Shelter Me: Brookline Lab Rescue

In this week's shelter me, we meet a dog with a genetic disorder who found love with her forever family.

In 2014, Roxy was rescued from a puppy mill and placed in Mary Tennant's home to be fostered.

"She pretty much stole my heart from the beginning," said Mary.

After Roxy was diagnosed with a genetic disorder, Mary decided to make her a permanent member of the family.

"It's called ocular skeletor disease, and it affects their bones, like her front legs are bowed," said Mary.

It doesn't slow Roxy down any. She loves to play.

"Her personality is sweetness plus curiosity, energy go go go," said Mary.

And cuddle.

"She's my lap puppy every night when I sit down to watch TV, I know I have my best friend in my lap," added Mary.

Mary adopted Roxy from Brookline Lab Rescue and has volunteered with them for 12 years.

"Rescuing is such a rewarding thing, there's nothing like it," said Mary.

The rescue focuses on Lab and Lab mixes and does nearly 100 adoptions a year.

Peggy Mcgee, Vice President, Brookline Lab Rescue said, "It's such an incredible feeling you know that you can make somebody's life so much better."

Brewster is a 5-month-old puppy waiting for a lifesaving surgery.

"He does have a liver shunt," said Peggy.

When he gets the surgery he'll be ready for his forever family.

"He's just like the perfect little puppy," said Peggy.

Duke would do best in a home where he's the only dog and he loves walks.

Lisa Harper is Duke's Foster Mom.

She said, "I have to spell W A L K because if I say it, he will take his leash and be ready to jet out the door."

Doug would do best in a quiet home with no kids.

Sharon Messersmith is Doug's Foster Mom.

"He's very fun, loving, very affectionate," she said.

Luna is 6-years-old and she would fit in with any family

Cheryl Ferst is Luna's Foster mom.

Cheryl said, "Loves to chase a tennis ball, would chase is all day long just absolutely loves it."

And finally, there is Mitzy. She is 7-years-old, and was found with a broken leg, and she does walk with a limp, but she doesn't let that slow her down.

She a wonderful dog, and loves to go for walks.

If you're interested in Mitzy or any of the animals you've met today you can visit the Brookline Lab Rescue website.

And, if you'd like us to share your shelter success stories, post a picture to the FYI Philly Facebook page using #6abc Shelter Me and tell us where you adopted your pet and how much they mean to you.

Action News will feature your stories in upcoming Shelter Me segments.
Copyright © 2021 WPVI-TV. All Rights Reserved.