Available Love For Life Dogs

Love For Life (LFL) is a program within Saving Paws Rescue Arizona. It began in the spring of 2016 when we realized we had a bunch of dogs with special needs, or who were older, who just weren’t getting any interest from potential adopters. But they, too, deserve a home of their own! Senior dogs, dogs who have multiple illnesses, have a terminal illness, or have behavioral issues qualify for the program. LFL is a forever-foster based program. This means we provide all the medical care, food, medicines and vaccinations while the forever foster parents provide a loving homeBelow are our available Love For Life dogs. If you’re interested in providing one of them a loving home, please fill out a foster application.

If you’re unable to foster a dog, you can still help by becoming a Love For Life Sponsor. Learn more about this wonderful program on our Love For Life Sponsorship FAQ page.


Jefke breaks my heart. Every single time I see him. He came to the rescue about 2 years ago. He is a middle-aged Belgian Malinois. He is one of the smartest dogs I’ve ever met. As much as we get him out of his kennel and play with him and walk him and cuddle him, he’s going stir-crazy. He needs an outlet. He needs a job. And he needs a family of his own to love. He is one of the best cuddlers in town.

He knows many commands in German. He is great on a walk. We haven’t even tapped into everything he knows. The other day I was playing outside in the yard with him. I threw his ball, but it was hot and he looked up at me and said with his eyes, “No way am I chasing that!” So as I retrieved the ball, he ran up behind me, pushed his nose between my knees, and healed with his head between my knees, looking up at me. We walked this way for about 25 feet, just like they do at the dog shows or during tactical training. “Wow,” I thought, “you are such a special dog.”

But Jefke keeps getting overlooked. He’s a high-energy, 5 or 6-year-old boy. He can be stubborn. He can be toy protective. And he can definitely be protective of his home. He went into a foster home once for several months and was a great boy. He loved his long runs with his mom. He was not destructive when left alone. But he wouldn’t let his dog sitter in to check on him when his mom was at work. As hard as she tried, there were just certain people he wouldn’t let in the house. So, he came back to the rescue. His physical needs are being met. He likes the volunteers. But this boy needs someone; I mean really NEEDS someone. Are you that someone to give him his chance? 

Because he’s been with the rescue so long, Jefke is in the Love For Life program, meaning we are looking for a forever foster home for him. All expenses will be covered by the rescue. If you lead an active lifestyle, spend a lot of time at home, enjoy mentally exercising your dog, and understand the breed, then Jefke is the perfect dog for you! Won’t you please give him the life he so deserves? If Jefke sounds like the partner for you, please fill out a foster application


Martin is the sweetest, most loving fellow you’ll find! This fellow is the bomb! As soon as he arrived at the rescue from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, the volunteers were all fawning over him. He is as sweet as can be. This guy is such a lover boy! He just eats up the attention. We don’t know much about Martin’s history, but we think it may not have been pleasant. We suspect that Martin has been debarked, which we definitely DO NOT recommend. But it doesn’t seem to affect this guy’s sweet nature and gentle soul.

As a senior, Martin’s hips are not so great. He has Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) and Spondylosis which affect his mobility. He does not feel pain with the DM, but the spondylosis bothers him more on some days than others. He is getting intramuscular injections frequently to help with pain management, so his foster family ideally would be in the northwest valley for an easy commute to the vet – unless you don’t mind driving! We have also learned that Martin is a resource guarder so he will need to be fed separately. Otherwise, this guy is about as easy as you can get. While we don’t know for sure that he’s good with children, we suspect he’d be fine with gentle kids.

If you can give Martin a loving, indoor FOREVER FOSTER home, please fill out our foster application to get the foster process started.


Rex is about 5 years old and we’ve had him for over a year now. For those who know and understand Rex well, he is a very affectionate, happy go lucky, fun loving dog! He walks very nicely on a leash, although his walks are slow because he must sniff and pee on everything. Being the silly character that he is, every once in awhile he’ll pancake in the middle of the road to let you know he’s either had enough or that he hasn’t had enough. He loves car rides and is lucky enough to go for puppaccino’s most Sundays with a volunteer who adores him. He gives the best hugs and kisses and loves belly rubs. He is very playful and loves to zoom around his room with his toys. Additionally, as you can see, he is extremely handsome, thus earning him monikers such as Sexy Rexy and Rexalicious.

Sounds like a great dog, so what’s the catch? Rex is easily over-stimulated, which causes him to spin and bark and bite his tail and occasionally lash out at people. Many noises set him off – the vacuum, motorcycles zooming by, the blender, the hose, the neighbor’s lawnmower, or other dogs barking. Too many people walking in and out of his room is also something that bothers him. Every once in awhile, he lashes out seemingly without provocation. He is also a resource guarder – if he’s got a toy or food, leave him be! Additionally, sometimes it seems he is a bit crabbier in the evenings. As homey as Saving Paws Rescue is and as accommodating as we are for Rex, being in a shelter is really hard for a dog like him because there are inevitably times with a lot of people and activity and noise.

Nonetheless, once one understands Rex’s temperament and quirks, they are easily managed and he’s not a problem to handle. Redirection with treats, toys, or puzzles works well with Rex. For those who’ve spent a lot of time with him, he is absolutely a volunteer favorite. Rex will thrive in a quiet home with no young children and not a lot of activity. He’s not a dog who should be going to Home Depot or pet stores or restaurants or other busy public places to interact with strangers. He does really like other dogs, but because of his spinning we’ve not found a playmate for him, so he will probably do best as an only dog. In the right environment and with a patient and understanding person or family, Rex will be a wonderful companion! We adore Rex and would so love to find him the right home.

Because of Rex’s quirks, he is in our Love For Life program, which means we are looking for a forever foster home for him. Saving Paws covers all of his living expenses such as medicines, food (if requested), vaccinations, etc. You just provide a loving, caring home! If this sounds like the perfect set-up for you, please fill out our foster application to get the foster process started.