At first glance Little Man looks like an adorable Dachshund/Poodle mix with a shaggy cream colored coat and an exuberant zest for life that lights up the room. This 1-year-old rescue from Tennessee is super affectionate, loves attention, and has no problems nuzzling up to anyone who comes bearing affection – the kind of dog that typically finds a responsible, loving home within hours of being placed on the adoption floor – but take a closer look and you’ll notice this little guy has a big hurdle to overcome.
Little Man was born with irreversible deformities in both hind legs, causing them to be inverted. Although this rare congenital defect makes things a bit more challenging for him, don’t think for even a second it can keep this resilient pup down. Using his front legs as propellers, Little Man has no problem getting around, especially if there’s yummy treats or a familiar face calling his name on the other end of the journey. Because his hind legs drag across the ground when he maneuvers around, the medical staff inside our Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center have come up with several ways to make his life easier - one being a small mobility cart that allows his hind legs to be raised into a harness and replaced by tiny plastic wheels. It’s obvious Little Man prefers to do things on his own, but the more he gets accustomed to his cart, the easier it will be for him to maneuver around without complications.
Our veterinary team also diagnosed Little Man as blind in his left eye as a result of a condition known as microphthlamos, a disorder of which one or both eyes are abnormally small. Despite all of his physical shortcomings, his larger than life spirit makes him the ultimate adoptable rescue pet deserving of a chance to find his perfect match. While he waits for that day to come, he will be in the trusted care of our Foster Care Program. This program allows Little Man, and animals just like him, the time they need to get acclimated to life in a home surrounded by people who love them.
“Little Man is a sweet young dog that needs a home with adopters who understand his physical limitations, but will encourage him to play and be as active as possible. He barks when he first sees other dogs because he becomes so excited and wants to play! In his foster home with one of our medical center technicians, he played tag with her dogs, so once he gets comfortable he’d be a great brother or sister to another dog,” said Animal League America Foster Care Manager Melissa Meade. “He likes squeaky toys and stuffed animals and will chase a ball if you throw it for him. He loves to be held and would be the perfect companion for someone who likes to travel and wants a small friendly dog to carry with them. He is great with people of all ages.”
If you’re interested in learning more about this amazing dog, please contact Foster Care Manager, Melissa Meade at 516-883-7900 EXT 352 or [email protected]
Doesn't need a lot of exercise
Good with kids 12+
Needs to be the only pet
Next Steps for Little Man
We’re so glad you’re interesting in adopting a pet from North Shore Animal League America!
Your next step is to visit North Shore Animal League America’s adoption center, where an Adoption Counselor will help you determine the type of animal that will best fit your lifestyle. An important part of the adoption process is to match the lifestyle and needs of the adopter with the individual dog or cat being considered.
They will introduce you to the animals you are interested in adopting. The meet and greet will give you the opportunity to bond with your potential companion. You will have plenty of time to play and interact with your new friend in our family-friendly areas designated for that purpose.
When you decide to adopt an animal, the counselor will walk you through the process and help you complete the application. Our adoption screening process is designed to ensure that each animal is placed in a responsible, loving home and with an adopter who is prepared to make a lifelong commitment.
Please be prepared to spend a few hours on our campus. If the screening process occasionally seems overly strict or time-consuming, understand that our first priority is to consider every animal’s needs and best interests.
Our adoption fees are as follows:
High-Quality Medical Care
For the first 15 days following your adoption, we care for an adopted animals in our medical center. An adoption counselor will provide any adopter with specific details on what medical services are covered. After this period, adopters can transition to our Pet Health Center where our high-quality veterinary care continues.
Our Pet Health Center
We offer low-cost, high-quality veterinary care to all dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens—including pets not adopted here. Our quality veterinarian team provides all the services you would expect from a private veterinary practice, and when you visit our Pet Health Center, not only do you receive low-cost pet care, but proceeds help support our mission to save lives.
Discounted Specialty Services at The Animal Medical Center (AMC)
North Shore Animal League America has partnered with The Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York City to provide high quality specialty veterinary services for our adopters at a discounted rate. Every North Shore Animal League America adopter is issued a special tag that entitles the adopter to 20% off any specialty medical services. Simply show your tag when you check in at AMC and 20% will automatically be deducted from your final bill.
Training and Behavioral Services
Our talented group of dog trainers—and cat trainer— help adopters smoothly transition their new pet into their home. We also provide puppy training classes in our Little Learners school. Learn more about our on-campus puppy training.
Pet Supply Store
We know that there are things you’ll need to bring your newly-adopted pet home and items you’ll need to continue to care for your pet. The good news is that the prices in our Pet Supply Store are often lower than some of the large, discount chain stores, and our store is staffed by knowledgeable, animal professionals who can answer all of your pet care questions. Best of all, all proceeds benefit our animal welfare programs and help us save more lives.
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Location & Hours
North Shore Animal League America
25 Davis Avenue
Port Washington, NY 11050