As you read this page you will notice that each of the dogs listed has a "special" quality. The dogs appearing here require special attention, dedicated owners and a greater investment of time and and committment to their long term health needs. If you feel you have the qualities required to become a Special Needs Parent, please read about them, select the one you would like to meet, then contact us to discuss adoption further.


The age of the dogs has been estimated by veterinarians based on their general health and particularly from their teeth status. It is an informed estimate made by veterinarians and should be used only as a guide.

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Special Needs
Low Shedding
Apartment Friendly
Needs Adult Home
Suit Full-Time Worker

NAME: Celene MEET AT: Ingleside (by appointment)
AGE/SEX: 10yrs / F CONTACT: Monika
BREED: Maltese X Mini Foxy NUMBER: 9486 3133

Celene is a BLIND girl was was left in a terrible way. She was terrified, matted and did not like humans touching her when she came to us. Our vets bathed, clipped, vaccinated her under sedation. After a few days she coped with being gently stroked on her back and be picked up. Slowly she recovered and began to enjoy cooked chicken and rice. When she was desexed, we found she needed all her teeth taken out as they were all rotten. What an ordeal for a mature little girl. Celene never barks, except for food and lies quietly by your side. Celene is now comfortable to be picked up and handled like other dogs. She just needs to know what you are doing, so talking to her is important. Celene is a bit like an autistic child. She can throw tantrums when she cannot do something and you need to be able to calm her down from that state. Sometimes she also has peti-mal seizures. She is slowly getting used to be brushed. She is social with other dogs. She needs a quiet adult family who are happy to spoil her for the rest of her life. She would cope with long working hours. Due to the blindness she needs a fairly flat secure area where she cannot fall. She has a low shedding coat and weighs 4.1kg. She comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. Her adoption cost is $450. For further details email monika@doggierescue.com.

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Special Needs
Needs Rescue Experience
Needs Adult Home
Suit Part-Time Worker

NAME: Dusty MEET AT: Ingleside (by appointment)
AGE/SEX: 3-4 Years / M CONTACT: Monika
BREED: Kelpie x Corgi NUMBER: 9486 3133

Dusty is a very lovable happy boy, but he has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He is on Chlomicalm and this has helped to settle him. Dusty can sometimes spin if confronted with a stressy situations or particular noises eg drills, pressure cleaners, printers. Dusty would be best in a calm quiet household and preferably with an energetic dog who wants to play and rumble with him. He is very intelligent and learns quickly new routines. He can be mouthy at times. He weighs 10.8kg. He comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. His adoption cost is $400. For further details email monika@doggierescue.com.

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Special Needs
Needs Rescue Experience
Needs Home With Garden
Suit Home-Based Worker or Needing Doggy Pal

NAME: Jamie MEET AT: Ingleside (by appointment)
AGE/SEX: 6 Years / M CONTACT: Monika
BREED: Jack Russell NUMBER: 9486 3133

Jamie is blind and when he came from the pound he was very difficult to handle. We had him desexed which improved his behaviour enormously and kept handling to a minimum while he settled in and learnt the routine. Jamie is a very anxious dog who needs humans around so talking to him has been important. He is very food motivated. Jamie needs a family with commitment, time and patience. He has a short coat and weighs 8kg. He comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. His adoption cost is $400. For further details email monika@doggierescue.com.

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Special Needs
Kid Friendly
Suit Full-Time Worker

NAME: Marley MEET AT: Ingleside (by appointment)
AGE/SEX: 5-6 years / M CONTACT: Monika
BREED: Staffy X Lab NUMBER: 9486 3133

Marley is a gentle calm dog who came as a stray and was saved from a vet clinic. He is a very friendly boy, who is crate trained, and is very polite on a lead. He is a little scared of cars and needs encouragement on lead. He has been fine around other dogs in a busy clinic environment. He is also good with kids and would suit a family with older children. He is social with other dogs and jumps up and licks volunteers on the face. Marley has calluses on his elbows and hocks suggesting he was had a life of living on concrete. He has occasional partial seizures, more facial twitching and head shaking than your conventional seizuring and is controlled by inexpensive medication. Volunteers say 'excellent dog with a huge personality'. He has a smooth coat and weighs 26.2kg. He comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. His adoption cost is $400. For further details email monika@doggierescue.com.

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