Eugene – From Rags to Riches!

Eugene is a name that comes from the Greek language meaning “noble” or “well-born”.

You wouldn’t guess that to look at him when we found him abandoned in a rural shelter.  His fur was patchy, matted and dirty.  His toenails were long and curled around.  He was downcast and down trodden.  Life had not been kind.  He was alone, scared and sad.

Eugene may not have been much to look at right then, but he was still a beautiful soul to us.  Eugene was busting out of there!


First stop was Country Hills Vet Hospital.  His hair was so matted they had to find his eyes!  They cleaned him up and began to care for his aches and pains.  They discovered Eugene is also blind.

Next stop was Minnesota and Safe Hands.  Here Eugene could rest and recover.  Here he would truly heal.

Eugene is so grateful for all the comforts his foster home provides – a comfy bed and lots of toys and his most prized possession…his monkey!  But of all his “riches”  that he has gathered since leaving the shelter, his most treasured item is the love that he has gotten from his foster mom.

Eugene is finally happy, handsome and living the life of a noble gent, as it should be.

Eugene is adoptable and still looking for a place to call home and a family to love him for the rest of his days!







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Lynne Bengston


  1. Michelle Stellinga on December 30, 2018 at 4:48 am

    Eugene would fit perfect in my home. Looks like he’s been threw the ringer and not I a good way .I want to give him a good life which he truly deserves he’d have my undivided attention from th moment I lay eyes on himv❤️❤️I will be goth coming if it isn’t a fit but I don’t see that coming arise

  2. Barb Gunderson on December 30, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Michelle Stellinga – if you would like to meet Eugene – you can fill out an application on our website under the Adoption Tab or you can come to one of our Meet & Greet Adoption events that happen every other Saturday. The dates are posted in the Events tab.

  3. Maggie Warno on December 30, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    How old is Eugene? We are looking for a Maltese 6-8 years old if you get one could you let Jody Karow know as my husband and I are looking for one. We are familiar with Maltese as our Ollie was Maltese and we got him when he was 6 we had him for 10 years when he passed away Nov 27 2017. Thank you Maggie

    • Barb Gunderson on December 30, 2018 at 8:06 pm

      Eugene is estimated to be about 10 years old. You can look up the rest of his bio on our website under adoptable dogs tab.

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