Austin Dog Rescue is made up purely of volunteers. Each dog is sheltered within a home in the Austin area. As such, there is no physical shelter to visit the dog at. If you think you may be interested in a particular dog now or in the future, please fill out an application form. People with approved application forms are prioritized over people who haven’t yet applied.


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Hello friends! I’m Toby. I’m a ridgeback who is looking for my perfect family!

First things first, my foster mom tells me I was born with a congenital spinal defect - not good! Thanks to ADR, I apparently had surgery and physical therapy. All I remember was a great sleep and getting to hang out with some cool people and move around. And I’m still getting stronger! While I don’t notice my disability, my foster mom and friends at physical therapy say I will always need to work on making sure I stay strong in my back legs, so I need a family that is committed to helping me stay fit and active. We go on morning and evening walks and I’ve even gone on some slow, short jogs. I may be able to build up to longer ones! I sometimes have potty accidents inside, usually if there’s a shift in our routine, so I wear these super chic belly bands and eat a special food to make cleanup pretty easy. Last thing about my disability, I have to be supervised closely around water and stairs, since I can’t navigate these like most dogs, and I do better on flat and more flexible surfaces like grass and gravel.

While my disability is an important thing about me, my main thing is that I’m a super cool dog with a delightful personality, fun energy, and motivation to learn. I’m friendly, playful, curious, mischievous, snuggly, a bit of a comedian, and about the happiest dog my foster mom’s ever met. I even make wookie voices while I’m playing or trying to convince you to play with me! I love being around my human and canine family and my favorite thing ever might be to snuggle on the couch at the end of a long day filled with playtime, mental stimulation, naps, more playtime, and more snuggles. While I love kids, I’m a little uncoordinated and still very playful, so no young kids for me. I’m a little too curious about cats, so would probably do best in a home without them. I would love to live with another pup who likes to play and can handle my size. Are you ready to take on this gym rat of a dog who forgot (back) legs day? Are you my forever family?

Here are some extra videos of me so you can see how I move in different situations!

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Video 2


Age: 1 year old (as of January, 2021)
Looks Like: Ridgeback
Gender: Male
Available for Adoption NOW
Cats: No
Good with Kids Children over 10
Est. Adult Weight: 75 lbs