Every Wednesday we feature a different pet that needs a new forever home here in the Basin from Lonestar Sanctuary For Animals. Sometimes it's a dog, sometimes it's a cat. They haven't had any guinea pigs, hamsters, birds, or snakes---yet. But you never know!

Meet Rufus!

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This big boy looks like the happiest dog in the shelter, but his start to life wasn't a good one.  He was literally pushed out of his owner's car with his leash and toy as he watched her speed off leaving him alone and scared!  Happily, the staff at the sanctuary took him in.  They have been working on teaching him not to jump and to walk properly on a leash.  He does love to be in the car and is an excellent car rider!  Rufus is a very large Mastiff mix that is over 100 pounds.  He is unaware of his huge size and jumps with the excited energy of a playful puppy!  The perfect family for Rufus would be someone who is experienced with large energetic dogs and is willing to put in the time to train him!  Rufus is not a good fit for someone that has never owned a large dog.  Rufus will need his owner to live in a house with a strong fence and a large yard.  He has lots of energy and loves to run!  No apartments or RVs for this guy!  Due to his massive size and energy, Rufus cannot go to a family with kids under 15 years old.

He hasn't been tested with other dogs yet but has only shown curiosity, not aggression when walking by another dog's kennel.  Lone Star Sanctuary For Animals is over capacity for dogs so Rufus can't be out in the available dog area.  If you are interested in meeting Rufus, let the staff in the office know and they will get him into a yard for you.  Rufus is only a year old and adopting him would be at least a 10-12 year commitment.  If you are ready to make this big loveable guy your next family member, come meet him during visiting hours of 1-4:30 pm every day except Thursdays!

Once home, remember the rule of three: three days to decompress, three weeks to get used to your routine and home, and three months to feel completely at home.

Lonestar Sanctuary For Animals is located at 4200 Fairgrounds Road in Midland. Visiting hours are 1 pm until 4:30 pm, every day except Thursday. And if for some reason you're not looking for a pet right now--please click SHARE and post this to your social media so we can help this fur baby find a forever home. Or perhaps you're looking for a different new furry friend. There are so many fur babies who would love to meet you so stop by and pay them a visit! There are plenty of dogs and cats to choose from who would love to be your next family member.

The Lone Star Sanctuary For Animals can always use supplies as well so if you can, stop by and drop off a donation to help the staff care for the shelter animals till they can find their forever homes. Needed right now:

Cleaning supplies

Puppy Pee Pads

Blankets

Unopened / New Dog and Cat Food

Cat Litter

Items can be dropped off at the office at 4200 Fairgrounds Road in Midland during business hours. Thank You!

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