My name is Iris!

Pit Bull Terrier/Boxer Mix Dog for adoption in Newtown, Connecticut - Iris
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Thank Dog Rescue

Facts about Iris

  • Breed: Pit Bull Terrier/Boxer Mix
  • Color: White
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
We stumbled upon quite the angel at a local animal shelter a few weeks ago. As we were going through the runs, we came across a dog that met us at her door, seemed to shrug, and then walked back to her bed. Our hearts were simultaneously broken and in love. Our volunteers gave each other “the look” that said we found our girl, we just had to figure out details. When we met her outside, it was game over. This sweet but sad girl just kept winning us over. She tolerated our handling, explored the world, gave us a few kisses and wagged her tail slowly. When she saw a kid who was visiting the shelter, she completely lit up! The sadness seemed to lift off of her for a few minutes and she was just happy in the moment.

We learned from the ACO that the sad and defeated look in her eyes was well-earned. They had known her for over a decade. Not because she was any sort of issue, but because her former owner had his fair share of troubles. Recently he was evicted from their home and left her to fend for herself. She eventually made her way to the pound where the volunteers did their best to give her all the love she deserves. We all know a pound is no place for a senior to rest their lumps, bumps, and weary bones though, no matter the love she receives. We are SO excited to officially announce IRIS as a Thank Dog Rescue girl. Already we’re starting to see the light starting to slowly shine again in her eyes. She has fit in seamlessly at her foster home, with numerous dogs ranging from large to extra extra small. Iris loves to sleep in a comfy bed with her nose buried under the covers. She’s proven to be housebroken and have excellent manners, despite whatever her previous life was like. Iris is estimated to be 12-14 years old. She’s maybe part boxer, maybe part pit bull, maybe part American Bulldog – it’s hard to tell now because she’s so skinny! What we do know for sure is that she’s 100% a love and we’re honored to help her find her best chapter yet!

Please fill out our online application here:

And be sure to check out our Facebook page for news and updates!

About Thank Dog Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Thank Dog Rescue is a charitable organization dedicated to finding loving homes for shelter, homeless and abandoned dogs of all breeds, for the love of dog.

Through a network of foster homes, our dogs are nurtured and loved and given a sense of normalcy in preparation for their permanent homes. They sleep in soft beds, have plenty to eat, feel the comfort of human touch and grass between their paws, play in the yard, nuzzle a foster furbling, but most importantly, gain confidence and cast aside any fears and worries from experiences past.

We also serve as a resource to the community by advocating responsible dog ownership and all that it entails, from proper socialization and training, to the benefits of routine and preventive medical care, especially spaying and neutering to prevent further overpopulation. We provide education and information on available lower cost veterinary options, work with owners on the verge of surrendering their dogs to shelters to figure out a retention plan to avoid unnecessary burdens on municipalities and lessen the pain and suffering of dogs.

We strive to build a community where dogs are valued and treated with the respect and quality of life they deserve. We are the voice of the voiceless.

Please join us in our passionate endeavor.

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Our Adoption Process...

Our goal is to find the best fit for all because adopting a dog is a life long commitment. To this end, we carefully screen all applicants, conduct home visits and meet & greets to ensure that all members of the family get along harmoniously.

All dogs are micro chipped, spayed/neutered and up-to-date on vaccines prior to placement.

Here's the lowdown:

1. Start by completing our online adoption application found here:

2. Once the adoption application is approved, a volunteer will call or email to schedule a meet and greet and home visit. All members of the household should be present for both.

3. If approved to adopt, pay the adoption fee prior to placement and agree to sign the adoption contract, available on our website via the Adopt link.

Adoption Fees: $200 adult dogs / $250 puppies
These fees help to recover some of the costs of vetting, food and supplies, and go right back into the pool to save additional dogs in need.

A few things to keep in mind prior to completing this application:

*We prefer applicants who are at least 21 years or older and will take special precautions in approving those in the range of 21 - 25 years. This is a period of time where many are in a state of flux. We only wish our dogs stable, permanent homes, so please understand our hesitation and respect our decision because it is all for the good of the dogs.

*Landlord and/or condo association consent (if applicable)

*Be prepared to show identification showing current address

*Be committed to having the dog for the duration of its life (10 - 15 years)

*Believe in and practice positive reinforcement training and non-aversive training methods (shock, choke, and prong collars and/or invisible/electric fences are NOT WELCOME here)