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 So Cal, AZ and
Short Bus, doesn't know he's "special. His enthusiasm and charm earned him "Best Dog Trick" at a big festival where he competed against professional trick dogs.
Little Boy has found confidence being part of a pack. He'll be a lifetime sanctuary resident so he can continue to receive immune-boosting care.
Surgery by a talented vet, lots of training, and tons of exercise have helped Moo become a healthy and happy pack member. She has a never-ending zest for life.
Piper was an unusual kitten with a big appetite, so we took on the challenge of providing her a safe and happy home for life. Piper is the sweetest cat one could imagine.
When switched to a raw diet, Vido blossomed into a beautiful cat. We failed to find an adopter willing to continue his diet, so we took him on as a lifetime resident.
Previous adopters gave up on her, but that's not because she was a bad dog. She just needed a job. She's been trained as a service dog and is the self-appointed "Cat Tattler".
This guy's a lazy cuddle-bug, one minute, and a ninja-fast fly murderer, the next. He's praying for someone to donate some kitty forts to hide in and cabinets to store the items that scare him.
If there's a door between Booots and you, he uses adorably funny "sentences" to talk you into opening the door. 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. It is an absolute pleasure to be his slave.
Karma is making progress in his behavior modification. Adter midnight, he turns into a love bug but don'to try to pet him earlier in the day. He's ouro favorite weirdo.
Mac is the only young cat gentle enough to be a rooommate to our older cats. He brings light to their lives and they provide him calm companionship that feels safe.
This big guy is very loving with people and dogs once he gets to know them. 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 felt the kindest thing we could do for Mama (who would've had to live in solitary confinement) was to let her keep her baby who also needs an indoor environment.
This little darling is a survivor. He prefers the company of dogs to people, though he's gradually come to be affectionate with select humans. He's a wonderful work in progress.
Lobita lacked early socialization. She isn't comfortable without a strong leader to properly introduce her to new situations and a pack to boost her confidence.
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. Mama wants to be fostered by a holistically-minded, dog-savvy dog lover in La Jolla. She mustcontinue her care at her vet in La Jolla, CA.
Clyde is a behavior rescue who is a lovely guardian for the smaller pets.
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 one serious allergic response (to a bee/insect, we assume) he's been purrfectly healthy. He will discipline 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 14lbs.
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. $60/mo, food approx. $240/mo.
Sonic has earned his keep by being uber-sweet to the resident kitties. He is the only bigger pack member who can be left alone with cats to protect them from coyotes. He has provided much-needed companionship to boogkitty who spends most of his time in solitary confinement due to aggression towards other cats and spraying. Watching them kiss and cuddle warms our hearts.
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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