TVGRR Permanent Fosters

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Our Permanent TVGRR Fosters

Meet some of TVGRR’s permanent fosters. Permanent fosters are in loving homes but cannot be adopted out due to health reasons. So TVGRR continues to cover their medical needs for as long as they live. Your support and donations help cover their costs.


Dakota is a 9 yr. old Golden Retriever mix. She came to TVGRR in March of 2017 from North Carolina. Dakota suffers from SEBACEOUS ADENITIS a rare disease which means she is allergic to her own skin oils. Her tear ducts are damaged due to this illness and she has Lupus. Unfortunately, there is no cure but it can and is being well managed.

For the first 5 years of her life things like being petted, getting wet, walking, eating, and even breathing was very painful. Her previous owners consulted several vets but none could diagnose her condition. So they reluctantly gave her up. Thanks to Dr. Sarah Szluha of Middlebrook Animal Clinic, Dakota’s illness was identified and through trial and effort a treatment plan was born.

Dakota’s daily routine includes taking a special medicine for this illness, 3 different vitamins (twice a day); a special skin spray, medicated eye drops and a medicated bath every 5 weeks. Oh yes, she can only eat a certain blend of dog food.

Through all this, Dakota is one of the sweetest girls who loves people, other dogs, and even her sun glasses. She is now TVGRR’s poster child and a TVGRR Furry Ambassador. She goes to most of of TVGRR’s events so be sure to stop by and meet her.


Sugar, a 6 1/2 yr. old lab mix, was part of a hoarding case and TVGRR was asked to help so we took in 6 dogs. All have found their ‘furever’ homes and are happy living the lives they deserve.

Sugar had a lump and TVGRR had it removed but it was a malignant one and guaranteed the cancer would return but not sure when. So she is now living her days in a wonderful foster home. She has 4 boys to play and hang out with, enjoys family life and sitting on the couch with everyone watching movies. Loves those tummy rubs too! She sometimes attends TVGRR events and loves meeting everyone. Your donations help with her care.