My name is Ringo!

Labrador Retriever/Dalmatian Mix Dog for adoption in Elizabeth City, North Carolina - Ringo
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Sea Dog Rescue

Facts about Ringo

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever/Dalmatian Mix
  • Color: White - With Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 7689572

PLEASE FOSTER ME - OR ADOPT ME!  This beautiful dog is currently at our partner shelter in  Dresden, TN and is eager to live life indoors!  Please don't let the distance stop you because we provide FREE, safe transport to your home!

My name is Ringo, although I'm not sure if it's because I'm such a rock star or if it's because I have rings on my beautiful tail! I lived on my own for a long time, and several people tried to catch me. Most of them weren't successful, but one young lady managed to snare me. She took me to the vet, and I was vaccinated (ouch!) neutered (whose idea was that?), and loved (YES!). I stayed at the clinic from October until December because there was no place else for me to go. I was a bit shy when I first arrived there, but the vet techs played with me when they could. Now I have many, many friends, both two-legged and four. I am great with kids too! I'm no longer at all frightened of people, and I can't wait to belong with someone special. As a bonus, I enjoy walking and am good on a leash.  I am a calm and happy boy! I know that someone is going to say, 'That's the boy for me!' very soon, and I'll be packing my toys and heading out. Today could be that day!

***This beautiful dog is currently in the shelter in Tennessee but has received full vet care and we will provide FREE volunteer transport to a foster or forever home…please don’t let that stop you from adopting!   We are accepting applications to ADOPT OR FOSTER each of the Tennessee dogs listed so they can get out of the shelter.

 **Sea Dog Rescue is a foster home based rescue - we do not have a shelter or kennel facility nor do we have regular hours when our companions can be seen. For the safety of our foster caregivers and our dogs, applications must be submitted and references checked prior to setting an appointment for a Meet and Greet with our dogs in our foster homes.**

All of our dogs have some potty training under their belly, however, dogs less than 8 months of age are not considered reliably potty trained.  Most of our dogs less than 6 months of age are not yet spayed or neutered but this will be done by the rescue when they are 6 months old and is included in the adoption fee; these dogs enter homes as 'Foster to Adopt' and ownership transfer will not occur until after surgical sterilization is completed.  All of our dogs are up to date on vaccinations, including rabies if they are old enough. Microchipping is included in the adoption fee. 

Adoption fee covers vetting received while in the rescue:

  • All age appropriate Vaccinations, including rabies (if old enough)
  • Deworming
  • Monthly flea/tick treatment and heartworm prevention
  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Pre-surgical blood work
  • Post-surgical pain management
  • Microchip
  • Sea Dog Rescue is able to arrange free, safe transport for our Sea Dogs to their new homes



About Sea Dog Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Sea Dog Rescue is a collection of dedicated volunteers, whose recognized passion is saving unwanted dogs from death, providing veterinary care, physical and behavioral rehabilitation, and charting their course to a safe, loving forever home where they will live out their lives as a valued member of the family.

Sea Dog Rescue is based close to the North Carolina coast and our volunteers span the eastern seaboard. Paula Ford is at the helm of the rescue, and she and the other volunteers bring an extensive background of expertise in animal rescue - all-breed and breed specific, training, rehabilitation, transport, and basic veterinary care to the companion animals in the rescue.

Sea Dog Rescue is a foster home based rescue and the companions we remove from shelters live for a time with experienced, loving foster caregivers in their private residences. The rescue provides for all vet care needed and is a constant resource for our foster homes.

Sea Dog Rescue is in need of additional foster homes and we invite you to come aboard as a valued foster caregiver. Please contact Paula at for information on how you can participate in charting a course from despair to a life of joy and fulfillment for our companion animals by being a foster caregiver.

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Come Meet Our Pets...

Our beautiful companions who are available for adoption can be visited during adoption events. Alternately, if you are interested in one of our companions and your application is approved, we will set up a meet and greet for you with the companion in foster care.

Our Adoption Process...

Adopting a Companion from Sea Dog Rescue

We are so pleased that you are considering adopting a companion from our rescue and would like you to know what to expect from this process. Our companions are special dogs who may not have not had the greatest start in life but who are willing and happy to “forgive and forget” and give all of their love to another human. Because of this we want our companions to have the best of homes where they will receive the love, attention, exercise, and the health care they deserve. We provide full age appropriate vet care for all of our companions prior to adoption. We require all of our companions to be spayed or neutered.

Sea Dog Rescue is a foster home based rescue. Our companions are placed in private residences as temporary loving homes while they await their forever homes. Therefore, we do not maintain a shelter or kennel facility nor have traditional hours of operation. For the safety of our foster caregivers and our companions, we do not arrange for a meet and greet with any of our dogs outside of a regular adoption event until after screening of your application is complete.

