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About Rufus - OS

  • Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
  • Adoption Fee: 550
  • Species: Dog
  • General Color: Black
  • Current Age: 11 Months (born on 10/11/2022)
  • Location: Hamilton OH 45013
  • Microchipped: Yes
  • Fence Required: Yes
  • Obedience Training Needed: Has Basic Training
  • Exercise Needs: Moderate
  • Grooming Needs: High
  • Shedding Amount: None
  • Reaction to New People: Friendly

Rufus’s adoption donation is $550 and he is being fostered in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.  He has been neutered, microchipped, received his rabies, distemper/parvo, and Bordetella vaccines, and started on prevention, as well as flea prevention. Rufus requires a home with secure, physically fenced yard.

Rufus came into rescue through no fault of his own when his owner could no longer care for him. He is full of puppy energy and loves to play. He can get along with both large and small dogs as well as all ages of humans. Rufus is still learning the good things about being outside and is doing well on housetraining if kept on a schedule. He needs an active home who can guide his development and training with a consistent and gentle hand and can keep him engaged for play and training. He loves to cuddle and play with toys any chance he gets. Rufus ideal home would be a someone who can meet his energy needs and continue to provide support and training for household rules.

More about Rufus - OS

Good with Dogs, Good with Adults, Somewhat vocal, Does Good in the Car, Does not require a yard, Leashtrained, Cratetrained, Likes to play with toys, Playful, Affectionate

PLEASE NOTE:   If you are viewing this biography on a website other than the Ohio Fuzzy Pawz website like Petfinder, Adopt-a-Pet, or another search engine (the OFP website is, not all information transfers to partner websites in some instances.  If you go to the  individual webpage of our dogs , you will be able to get more information each dog.

Visual breed identification in dogs can be unreliable so, in many cases, we are only guessing at the predominant breed or breed mix.  We get to know each dog as an individual and will do our best to describe each of our dogs based on personality, not by breed label.

Our Adoption Process

The adoption process has several steps involved. Please review prior to submitting an application. Our adoption process is detailed here:

Our volunteers work very diligently to process each application and we try to ensure that we are making the best match possible for each dog.  We do not schedule meetings with dogs until an application has been approved.  It can take up to a few weeks to process an application or as little time as a few days, from the time you submit an application, please be prepared to adopt as we cannot hold dogs.

Special Requirements

Some dogs may have special requirements (for example, medications, a fence) -- if you apply for a dog, please be sure to read over the biography completely to see if there are any special needs and if you're home would be suitable.  If we indicate on the dog's biography that a fence is required, this means your home must have a physical fence.  Other dogs may require a "strong vet reference" which indicates that we are looking for a home that has a documented history of veterinary care with previous pets. 

The first step in our process is to submit an online adoption application at  The application MUST include the personal references and veterinary, grooming, and landlord references (if applicable) and their respective contact information.  If you do not include the references and the contact information, your application will be delayed as it CANNOT be processed.  Once the references have been successfully completed, a home visit is then scheduled when a rescue representative can meet all members of the family or residents of the home.  No application is approved prior to the home visit being done.   At that point, the Directors will discuss any and all applications on a foster dog and make a selection--in many cases, there are multiple applications for each dog, so please be understanding that our only priority is the successful placement of each of our foster dogs.

Out of State Adoptions

We do adopt out of state to outstanding applicants, however, our process requires a home visit, so out of state adoptions can take longer.  We do not ship our dogs, adopters should be prepared to pick up the dog in Central Ohio. 

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Currently we do not know if Rufus - OS will be able to attend the event, Ohio Fuzzy Pawz at Dublin Pet Fair on Sunday, September 24th, 2023.
Currently we do not know if Rufus - OS will be able to attend the event, Ohio Fuzzy Pawz at Private School Pups Event on Sunday, October 1st, 2023.