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Meet Ralphie

Ralphie was a sweet soul who came to us at the dog shelter by way of the streets in absolutely deplorable condition - emaciated, dehydrated, covered in sores, soaked in urine and fecal material, and so weak he could barely stand on his own. And yet despite all this misery, this pup seemed to know that he had finally found a place and people who would help him and he has been soaking up every opportunity for love, attention, affection, and FOOD he can find. After a brief stay in the shelter, Ralphie was transferred offsite through Friends of the Shelter so he could receive 24hours ICU care while he was rehydrated, begun on a refeeding schedule, bathed several times and his wounds were addressed. As with any starvation case to this degree, Ralphie's recovery had to be closely monitored as life threatening imbalances can occur in the body when refeeding and so Ralphie's calorie intake and frequency of feeding had to be carefully planned to avoid such a crisis. Ralphie has slowly but surely gained weight (up 15lbs) and with that, his happy go lucky, playful personality is shining and he is learning how to be an inside dog (housebreaking is still a work in progress). He remains obsessed with food but does seem to enjoy being outside, going for rides, and meeting new people as well. He is good with other dogs and seems indifferent to cats.

Vet reference required! Ralphie is in foster care so if you are interested in meeting him, please submit your completed application online, via fax to the attention of our adoption counselors at 614-525-6658 or drop off your application in person being sure that it is directed to one of the adoption counselors and noted that you are interested in Ralphie. Once your application has been received, we will forward it to Ralphie's foster mom to learn more.

More About Ralphie

  • Friends of the Shelter Dog
    Friends of the Shelter Dog
  • Go Getter
    Go Getter
  • OK with Dogs
    OK with Dogs
  • Vet Reference Required
    Vet Reference Required


  • ID: 112820
  • Location: IN FOSTER
  • Age: 1.7 Years
  • Breed: Pit Bull (Mix)
  • Adult Size: Large
  • Weight: 38.7 lbs
  • Sex: Male (Neutered)
  • Adoption Amount: $123

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Meeting Ralphie?

Ralphie is currently in one of our foster homes outside of the shelter. After registering for an account and/or logging into our online system to complete and submit an adoption application, please contact our Foster Coordinator after 24 hours and we will get in touch with you.

Sponsoring Ralphie?

Visit our Friends of the Shelter website for more information.