My name is Baxter!

Hound (Unknown Type) Mix Dog for adoption in Brooksville, Florida - Baxter
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I'm being cared for by:
Animal Rescue Friends Network Inc.

Facts about Baxter

  • Breed: Hound (Unknown Type) Mix
  • Color: Brown/Chocolate - With White
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
Baxter came to Hernando County Animal Services with severe Demodectic Mange and was determined to be unadoptable because of the effort to rid the dog of it. Demodex is not contagious to other dogs, but it is often the result of neglect, malnutrition, and overall poor living conditions. You can see the before and after pictures in the album. The before pictures weren't even how he looked when we rescued him. He was hairless and had wrinkled skin. Being labeled unadoptable in a shelter can be a death sentence. We couldn't let that happen to such a loving boy. At his rescue, he wrapped his arms around his foster mom and looked soulfully into her eyes. He knew he hit the jack pot! You can see that his hair has grown in beautifully and he has been officially cleared by the vet to be adopted. He is ready to start the next phase of his life in a wonderful home where he will no longer be neglected again. Baxter is about 18 months old (as of December), he has been neutered, vaccinated, and he is on heartworm prevention. He lives with 2 other dogs who show him the ropes of mannered behavior in a home. His foster parents teach leash walking and train their fosters to obey sit, lie down, and wait commands. The foster home does not have cats, so we do not know how he would react, but he is great with kids. A meet and greet would be in order to determine suitability with cats.

UPDATE: Baxter has just been diagnosed with double hip dysplasia and is under vet care. He does not need surgery and may never need it, but time will tell. Long walks and stairs are out now, but he would make a great couch potato buddy.

ARF'N accepts applications from people between the ages of 21 and 65. We would consider applications from potential adopters up to age 70 for our senior pets. This will be determined on a case by case basis. Active seniors would be considered as foster parents since fostering is a temporary situation.

ARF'N primarily adopts only to residents in the counties surrounding Hernando County in central Florida or within a 60-90 min. drive from the Brooksville/Spring Hill areas. The reason for this is that we personally conduct home visits for each of our rescued pets to ensure they are getting a safe home.

The application can be found here:

Email questions to: We do not have a phone number to reach us.

Our adoption fees for dogs range between $100 and $250. All of our pets come completely vetted (spay/neuter, vaccinations, heart worm tested, on heart worm prevention, and a microchip).

ARF'N is a rescue operated by volunteers with full-time professional jobs during the day. We can't always get back to you immediately. Most of our rescue work happens in the evenings and on the weekends. It can typically take up to two weeks to go from application to adoption. More time is required for pets with multiple applications and during holidays. We do not adopt on a first come, first served basis. We find the best match between pet and adopter. Please be patient with us through this process. Rude emails will disqualify you from adopting from us.

About Animal Rescue Friends Network Inc.

About Our Rescue Group...

As a rescue group, we are Animal Rescue Friends Network Inc. We primarily rescue animals from Hernando County Animal Services and other Florida shelters to save their lives and find them forever homes.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our rescue is a foster home based rescue. Please contact us if you are interested in meeting one of our animals. We can either start the application process, or tell you the next location we will be for an adoption event. You may meet some of the animals available for adoption there before starting the application process.

Our Adoption Process...

Our fees are kept as low as possible to get animals vetted and re-homed into loving families as quickly as possible. We require an application. Once the application is approved, we perform a vet verification to make sure your pets are spayed/neutered, current on core vaccinations, and your other dogs are on heart worm preventative. We also confirm home ownership or a landlord approval. Finally, we do a home visit/meet and greet with the animal in your home. Once the home visit is approved you will be offered an adoption contract. Most of our dogs are offered for an adoption fee between $150 - $250, depending on age and breed. We have a few long-timers that will be offered for less.