In May of 2018, a nun from a local Buddhist temple contacted Rescue P.A.W.S. to ask if we could help her with an injured dog that she had found. He had a severe injury on his front right leg and was almost completely missing his paw. She dropped him off, and Sparrow quickly became the apple of every volunteer and staff member’s eye.

Sparrow is a highly energetic dog. He is affectionate, loving, and a bit of a handful! He loves walks and rolling around in the grass, and he shows affection by jumping up and smothering you with kisses.

Sparrow is not cat friendly and would be best suited as the only dog in the home. Because he likes to jump, he would be best in a home with only adults or older children.

He responds well to commands once he calms down. When on walks, Sparrow like to keep momentum to compensate for his missing leg. This may come across and him trying to pull the lead, but he is really just trying to walk comfortably!

He loves food and responds well to treats. He could sit and receive pats for hours and likes to curl up in your lap – the more chin scratches, the better. Sparrow is a dog with a heart full of love. With an owner who is ready to give him the time and patience he deserves, he will show you the true meaning of man’s best friend.

In February of 2019, after months of trying to heal him, we had to make the difficult decision to amputate Sparrow’s leg. He has recovered incredibly and is now the happiest pup he could be. He never lets his missing leg slow him down – Sparrow remains a three-legged lightning bolt!

Date of Birth

May 28, 2017


Medications: Will need joint supplements

Open wounds: No

Microchipped: Yes

Sterilized: Yes

Weight: 18.5 kg

Height/Length: 65 cm/82 cm

Concerns: Recently had his front leg removed


Cat-friendly: No

Dog-friendly: Not good with large or unknown male dogs. Good with puppies and female dogs.

Energy level: Medium/high

Anxiety level: Low

Aggression: Medium

Triggers: Male adult dogs (not puppies)


Leash: Yes

Food: Sits for food

Crate: No

House-trained: In progress

Commands learned: Sit, paw, down, creepy crawly (crawl on ground)