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Staffordshire Bull Terrier
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**SPECIAL NEEDS - Blind, Hearing Impaired, Neurologically Impaired -- Needs Local Adopter **

Update February 2022- Mila is still with us looking for her forever home  she is about 1 year 8 months old and doing amazing. She is the mist resilient little girl ever. She loves to run the yard and has learned her way around the home and outdoors. She is the happiest little 30 lb dog who loves to snuggle with her humans on the couch and in the bed. She has a very animated personality and makes everyone smile watching her prance around happily. She will never gain her eyesight but she has gained some hearing and comes running when called! 

Update 3/7/21- Mila is now a walking miracle at 10 months old! She has overcome every obstacle thrown at her and blossomed into one amazing dog. She is only around 25 pounds although she is a staffordshire bull terrier, she will always be on the small side. She is still mostly blind and very hearing impaired, but she knows the layout of her foster home and marches around it confidently. She can walk outside into the fenced-in yard to do her potty business and when the sun is out, she loves to lay on the deck with her face turned up soaking up the light. She gets very disoriented and panicked in the crate, so she is confined in a safe room with nothing dangerous to her when left alone. She loves cozying up with her foster mama and all her dog foster siblings on the couch and napping the day away. Mila can be snappy towards dogs she does not know, but once she knows them she has no problem peacefully co-existing with them. Mila is one special little girl who deserves the absolute best, and we are committed to giving it to her!


Mila was found in a ditch at only 5 weeks old by a good samaritan and taken to the shelter in SC. It was very clear that something was wrong as she was not able to move and was crying from pain. We immediately pulled her and had her rushed to the ER where she was treated for dehydration and parasite infestation. It became evident that there was something wrong neurologically with Mila and we were told she may not survive. Mila is a little walking miracle and today, at almost 5 months old, she is doing amazing. She was seen by our neurologist who confirmed that she is blind in one eye and extremely visually impaired in the other and is hearing impaired. She also has some damage to the back right side of her cerebellum which keeps her a little off balance. The good news is that as she grows, she seems to be getting stronger and the doctors say she could have a completely functional and good quality of life. Every day she drastically improves with her mobility and daily functioning. There is a small chance she could grow to be close to normal but the likelihood is very small. Either way, she is the happiest little girl who prances around the house and loves to be outdoors in the sun. She gets excited when other dogs come around and she likes to snuggle with her humans and canine siblings. While she is not able to play fetch, go hiking or for walks like a normal dog, she does enjoy marching aimlessly around a fenced in yard with the sun in her face. She needs a family without young children that will be patient and allow her the time to get used to her new surroundings because she is blind. She would benefit from having a calm gentle canine sibling to try to follow around and be with even though she cannot play with that dog. Mila will most likely stay on the smaller size as she is only maybe 15 lbs at 5 months old.


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December 6, 2022, 4:19 pm

Key to Lion's Heart Rescue

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P.O. Box 5570, Derwood, MD 20855

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Thank you for your interest in adopting a dog through Key to Lion’s Heart Rescue. Key to Lion’s Heart makes no representation on the breed of the dogs. Our dogs are all rescues and therefore, we cannot guarantee what the mix the dog may have based on parentage. We can only base the breed identification on experience and do not consider ourselves experts or professionals on any breed of dog.

Once we receive your application we will begin to process it in a timely manner. Submission of your application does not guarantee approval. An approved application is required prior to a meet and greet.
Our adoption process will include the following components in order to become an approved applicant/adopter:
1. Checking your personal references. Please be sure to list two personal references that are not related to you.
2. If you do not own your place of residence we will need to call your landlord or leasing office.
3. Veterinarian reference. If you do not have any pets currently in the home, please list the veterinarian you used for any previous pets. We do require all pets in the home to be spayed/neutered as well as up to date on rabies and DHPP vaccines at at the time the application is submitted.
4. Phone interview. One of our adoption coordinators will call and speak with you about your application and dog of choice.
5. Home visit from a Key to Lion’s Heart Rescue volunteer.
Once your application is complete, you will be notified of your approval to adopt and will be required to have a meet and greet with the entire household and then can take your new dog/puppy home after signing the adoption contract and paying the specified donation fee.
Our fees for puppies up to 6 months is $400 to include age appropriate core vaccines (DHPP and rabies between 12 and 16 weeks old) and microchip. Dogs 6 months to 7 years old are $350 to include routine core vaccines (DHPP and Rabies), spay/neuter (unless unable due to medical) and microchip. All dogs over the age of 7 are $250 to include routine core vaccines(DHPP and Rabies), spay/neuter (unless unable due to medical) and microchip.
Please note, we do NOT adopt out more than one dog/puppy at a time. We ask that you take time to bond and learn your new dog for at least 6 months prior to adopting another dog.

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We are foster based but do hold adoption events twice a month. All events will be listed on our website.

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Key to Lion’s Heart Rescue’s mission is to help save lives of animals that are in shelters or abusive and neglectful situations and give them a chance in life as well as educate the community on animal welfare. We are a foster and volunteer based rescue and rely solely on donations and fundraising to care for our dogs.

Through our foster program we provide a loving, nurturing and safe environment for all our animals and address all their needs. We provide all our animals while in our care with vaccines, micro-chips, heartworm test and alter when age appropriate. We provide rehabilitation and training to those in need and work with all our dogs to prepare them for adoption into responsible and loving homes.
Through our outreach program we aim to educate the community and our youth about the importance of animal welfare, proper nutrition and the importance of spay/neuter. We will work with the youth by going into the schools and inviting students to participate in our community fundraisers and events. We want them to be a part of the mission to end cruelty and the over population of animals in the shelters. It is our youth that will help change the future of animal welfare.