My name is Wyatt!

Coonhound/Hound (Unknown Type) Mix Dog for adoption in Richmond, Virginia - Wyatt
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FETCH a Cure's Pixie's Pen Pals

Facts about Wyatt

  • Breed: Coonhound/Hound (Unknown Type) Mix
  • Color: Tricolor (Tan/Brown & Black & White)
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
"Hi, I'm Wyatt, and I'm a 7-year old hound mix. I'm told every hound has a story, so here's mine ... 6 years ago I was adopted through the Pen Pals program. I was so happy and thankful to have a family to call my own. I had a great life, going on hikes with my dad and long walks with my mom. My family loved me very much and was extremely sad when circumstances changed and they had to give me up. So now I'm back in the Pen Pals program with two nice handlers who adore me. They're great, but I sure do miss the family life. If you're looking for me, I'm ready to come home with you.

To be honest, I'm pretty much perfect. Well, perfect except for being a little rough with my plush toys (please don't judge me; I am a dog, after all!). I was the only dog at my house but I do have manners when in the presence of female dogs. With male dogs I'm known to be a little bit of an alpha male. Overall I really just want to be with my people."

After being adopted in 2011, Wyatt has returned to the Pen Pals program due to his owner no longer being able to physically care for him. Wyatt is a great dog who loves to go on long walks and hike. He's good with certain dogs and good with older kids or kids who are polite with dogs.

Wyatt is a smart boy who has done a fabulous job learning his obedience and socialization skills. He recently passed both his Canine Good Citizen and his Community Canine (CGC Advanced) mock tests! Wyatt is really great in the home--he greets you, but doesn't jump up on you and isn't destructive (except for his own toys). He has a playful personality and his handlers absolutely adore him.

Wyatt is 7 years old and about 65lbs, up-to-date on vaccines, microchipped, neutered, and crate and house trained.

Wyatt is receiving obedience training at a Virginia correctional center. To learn more about the Pen Pals program, please visit our website at 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

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

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.