My name is Tanner!

Spaniel (Unknown Type) Mix Dog for adoption in Rockville, Maryland - Tanner
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Mutts Matter Rescue

Facts about Tanner

  • Breed: Spaniel (Unknown Type) Mix
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 9959607
Tanner is a 2 year old Spaniel mix who comes to us from a shelter in the Washington D.C. area.  The shelter reached out to us to help Tanner who was absolutely terrified in the shelter environment.  Tanner had arrived there as a stray, and no one ever came looking for him.  He would shake with fear and could not trust the people around him.  Fortunately, they discovered that Tanner definitely warmed up after he got to know his caregivers.  He does extremely well if new people 'go slow' when meeting him, and give him time to get to know them.  

Once he feels he can trust you, he is on your lap giving kisses, but it has to be on his terms.  It is no wonder that sweet Tanner is slow to warm up, he has been let down by everyone in his short life.  He is now in a great foster home, feeling safe and happy, and doing quite well.  He has  been playing non stop with his foster siblings-a peek and a maltipoo. He plays chase and loves the company of other dogs. Therefore, he must have another dog in the home to show him the ropes, and to keep him happy.

Tanner has seen the vet and been given a clean bill of health.  He has been brought up to date on his core vaccines, neutered and has tested negative for heart worm disease.  He receives his monthly heart worm preventative tablet to make sure he never has to face this terrible disease.  He is a young, healthy dog.  He does need to gain a little weight, as he was quite then when he was taken to the shelter, but he is now receiving regular nutritious meals and will fill out quickly.  He is a striking reddish- tan color, and his coat is soft and almost silky.  MMR does not believe he will be over 17 pounds when at his ideal weight.
MMR is seeking a home for Tanner where there are no toddlers. Older kids are fine.  Anyone who is around Tanner must be aware that it will take him a few days to warm up, and that he will need understanding and some 'space' when he is integrated into his new home.   If he is given the time and understanding he needs, it will be rewarded with a lifetime of snuggles and kisses......he really is a nice, easy dog to live with once he gets to know everyone.   He is not a barker, but will definitely alert when he see's a stranger or something out of place in his environment. Tanner is learning about leash walking and house manners, and is doing well in both areas. Leash walks will still be a necessary part of his socialization, but he would do best in a fenced in yard. His new family should be prepared to walk him at least twice daily, but the fenced area will be perfect for quick potty breaks, and time with his family in a safe and secure area.  (but not required)
Tanner needs a family or person who will help him build his confidence and trust that his people will not let him down, again.  If you feel you have room in your heart for Tanner, please apply for this special little dog.  He is wonderful, and is looking for his forever home now!

My adoption fee is $350, which covers the cost of routine vetting, rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations, deworming, spay/neuter surgery, heartworm testing, my microchip, monthly heartworm prevention, monthly flea/tick prevention, and any transport costs if applicable.  

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You can save animals like this one by becoming a foster home for a dog in need! Fosters are like way stations between high kill shelters and forever homes. We need fosters so that we can save dogs before they are euthanized at the shelters. If you are interested in becoming a foster, please check out our information about fostering on our website:

MMR covers the vet care, food, and tools to get started. You supply the love. Fostering saves lives. Sometimes a foster home is the only thing standing between life and death.

About Mutts Matter Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

A Little History... Mutts Matter Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non profit, all volunteer based organization, with combined rescue experience of over 15 years. We work in conjunction with shelters and other organizations to help save animals on death row, the strays on the street, or ones in unsafe living conditions. We adopt in the DC, VA, and MD areas, with a few exception out of the tri-state area depending on the dog and situation. We are driven by love, compassion, and hope.

All of our rescues enter their new home spayed or neutered, up to date on all shots, and are micro-chipped. If we take a dog into our rescue, we do our very best to ensure that they are healthy before going to their new “furever”home. With enough hard work and dedication, we hope to be able to empty the shelters one day soon.

Come Meet Our Pets...

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Our Adoption Process...

We require you to fill out an adoption application on our website at
The application will ask for both a vet and personal reference. Both will need to be verified. After those are checked, a pre-screener contacts you to discuss your application.
Once that is complete, they screener decides if they are recommended for a home visit. If the home visit goes well and they are approved to adopt, then they can meet the dog.
Our adoption fee includes the cost of routine vetting, spay/neuter, and microchipping.