A Shar Pei named Ruger is available for adoption at Best Friends Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah...



Breed: Shar Pei / American Pit Bull Terrier / Mixed (short coat)
Primary Breed: Shar Pei
Secondary Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier
Age: Senior
Size: Large
Color: Brown/Chocolate
Sex: Male

Special Criteria What does this mean?
Sanctuary visit required
Prefers no dogs

Ruger came to Best Friends from a shelter in Utah after he was found abandoned. Though he was born in 2004, has arthritis and takes a joint supplement and several medications, he still has pep in his step and loves walks, outside time in his yard and car rides. He's also very friendly with people and loves to be petted.

While Ruger prefers to be the only dog in the home, he can walk calmly past other dogs and has even had some walks and play dates with other dogs at the Sanctuary. He's also been working on overcoming resource guarding. Although he has improved, he'll need to continue his training plan in his future home.

Ruger has a medical condition called pica, which sometimes causes him to eat non-food items. This needs to be carefully managed in a home so Ruger does not get sick from eating things he shouldn't. Ruger will need a watchful and patient person to keep him safe. In return, he's sure to make a wonderful companion.

Ruger is part of our Single Pets* program! That means that he is eligible for a free flight home and waived adoption fee!

*Single pets do best as the only dog or cat in the 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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