Atlas was brought to New England from a municipal shelter in Florida by another rescue. He’s a loveable large, senior dog, currently 80 pounds, and is possibly a Malamute and Lab or Rottweiler mix. When he didn’t find a home while at that rescue we happily took him to the sanctuary. While he was settling in at the Sanctuary we noticed that an elbow wound that had been initially treated at the Florida shelter had not healed completely. Since his arrival the elbow issue has been a recurring problem which he’s been receiving intensive care to help it heal. Complicating the healing of the elbow was his contracting Anaplasmosis, a tick borne disease. He became very sick from it, and needed steroids and antibiotics to overcome the infection and resulting immune-mediated blood changes, he also has had a cancer scare when we discovered a tumor on his thyroid gland.

Outside of his health issues, Atlas is easygoing, and always has a big smile on his face. He loves people and the treats he gets! Geese and horses surprisingly scare this big boy, but that doesn’t stop him from having a good time, he’s even graduated from Family Companion 1 class while residing with us, and also participates in our animal assisted intervention program, the Buddy Project, working with youth at risk for school failure.