2-year-old Belgian Malinois mix named Dodger has lived whole life at shelter | Forgotten Friends

He is the only one not yet adopted of the seven found right outside the gate of God’s Dogs Rescue in February of 2022.

VON ORMY, Texas — Our “Forgotten Friends” series showcases a dog or cat each week that has spent a lengthy time at an area shelter, just waiting for someone to notice them and bring them home to love.

This week, we went to God’s Dogs Rescue in Von Ormy to meet Dodger, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd mix who was with a group of seven dogs that literally rescued themselves by hanging out on the road outside of their gate back in February of 2022. The dogs, who were all different sizes, ages and breeds have all been adopted now leaving Dodger as the only one left from the group.

In that time, Dodger has grown from a cute, playful puppy into a gangly teenager who is always ready to play, said shelter staff. 

“We’ve watched Dodger grow up at the rescue homebase property,” said Theresa Gummow with God’s Dogs Rescue. 

Dodger loves to run, play and splash in the water. He does great in a crate and really loves to go for rides in a car.

“Dodger is a happy and excited boy who loves to wag his tail and makes lots of noise,” said shelter staff. “He’s a very sweet and polite boy who loves to cuddle on the couch or bed, or even sit down right next to you.”

He gets along great with everybody, young and old. And once the initial excitement wears off, he does well on a leash, too.

“He has a ton of energy to spare and wants to use it running around, playing fetch, or going on long walks,” said the shelter. “He’ll need lots of activity and would be great with another active dog and active kids.”

Do you want to make Dodger a part of your family?

For whoever adopts Dodger Lucy’s Doggy Daycare & Spa will be lending a paw by offering them a free “Glow Up” Day at the Spa, which includes a massage therapy bath and Pawdicure. One of Lucy’s most cherished core values is to continue Lucy’s legacy of giving back to pups in need, as Lucy herself was a rescue!


You can fill out an application with God’s Dogs online CLICK HERE.

The adoption fee is $200 within the state of Texas, and $400 if you are out of state. That fee would include transportation to your area.

They are located in Von Ormy, where they have five fenced acres for the dogs to run and play, and huge enclosures for exercise and rehabilitation. All rescue dogs are socialized with other animals and other people, coming and going in a healthy country environment.

If you email or contact them on a Sunday, they will get back to you on the following Monday.

Would you like to help God’s Dogs but aren’t quite ready to adopt?

They always need fosters and volunteers, and they have opportunities for both short-term and long-term. Foster families are supplied with the bedding, crates, food, and vetting that the puppy or dog will need. all you have to do is supply the love and guidance that is so desperately needed. 

You can fill out an application by CLICKING HERE.

God’s Dogs has adoption events scheduled regularly CLICK HERE to learn more.

You can also make a difference by donating directly to God’s Dogs CLICK HERE.

More ways you can help:

  • Donations of gently-used blankets or towels, dog food, dog bowls, bedding, collars, leashes, chew toys, training treats etc, are always needed and accepted
  • You can also donate to make a secure cash donation using your credit card.

Remember when you adopt a shelter pet, you save two lives… the one you bring home with you and the one that now will be saved because the shelter has more room.

If you know of a Forgotten Friend that has been overlooked and is still looking for a “furr-ever” home, contact Andrea at acarden@kens5.com.

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