Vinny came to us as a forced surrender back in September. He was severely abused by his previous owners. He was burned with cigarettes, and spent the first few months of his life on a chain, tied to a car in a junkyard.

He has lost trust in most humans. So it will take some time for him to earn your trust, but how can you blame him? Despite all this, nothing can slow Vinny down, not one bit. Vinny is the definition of resilient and he lives every day making up for his lost time.

He works very hard with the staff every day on his leash skills, which are improving more and more. Vinny is just over a year old and ready to move on to his next adventure.

Due to his trauma, Vinny has a very hard time being away from his humans and left alone. Vinny is crate-trained and has a special crate (It goes with him when he is adopted) to contain him for times that he does need to be alone. Vinny has learned to sit and shake.

He’s hard at work on stay/wait/place as well. If you’re looking for an active, compact, wiggly buddy Vinny is definitely your guy. He needs an owner who is confident and will help Vinny earn trust.

Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills is a no-kill, non-profit shelter and adoption center for cats and dogs, and the holding area for stray dogs for 12 towns in Oxford County. The shelter is located at 9 Swallow Road in Paris.

Those interested in adopting a pet from RPC can visit the shelter as follows: Monday and Tuesday closed; Wednesday and Thursday noon to 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday noon to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Most adoptable pets and the adoption application can be found on the shelter’s website at

Responsible Pet Care operates a thrift shop called Pawsibilities. It is located at 132 Waterford Road in Norway and is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations of clean, usable household items are accepted during shop hours.

All the money raised at Pawsibilities supports RPC. For answers to questions about adopting or fostering a pet, or to inquire about a lost animal, call RPC after noon at 743-8679.

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