Special Needs...Special Dogs...

Special Needs Labs are those Labs that are brought into our program knowing they may have a physical or behavioral issues that are greater than our typical vetting and fostering programs can overcome.  These Labs may have a serious illness that will require hospitalization, may need surgery to repair an injury or genetic defect, may need specialized testing and treatment, or may need to spend time with a trainer to overcome behavioral challenges. 

It is through donations to our Special Needs Fund or individually to one of our special needs Labs that we are able to offer help to a Lab in Need.  We feel by helping these special Labs we are taking rescue to the next level. 

You can make a donation to our Special Needs Fund or to an individual Lab featured below.

Special Needs Harrison


3 year old
Injured - Hit by car


Harrison here….WOW what a lucky guy am I to be rescued by DFWLRRC after being hit by a car…not sure how that happened and I know my previous owner loved me because he was crying when he left me at the shelter. The shelter called DFWLRRC because the owner had taken me for estimates to repair my leg and could not afford to do that…so left me at the shelter.  I was waiting at the shelter for a couple of days not able to walk or do anything…it was really scary and terrible even though the shelter staff tried to help me. I was in so much pain until DFWLRRC was called and came to get me. 

They got me to a vet and examined me and drew blood so I could have surgery…and discovered that I also was HW positive.  I had surgery the next day for a complex fracture of my lower leg and an external fixation device was attached to my leg to help stabilize the fracture.  Even simple fractures with us big guys can be tough because we weigh so much and place tremendous pressure on the repaired fracture…so it has been a long journey.

Over the last few months, I have been living with my foster family while my leg was healing and I was treated for my HW.  When I first arrived at my foster family’s house, I was scared, confused, and in so much pain.  Now, however, I love life again and look forward to every morning.  Walks are my favorite thing EVER, besides hanging out with my family.  My foster mom has been teaching me not to pull on my leash.  Other things I love are chasing squirrels, squeaky toys, peanut butter filled Kongs, and being groomed.  I have learned the command “come” but am still working on “sit”, probably because it has hurt me to sit with the big splint on my leg, which is now gone!

Harrison’s vet bills were just over $3000.  If you’d like to help us continue to help other special needs dogs, please consider donating to our special needs fund in honor of Harrison.


Special Needs Woody


5 months old
Surgery - intestinal resection and anastomosis


When brought to us, Woody was 3 months old and weighted 9.3 pounds. He received great care as a pup, but contracted an intestinal parasite that caused his intestine to fold inwards into another section of intestine (similar to the way parts of a collapsible telescope slide into one another).

The day we received him we took him to a 24 hour Animal Hospital where we found out he needed an expensive surgery. We didn’t have time to stop and raise the funds because Woody didn’t have time; he needed surgery that day in order to live. We approved the surgery and a few hours later he had an intestinal resection and anastomosis.

We are happy to report that not only did Woody survive the surgery, but is gaining weight and growing stronger every day.

Woody’s vet bills so far are over $4000.  If you’d like to help us save other Labs with special needs, please consider donating to our special needs fund in honor or Woody.