My name is Tess!

Labrador Retriever/Treeing Walker Coonhound Mix Dog for adoption in Elburn, Illinois - Tess
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Safe Haven Dog Rescue

Facts about Tess

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever/Treeing Walker Coonhound Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female
Meet Tess!!
Lab/Hound Mix
7+ years old

Hello there, my name is Tess. I'm about a 50 pound hound dog and I’m at least 7 years old, but I may be a little older. Life has been rough up until now, but the great people at Safe Haven want to make sure that I have the best life possible from now on! It took a lot of work for them to get me ready to meet my new people. I had my teeth cleaned, I was spayed and treated for heartworm AND lymes disease! Then we found out that I had to have part of my jaw and a tooth removed! Now that I'm all better I can't wait to be whole again with a new family!

I was real scared when I got here. My foster mom helped me get through some of the things I was afraid to do, and I can do them all by myself now. If I come across something that isn't in my comfort zone I need to be praised and told I'm okay.

Since life before Safe Haven was so rough, I’ve developed arthritis and I have a very low energy level. I think that my new home would be a place that doesn’t have any small children and that is very low energy, just like me! I enjoy the occasional car ride, love short walks, laying in the sun, lots of petting and belly rubs, and food is a big thing to me. My arthritis is very common among dogs my age and my foster mom helps me to manage it with daily medication to make me feel better.

Overall, I’d really enjoy finding a family who is quiet and calm, who wants a companion dog (that’s ME!) and maybe someone who even has another calm senior dog for me to lay around with! Please don’t let my arthritis stop you from meeting me, I’ve been told I’m one awesome girl!

Our standard adoption fee is $295 cash or check and $300 credit card ($5 processing fee). It includes spay/neuter when age appropriate at our participating vets, age appropriate core vaccinations, fecal testing, deworming, flea and tick preventative,1st vet visit at one of our participating vets, and micro-chipping.

We must have an application, conduct a phone interview, and meet your entire family to approve an adoption. Please email for an application or additional details.

Please note that the breeds and sizes posted in this biography are educated best guesses and are not guaranteed.

Please consider becoming a foster home while you search for your new best friend. We need foster homes - pounds are overflowing with puppies and adult dogs that are at-risk and need help. We can only rescue as many as we have foster home commitments. Fostering is a rewarding experience for your family.

About Safe Haven Dog Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

We are a small 501 C3 nonprofit rescue located in Elburn, Illinois. In 2014, Safe Haven Dog Rescue became its own non-profit. We are licensed by the Illinois Agriculture Department.
The majority of our dogs and puppies are pulled from Kill Pounds and Shelters in KY, TN, AL and Illinois. When a foster home is available we will also accept owner relinquishment’s due to illness or foreclosure. We work hard to find local rescue groups within these states to pull the dogs into their program while we coordinate transportation and placement into foster homes.
Please take a few moments to read the stories about the dogs and puppies we have available for adoption. We disclose everything we know about the dogs, sometimes we know a lot often we know only that they were strays, thrown away on the side of the road, in the woods, or found in abandoned houses. While we don’t always know their past we are certain that their future is much brighter.
We hope that you and your family are part of the future…..

Come Meet Our Pets...

We have adoption events most Saturdays at the Geneva PetCo on Randall Road from 11-2pm. Please check our Facebook Page Safe Haven Dog Rescue for more info!

Our Adoption Process...

$295 cash or check for all dogs and puppies. $300 credit cards($5 processing fee). Please email Tammy at for an application and more information on adopting one of our dogs.