Rufio lived his entire life outside and is in desperate need of a loving home!


The basics

  • My name is Rufio
  • On my last birthday, I was 8
  • I am a boy
  • I've been homeless since February 14, 2020

The good stuff

  • My best trick is melting your heart with my huge, soulful eyes...come see for yourself!
  • Me in three words: sweet, playful, loving
  • How I feel about other critters: nah...I'm all the pet you need! Seriously, though, after living outside my entire life I just want to be the king of your castle.
  • My absolute favorite thing to do in the world is getting pet by nice people. It's new to me since I spent my whole life outside, kind of ignored.
  • This is what I dream about when I dream about my perfect person or family: a real home with people who will love me. I've spent my whole life living outdoors and don't know what it's like to be loved, but from what I hear it's a pretty good thing! I was surrendered on Valentines Day, which makes me even sadder because that's a day to celebrate the ones you love. My future humans will understand that I'm a little nervous around strangers, but once I know you I'll be your friend forever...promise! Oh, did you hear? A generous sponsor will pay for my training to help me adjust to my new home!
  • See my shelter/rescue online bio here

My shelter/rescue representative

  • The shelter/rescue caring for me is Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter
  • It's located in Wantagh, New York
  • I'm available to be adopted out of state.
  • Contact this person to meet me Town of Hempstead Adoptions
  • Call: (516) 785-5220
  • Email:

1 Comment

  1. T

    Just some advice . Shelter may want to consider getting recordings of the dog running around in a yard, videos of him with his trainer Or something .Most pictures are of him in his shelter crate or in the shelter or close ups on a rope leash. Saw one or two of dog getting belly rubs For a few seconds . But can I suggest getting some recording of the dog playing for a few minutes , running and fetching etc . With what I see now he is adorable with lots of potential , but still looks like a lot of work on getting him settled to be a house dog which may people. I’ve rescued and fostered for many years . What I mentioned with regards to photos etc are main reasons why adoptees may just quickly pass his info page over . God luck. I think with some training and maybe a good foster he’ll be a great house dog ! I’ll spread the word about him Good luck .


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