All DAWG dogs come from a local shelter, where they were not adopted by the public or considered by other rescue organizations, for reasons such as treatable medical conditions or because they were shy, large or older. DAWG’s selection process includes passing our temperament test (general handling and acceptable interaction with people and other dogs).
DAWG dogs are examined by our veterinarian, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, tested/treated for heart worms and tick-borne diseases, and provided specialty veterinarian services when necessary. Most dogs are then moved to a luxury kennel, where DAWG is given a substantially discounted rate. At this kennel, new DAWG dogs learn routine and are socialized to each dog’s “comfort level”. Dogs are transported to Saturday adoption shows, where volunteers work with them to walk on a leash and respond to basic commands. We retain our dogs indefinitely while awaiting a good match for each one. After all, it can take a while for a dog’s future adopter to find him or her!
Applications can be submitted online or by fax. (Please do not “snail mail” an application.) Applications are kept “forever” by applicant’s last name, because some applicants change their minds or postpone adoption after applying. Note that initial correspondence is by email (no phone calls, please!). When the entire household (including the dog) meets the desired DAWG dog at an adoption show and the application is selected, a home visit is arranged to prepare the applicant for adoption. During the home visit, an experienced volunteer explains basic dog behavior and how to transition the dog to the home’s routine, children and/or other pets. DAWG provides a shopping list for items to be acquired prior to the adoption, and when everything is ready, the adoption occurs.
After the adoption, DAWG provides coaching if there are “rough spots” in the early days of the adoption. However DAWG recommends that adopters hire an in-home trainer, such as Al Marx at GreatDogs@ObedienceWorks.com, web site http://www.ObedienceWorks.com. “Training” is really about learning to work with a dog’s motivation/comprehension and is an ongoing process. For more information about year-round training workshops, tips and reading materials, please go to http://www.yourdogsfriend.info/.
Please note! DAWG does not accept electric fences. In addition, DAWG places dogs only in the metropolitan DC area. At times we will consider a placement just beyond the DC area, subject to a DAWG volunteer’s ability to do a home visit in that location. If you are not in our area and want to apply for a DAWG dog, please email us first at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask if we can consider your area. If you live outside DAWG’s jurisdiction, please support your local shelters and rescue organizations that have equally wonderful animals waiting for homes.
For more information about any dog, please write us at email@example.com. Thank you!
|Alfalfa||Border Terrier Mix||Buff/Tan||M||18 mos.||16 lbs.||Happy Lad|
|Ashes||DSH kitten (meow)||Gray||F||9 wks.||2.5 lbs.||Innocent|
|Austin||Poodle/Lhasa Mix||Cream||M||7 yrs.||15 lbs.||Lookin' Up!|
|Effie||DSH Kitten (meow)||Black/White||F||12 wks.||3.5 lbs.||Playfully Cute|
|Elf||DSH Kitten (meow)||Black/White||F||12 wks.||3.5 lbs.||Playfully Cute|
|Ellie||Terrier Mix||Black/White||F||5 yrs.||8 lbs.||Sparkling Personality|
|Gabby||Shep/Lab Mix||Brown w/ White||F||9 mos.||42 lbs.||Squirmy Worm|
|Houston||Chihuahua Mix||Tan/White||M||2 yrs.||12 lbs.||Play with me!|
|Jake||Beagle||Tri||M||4 yrs.||13 lbs.||Baby Face|
|Jessie||Beagle||Tri||F||6 yrs.||19 lbs.||Soulful|
|Kaya||Husky Mix||Rust/Cream||F||1 yr.||39 lbs.||Powder Puff|
|Kyle||Poodle/Maltese Mix||Black||M||7 yrs.||7 lbs.||Wonderful|
|Lacy||Smooth-Coat Collie Mix||Tri||F||1 yr.||50 lbs.||Loves Life!|
|Lily||Great Pyrenees||White||F||1.5 yrs.||73 lbs. (under weight)||Lovely|
|Mr. Rogers||Beagle||Tri||M||5 yrs.||29 lbs.||Happy Boy|
|Peanut||Hound Mix||Brown||F||1.5 yrs.||33 lbs.||Entertaining|
|Rags||Wheaten Terrier mix||White/Cream||M||3 yrs.||28 lbs.||Social Guy|
|Tally||Cairn Terrier Mix||Red||F||3 yrs.||17 lbs.||Confident|
|Wiggles||Pitbull||Brindle/White||M||4 yrs.||55 lbs.||Never Stops Wagging!|