My name is Jerry **Special Needs**!

German Shepherd Dog Mix Dog for adoption in Northville, Michigan - Jerry **Special Needs**
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Waggin' Tails Dog Rescue

Facts about Jerry **Special Needs**

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog Mix
  • Color: Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
Good with Kids: Older Kids
Good with other dogs: Yes
Good with cats: No
Housetrained: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes
Walks Nicely on a leash: Yes
Knows Basic Commands: Yes
Energy Level: Medium
Special Needs: **See Below**

**Jerry has ME (Megaesophagus), which is easily managed. Jerry eats his kibble out of a slow feeder bowl, elevated on a dining room chair, and sleeps in a pro-collar (see photo) to keep his head elevated to prevent food regurgitation during the night. His water bowl should be elevated, as well. Jerry is not on any medications.

Megaesophagus is a condition that results in an enlarged esophagus, which doesn’t allow food to be pushed down to the stomach. The eaten food fails to enter the stomach and often stays in the esophagus, and is eventually regurgitated or enters the lungs through breathing, or decays in the esophagus.

Arrival Story: Found as a stray in Detroit and taken to MHS in early 2016, Jerry didn’t handle shelter life so well. The staff sought placement with rescue after he developed an upper respiratory infection and bouts of diarrhea and vomiting. Jerry tested positive for heartworm and treated successfully by Waggin’ Tails, but a stubborn bout of pneumonia and continued vomiting led us to a diagnoses of ME. Jerry’s recent blood work shows no infection. Yay, Jerry!

Approximate Age/Weight: 3 years old / 75 lbs.

Personality: Through all of the tests and medical treatment, Jerry has been a real trooper! While he gets along with dogs of all sizes, he is fondest of time spent with humans. His foster mom just gushes about how sweet Jerry is. He has a very soft mouth when taking treats and will even take a treat gently from his foster mom’s mouth. Jerry is also incredibly smart, so he will need his mind challenged to keep happy. Jerry lives to go on walks, play with toys, and hang out with the family.

Forever Home: Jerry is best suited for a home with a large property or fenced yard as he likes to visit his neighbors. His new family will be willing to continue the management of his ME disease. No horses and no cats, for Jerry. No electric fence under any circumstance.

Please contact if you're interested in adopting Jerry!

About Waggin' Tails Dog Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Waggin' Tails Dog Rescue is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit rescue group. Our experienced and dedicated volunteers donate their spare time to rescue, rehabilitate, foster, and re-home all breeds of homeless dogs at risk of being euthanized or sold to research from area and rural kill shelters. We are supported solely through donations and fund-raising efforts. Our volunteers receive no monetary payment for their activities. Instead, their reward is the knowledge that a dog's life has been saved that otherwise would have been lost.

Come Meet Our Pets...

We typically show every Saturday from 12-3 p.m. (please see our website for exact location details). We often have other special events that are listed on our website, as well. Potential adopters can also schedule meetings with the individual dog's foster parent since all of our dogs are in fosters homes and we do not own a shelter.

Our Adoption Process...

We utilize an application process because we have worked hard at nurturing and working with the animals in our care. In order to ensure that these formerly abandoned, neglected and abused animals never find themselves in the shelter/rescue system again, we screen applicants so that the applicant is matched to an animal that is suited to the applicant's lifestyle.

It is our job at Waggin’ Tails not only to find new homes for our animals but to ensure these animals never have an opportunity to breed again. All of Waggin’ Tails dogs will be spayed/neutered at the time of adoption unless the dog is not of age and/or the dog has a medical condition that would prohibit sterilization at the time of adoption. Dogs under 6 months of age and dogs that cannot be sterlilized due to a medical condition will be adopted out on a spay/neuter contract which means the adopter must agree to have the dog sterilized by a specified date.

Adoption Fees
Adult Dogs: $225
Small Breed Dogs: $275
Senior Dogs: $125
Puppies (under 6 months): $250 + $50 refundable Spay/Neuter Deposit

What does the adoption fee Include?
The adoption fees above cover all age-appropriate vaccines; heartworm/fecal test; spay/neuter (unless otherwise stated); and microchipping. When necessary, the dogs have blood panels, dentals, and professional grooming as well. In other words, we do everything necessary for the dog when they come into our care.