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Size: Medium
Age: Adult
Gender: Male
Breeds: Australian Shepherd, Rat Terrier

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Looking for a hiking or running partner? Maybe some dog agility fun? Have a dog that needs an active canine sibling? Look no further than Ruger.

Ruger is a 2 year old 45 pound Aussie/rat terrier mix whose favorite activity is to run and play. This handsome guy was found roaming the streets in the rural south. One of our southern fosters was made aware of him and was more than happy to bring him into her dog sanctuary. He has learned to be trusting of her and now enjoys being pet and loved on. He still has moments when he likes just “to be”.

Ruger was found to know many basic commands and is a master with sit, down and recall, so he obviously had some previous training. One thing he needs work on is leash training. His foster is working with him on that. Rugar enjoys car rides and is a very good patient at his vet visits.

Ruger is crate trained and housetrained (with a doggie door). He is currently living with many dogs without issue, but would be best with another dog or dogs that match his energy level. They can tire each other out!!

If you are an active person or family looking for a sweet, handsome wholesome canine best friend, let us know. Fill out an application today!

Specific questions? Email to connect with his foster mom.


Name: Ruger
Breed: Aussie/Rat Terrier mix
Sex: Male
Age: 2 years old
Weight: 45 pounds
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
Vaccinations: Up to date-7/26/19
Microchipped: Yes


Good with Dogs: Yes, an equally active dog that would enjoy run and play.

Good with Cats: Was cat tested and was afraid of the cat. This should mean that he would be fine with proper introductions.

Good with Children: Yes per foster mom, based upon personality. Older children (>10) due to energy level. Not actually living with children at this time.

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.