Dudley and Norbit’s Story


Dudley, a 4-month-old Siberian Husky/Retriever mix, and Norbit, an almost 2-year-old Chihuahua, melt hearts everywhere they go.

They both were found separately roaming the streets all alone, injured and in desperate need of help. Luckily, they were taken to the San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) in early June, and our medical team soon realized they had another thing in common – they were both suffering from a thigh bone fracture!

Norbit and Dudley web

After assessing their injuries, our medical team fortunately determined that both of their legs could be saved. The sweet pups underwent orthopedic surgeries in our Leeu Naylor Medical Building. Dudley’s fracture was repaired with a pin and cerclage wire while Norbit’s fracture was repaired with a pin and screws.

So far, they’ve been the most adorable patients. Our medical team describe Dudley as “wild but charming” and Norbit as “the sweetest little man.” Our awesome volunteers have been a great support as well by assisting with their daily physical rehabilitation such as slow leash walks and motion exercises to help accelerate their healing. Additionally, laser therapy has been used to reduce pain and swelling in their legs. They’ve also been super popular each time they do their underwater treadmill therapy – they make the cutest faces!

Now on week 5 of recovery, Dudley and Norbit are both finally ready to continue their road to healing in their very own FURever home. They each hope to find an active family that will help them get stronger every day.

As two young pups, they’ll definitely be very active after making a full recovery. They’ll thrive by following their recommended post-operative instructions, which includes no jumping, chasing a ball or playing with other dogs, and progressively longer, slow walks as their comfort levels permit. We estimate a full recovery at six months after surgery. Potential adopters will receive detailed instructions prior to each adoption.

“Dudley and Norbit have won the hearts of staff and the rehab team, and we will all be happy to see them find a forever home.” SAHS Associate Veterinarian Dr. Leslie Hopes said.

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The San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill organization that has served Bexar County and its surrounding areas since 1952. The SAHS shelters, medically treats, and rehabilitates thousands of dogs and cats every year.

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