Noelle is a very sweet and friendly 10 month-old Labbie mix girl who came into an overcrowded rural county dog shelter before Christmas. She was limping on one of her back legs and was determined to have an old injury to one of her hips. The shelter searched for a rescue for Noelle so she could get the medical attention that she needed. Once at Canine Lifeline, she was examined by our vet who advised that she needed femoral head ostectomy (FHO) surgery to repair the damage to her hip and give her a pain-free life. She had surgery on Feb 18th and has been recuperating in a foster home since then. Noelle had a remarkable recovery and has been given the all-clear from the vet to play and run to her heart’s content.

The following information is from Noelle’s foster family—”Noelle is a very sweet young who my husband and I have been fostering since her surgery. She has gotten along well with our family dogs and we have enjoyed having her in our home. She likes to play but isn’t too rough about it and she responds well to “no” and other commands. Noelle seems to have recovered completely from her surgery. She seems to have no pain or discomfort and can take walks and run without any difficulty. She actually walks very well on leash and is very happy to accompany us on long walks. Although she loves food, she has shown no food aggression. She has recently learned “sit” with consistent encouragement and tasty treats. Noelle is eager to please so she could probably learn other commands or tricks with positive reinforcement and treats. She also has excellent crate manners and has had no accidents in our home. Noelle loves being petted and shown affection. She really is a great young dog.”

Noelle weighs about 25 pounds and her adoption fee is $250. She’s spayed, heartworm negative and on monthly heartworm preventative, up to date on vaccinations including bivalent canine influenza, wormed, on flea and tick preventative, and microchipped. As part of the adoption process, all adopters must commit to a two-week adjustment period to make sure it’s a great match before the adoption is finalized. Please email if you’re interested in Noelle. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. Please note that we don’t place our dogs in homes with children less than 7 years of age. We correspond via email so please check your junkmail or spam folder to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there.

Noelle’s heartworm treatment cost about $800. If you’d like to make a donation to help with her medical expenses so that we may help another dog in need, you may do so on our website at or by sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you from Noelle and Canine Lifeline!