In shelter Dog

Plainfield, Illinois, 62432
Chihuahua, Terrier, Mixed
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Rusty is a super sweet, 11-pound, Chihuahua mix dog looking for his forever home with humans who love snuggly cuddlers.  He has a beautiful brindle coat and he is estimated to be about 3 years old. He would be happiest in a home where someone is going to be home most of the day or where he can go to work with his human. Rusty’s people are the center of his universe.  Rusty was born with a condition where his right eye didn’t fully develop and he somehow suffered a badly broken jaw and was in a lot of pain when he first came up on transport.  Starfish found a specialist to do a second surgery on his jaw so he would have the best chance for a pain-free life.  He has been a trooper through the long recovery process, first having to wear a snug muzzle 24 hours a day for 8 weeks to support his jaw and limit movement and a cone to protect his jaw during the recovery process.  He has been cleared by his surgeon to find his forever family and it is expected that only very minor accommodations may need to be made to ensure his jaw stays stable and pain free.  Rusty should not have access to rawhides or any hard toys and should absolutely never be entered in any tug-o-war competitions!  So, as you can see, just some minor limitations will help him take care of his freshly healed jaw.   His foster family shares that it has been a joy to help Rusty along his road to recovery and as he started to feel better each week, more of his personality came through.  He’s got a funny little army crawl he likes to do at the end of his happy dances.  He is a joy to walk (no pulling) and his eyesight in his good eye is pretty exceptional as he never misses a squirrel, vole, or goose on our walks.  Rusty is a great car rider and has made trips to dog-friendly stores, craft breweries in Illinois and Michigan and has attended many a soccer game to cheer on his human foster brother!  He is also a regular at Dairy Queen (he likes to drive through the drive thru) and really has been spoiled with the whipped cream “pup cups A fenced in yard is not necessary for placement as Rusty loves walks but we do recommend a home with children 8 and older just to try to minimize the risk of an accidental knock to his jaw.    The adoption fee of $400  will include spay/neuter, microchip, age appropriate/required vaccinations, treatment for heartworm and any other necessary medical treatment to assure a healthy new pup for your family. IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: Although we do our best to describe breed, since our pups all come from shelters we can not and will not make any guarantee on breed or size. We can tell you that they are 100% RESCUED! And that is the BEST breed! If you are interested in adopting/meeting , please visit our website at or you may complete the online adoption application on our Facebook Page Once you complete and submit your dog adoption application we will set up an appointment to meet this pup! *please note that we are a foster home based rescue and we do home visits as part of the adoption process - we are unable to adopt to families who live outside of the Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Thank you for your understanding.


  1. American Humane Association
  2. Peeva
  3. American Veterinary Medical Association
  4. Veterinary Information Network
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