A Labrador Retriever named Houdini is available for adoption at Best Friends Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah...



Breed: Labrador Retriever / Shepherd / Mixed (medium coat)
Primary Breed: Labrador Retriever
Secondary Breed: Shepherd
Age: Senior
Size: Medium
Color: Red
Sex: Male

Special Criteria What does this mean?
Sanctuary visit required

Houdini has come a long way. Born in 2003, he was originally rescued from the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina and came to Best Friends through another rescue organization.

Shy and fearful of people at first, Houdini has learned that new friends are good, and that they often have treats. He likes to go for walks and is a perfect gentleman on a leash.

Though he's in good health overall, Houdini takes medication for arthritis and some joint issues. He doesn't need much these days; a nap in the sun, or a quick dip in the pond makes him quite happy. But most of all, he'd love to experience a safe and loving home of his own.

Should you visit Houdini and decide he's the perfect fit for you, he has a generous sponsor who will pay for his trip home.

Sanctuary Visit Required

These animals require that the potential adopter come and meet them at our Sanctuary in Kanab, UT.

Available for Sleepover

This animal is available for an overnight outing. If you are staying in a hotel, check in advance to make sure they allow dogs or cats.

Adoption Pending

There is a pending adoption application for this animal. Sometimes adoptions often fall through so please keep checking.

No Dogs

Based on observations from volunteers, fosters, previous owners and staff, this animal may do best in a household without dogs.

No Cats

Based on observations from volunteers, fosters, previous owners and staff, this animal may do best in a household without cats and other small pets.

Special Needs

This animal has a special medical, physical, or behavioral need. Many times these are minor so please fill out the adoption survey and the adoption specialists will contact you with more information about any animals you are interested in.


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This cat has been declawed by previous owners.