Save a Small Dog Rescue, Inc.
PO Box 290462
Phelan, CA 92329
(760) 269-4519
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Australian Terrier (short coat)  : :  Male (neutered)  : :  Senior  : :  Medium

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Rescue date  7/15/20 This handsome little fella goes by the name of RIVER. Reason why? Because it was by a river near a wilderness area where he was found on a hot summer day. He was severely dehydrated and very hungry. He was cared for by the finder who began immediate online posts in hopes of finding his owner. On the following day, she learned that he had a microchip. Several messages were left for the listed individual but there was never a response received. He was later taken in by SASDR who continued a thorough search for the remainder of the 30 day hold period. RIVER cleaned up to be a gorgeous Australian Terrier. He is around the age of 10 years and weighs about 22lbs. While being fostered she observed that he was definitely an indoor dog. He was calm and followed her closely. He had possibly been trained with potty pads. He prefers staying close to his human as opposed to other dogs and he definitely is NOT fond of small children. He loves to snuggle and to sleep with his owner. Considering his recent unfortunate experience, it's understandable that he is dealing with abandonment issues. It's unknown how long he was left on his own among the wild, but he could have had separation anxiety even prior to becoming lost. Regardless, he will need continued support to overcome that issue. While at SASDR he underwent a thorough medical exam which included a full blood workup and an anesthesia procedure to examine his ears which were completely swollen shut. Antibiotics eventually cleared them, though, and he was given a good health report. The Adoption Fee for RIVER is $375 and it includes neuter, up-to-date vaccines, blood panel, ear surgical exam, and grooming. Please NOTE that he is AVAILABLE for ADOPTION in CA ONLY! Please understand also that we are a non-profit organization that operates on a small number of volunteers. We are, therefore, UNABLE to ACCEPT PHONE CALLS at this time. If you'd like more information about RIVER, please send an EMAIL to us at To submit an online ADOPTION APPLICATION, please go to the SASDR website at We receive numerous applications. If you are among the finalists in the selection process for RIVER, you will be contacted by phone from SASDR for a phone visit. If you are not available at the time of our call, we will leave a message that includes a time at which we will try later to reach you. SASDR is located in Phelan, CA (San Bernardino County in southern CA). Thanks!

About River

  • Status: Adopted!
  • Adoption Fee: $375
  • Species: Dog
  • Color: Black Tan
  • Current Size: 22 Pounds
  • Potential Size: 24 Pounds
  • Current Age: 10 Years 6 Months (best estimate)