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Sasha (LOCAL MA 6/15/13) Labrador Retriever Mix Warren, RI

  • Young
  • Female
  • Medium
  • Brown / Chocolate


Coat length
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.

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Meet Sasha (LOCAL MA 6/15/13)

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Meet sweet Sasha.

Update from Sasha's foster mom (8/25/13):

Sasha has come such a long way from the morbidly obese painfully sad pup she was when she was rescued from the shelter in TN.  Today Sasha is headed towards svelte--still a bit to go--but you'd be hard pressed to even recognize her from her before pictures.  Sasha currently weighs 60 pounds and looks fantastic.  And while still wary of people she doesn't know, once she loves you, she idolizes you.  She's picking up the pace in accepting new people into her life, too.  

Sasha's foster mom thinks it would be best for Sasha to not go to a home with small children, as she may knock them over.

A very new development that we are ecstatic to see is that she is absolutely thrilled to go for car rides now and rushes the car to make sure she doesn't get left behind.   Long walks in the state park and a day here and there at doggy day care seem to have instilled this excitement in her.  Give her a little bit of time to get to know you and you'll find she is fantastic both on and off the leash, coming when called, and doing pretty much everything you ask of her.  She does equally well spending the days snoozing in my office with me while I work as she does with a full day of romping at day care.

Sasha loves other dogs and would do great with a playful companion.  She has more energy than we ever would have expected from her and while she is quiet and patient, she needs a good bit of activity.  Simply put, this girl is as cute and playful as can be.

Not everything has been smooth sailing, though.  We all knew that Sasha had an under active thyroid when she came to PAWS NE, and she has been stabilized on the medication for that and is progressing toward her goal weight with flying colors.  What we didn't expect were some neurological abnormalities.   In early July Sasha started having seizures.  By the end of the July Sasha was started on anti-seizure meds, when it became obvious it wasn't a fluke affair.  She is doing very well on this medication and we've thus far only seen some mild seizure activity.  Additionally, something in her history also interfered with her fine motor skills and balance.  This makes her a charmingly goofy imp, prone to clumsiness, and definitely smile inducing as you watch her enthusiasm.  It also means that she tumbles over from time to time.   This doesn't interfere with her quality of life, but you do need to be mindful of her safety in certain situations.

All in all, Sasha is the sweetest, most adoring friend you will ever have.  Her affectionate gaze would melt the most frozen of hearts and her deep felt affection is evident when she presses her little forehead into you for love.  She will require a little patience getting to know you, but it won't be too long at all before she is your ever devoted friend and constant companion. 

Her foster mom said she is an absolute gem and should only go the perfect home!   LOL

Prior Bio:

Sasha is 2 years and 8 months old as of June 2013. Sasha was rescued from a high kill shelter and she was so terrified while there, she spent the whole time crouched low to the ground and had urine burns on her belly. PAWS took her right in, and brought her to the vet. At the time she was rescued, she weighed 81 pounds.

The vet diagnosed poor Sasha with hypothyroidism and prescribed thyroid medication and supplements. She currently weighs 67 pounds, and is feeling and doing much better. She loves her foster mom's young son and is good with the other dogs in her foster home. She is learning what it's like to be loved and spoiled, and is slowly coming out of her shell. She has the prettiest eyes that almost seem to speak to you, they are so expressive.

She will need a patient forever home to continue to help her gain the confidence she needs.

She is spayed, up to date on her vaccines, microchipped and Heartworm negative. Please consider giving Sasha a loving forever home.

Donation: $450.00  (includes $140.00 transport fee paid directly to USDA approved transport company where applicable).

Interested in adopting this fantastic canine? Please visit our website and complete an online application – we respond much quicker to applications than to emails as we receive a voluminous amount of email each day and it’s impossible to respond to all of them in a timely manner even though we try.


An application does not mean you are required to adopt – it just lets us know you are seriously considering this dog for adoption.

QUARANTINE: Paws New England participates and abides by the quarantine rules and regulations set forth in the states of MA, CT, RI. In certain instances, a $50.00 quarantine fee will be applicable. UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, ALL OF OUR DOGS ARE LOCATED OUTSIDE OF RHODE ISLAND BOARDED EITHER PRIVATE FOSTER HOMES OR TRAINING FACILITIES. If a dog is listed as "local", he /she is at one of our foster homes in New England.

We are often asked, "Why would you charge 'so much' for a rescue pet? Why not just place it in a good home?" The answer is because we need adopters who are willing to support ALL rescue pets, not just the dog they adopt. A young, healthy dog might cost us $150-400 in discounted vet care, and many people will want to adopt it; an older dog with health issues can easily cost $500-1500 in veterinary expenses, and it may require months of foster care for rehabilitation yet we can only ask a minimal adoption fee, and it may be a long time until anyone comes forward to adopt him/her. Fees from the younger, more adoptable dogs help offset the cost of caring for the others.

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  • Young
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