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Puppies and dogs in Gardner, Massachusetts

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These adorable dogs are available for adoption in Gardner, Massachusetts. To learn more about each adoptable dog, click on the "i" icon for fast facts, or their photo or name for full details.
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Behr

Labrador Retriever

Male, Young
Westminster, MA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Good with cats, House-trained, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Behr is such a great dog with such a kind heart. he is beyond phenomenal with children as his current family has two children ages 2 and 4 that LOVE to play with him and climb all over him. he has never once been aggressive. he tends to get hyper and excited at first but calms down shortly after. he is so sweet and gentle. he loves sleeping with us in bed. I truly cannot say enough great things about Behr. unfortunately, due to living situations, we cannot take him with us. Our family is so sad to see him leave us, but any new family will be so lucky to have him.
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Jovie

American Staffordshire Terrier

Female, Young
Westminster, MA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Meet Jovie! This 1-year old soft and sleek house panther beauty came to us from local animal control after being found as a stray. Jovie has a childlike innocence and sweet personality and like any great pit bull, is able to Bluetooth pair with you on an emotional level. She is a people-person and oozes sweetness and love from her entire being, craving attention and insisting on being near her people at all times. She is happiest when someone is petting her, loves to give kisses, and crawls right up for a full-frontal hug. If you are looking for an EXTREMELY affectionate dog who LOVES to be as close as humanly possible and will gaze longingly into your eyes searching for more connection, then Jovie is your girl! Jovie is appropriately energetic and playful for her young age, hops like a rabbit with excitement, and runs like a baby donkey (which is charming, yet gawky, all at the same time!). This shady lady has the SOFTEST espresso coat and the personality to match, and wags and wiggles when she meets new people…her entire body shakes and her butt wiggles nonstop with excitement. Jovie loves her canine foster brother (but says “nope” to cats), has sooo many dog friends, and has an energetic playstyle. She is great in the car and calm in the house. Pint-sized humans make her nervous, so a home without the little littles is a must. This sleek and beautiful house panther just needs a forever family to give her the life she deserves! Jovie’s top 3 priorities: 1. A family who wants a dog that loves attention and is eager to freely give (and receive) love and affection. 2. A family willing to put time into continuing basic training since Jovie jumps up to seek affection and gets excited on walks. 3. A family who wants to be close to their pup and allows them to be near…always, which includes snuggling in bed and on the couch for a binge-watching session of, well, anything.May 19, 2024, 5:17 pm
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Winter

American Staffordshire Terrier

Female, Young
Westminster, MA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with dogs, Good with cats, Needs special attention, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Meet Winter (Winnie for short)! This 2-year old petite and unique red-merle beauty came to us from local animal control after being found as a stray. You can’t miss Winnie’s icicle eyes. In fact, she is vision impaired and will need 1-2 visits to the ophthalmologist every year to continue to monitor the condition of her eyes. But despite her limited vision, Winnie navigates the world with an endearing curiosity, using her other senses, like that perfect pink little nose, to take it all in. ♥ Despite her polar beauty, Winter has the warmest heart! In fact, with Winnie, you won’t mind the snow, the frigid temperatures, or the short days and long nights…just grab a fluffy blanket to settle in for a cuddle sesh! Because Winnie uses her mouth to feel out her environment, older or no kids would be best for this special girl. Winter’s top 3 priorities: A family who is willing to create consistent spaces and routines to make Winnie feel safe and at home. A family who is patient and kind and will allow Winnie to take her time really learning how to “dog”, including snuggling and cuddling. A family who is willing to take on her ongoing medical care, which includes 1-2 exams at a veterinary ophthalmologist every single year. May 19, 2024, 5:17 pm
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Frankie

American Pit Bull Terrier American Staffordshire Terrier

Female, Adult
Westminster, MA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Good with dogs, Good with cats, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Meet Frankie! This 2-year old fawn merle stunner came to us from our friends at local animal control after her owner could no longer care for her. It’s easy to notice Frankie’s strikingly bright blue eyes…we don’t call her Ol’ Blue Eyes for nothing! They are vividly captivating and we all know it! But it’s also easy to notice there is some potential impairment in those ice-hued baby blues. The good news is…Frankie can definitely see (and hear)! She is headed to an ophthalmologist in a few weeks to have a professional give her the once over!  Fly Me to the Moon - Frankie is AMAZING! She has a sweet, gentle, mellow, AND playful nature and is a natural entertainer. She is soooo easy to love! She loves to snuggle, loves kongs, is great in the car, amazing on leash, and keeps herself busy in the house while her foster mom works from home. She gently mouths while receiving affection with the softest lips and is an easy-going friend. She loves nature and the outdoors and we would consider her an expert scat finder (which is an important job and someone has to do it!).  Frankie tries to engage the resident cat in her foster home in play but doesn’t get upset if he swats or hisses. And she enjoys sleeping on the bed or couch with him. She has been great around the dogs she’s met – wanting to engage in appropriate play. Frankie is also somewhat cautious in new situations and can be a bit worried. She has had multiple homes in her short life and needs her next stop to be her last stop. But she bonds (and trusts!) quickly with her humans. Due to her size and lack of history, older kids would be best for this unique and stunning rat packer. Frankie’s top 3 priorities: 1. A family that is up to the task of snuggling in bed every night. Seriously…non-snugglers need not apply for this cuddle horse and a half. 2. A family who would love to explore the outdoors through the eyes of this innocent soul. 3. A family up who wants to commit to loving this angel forever – she has been bounced around to multiple homes in her young life through no fault of her own and is GREAT despite humans failing her.May 19, 2024, 5:17 pm
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Zoey

Schnauzer (Standard)

Female, Adult
Leominster, MA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
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Bella

Goldendoodle Goldendoodle

Female, Puppy
Leominster, MA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Good with cats, House-trained, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
She’s very nice and very smart no bark lovely but I had to move to different places not allowed big size dog in it

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Dog shelters and rescues in Gardner, Massachusetts

There are animal shelters and rescues that focus specifically on finding great homes for dogs in Gardner, Massachusetts. Browse these rescues and shelters below.

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Gardner Animal Control Facility

Plant Road, Gardner, MA 01440

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Red Barn Farm

Westminster, MA 01473

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Crops and Flops Rescue

Westminster, MA 01473

Pet Types: dogs

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Ashburnham Animal Control

32 Main Street, Ashburnham, MA 01430

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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North Star German Shepherd Dog Rescue Inc.

PO Box 291, Winchendon, MA 01475

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Fitchburg Animal Shelter

939 High Rock Road, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Pet Types: cats, birds, dogs, rabbits, small animals

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New Life Boxer Rescue - MA

Fitchburg, MA 01420

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American Maltese Assoc. Rescue--Massachusetts

818 Carpenter Rd, Athol, MA 01331

Pet Types: dogs

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Athol Animal Control

584 Main St., Athol, MA 01331

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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