Big Dogs

Please scroll all the way down the page as they are not catalogued in date order. Dogs marked 'In Foster' are available for adoption - please enquire about meeting them.

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DOB - APRIL 2011 | Male | Mastiff X

Hi my name is Mikey. When I first came to the Refuge I was quite confident. The first week I went out on a street appeal for the Home and loved it! I got pats from the public and they loved me! Sadly since being in here there are times I just can't think. It is so stressful for me that I now have social anxiety.
I desperately need to get out of this joint to become myself again. To do that I need a special quiet environment. Ideally away in an area that has less population so that I get time and a chance to get back to normal. I need to hear the birds chirping and take in the lovely smell of nature. Somewhere like the hills or Margaret River would be ideal! I am a big strong boy so I need owners who can handle me when needed.

In the home my foster carer's said I am an absolute smooch and they loved me to death. But when I went to go for a walk their area was too busy and I couldn't relax so I was on alert on our walks every day. Seeing dogs go past makes me more anxious and this makes me stress stack even more which is why I need somewhere quiet to be able to get my thoughts together and chill out. One day I am hoping my social skills will return, but for now I need the right home to help me on my journey. I look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Mikey.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Approx. 2 x 30 minute walks daily plus enrichment toys.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Because of his current anxiety and strength we feel there should be no children however he has lived with kids on foster so we would consider older children if the overall home environment is suited.



DOB - MAR 2015 | Male | Bull Arab X

Charlie is a lovely big boy looking for a home he can settle into and receive lots of tlc. He is a bit of a stress head, may take time to settle into his new home so will suit owner/s who are home with him most of the time and can provide him with lots to occupy his mind. Charlie will suit experienced owners who can guide him with a bit of training while keeping him active and busy every day. He is super smart, has lived with another dog in the past and will make an extremely loyal companion in the right home environment.

Charlie came in with really bad skin and will need lots of TLC and a relaxed environment as he fully recovers.

MY ENERGY LEVEL Charlie will require approximately 2 x 45 minute walks daily. He will need lots of mental enrichment such as being fed from kongs, toys to chew on and play with, as well as training games with his family. He will need people at home with him most of the time / part time especially while he settles into his new home and relaxes.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Home with older teens or adult only.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Charlie is currently undergoing training as he has become quite reactive in his time here.


DOB - SEPT 2015 | Male | Bull Arab X

Hello I am Ulrich! I have generalised anxiety which means I need to go to a home in a less trafficked area. Ideally this means an outer suburbs region as noise, traffic and movement scare me. I came in with my friend Umi who has been a great support for me but we have now been parted and Umi has been adopted. There maybe another friend for me out there somewhere. If you think you are the home for me please enquire.

Ulrich will require approx. 2 x 45 minute walks daily plus mental stimulation.

Ideally Ulrich needs to be rehomed with part time workers to ensure he can settle in at the beginning and then gradually left for longer.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Dog savvy teens who can put up with being jumped on during training and settling in period.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Ulrich came in with his mate Umi but after a period of weeks they have been separated and Umi adopted. He would potentially be better settled in a home with another dog pending compatibility.

Buddy - In Foster

DOB - AUGUST 2013 | Male | Bull Mastiff X

Buddy is a beautiful boy who has had a rough start to life. He needs a human companion. He loves his special time with his humans and loves his cuddles. He is a very loving boy and will reward whoever adopts him ten times over. Buddy must go to people who will include him in their family unit. He must be included in family outings and be an important part in their lives. He needs people who are part time workers as he would miss them too much if left all day.

MY ENERGY LEVEL He will need 2 x 30minute walks a day and lots of mental enrichment to help stimulate his mind and tire him out.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Loves people and should be fine with children however, this will depend on their ages and whether they are dog savvy.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Appears to be dog social - will require monitoring.


DOB - AUG 2013 | Male | Staffy X Ridgeback

Buster is a lovely cuddle bunny who just wants to be around his owners. He was surrendered from a home that was stressful and developed a response of protecting female members of the family. Ideally he needs a nice, quite calm home where he can be part of the family. He will need some training and work to build his confidence and manners and help him to settle in. He is becoming an instant favourite with vollies.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: He will need 2 x 45 minute walks a day with lots of mental enrichment given in kongs and puzzle toys.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Not recommended for children due to a tendency to guard. Previous owner advised he is not good with children. Adult only or household with children in late teens.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Has become reactive to dogs in kennel environment. Will need to be managed and monitored by new owners.

