My name is Loki-Heartworm Positive!

Papillon Dog for adoption in Jacksonville, Florida - Loki-Heartworm Positive
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Papillon Pals Rescue, Inc.

Facts about Loki-Heartworm Positive

  • Breed: Papillon
  • Color: White - With Gray Or Silver
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 2867286
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Loki will not be available for adoption until he is heartworm free.


NAME: Loki
BREED: Papillon
AGE: 17+
GENDER: Neutered Male
WEIGHT:   6 lbs
RESCUED FROM: Cruelty confiscation from breeding operation
MEDICAL INFO: Heartworm positive, being teated with monthly heartworm preventative.  This treatment method could take 4-6 years to clear the heartworms.  Our vet does not recommend the quick method heartworm treatment for senior dogs.





EXCESSIVE BARKER: Yes, when he gets excited.  However, he stops when being told to do so.

Comments from foster Mom:

This boy, along with many other little dogs came to rescue as the result of a mill-type breeder cruelty confiscation.  He was very underweight, had trouble digesting regular dog food and was heartworm positive.  He also had a mouth full of teeth that were either loose or rotting in his gums.  When the vet completed the dental and removal of infected teeth, Loki had only his two upper canine teeth left.  He was put on a prescription bland diet of soft food and he began to thrive.

Unlike most dogs that come from living in cages all their lives and being used only for breeding, Loki craved the attention of people.  At the shelter where he was housed, he would bark constantly for someone to pay attention to him.  Sometimes the people working at the facility would let Loki out of the cage, but that could not be done often enough for Loki...  He was adopted once but returned because he would mark on everything in the house and the adopter could not housetrain him.  This is not unusual for a dog that has lived 8-9 years in a cage.  He was never allowed outside the cage in the breeding operation so he didn't have a clue that inside his cage/home was not the place to potty.  Loki stole the hearts of many of the people who worked at the shelter, and one of them started taking Loki home on weekends with her so she could start house training him.  While Loki got lots of love and play time with her dogs, he just could not understand what house training was all about.  Even after months of working at it, his weekend Mom could not teach him.   Loki will never be housetrained.

Since Loki could not be housetrained, the odds of him being adopted were little to none.  He was such a sweet boy, loving everyone, but hating living in that cage so was still barking all the time.  Someone in the rescue suggested they should try to find a rescue (preferably Papillon rescue) that fostered dogs in their homes rather than in a shelter.  We received an email asking if we could take a senior, heartworm positive Papillon boy who was very beautiful and social but could not be housetrained.  They explained that in their shelter he barked all day until he was hoarse, just trying to get someone to come see him and give him a little attention.  We said YES, send him to us ASAP because it broke our hearts, too, thinking about this sweet little old man being locked in the cage and barking all day for attention. 

Loki came to us lean and still on the prescription dog food, but since he was not having any trouble digesting or holding small portions of other food down we put him on a regular soft food diet and he's thriving.  He's gained a little weight and even though he has no teeth, he will gobble up kibble if there's any on the floor that he can reach. 

This little old man is the sweetest, most gentle Papillon I've ever fostered.  He's healthy except for the heartworms (which will be eliminated when he is treated), has great eyesight but is losing his hearing.  He gets along with all 6 of the other dogs and even tries to play with some of them even though he's the oldest dog in the house.  He doesn't know how to play with toys, and he can keep up when all the other dogs zoom around in and outside the house.  He's playful, active, agile, and very happy!  He can also be quiet and gentle as well.  In our home he wears a bellyband all the time.  (A bellyband is a rectangle of cloth that is long enough to wrap around the dog's body and cover the part from which the urine comes.  We put part of an incontinence pad inside the band and change the pad when it gets wet.)  The bellyband prevents us having to clean up when he marks in the house.  Poop just has to be cleaned up...

Because his hearworm treatment will take several years, (he tested 3 of 3, which is a heavy case), he will need someone who will never forget to give him the monthlhy mdication.  He's had such a hard life and is very comfortable inn his foster home, he is in sanctuary care and is not adoptable.  Please consider making a donation towards his medical care.

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For a no obligation adoption application go to:  Download the application to your computer, add your information and then attach the completed copy to an email and send it to us.

Please note that we do not ship our dogs.  We are a very small organization and are located only in Northeast Florida.  We only adopt to families located in the general area that includes Florida and Southern Georgia.

We are an all volunteer organization and do not have a brick and mortar facility.  Please do not call us about our adoptable dogs.  If you email us, we will respond, answering your questions within 48 hours of your inquiry.  Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

Our Adoption Process:  We require an application be completed and submitted if you wish to adopt a dog from Papillon Pals.  Once the application is received, our Adoption Committee reviews the application to make sure the applicant meets the requirements for adopting the dog (for example: requires a fenced yard, or a stay-at-home adopter, etc.).  We then check personal and vet references.  If all is well with the references, we contact the applicant to schedule a time to take the dog to their home and meet all of the family.  All information is then submitted to our Adoption Committee for review/approval.  This process may take up to two weeks to complete.

We desperately need foster homes for newly rescued dogs.  If you think you might be interested in fostering a small dog,  contact Linda, for more information.

About Papillon Pals Rescue, Inc.

About Our Rescue Group...

Papillon Pals Rescue believes that all dogs deserve loving homes and the medical care necessary to ensure the best possible quality of live regardless of the age or condition of the dog. We will rescue Papillons, Papillon mixes and other small breed dogs in need. We believe that through mutual respect and cooperative spirit all rescues can work together to achieve our goal of no more homeless pets. We will take the opportunity to educate the public about cruelty to animals, puppy mills, and promote spay/neuter of all pet dogs.

We are Papillon Pals Rescue, Inc., a rescue incorporated in the State of Florida for the purpose of rescuing Papillons, Papillon mixed breeds and other small breed dogs (under 25 lbs,). We have been designated as a public charity (so donations are tax deductible), by receiving 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service. We rescue dogs regardless of age and health. We place these rescues in foster homes where they receive complete veterinary care along with spay/neuter. When the dogs are healthy, we adopt them out to loving, forever homes. We have dogs in the following States: FL, GA, OH, CT

Come Meet Our Pets...

Since all of our dogs are fostered in loving homes until they are adopted, you may meet our dogs online and learn more about each dog by contacting

Our Adoption Process...

In order to ensure a perfect match, we screen all adoption applicants. We require anyone wanting to adopt to complete an adoption application and we check personal and vet references. Final step before files goes to the Adoption Committee for review is to conduct a home visit with all members of the potential adoptive family. Fees for adoptions vary based on whether the dog's purebred, the age and health status of the dog. Contact us via email and we will send you our Adoption Application and tell you a little more about the dog you're interested in adopting!