Our Adoption Criteria

We want our companions to be adopted by animal lovers who have given ample consideration to the responsibilities associated with providing a wonderful, fulfilling home. Our adoption criterion includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Consideration should be given to the time commitment needed to care for and teach your new companion the “rules of the house”.

Consideration should also be given to the financial responsibility of providing for items that help to make your home, their home – for example, a dog bed, crate, collar, leash, personal food bowls, toys, etc. are all items you should provide for your companion in his or her new home.

Careful consideration should be given to the costs associated with, and the careful choice of, a veterinarian to provide routine veterinary care as well as unexpected care in the event of illness or accidents. We ask for a veterinarian reference on our application, however, we understand that some folks may be adopting for the first time and therefore may not have a current veterinarian, or perhaps have not had a companion recently and thus may not have a current veterinarian. The lack of a vet reference will not automatically disqualify an applicant, however, we do ask that adopters do their homework with respect to choosing a veterinarian prior to adopting and are able to provide us the name of the veterinarian or clinic they intend to use for their companion’s healthcare.

Additionally, we insist on positive training methods only. Use of pinch collars, choke chains, electric shock collars, prong collars, and hitting/slapping the dog or yelling at the dog is expressly prohibited.

If you currently have pet(s) we do expect that they are current on their vaccinations and they are spayed or neutered, provided they are at least 6 months of age.

Our companions are adopted as indoor pets only – we do not allow our companions to go to homes where they will be “tied out” in the yard or left alone in a fenced yard unsupervised.

Please note: we are unable to approve applications from applicants under 21 years of age.

Our Adoption Process

Because we work diligently to place our companions in a home that is a perfect fit for both the companion and the adopter, our adoption process has several steps.

The first step in the adoption process is completing an Adoption Application.

We will notify you once we have received your application. If you have a veterinary reference please be sure to call their office and give them permission to speak with us, otherwise, they are legally bound not to give any information about your animal’s veterinary history.

After your application has been approved we require a Home Visit Check. We want to see where our companions will be living and ensure that it is a safe, homey environment for them. Home visit checks are scheduled at the convenience of the adopter and the Sea Dog Rescue representative performing the home visit check; pictures of the home environment may be required and are strictly for Sea Dog Rescue use and are never shared in any fashion.

In cases where it is possible, we will arrange for a “meet and greet” with the companion. Since foster homes are scarce and we work with many shelters in various locations our companions may not be local to your area. If you wish to drive to the foster home for a meet and greet we encourage you to do so however, for the safety of our companions and their foster caregivers, this is done only after your application has been fully screened. If you are too far from the foster caregiver’s home for a meet and greet, we can put you in touch with them via telephone or email to learn more about the companion's daily schedule, behaviors, any special needs, and personality.

The last step of our process is payment of the adoption fee and the review and signing of an Adoption Contract. .

*We may receive several applications for the same companion, however, we do not base approval on the order in which the applications are received. We review each application thoroughly to determine the best fit for the companion and the potential adopter. Your submission of an Adoption Application is not a guarantee of adoption for that companion and we reserve the right to decline any application for any reason.

Getting Your New Companion from His/Her Foster Home to Their New Home

Sea Dog Rescue may be able to provide transportation, at no extra charge, for our dogs from their foster home to their new forever home, no matter the distance, via ground or air transport. A Sea Dog Rescue representative will deliver your new family member to his or her new home with all necessary vet records and travel documents.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees vary for each individual companion and are based on variables such as the routine veterinary care required prior to adoption, medical conditions that require specialty veterinary care, medical conditions that require extended treatment, and age of the companion. Adoption fees are payable by personal check, bank check or cash; if paying by check, please make it payable to "Sea Dog Rescue".

Adoption fees for Sea Dogs average $150.00 to $300.00 (USD).

What services does my adoption fee cover and what is the customary fee for these services?

Services covered - Usual and Customary Charges
Medical evaluations from a veterinarian $35 - $50
Puppy Vaccinations (Series of 3 vaccinations) $47 - $55 for each series
DHPP $20 - $25
DHLPP $22 - $28
Bordatella (Kennel Cough) $20 - $25
*Heartworm test $30 - $40
Fecal test $20 - $25
Dewormer $17 - $30
Microchipping $50 - $65
Spay/Neuter (incl. blood tests & pain mgmt.) $165 - $300+, depending on weight
Rabies $17 - $25
Flea and Tick preventive $15
Health Certificate $25 - $50
* Dependent on age or Upon Request

All of our dogs have some potty training under their belly, however, dogs less than 8 - 10 months of age are not considered reliably potty trained. Most dogs, regardless of whether or not they are reliably potty trained, may have accidents in a new environment until they are taught where to go in order to be let outside to their potty area.