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My name is Butterbean!

Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium) Mix Dog for adoption in Richmond, Virginia - Butterbean
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FETCH a Cure's Pixie's Pen Pals

Facts about Butterbean

  • Breed: Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium) Mix
  • Color: Brown/Chocolate
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
Once Butterbean knows you, she bonds deeply and is incredibly sweet and loyal. We can see that she is most comfortable in the company of females (although she did grow to love her male handlers at the prison, and a male adopter who had for a while before becoming ill and having to give her up).

The ideal home for Butterbean would be an adult-only home with a female owner. She should also be the only pet, as she has a tendency to guard food and prized possessions from other dogs. When crated, she is uneasy about strangers coming right up to her, so we suggest her adopter place the crate in a quiet spot to simply avoid this issue.

Butterbean is currently being fostered in the Richmond area. To learn more about the Pen Pals program, please visit our website at www.fetchacure.com. If you are interested in adopting, please visit our website, click on the Pen Pals tab, fill out the application under Adoption Process (scroll down to bottom) and fax it to 804.525-2193, or email it to christine@fetchacure.com

About FETCH a Cure's Pixie's Pen Pals

About Our Rescue Group...

Through a partnership with the Virginia Department of Corrections, inmates at Virginia correctional centers - Buckingham Correctional Center, Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, and Lunenberg Correctional Center – train and socialize rescue dogs with the guidance and instruction from two professional dog trainers. The Pen Pals program not only lowers the rate of euthanasia in Virginia’s city dog shelters, but also provides life skills to inmates. Our rescue dogs chosen for the program come from Richmond Animal Care and Control, Richmond Animal Leage, and the Southside SCPA. On average, 50-60 dogs are rescued and placed into loving homes every year through Pen Pals!

The Pen Pals program promotes inmate rehabilitation while increasing positive communication and interaction between correctional center staff and the rest of the inmate population. Inmate handlers learn viable job skills and some have gone on to become professional dog trainers following their release. By working cooperatively to help the animals, the inmates learn responsibility, patience, and emotional confidence among many other character building qualities that improve and enhance external relationships. These skills and attributes are acquired while training a dog that may not have had a chance for a happy life. Every time a dog leaves the program to go its new home, the inmate handler feels a sense of accomplishment and pride that they have given back to their community in a positive manner, leaving a smile on both ends of the leash!

Come Meet Our Pets...

If you are interested in meeting and/or adopting a Pen Pals dog, we can coordinate a site-visit to the correctional facility where the dog is currently residing. A liaison there will meet with you and introduce you to the dog to see if you would be a good match. We can't wait to help you find the perfect canine family member!

Our Adoption Process...

We require an application to be filled out, which can be found at fetchacure.org/pen-pals/adoption-process/

Pixie's Pen Pals requires reference checks, which may include your landlord and current veterinarian, and a home visit to ensure your new canine companion is going to a safe and healthy home.

Unless otherwise noted, Pen Pals adoption fees are $275 for dogs 5 years and younger, and $175 for dogs 6 years and older.