Adorable & Adoptable!

The Highland Lakes Canine Rescue standard:

Vaccinated, Spayed or Neutered, Microchipped, Flea-Tick-Heartworm Treated, Healthy, and Happy!

Always check back here or PetFinder for newly available pups, and give special consideration to our Diamonds In The Ruff.

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Over the years, HLCR’s mission has honed in on a primary goal–  rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming dogs with special medical and behavioral needs.  Sadly, few organizations within Central Texas possess the resources necessary to share this charter, and we have found there is a significant gap to fill within our local community. The lives of these “Diamonds in the Ruff” are greatly at risk. At HLCR we are committed to finding the unpolished gems and devoting the additional time and funding necessary to make them adoptable again.


This Diamond in the Ruff was in need of specialized treatment that HLCR was more than happy to provide. One of our partners was at kennel capacity and needed assistance, in particular with a dog who had medical needs they were not equipped to treat. Kermit has demodex mange, a parasitic skin condition that causes irritation, redness and hair loss. With antibiotics, allergy prescriptions and daily medicated baths, Kermit will be another demodex-free case in no time! Kermit has also been diagnosed with hip dysplasia and will likely require a reparative surgery once his skin is back to 100%. One step at a time, and we will be there to support along the way!


We welcome Mrs. Potts to our shelter and her puppies to the world! Mrs. Potts was a charge under our longtime partners at Hill Country Humane Society. When taking custody of her, it was clear Mrs. Potts was very pregnant!

Considering her needs, space, and resources necessary to raise her pups, they reached out to us to carry out and secure mom and babies’ care. We are delighted to report that she delivered eight puppies, 4 females and 4 males, via cesarean section on the 21st (thank you Hope Animal Clinic!).

Belle, Bimbette, Chip, Gaston, LeFou, Lumiere, Maurice and Plumette are healthy and currently snuggling with their happy momma.


Beautiful and light-footed like a feather, Quill was surrendered to a veterinary clinic along with his brother. Their owners were no longer able to care for them, and had requested that they be put to sleep by the clinic.

Unwilling to comply, the vet took the boys under his wing and began reaching out to rescues for placement. Fortunately, his brother found sanctuary and Quill’s journey made its way to us!

Although in great health, Quill tested heartworm positive and will soon begin the treatment process necessary to eradicate the worms from his heart. Fortunately the infection was discovered early and is expected to make a full recovery! We can’t wait to see this gorgeous boy be able to express his lively self without abandon.


Meet Squishy, a brave and resilient dog who has already overcome so much in her young life. Squishy was surrendered to Animal Control by a neglectful family who failed to treat her demodex mange before it reached critical condition.

As a result, she developed full body hair loss, extreme dermatitis and scabbing, double eye and ear infections, and a secondary fungal skin infection. But thanks to the dedicated care of our veterinary partners and team, Squishy is on a vigorous medical plan to treat her conditions.

We’ve already seen a significant improvement in Squishy’s condition after only a few days of treatment, and we’re hopeful that she will make a full recovery and return to the happy and playful puppy she was meant to be. Squishy is a fighter and a survivor, and we’re committed to providing her with the care and attention she needs to make a full recovery. We know that her journey may not be an easy one, but we’re confident that with time, love, and proper medical care, Squishy will make a full recovery and be able to partake in all the joys of puppyhood once again.


Introducing Fran, a resilient dog who is ready to embrace a life filled with love. Fran’s journey started as an exclusively backyard dog, left to fend for herself in poor conditions until animal control came to her rescue. Due to her previous hands-off owners, Fran never received the socialization she needed, but we’re committed to helping her overcome these challenges and make up for lost time!

Unfortunately, Fran’s time outdoors without proper medical care led to her contracting heartworm disease. However, we’re happy to report that Fran is currently undergoing treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. With the right care and attention, Fran’s heart will be free from this disease, and she will be ready to embark on a new chapter in her life.

Fran may appear rough around the edges, but underneath that exterior lies a true diamond. She has a heart full of love to give and is eager to form a deep bond with her forever family.


Meet Lacey, an adorable 10-year-old long-haired Chihuahua with a heart of gold. Lacey recently lost her family and her sister, and is currently looking for a new loving home to call her own. Despite all the changes she’s been through, Lacey is a happy girl who loves nothing more than snuggling up in someone’s lap.

Lacey is currently recovering from a minor skin infection, but with proper medical care, she’s well on her way to making a full recovery. We’re currently waiting on her bloodwork results to determine if she can get her teeth cleaned, but we’re confident that she’ll be back to her happy and healthy self in no time.

Although Lacey needs daily thyroid medication, she doesn’t let that slow her down. She’s a tiny nugget of a dog who loves to burrow in blankets and cuddle up with her favorite humans. Lacey is a lap dog through and through, and she’s sure to bring joy and warmth to anyone lucky enough to have her in their life.


Meet Steele, a handsome husky who’s still struggling to find his place in the world. Originally found as a stray, Steele was taken in by one of HLCR’s partners for placement. Unfortunately, due to a series of unlucky events, Steele has been adopted and returned by several families. Now, HLCR has pulled Steele in the hopes of finding him the perfect forever home. Despite his past, Steele is a fabulous dog who’s just looking for someone to love him unconditionally.

Steele has partial vision loss in his left eye, which is cloudy and discolored. While we originally thought this was due to cataracts, it turns out that it’s actually scarring caused by a previous injury. Fortunately, the eye doesn’t cause Steele any pain, and it doesn’t require removal or any further treatment at this time.

With his rugged good looks and affectionate personality, he’s sure to win a family’s heart in no time!


Simon, a charming senior chihuahua/miniature pinscher mix who is looking for his forever home. Simon still has lots of love to give and is eager to find his new family. His indoor manners are so perfect, so it’s obvious that he is accustomed to being a beloved house pet.

He recently had a benign mass surgically removed from his chest, and while he still has a fatty lump near his right armpit, it is not currently causing any problems. Through no fault of their own, senior dogs like Simon often take longer to find their forever homes! We are hopeful the right match will come for him soon so that he can spend his golden years in a household filled with love.


Tinkerbell, a gentle but fiery 10-year-old dog who has had a bit of a rough start in life. Originally found as a stray, Tinkerbell was brought to a senior hospice care rescue where she finally received the care and attention she deserved, before finally making her way to HLCR to be adopted!

Unfortunately, Tinkerbell has been diagnosed with a heart murmur, but with proper medication and care, her condition is being expertly managed. We are taking all the necessary precautions to ensure her health and safety, and will be evaluating her with a veterinarian to see if it’s safe to have her teeth cleaned. Tinkerbell is currently in a foster home where she’s receiving plenty of love and attention.


Stella, an adorable Chihuahua with a personality that shines as brightly as her name. Despite her age, Stella remains full of life and exudes a captivating charm. Due to a previous bout of facial nerve paralysis, Stella experiences occasional dryness in her eyes.

However, our team has discovered that daily eye drops provide her with soothing relief. These drops help keep her comfortable and ensure her eyes stay healthy. Stella is a cooperative and patient companion during her eye drop routine, making it a breeze for her loving caregivers.

In the coming weeks, Stella is also scheduled for a dental procedure. This dental work will address any issues she may have, ensuring her oral health is in tip-top shape, and leaving her with a bright and happy smile.

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