Ninna's Road to Rescue

I, Ninna Lopez, have been in rescue since 2007, managing a large no-kill shelter before starting Ninna's Road to Rescue in 2012. We have rescued and rehomed 1000's of animals. Our facility is climate controlled and the animals stay indoors at night in specially designed doggy rooms. They have access to the outdoors during the day in a large fenced in area. It's a little bit of paradise for the dogs until they find their furever home.

Benton, LA,71006
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Maltese | Lafayette County, AR



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Meet Manx

YouTube video link:   FOR ADOPTION!   Note:  Only those with a responsible dog ownership history and excellent vet reference need apply. (For more pics, visit or   INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY: PLEASE read profile thoroughly BEFORE applying: DOG APPLICATION LINK: Manx (male) Intake date:   10/17/2023 Maltese 13 years YOUNG 11.5 pounds Adoption fee:  $125, which includes vetting, microchip Good with other dogs:  yes Cats:  unknown – we do not have cats to be able to test Vetting and other:  altered (spayed/neutered), up-to-date on age-appropriate vaccinations, heartworm negative, fecal negative, dental performed (6 extractions), x-rays done due to knuckling on intake (we thought maybe he had a back issue – however xrays were normal and he is no longer knuckling) – thyroid test done (he is hypothyroid requiring twice-a-day medication – at recheck his thyroid is now normal so the dosage stays the same – cost and other info below);  he began scratching and gnawing on his paws (likely due to his hair growing back due to thyroid now being normal) so we had vet give him a steroid injection and then a Cytopoint injection;  on monthly flea/tick and heartworm prevention, microchipped Health issues:  Hypothyroid - Hypothyroidism is a common hormone imbalance caused by inflammation or shrinkage of the thyroid gland.  Once treated, your dog can lead a normal life.  Levothyroxine is what is used to treat dogs with hypothyroidism and the cost is very inexpensive.  Manx is on .1mg and through most on-line pharmacy runs about .05 cents per pill.   Levothyroxine is dosed twice a day. Some hearing loss   Temperament:   SWEET, SWEET, SWEET!  Gets along with everyone… two-legged and four-legged – precious temperament Energy level:  low-medium Groom needs:  High;  requires regular professional grooming, along with intermittent brushing to avoid matting Biography:  We were contacted by the Longview shelter about a little dog needing help.  He was brought in for euthanasia by his elderly owner who could not afford to take care of him any longer.  The shelter staff felt so bad for her and explained that they could get him help through a rescue organization and because she wanted what was best for him, she allowed them to do that.  He had red coloring between his eyes and we thought he’d scratched himself but it was lipstick where the owner gave him kisses as she let him go.  Sometimes people need help and support in the decisions that they struggle with, and the shelter did a great job in doing that for this little guy's owner.  When we first posted him as a new intake, much of our audience wanted to help so he could go back to his owner, but sometimes that’s not the best.  The elderly owner knew she could not care for him financially or physically and we respect her decision to let him go.   We knew had some issues that needed addressed.  He was knuckling his front paws on intake and tended to have some drag on his back legs (basically, he was very unstable on intake)  – and he was missing hair on his tail and his coat was thin and dull.  We suspected a thyroid issue so we asked our vet to run a test and sure enough, he is hypothyroid.  We also had them perform an xray to make sure there was no issue with his back and that was normal.  Since coming to us, his knuckling as ceased and he is now walking normally as you can see in his You Tube video.  His coat is now starting to grow back and become healthy.  Now that his medical issues have been addressed, he is ready for his furever home.  This little guy is adorable and sweet.  His little bark when he wants to be with his favorite person is beyond precious (watch towards the end of his video).  Life happens and sometimes we have to take in dogs that just fell upon unfortunate circumstances at no fault of their own.  Manx hopes that you see what we see in him and will give him a loving home.  He may not look like much now with his little rat-looking tail and messy coat but give the thyroid meds time to do their magic and he will be gorgeous, although we think he’s gorgeous now!   **IMPORTANT NOTES** *We do adopt out of state provided the adopter is willing and able to travel to us once approved.  We do not ship or transport our animals and there is no exception to this rule.   *Most of our adoptable dogs are small, and they are never to be left outside alone, ever!  We only rehome our dogs to adopters that plan to have them as inside dogs and part of the family!   We do allow adopters with doggie doors, provided there is SECURE fencing.  There is no exception to this rule!   *PREDATORS:    IF THIS DOG IS UNDER 10 POUNDS, the dog is to be monitored and protected when outside at all times!  PREDATOR-THREAT IS A REAL DANGER!  For example, a hawk tried to pick up a Chihuahua owned by a friend visiting Ninna’s house… RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE VISITOR.  Thankfully the visitor was watching the dog and the hawk was wrestled off of the Chihuahua but it did require an ER visit and she is was very lucky to survive.   TAKE IT SERIOUSLY!     *NO SMALL CHILDREN!!  As with almost all the dogs at NR2R, young children or a very active household is not recommended.   Many of our dogs come to us BECAUSE of small children, thus we do not rehome our dogs to homes with babies or young children.  KEEP THIS IN MIND IF YOU HAVE VISITING GRANDCHILDREN AS WELL!  Even if the children are older, it would depend on the child AND the parent or parents.    *HOUSETRAINING:  We do NOT guarantee that any of our adoptable dogs are housetrained.   While most should be easily trained, keep in mind that they live in a rescue where they have access to the outdoors all day and are inside at night.  Even if they were surrendered to us as housetrained, it doesn’t mean they will automatically be housetrained in your home.  Housetraining them should be easy in the right home with time, patience, and consistency.    *KENNELING:  We always recommend kenneling when you cannot supervise your dog.  This helps with housetraining and any destructive tendencies until you get to know your knew addition.   *We do not guarantee the age, health or temperament of any of the dogs we rehome.  Many of the dogs we take in come from animal control and rarely do we have histories and even when we do, many times the histories are inaccurate.   *Only adopters with a responsible dog ownership history and excellent vet reference need apply.   If you bring this pet into your heart and home, you will receive in return many years of love, companionship, and loyalty.  That’s our guarantee.   Other notes:  This pet is available for adoption through Ninna’s Road to Rescue, Benton, La.  We are 501c3 non-profit organization.  Our mission is to rescue primarily small-breed dogs and to re-home them into RESPONSIBLE and CARING forever homes.    DOG APPLICATION LINK: Time may be of the essence if you are looking to adopt a specific animal.  We do not reserve animals, unless and until we have approved your application, provided the animal is still available at the time we receive your application.  The first APPROVED application we receive will be considered.  We are NOT a first come, first serve rescue!! We adopt our rescues out to the RIGHT home, not just A home. Only responsible pet owners need apply. Applying to adopt does NOT commit you to the adoption NOR does it guarantee the adoption. CONTACT:  Our adoptable pets are updated regularly, but if you want to check the availability of a pet... OR still have questions AFTER reading this profile, message us via our Facebook page.   Please indicate the name when communicating with us.  

Adoption Process
On-line adoption application required. If approved and at adoption we require adoption agreement, spay/neuter contract for puppies/kittens - adoption fees vary from $85 for felines and $150-$250 for dogs (varying depending on age, health, behavior, etc.) Adopters must have responsible dog-ownership history and stellar vet reference if applying to adopt a dog and vice versa for cats.

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