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In Our Care



Tango is a 6 1/2 year old Golden Doodle (yes, Golden) who suffered a spinal stroke back in September 2023, leaving him virtually paralyzed in his hind end.  His loving family had to make the most difficult yet selfless decision to place him into rescue after they depleted their entire life savings trying everything they could to help him regain function.  Although Tango made great strides, he needed more.

Since joining the APL family, Tango has undergone an MRI and full neuro evaluation done in Madison, WI, and has recently been admitted to Iowa State University for intense function rebuilding.  Tango has a long ways to go and will most likely never regain full function but we are determined to get him to where he needs to be, to live a happy and fulfilling life, no matter what that looks like.

If you are inclined to contribute to Tango's ongoing veterinary costs, we could really use the help!  You can do so by clicking here.



Carly joined the APL family in June 2023 weighing in at 124 lbs, with severe hypothyroid disease and cruciate ligament tears in both of her knees.

Since coming into rescue, she has lost more than 34 lbs!  This weight loss was critical for many reasons including the regulation of her thyroid levels along with an appropriate medication regimen as well as the pressure being placed on her knees.  

Carly will be undergoing bilateral cruciate ligament repair at end of February and heal in her wonderful foster to adopt home.



Sadie, a beautiful 5 year old Aussie/Doodle, joined the APL family in January, 2024 after she displayed some anxiety with the energy of her toddler human sibling. 

Sadie lacked socialization with other dogs in her life so she has been working with our trainer on building these skills and meeting new friends, both human and furry.

Her wonderful foster family has taken great strides to ensure Sadie is set up for success!



Seymour, a 2-year old, 65 lb American Bulldog/Hound mix, joined the APL family after finding himself in the same shelter he landed as a puppy.  He was adopted out at that time but when he came back, he was a completely different dog. 

The shelter found that he had been severely abused with a partially healed fracture of his back leg.  They refused to return him to his previous owner.  He came to us to receive an important surgery to fix his leg and to live in a home environment versus a shelter environment.

Seymour will be a long term resident with us.  He is learning how to trust again and participating in weekly training sessions to help with this. 

Seymour may not be ready for adoption for quite some time yet.

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