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Size: Small
Age: Adult
Gender: Male
Breeds: Maltese, Crossbreed
Unknown with Kids

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Luke is a two-year-old Maltese mix that had a difficult beginning. This cute white fluffy puppy didn’t grow up in a home with a nice family. Luke spent his first two years as a back yard breeder dog. Luke’s rescuer reported he was abandoned in an area of Texas known for abandoning breeder dogs. Because of his background Luke’s level of socialization was limited. He has spent several months in foster care and has made significant improvement. Like most fluffy lap dogs Luke enjoys naps and laps.

Luke takes time to warm up to people and adjust to his environment. Simple household noises can startle him. Examples include a broom falling to the floor, the sound of hands clapping, and the icemaker.

Luke requires a special adopter that has the patience and commitment to expose Luke to life and teach him the world is not so scary. Luke will benefit from group training classes and another dog to show him leadership. If you are looking for a dog with great potential, and have a quiet household, Luke may be the dog for you.

Because Luke is shy, we would prefer to place him in a household without young children.

Name: Luke
Sex: Male
Breed: Maltese mix
Age: 2 ½ years estimated by vet
Weight: 10 pounds
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
Vaccinations: Up to date
Heartworm: negative
Microchipped: Yes

Dogs: Yes
Cats: Yes
Kids: No- based on shyness

Adoption Donation: 450.00

Interested in a specific dog, please fill out an application if you are interested in a dog. The number of individual inquiries is overwhelming and we are finding it difficult to respond to each one. We cannot guarantee you will receive a timely response.

Paws New England is a rescue, not a shelter, and as such we do not have our dogs housed in one location - they are in foster homes both in New England and in our southern foster homes.   If you’re interested in a specific dog, please complete a short online application and you will receive a reply within 48 hours so you can ask questions.

At present, if a dog is listed on our website, the dog is considered still available HOWEVER, may have applications that have come in before yours but it’s still too early to know if any are a good match; therefore we encourage you to apply.

NOTICE WITH REGARD TO LOCATION OF DOGS:  Please note: Paws New England is a foster-based rescue. We do not have a brick and mortar building to house the dogs we rescue. We have found that dogs in foster homes are much more adoptable because they have been observed in a home setting. Dogs listed with Paws New England typically reside in various locations throughout the south (primarily Tennessee, Texas, and Arkansas) and New England (not necessarily in the state of Rhode Island). You will be notified by the adoption coordinator of the location of the dog you are interested in so you have the ability to decide whether to pursue adoption or not.

Dogs transported to New England are done so at a fee of $150.00 paid directly to the transporting company by Paws New England; no additional transport costs are responsibility of adopter. This fee is included in the adoption donation.

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 dog will help others in need.

All known information about the animal is listed above. We do our best to give accurate information, but most of our dogs are rescues and do not come with a known history.

Paws New England abides by the dog importation regulations set forth in the states of MA, CT, NH and RI.