your carpentry skills, indoor or outdoor cabinets, cat houses, and/or Feliway spray to help this little guy live his best life. Thank you!
Boots is a character. If there's a door between he and you, he uses adorably funny "sentences" to talk you into opening the door so you can pet him. He's a super-chill guy at heart. He dreams of having an exclusive VIP (Very Important Purrson) lounge for he and his "approved" friends.
Little Baloo is something special. He is a prime example of how diet, stress reduction, and gentle remedies can help a kitty thrive. He's so soft, and so sweet. He's quite demanding sometimes but it is an absolute pleasure to be his slave.
AS you can see, Karma is a character. He is a big, fat cuddle bug as long as it's on his terms. He's making progress in his behavior modification and really does his best to be a good boy. Around midnight, he turns into a love bug but he doesn't like to be handled any other time of day. He's a funny guy, for sure.
This guy is a seriously snuggly, sensitive and loving young cat. He prefers an environment without fragrances, other cats or chaos. He is bonded to our 19-year-old cats and is the only youngster gentle enough to be their roommate. He brings a little extra light to their lives and they provide him calm companionship that feels safe. He doesn't seem to like when the other young cats enter "his" territory and will spray. Requires special diet and. supplements
This big guy is very loving with people and dogs once he gets to know them. He especially loves the chihuahua and almost knocks her over with headbutts. He may do well in a house with no fragrance and no other cats. He's looking for a holistically-minded foster or adopter who lives near his vet in LaJolla and will remain committed to him if he resumes spraying behavior. CLick here to foster or adopt .
We kept Sun as a companion for his young and traumatized mother, "Mama". She could not be trusted around dogs or other cats, so she couldn't be integrated into the pack. She also cannot tolerate much sunlight, so she couldn't have a catio. We felt the kindest thing we could do was to let her keep her baby. Sun is purrfectly healthy (and sweet).
This little darling is a survivor. He was found without his mama, starving and dehydrated. He prefers the company of dogs to people, though he's gradually come to be affectionate with his foster mama. He's a wonderfully challenging work in progress.
This little darling is a survivor. She held her own as a homeless puppy when her momma abandoned her. She eventually ran out of food and water and desperately needed help at the time she was found. She was injured as as a puppy and wasn't a candidate for surgery until she stopped growing. After having her for a few months, we realized she's never going to be an easy dog or a "dog-park-dog". She isn't comfortable without a strong leader to properly introduce her to new situations. Keeping her foscused on tasks helps her remain calm so we're trainng her as a "limited utility, household service dog", for now.
This little muffin wags her tail so quickly we think she's part rattlesnake. She is a lap-loving diva who doesn't prefer to share her human with other pets but can tolerate other animals. Mama wants to be fostered by a holisticall-minded dog lover in La Jolla. She needs a dog-savvy foster/adopter. She wants to be dominant with other dogs (especially females, males she will fight for food)). She's on supplements and medicine for liver support and digestion. Natural-rearing/holistically-minded fosters only, please. She will continue her care at her vet in La Jolla, CA. Estimated monthly care cost $225.
Naturally-reared "Big Twin" is available to a conscientious, holistically-minded, long-term foster with a cat-safe (low-toxin, fragrance free) home and catio who can provide 3 raw meals (plus detox supplements) daily. Initially shy, he warms up to become a big cuddle bug who hates being alone. Other than a serious allergic response to a bee/insect (needs an insect-resistant space when a human isn't around), he's been purrfectly healthy. He will discipline dogs who are a potential threat and is gentle with calm dogs.
The "twins" are very energetic and smart. They love to purr and snuggle with eachother and people. Foster will be required to drop off poop from each of them about once a month (see "Little Twin's bio).
This baby will be staying in sanctuary unless an ideal adopter will like to take he and his brother home as a pair. He has a big appetite and needs a more controlled environment than his brother. He's about 11 pounds and his brother about 16lbs.
They could be available for rehoming to natural-rearing sponsors who will continue to raise them as part of the luckydog family and deliver their stool as needed for fecal transplant research. Cost to maintain them: Insurance approx. $50/mo, food approx. $240/mo other supplies at about $70/mo.
Due to the number of special-care sanctuary residents, we're cutting down a lot on adoptable fosters and may not have any posted on adoptapet. If you want adopt a holistic pet, please reach out to BrightHaven.
Luckydog's typical adoption fees are as follows:
Conventionally-raised cats/kittens $99-199 Conventionally-raised Puppies $199-399 Conventionally-raised Dogs $99-299
Holistically-raised pet $299 to $599
Fees for holistically-raised pets are higher bcause it costs more to feed them, we keep them longer, and we put extra handling into them. We do this becauase we know the holistically-minded adopter appreciates a well-rounded pet and will continue the level of care we provide.
Sage was living on the streets in Mexico when I found her. Sage checked out as healthy, got her shots and was adopted by a family who vowed to love her forever.
Sage's family later abandoned her when she got mange. It was traumatic for her to lose them, but their fickleness may have worked out in Sage's favor. Sage needed a determined guardian to get her through the severe "immune deficiency". Dog AIDS? I wondered.
Sage was healthy as a garbage-eating stray. I offered her shelter, vet care and "optimal nutrition". I couldn't understand why she fell apart.
When a vet suggested vaccines were to blame for Sage's immune-system crash, I was shocked. As a vet tech, I learned the best way to protect a pup from disease was to vaccinate. Was I misled?
We can't be sure vaccines hurt Sage but I didn't want to risk her lhaving another. As for the pricey "dog food" I gave her, I feel it was not fit for a dog.
Because Sage looked and smelled awful, most people didn't want their dogs to play with her. Thankfully, a friend's dog took on the role of Sage's big sister. That companionship may have saved Sage's life.
Sage loved to play. She was comical, high-drive and brilliant despite her illness. While she seemed happy during play, frequent fevers, constant itching, a mouth full of warts and tender, swollen glands indicated a reduced quality of life.
As Sage's health declined, so did her playfulness and patience. She began to nip at dogs to keep them away. In time, she could no longer be trusted with the kittens she'd once helped me raise.
I didn't think Sage would ever feel well again. I cried many tears as I transferred her to another rescue in hopes that they could heal her, rehome her, or end her misery. Thankfully, they failed.
Sage's new foster mom hadn't found an adopter, couldn't take Sage on her move and couldn't go through with euthanizing her. Sage came back to me. The reunion was bittersweet; I wanted to restore sage's health, but was afraid I'd fail.
I was ready to try anything so I went ahead and fed that immune-compromised dog a "dangerous" raw meat diet. I'm so glad I did that.
Within days, Sage's skin improved and she stopped getting fevers. Three weeks later, fur started to grow, her glands were normal, and the warts were gone! Since then, every special-needs pet taken in by Luckydog has been offered a raw diet.
Thank you for your support!
This flock of fuzzies has special nutritional needs to keep them in good health. Help Luckydog with food, supplements, supplies, and vet care. Anything not spent on diet/health supplies will cover general pet upkeep to keep them healthy. The pets will gladly accept in-kind donations of raw non-GMO foods ( prey-model (80/10/10 and 84/6/10 grind), ground Diestel turkey thigh and our preferred cleaning supplies (pick-a-size paper towels and hydrogen peroxide).
Help us creater safe-spaces for the pets in sanctuary. Donte time, talnetor treasure so we can offer th epets fantastic, coyote-proof catios and puppy play-yards. If you're a contractor and can help build enclosures, patio covers, etc, please reach out.
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