Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
A Little History: OBG originated in Northern Virginia in 1996, out of a concern for local senior dogs that found themselves without homes, and had virtually no options for being rescued. OBG now rescues cockers and cocker mixes of all ages, and has grown over the years to serve not only the Washington DC metro area, but also the Mid-Atlantic area. Year over year, we place around 300 dogs. We typically have around 75 dogs in our "inventory" which are kept in private foster homes.
If you have a interest in a specific dog, contact us. Not all our dogs attend each show.
Download our application form, fill it out and bring it to the show. That will save time!
Adoption shows are usually stressful for the dogs, so they are not necessarily all going to run up and lick you in the face and wag their tails like mad! Cockers are very attached to their owners, consequently at the shows they are typically trying to stay as close to their foster volunteer as possible and they may just politely ignore you. Don't hold this against them, all the love you see them showering on their foster volunteer will transfer to you very quickly.
If you already have a dog, you should bring it to the show to see how the two dogs interact. Dogs have opinions too, and the nicest dogs in the world may just decide that they don't like each other. Don't worry if the two dogs don't instantly fall over each other in a wagging licking frenzy. If they just do a courteous sniff and wag, and then wander away, that's fine. The point is to make sure they don't start growling and snapping at each other.
Adoption process: If you are interested in adopting a dog from us, we suggest that you first download the application form on our website and fill it out. Bring it with you to one of our adoption shows, and/or contact us to let us know of your interest. We also have an fill-in application form in MS-Word that you can fill in and email back to us. Based upon your application and conversations with you, we will make recommendations on which of our dogs might be a good fit. If a specific dog you are interested in is not available at an adoption show we can make arrangements for a private meeting with the dog and his/her foster mommy/daddy. Before you take your dog home we will perform a homecheck. We finalize the adoption with an adoption contract. The adoption fee is $350 for the first dog and $250 for the second dog, if adopted within 3 months of the first one. This fee helps pay for medical care, food, and shelter for the dogs.
*Note* We have a 14 day refund policy so that you can confirm that the dog is going to work out in your home - if it doesn't work out we can refund the money or work with you to find another dog. After the 14 day period, the fee is not refundable, but we can work with you to find another dog.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.