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A Program of Southern States Rescued Rottweilers.

Our Special Needs dogs truly need our help and often require extensive medical care.  Most times, these dogs would not stand a chance of survival if not pulled by a rescue group to save them.

Several of our rescued Rottweilers who needed extra help from Angels with a big heart:



Max was rescued from a shelter in Daytona Beach, FL. Max was surrendered to the shelter by his owners on December 17th. They cited the reason as “medical” stating he has “hip dysplasia”. They claimed he was 6 months old, but the shelter states he’s closer to 1 year old. He wanted to get up and run around, but sadly, he wasn't able to. He couldn't use his back legs. Unfortunately, the shelter had been unable to perform any diagnostics, not even an x-ray. He was getting depressed and not thriving in that environment.

Max is certainly received all the love and attention he so deserved. We wish we had found out about him sooner so he wouldn’t have spent 8 weeks in a cage at the shelter. Max may have been with us for a short time (about a month) but he made a very big impact on us, as did his foster family. During his short time with us, Max learned to walk on his own with the use of a wheelchair that was donated to Max by a previous adopter and SSRR supporter.

Max declined quickly. His energy level was completely gone. He started throwing up and stopped eating. His breathing became labored. After consultation with everyone involved in Max’s care, the decision was made to help him cross the rainbow bridge.We want to thank Max's fabulous foster family, who gave him more love in the short period they had him than he's probably known in his life.




When she was picked up by our volunteer at the shelter, Belle was not her usual self. Over the last week our volunteer had gone to see her multiple times, while working to secure her a rescue and foster. She was taken out in the yard to play, met another Rottweiler for a meet, and she was bouncy and happy and playful, despite being so underweight and having a mass on her abdomen. The day we took her, however, was a different story. Something was wrong when our volunteer went to get her from the kennel. She wagged her nub like she normally did, happy to see her, but had trouble standing and walking. She seemed disoriented, but our volunteer thought maybe it was just the heat since it was July. Our volunteer got her in the car and hurried to our wonderful vet, Animal Hospital of Pensacola. Once we got Belle into the exam room, Belle collapsed. At that point we thought we were going to lose her. Her temperature was 105, her gums were pale and she was unable to even lift her head. Some quick blood work was done in order to decide what to do. Surprisingly, the blood work was all in normal range, except for some anemia. So, she was given fluids and antibiotics and we would wait and see. We were determined to give this sweet girl a fighting chance!

But this would not be cheap. The vet stay, fluids, meds, and care for 3 days alone came to about $1600. Love is priceless, but vet care is not. And this girl deserve the chance to live and experience love and family, not just be used to make puppies and tossed aside when she was no longer able to do so. Our wonderful SSRR family came together and donated to Belle’s medical expenses making it possible for us to get her what she needed.


Delilah was a young emaciate d female Rottweiler, rescued recently from a Louisiana kill shelter. Suffering from neglect, she came into SSSR at approximately 35 lbs underweight, and very ill.  After taking care of Delilah’s immediate vet needs, as well as spaying, it was noticed that she was having trouble walking.  It was determined that she will need complete hip replacement for both hips. SSRR will have to raise money for her hip replacements, which are expected to cost approximately $6-$8,000 as the surgery will have to be done by an orthopedic vet.  The Vet has said that the condition of her hips is so poor that on a scale of 1-5, he rates her at a 7; she is in severe pain with little relief until the funds can be raised for her surgeries. Delilah also suffers from heartworms and has started treatment.


Houston was rescued from a kill shelter. When he arrived at the vet office, he was so scared, he just flattened out like a pancake and no one could get him out of the crate. Finally, they had to take the crate apart and “pour” him out.

Houston had been abused.  He has a head tilt, likely from being hit. He was flea infested, had Entropian in both eyes, severe ear infections in both ears, was heartworm positive and was malnourished. He was quite grumpy and difficult, likely due to being in so much pain and so fearful. The Vet decided to let him chill for a few days and try to ease his discomfort with medication before taking care of his other issues. 

Within a few days, Houston was neutered and had surgery on both eyes. His ear infections were cleared up.  A wonderful SSRR foster flew to Texas from Tennessee to take Houston back and get him into a home environment. Houston has now started heartworm treatment and is adjusting to his loving home with his foster dad.


Louie, a 5-7 year old male Rottie, was posted on a Facebook page of a very high kill shelter here in NC. His foster was already getting ready to foster for SSRR when she saw him and asked permission to Temperament Test and pull him. She took her two young daughters with her and outside; lying in the rocks, behind his shelter was Lou. After sitting in his kennel for 40 minutes he went up to them. One could just see the life he had. Lou has a scar where he had a collar embedded there at a point in his life and multiple pressure point sores to where he has laying on a hard surface. 

He passed the Temperament Test and she was on my way to being a foster failure. Lou took to the life of being a farm dog very well. He loved running the fence line and playing with their other dogs. He was finally safe. 

 A few months later they noticed he wasn't acting quite right. A day later he stopped eating. His foster mom and dad are both medics so they grabbed their stethoscope to listen to his heart. His heart rate was very irregular and immediately they knew that Lou was in trouble. 

He was rushed to their vet where he was put on a heart monitor. It was found that he was in cardiogenic shock with a heart rate of 28 and dropping along with a 3rd degree heart block. They were getting ready to say their goodbyes to their first foster when they got the call from SSRR saying that they could drive him to NC State Veterinary Center and get a pacemaker implanted. 

At 8:00 pm Lou and his foster mom started a very nerve racking two hour drive to the center. He made the drive to the ER and the cardiology team was called in. At 3:30 am April 20, 2013 Lou got another new lease on life. 



SSRR was  contacted by a police officer who was desperately trying to save a female Rotti from one of the worst neighborhoods in Houston. Maggie was initially owned by a man who was often seen kicking and beating her.  She had always lived outside and allowed to roam the streets.  It was also determined that she was about to deliver puppies. We found out Maggie had never been to a vet in her entire life (she’s 4-5 years old).  No shots or medical care—ever. She does have Stage 4 heartworms and a hip injury. The vet said the hip injury may be from prior trauma.  Maggie had 4 sweet puppies. Since her puppies are weaned she has started her heartworm treatment. She will soon be spayed and as soon as it is safe, she will have surgery for her hip injury.

Donations and Sponsors

If you would like to sponsor a special needs Rottie, there are several ways to help out!

  Make a onetime donation gift

  Make a monthly reoccurring gift



Other ways to help

Is your birthday coming up? Have everyone send a donation to SSRR in your name for one of our special needs Rottie, what's a  better birthday gift than to help one of the special dogs?

Have a fundraiser: Hold a Bake Sale, Car Wash to help with the expenses of one of our special needs dogs.


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                         SSRR Inc
                      c/o Linda Whigham
                      SSRR Treasurer
                      PO Box 21133S
                      White Hall, AR 71612


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