My name is Cassie!

Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog Mix Dog for adoption in Arlington, Virginia - Cassie
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Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

Facts about Cassie

  • Breed: Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog Mix
  • Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Unknown
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10040907

Senior/Medical Needs Pup

It’s heartbreaking when a senior dog loses their home, but for some dogs it ends up being a blessing in disguise. Cassie spent most of her life being a loyal, loving dog, and now in her golden years, she’s suddenly lost everything. When Cassie's mom got remarried, she went from living in a quiet home to one that was filled with younger kids, grandkids, and two large rambunctious dogs that didn’t respect her space. Her mom felt she was too stressed in the home, and decided to rehome her.

After brining Cassie into the rescue, we discovered that not only was this senior pup abandoned by her family, she was never really nurtured in her prior home. She wasn’t allowed to join her family on the couch or in bed to snuggle, she wasn’t allowed access to most of the house, and had a rickety old crate filled with a ripped up pair of jeans that served as her bedding. She was also kept outside for long hours to avoid the chaos of her new home.

This sweet girl deserves better than that, and is finally learning what being part of a family is all about. Her foster home is full of love, someone is always home to keep Cassie company, and she has plenty of dog pals to hang out with and show her the ropes. As soon as her foster family heard about her living conditions, they set out to make sure she understood she was welcome to all the comforts of their home and invited to engage with everyone in the family. Son Troy had to leash Cassie and encourage her up the stairs she had never been allowed on to invite her to hang out on his bed for the first time, and daughter Emily makes sure that Cassie joins her on the couch when it's family TV time. Cassie has also discovered the joy of playing with toys and bones. Don’t ever believe that line about old dogs and new tricks – Cassie’s growing every day.

Cassie's foster mom, Kim, says she is the easiest dog they've fostered, adding that "she's easy going, walks well on leash, doesn't bark at strangers, doesn't try to escape, and just wants to be near you." Each day they see this sweet girl come more out of her shell. She now gets excited when she sees the leash and realizes it's time for a walk, and she's started rolling around in the grass, soaking up the sun with the other dogs.

Cassie is a sweet, cuddly mutt that’s possibly got some Sheltie mixed in. We think she looks like a little lion and is super cute. She’s around 10 years old, weighs about 35lbs, and is great with dogs and cats. She would do fine with older kids, but young kids and an overly active home are not the right fit for this sassy senior. She’s in good health, active and loves to go on walks, and trot around her backyard, but she has a very laid back energy inside the home and loves to snuggle up with her person.

7/16/16 - When Cassie came into the rescue she was in need of considerable vet care. She had skin and ear infections, was infested with fleas, overweight, and probably lived in discomfort for many years. She's been on antibiotics to clear up the infections, had an abdominal ultrasound to look for any abnormalities (which were not found) and was tested for Cushings last week. She tested positive for Cushings and we are starting her on medications to help manage the disease. Many dogs, and we think that Cassie is one of the, can live normal healthy lives with Cushings, but she will need a proactive owner who will stay on top of her medical care, and will need to be on medications for the rest of her life.

We are committed to Cassie, and happy to see the joy coming back into this sweet girl’s eyes.   We want her to find an incredible, loving home to live out her senior years. 

BREED ESTIMATE: Shetland Sheepdog/Sheltie Mix
GENDER: Female
APPROXIMATE AGE: TBD - 10-11 years old
COAT TYPE:  Med-Long, needs grooming
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/spayed/hw negative/microchipped
LOCATION: Lansdowne, VA

FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go to and complete the application.

You can also help save dogs like this one by becoming a foster, providing a rescue dog with a temporary home and giving them the love and care they need until they are permanently adopted. Every person who fosters is directly responsible for saving the life of a dog, because we can only save as many dogs as we have foster families available to welcome them into their homes. If you think you might be interested in becoming a foster and want to learn more, please go to and fill out an application.

Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue that primarily adopts to families in the DC Metro area.

About Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

About Our Rescue Group...

Dogs Deserve Better, 2003 First Place Winner of the ASPCA/Chase Pet Protector Award, is a voice for chained and penned dogs, whose sadness speaks only through the eyes. As the days become years, many of these dogs sit, lay, eat, and defecate within the same 10-foot radius. Chained by the neck, they exist without affection, exercise, social interaction, and sometimes even basic nourishment. They live as prisoners, yet long to be pets.

Chaining is not only inhumane for dogs, but is dangerous to the community. Chained dogs, unsocialized with humans, can become very territorial of their tiny space, and anyone who wanders into this space can be attacked.

Would you for one second choose to live the life of these dogs? No matter what reason is given, the bottom line is that it is NOT ok to chain a dog for life. Dogs should not have to live chained or penned as prisoners, yearning for a place in a family, craving acknowledgement, respect, and love. They DESERVE BETTER, and we as caretakers have the obligation to provide it for them.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our dogs are located in foster homes in the DC Metro area. Please go to and fill out an application, and once you have been approved, we can schedule a meeting with a dog who will be a good fit for your home.

Our Adoption Process...

The first step in the process is to complete an adoption application at
Secondly, we will set up a time for you to meet the dog in his or her foster home. If the visit goes well and the dog appears to be a good fit for your home, the next step is the home visit. Finally, the official adoption contract is signed and the adoption fee is paid.