Adoptable Dogs

 

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!

DAWG does not have a facility where people can meet dogs. Instead, DAWG meets prospective adopters at adoption shows held each Saturday throughout the year. Although DAWG adoption shows are large, not all dogs attend each show. People interested in meeting a particular dog or dogs are encouraged to apply, so that the dog(s) are included at the next adoption show.  Otherwise, people are invited to email DAWG on Friday afternoon (no later than 10 AM on Saturday) for a list of the dogs attending the next adoption show.

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 dawg@dawg-rescue.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 dawg@dawg-rescue.org. Thank you!


DogBreedColorSexAgeSizeNotes
Ashesasheskitten1DSH kitten (meow)GrayF16 wks.4 lbs.Innocent
CleopatracleopatraPharaoh Hound mixBlackF1 yr.33 lbs.Nubian Beauty
Clydeclydelabmix2Lab MixBrownM1.5 yrs old28 lbs. (thin)Sad Little Boy
Ellieellie1Terrier MixBlack/WhiteF5 yrs.8 lbs.Sparkling Personality
Gabbygabbynew1Shep/Lab MixBrown w/ WhiteF1 yr. 42 lbs.Squirmy Worm
Grovergrover1Pit Bull MixBrown/WhiteM10 mos.53 lbs.Happy Dance
Houstonhouston1Chihuahua MixTan/WhiteM2 yrs. 12 lbs.Play with me!
JessiejessiesoulfulBeagleTriF6 yrs. 19 lbs.Soulful
LarissaLarissa2Dachshund/
Chihuahua Mix
Tri/BrindleF2 yrs.12 lbs.Timid
Maggiemaggieshepmix1Shep MixTan w/ BlackF5.5 mos.26 lbs.Sad Loving Eyes
Peachespeachesmeow1DSH Kitten (meow)Buff/whiteF6 mos.6 lbsPickles BF!
Perryperrynew2Yorkie MixGray/TanM5 yrs.6 lbs.Sweet
Picklespicklesmeow1DSH Kitten (meow)Gray/TortiF6 mos.6 lbs.Peaches BF!
PoppiepoppiePit Bull MixBrindle/whiteF2 yrs,60 lbs.Silly & Serious
Ragsrags1Wheaten Terrier mixWhite/CreamM3 yrs.28 lbs.Social Guy
Snowballsnowball4PomeranianWhiteF1 yr.11 lbs.Timid
Tallytallynew6Cairn Terrier MixRedF3 yrs.17 lbs.Confident
Teddyteddylatest1Collie MixTriM16 wks.22 lbs.Puppy Love
Wigglesmrwiggles2Pitbull
Brindle/White
M4 yrs. 55 lbs.Never Stops Wagging!