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Riptide - Special Needs

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Size: Medium
Age: Baby
Gender: Male
Breeds: Australian Shepherd, Husky
Special Needs

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Another sweet stray found in Tennessee as a baby-baby - maybe about 6 weeks all on his own.

He was found by two people who meant well but to help him get rid of his fleas they bathed him in something (not entirely sure) but he ended up with  scar on his back (pretty much gone) but it also left him partially blind - the vet who saw him thinks he has 50% site in both eyes.  When adopted, we are happy to have him set up with an Ophthalmologist to see if this is in fact caused by injury or if genetic and if anything can be done as well as what progression will be if any - just to get it straight.

He’s a very very sweet boy at just 11 lbs - he’s been in foster care with other dogs and did great - typically puppy boy - still in his chewing stage!!

He arrives to his foster in Rhode Island on 2/11 and we’ll have great pictures and an update quickly.

Name: Riptide
Breed: Australian Shepherd/Husky  (total guess)
Sex: Male
Age: 10 weeks
Weight: 11 lbs
Spayed/Neutered: Too young - Spay/Neuter Contract will be required and strictly enforced
Vaccinations: Up to date
Heartworm: Too young (testing is done at 6 months of age)
Housetrained:  Not usually
Microchipped: Yes

Location of dog currently:   RHODE ISLAND 2-11

Puppy Adoption Fee:  $550.00 (includes spay/neuter surgery rebate of up to $200.00 to be paid to adopter when proof of spay/neuter is provided to Paws New England.   We can provide a list of low costs SN clinics to adopters when requested. 

Adoption fee also includes transport fee.

ATTENTION PUPPY ADOPTERS:  You will be required to attend training/behavior classes with your new dog unless you are experienced dog owners and your adoption coordinator is comfortable with your experience.  This requirement is for the benefit of you and your puppy so if you experience behavior issues you have a point of contact.  

PLEASE - Think long and hard before adopting a puppy - consider the lifestyle change this puppy will come with - he cannot be crated for more than 3-4 hours at a time until he’s older, puppy proofing your home will be necessary, puppies scratch and nip so if you have small children, can they handle this?? Training will be so important in this puppy’s life, do you have the time??

Please consider purchasing this book before adopting.  Perfect Puppy in 7 Days - How to Start Your Puppy Off Right, Sophia Yin, DVM - it is an amazing book that we recommend very highly and have had amazing feedback on.


Paws New England is a foster-based rescue - our dogs reside in various locations throughout the south and New England.  

Adoption donations cover pre-adoption vet costs (including vaccinations, spay/neuter when age appropriate, and heartworm testing/treatment when necessary), a microchip, and transportation to New England if necessary.

Donations for our young, healthy puppies and dogs support their fellow canines of advanced age or suffering from injuries and abuse whose donations are reduced but whose veterinary costs are typically much higher. We appreciate your understanding that your newly adopted dog will help others in need.