Welcome to Big Sky Rottweiler Rescue! We are located in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and try to help in Colorado, North and South Dakota. All of our adoptable dogs are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccinations. If you see a dog that you are interested in having as a member of your family, please fill out an on-line application which can be found in the website features menu under Forms/Applications.
Yes! We do adopt to qualified applicants in Canada!
Kali enjoying her new home
The Many Blessings of Adopting a Special Needs Dog
Big Sky Rottweiler Rescue is often asked to take in dogs with special needs and when at all possible and space is available with one of our fosters, we do our utmost to accommodate the request. These dogs are frequently in poor condition when they arrive and consequently, it costs a great deal to rehabilitate them to the point where they can be adopted; many times it runs into thousands of dollars. Nevertheless, these dogs can be such a joy and inspiration that there is no question that their care is worth every penny spent. We would like to tell you about an amazing dog, a very special girl; so here, in the words of her foster, is Kali’s story:
“We got a blast email to take in a group of three year old Rottweiler siblings, two females and one male, and when I responded that I had room to take them, another e mail arrived saying "what about the Momma dog”? My response was, what about her?, as there had been no mention of a fourth dog in the original e mail. The momma was four years old and had already bourne seven litters of pups; the three siblings were hers that the breeder had not been able to sell. This poor dog was very thin, deaf, blind, had a hunched back from constant crating, and what they thought was a sore on her rear quarters. How could I leave her there?! I said I would take her and the fight was on. The owners wanted to keep her and continue to breed her but thankfully, the animal control officer put such a high fine on her that the breeders relinquished their ownership of her and she too was placed in our care.
Transporters brought the four dogs to Cheyenne where we met them and the condition of the dogs made me cry. All the siblings were thin and very frightened. The Momma dog was so emaciated and in such poor shape she could hardly walk and I truly thought I would have to take her to the vet to be put down. We picked her up and laid her on the back seat where she sprawled out, snoring, and slept for the three hour ride home.
Upon our arrival, we unloaded everyone and helped the Momma dog, now named Kali, into her kennel. Her back was so hunched that she must have been crated her entire four years; this is the cruel, sad life of a puppy mill dog. She was totally deaf, appeared to be almost blind, and staggered from weakness but for all of that, she was so sweet and had so much heart and determination that we began to hope she would make it.
The whole family got fed small portions of food multiple times a day for several weeks and Momma Kali gained strength slowly and started to put on some weight. All of the sibling dogs were taken to the vet for vaccinations, spay or neuter surgery, and microchips. We did not spay Kali right away as she was in such poor condition.
As the weeks progressed and Kali put on weight (she was only 60 pounds when we received her) with frequent portions of high quality food, most of her eyesight was regained. She still had trouble seeing things up close but could see fairly well afar. If she was in her outside kennel we would open the dog door, get on our knees and wave at her and she would come running in with her staggered gait. Her back, though still hunched, was starting to straighten.
Both daughters found homes within a couple months and they are doing well . Santos, Kali’s son, was also very thin and the most traumatized of the four. He had obviously been abused and was very cautious of new people, though he was an absolute love bug with us and made an excellent large 105 pound lap dog. (He weighed 85 pounds when he came in). He has since gotten a new home with a family with 2 boys and is now enjoying a great life, the one he should have had from the beginning.
After three months of good food and after Momma Kali went thru another heat cycle, we took her to be spayed. They had just put her under and were prepping when they lost her on the table under anesthesia. They were able to bring her back, but she obviously wasn't strong enough yet for surgery. Another three months passed and the vet took chest x rays to be sure her heart was in good shape; they also did a blood panel. She went in again to be spayed and this time made it through under the extra watchful eyes of the vet techs. While she was under the anesthetic, her ears were deep cleaned which we hoped would restore her hearing but unfortunately, the repeated ear infections that had gone untreated had done their damage. Kali remains deaf.
She was a favorite of the staff because she was such a trooper about whatever came her way. She didn't know she was handicapped and always had a big Rottie smile on her face.
Momma Kali was adopted by a wonderful lady who appreciates all that a special needs dog can give. She is doing wonderfully and her new mom thanks us often for this special girl and the joy she has brought to her family and their friends. Kali is currently eighty five pounds, has gained muscle tone, and her back is now level but she still has that staggered gait”.
Sometimes the medical procedures for these dogs break the bank. We spent over twelve hundred dollars to get Kali’s health to the point where she could be adopted and it was eminently worth the cost. This once abused dog, a dog that was treated like nothing more than an object to produce puppies twice a year and who lived her life in a too small crate with barely enough food to sustain her, this dog now knows unequivocal love, thanks to donations from a generous public. Please help us help others like Kali and her offspring.
Kali and her new feline friend
Four month old Hanna and Hans were confiscated from a man because his adult dog continually escaped from his yard and ran free. When animal control captured the dog, the owner could not pay the fine, resulting in the animal control officer confiscating the pups too. They were brought to the local shelter where they were deemed to be vicious because, being frightened, they barked and growled at anyone who approached them. The shelter staff was so intimidated by them that they exacerbated the pup's fear by moving them around with a catch pole, something which will cause apprehension in almost any dog and most especially in a young dog that has had little favorable interaction with humans.
Big Sky Rottweiler Rescue was contacted and asked if we would take both dogs; otherwise, the shelter had every intention of resorting to euthanasia rather than working with them until they overcame their fear.
Not willing to believe that these pups could conceivably be vicious at such a young age and unwilling to see their lives snuffed out at four months old, we agreed to take them and find them good homes. Shortly thereafter they arrived, much to the excited anticipation of the foster parent. As expected, the puppies were completely lacking in socialization and frightened due to being kept in an outdoor pen in the owner’s backyard and given scant attention other than at feeding time; fearful yes, but vicious they most certainly were not.
At first, both Hans and Hanna were very wary of people and Hans would position himself between his sister and any human, protecting her, but very soon both of them became eager for attention (and treats!) from anyone that came near them. They were ready for adoption and were given their own pages on our web site where they instantly attracted a large number of admirers; both were very handsome young dogs.
Hanna was quickly adopted by a wonderful couple with small children where she has grown and prospered and become the loving animal that any dog will be if it is treated with affection and respect. We recently received this picture of her and we would like to share it with you—she is yet another happy ending that the contributions of a compassionate public made possible.
Hanna and friends
To read more about the dogs featured here, please go to their individual web pages
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To order, please send your name, address, phone # and shipping address if different, along with a check totalling the number of shirts ordered to:
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Those wishing to pay by credit card can call:
Kathy Hooper at 307 413 1228
If you are interested in adopting, please fill out an on-line application. This can be found in the website features menu under Forms/Applications.
Almost daily, Big Sky Rottweiler Rescue is approached by shelters or private owners who have Rottweilers needing our assistance. Though we do everything we can, due to limited foster space, we can't help them all. We are always looking for volunteers to help save this amazing breed. We are especially in need of knowledgable foster homes. If you are interested, apply to adopt, volunteer, of foster by clicking ...
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