Sassy - Adopted

DOB - JAN 2015 | Female | Boxer x Staffy

Sassy is a beautiful girl who just loves to be with her humans. She is quite laid back in the home and tends to chill out by choice. She loves cats, can be a little choosy with her dog friends even though she has lived with two. She tends to like the ones that are more confident and is fantastic in a controlled environment.(on lead, parallel walking). Sassy loves people so she needs owners who will make her a part of their family and take her with them on outings. She needs owners who understand she will need on going polite meets and greets and keep her on lead.

MY ENERGY LEVEL Sassy will require approx. 2 x 45 mins exercise daily.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Dog savvy children/ older teens.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Can be choosy. Has lived with other dogs. Appears to be cat social.



Kiki - In Foster

DOB - APR 2014 | Female | Staffy

Kiki is a sweet but extremely stressful girl who does not cope in the kennel environment. She is lacking in basic training and does not appear to know her own size and strength at times. She will benefit from experienced owners who have owned her breed in the past and who can commit to her specific training needs. Once she is comfortable and not as stressed Kiki can be great for cuddles and will make a loyal companion for a committed owner.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: I will require approx. 2 x 45 minute walks daily.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: I would not be suitable for children.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Kiki does not like other dogs.

Gnome - In Foster

DOB - JUNE 2011 | Male | Large Mixed Breed

Hey I am Gnome. How gorgeous looking am I? So my perfect home is one with plenty of people that will never leave me on my own. I do not understand why you humans go out and do not take me with you? I take it as a challenge to see if I can escape and I always win. When I have people with me I am playful, loving and a really great companion. I do relax and enjoy a good snooze on my doggie bed once I know you are close by. I am a special boy and cannot go to any home but I know once I find the right one then it will be perfect. If I could fit in your home then please ask about me.

MY ENERGY LEVEL Gnome will require approx. 2 x 30 minute walks daily plus mental stimulation. He needs a home where there is going to be someone home at all times, he does not cope being alone.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Gnome may suit children in the home. He is gentle and polite with people however he can jump up on you when excited.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Dog social - should be monitored with others dogs due to his size.

Rayner - In Foster

DOB - SEPT 2006 | Female | American Bulldog x Staffy

Rayner is a lovely older lady looking for a home where she can be given lots of company and enjoy a relaxing lifestyle. She came to us in poor condition but this has not deterred her wanting to interact & be friends with you. Rayner will suit a home with someone around most of the time where she can soak up the sun during the day and keep you warm at night inside the home. Rayner would make an ideal companion dog for those who can provide her a relaxing home environment.

Note: Rayner has some medical conditions to be discussed with new owner before adoption.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Rayner will require approximately 45 minutes exercise daily. She is an older girl and caution not to over exercise as she appears to get sore in her joints / legs.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Older children only.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Appeared to be dog social however, with age and medical issues would suited to only dog or with another older dog if compatible.




DOB - NOV 2009 | Female | Rottweiler

Hey I am Tess. If you stand there just staring at me then I will probably bark and growl at you because I am a Rottweiler and that is what we do. Do not believe that that is my personality, because away from the kennel I am an amazingly loving and affectionate dog. My dream home is one where I will be loved and treated as a member of the family as I have not had that previously. I adore human attention and will happily rest my head on your lap while you are giving me a nice scratch. A quiet home with older children would suit me best so if you have a home just like that then please ask to meet me.

Tess will be best suited to a home with a part time or work from home owner.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Tess will require approx. 2 x 30 minute walks daily as she needs to shed some kilos. Previous experience with Rottweilers is recommended.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Tess may be suitable for families with older teens.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Tess appears to be dog social.

Ruby - In foster

DOB - MAY 2015 | Female | Labrador x Staffy

Ruby is a very special girl who has been abused in the past and she is so fearful of people that it would break your heart. She is more terrified of men and it is going to take a lot of work and training for her to feel more comfortable with them. She does not trust anyone immediately and it is a privilege to gain that trust, once she trusts you she puts all her faith in you and will hide behind you if new people approach. Ruby LOVES dogs and must be re-homed with one, she is a lot more confident when there is a dog around and she is more likely to approach people, for this reason she must be re-homed with another dog.

Ruby has been with us for many months now in foster care. She is still very frightened of men so a female only household or one with few new male visitors will be better for her.

Ruby does not like being left and will need owner/s who are either work from home or working part time.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Ruby has a lot of energy and needs multiple walks a day. Her foster carer walks her in the morning and in the evening for approximately 25-30 minutes. Ruby does tend to get scared whilst she is out walking and will start to pull when this happens. She is very strong when she does this. New owners should not take her out until she has bonded with someone in the home and feels safe.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Home with older teens or adult only.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Very dog social and ideally will be re-homed with another dog to minimize her anxiety when being left alone.