Pet Details


A.R.F. Pet ID:16878991
  • Species: Dog
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever / Terrier / Mixed (short coat), Terrier
  • Age: Adult
  • Sex: Female
  • Size Potential: Medium
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes
  • Housetrained: Yes
  • Good with Dogs? Yes
  • Good with Kids? Older or considerate kids only

See pet description for application information

Meet Sassy


Sassy is an approximately 5 year old female Lab/Terrier mix who weighs 45-50 pounds.  She is housetrained and can be crate trained, although it’s not necessary.  Sassy is looking for a patient family preferably without young children, though this is not a deal breaker. Sassy is not an escape artist, but, a secure fence is required as she may spook easily in a new environment. 

Here is Sassy's story so far:

After spending the first few years of her life in a rural area in South Texas,  fending for herself as well as litter after litter of puppies, Sassy was captured by a very dedicated, caring local resident. When captured, Sassy had a litter of 5 nearly adult puppies in tow. Fosters were found quickly for the puppies, but without a foster for Sassy, she went off to the county shelter for awhile. During the time Sassy spent at the shelter, she was spayed and treated for a heartworm infection. It was at that point her current foster took her in.  

At first, Sassy was terrified, both of her human and his dogs. She spent the first few months living entirely in a spare room.  After a few months, Sassy began to come out of her shell.  Her confidence continued to grow, and in early March, encouraged by slices of cheese, Sassy made it from her room to outside and back again for the first time.

In April, her foster moved from Texas to Illinois, and the shelter in Texas allowed him to bring Sassy along.  Since arriving in Illinois, Sassy has made tremendous progress. She has become wonderful with all of her foster's dogs. She has the laundry room available to her as her own space she can retreat to if overwhelmed, but she only goes in there at meal time now. She seeks attention, and will hop up on the couch with her foster for petting. Other than barking at the fence while playing with the neighbor’s dogs, Sassy is a very quiet, calm girl. She can be playful, both with dogs and with her human. She is food motivated, but not food aggressive. She likes to chew on appropriate toys, and will sometimes steal shoes, but she doesn’t chew them. Her foster is working on getting her on a leash and thinks she’ll get there before too long. Sassy still has a way to go in her development, but is ready to start looking for the forever family who will have the patience to take her the rest of the way.  She is worth the effort!

Sassy is micro-chipped, up to date on all vaccinations, housebroken and spayed.  She is fully recovered from her heartworm treatment and will not have any lasting health issues from it.   

Sassy's adoption fee is $300.  A meeting will not be scheduled until you have an approved application, so if you're interested in adopting Sassy fill out an Online Application today!

Once your application has been approved, an ARF volunteer will contact you to arrange a meeting.

More Info About Sassy

  • Coat length: Short
  • Needs a yard: Yes
  • Needs a fenced-in yard: Any Type

See pet description for application information

All pets adopted from A.R.F.-Animal Rescue Foundation include the following as part of their adoption fee:

  • Spay/neuter or a certificate for a low-cost spay/neuter when medically recommended
  • Microchip and registration, a permanent identification to reunite lost pets with their owners
  • Initial de-worming and flea and tick treatment
  • Age-appropriate testing for heartworm/FIV-FELV
  • Age-appropriate vaccines
  • Pre-adoption medical exam
  • A certificate for a free healthy pet exam at one of A.R.F.’s participating veterinarians within 7 days of adoption
  • Offer for a no-risk 30 day free trial with Trupanion pet medical insurance

If a cat or dog is on our website, it is still available for adoption but might have other applicants. If you find yourself interested in one of our animals, submit a no-commitment application immediately. Submitting an application does not commit you to any animal, but does get you a head start with the adoption approval process. Due to a high volume of applications, we are often unable to respond to questions until your application has been approved in approximately 3-5 business days.

We do not schedule meetings until you have an approved application.

A.R.F.-Animal Rescue Foundation does not have a facility where applicants can visit our animals.  The majority of our dogs and cats are brought to adoption events by our volunteers. We invite everyone to come to our events, but we give priority to pre-approved applicants.

If you’re invited to meet an animal:

  • Plan to arrive on time (or early), as we cannot hold animals for any reason.
  • All human household members and dogs (if adopting another dog), must be present in order to be considered as a potential adopter.

Thank you for your interest and cooperation!