My name is Aneko!

Shiba Inu Dog for adoption in Manassas, Virginia - Aneko
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DC Shiba Inu Rescue (DCSIR)

Facts about Aneko

  • Breed: Shiba Inu
  • Color: Black - With White
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Female
Aneko means “older sister” in Japanese, and this black and tan shiba inu was found as a stray back in March of 2016; she spent several months at the Animal control shelter, scared and depressed. She is a tiny (14lbs) senior Shiba (estimated age 10-years-old) that appears to be a puppy mill or back-yard-breeder release. She had not been spayed and her teeth were in horrible condition. The shelter had her scheduled to be put to sleep if a rescue did not take her. At first, Aneko was very scared of people touching her or picking her up, and she would snap at anyone who tried to touch her. She's made progress since then, and while she accepts petting, we are still unable to pick her up.

Since being in rescue we have had Aneko spayed and brought up to date on her health and wellness. We also had 7 teeth pulled during her dental surgery. Aneko is active and alert, has not had any accidents while in foster care and is amazing with other dogs.

Aneko lives in a multi-dog foster home and she loves to be around other dogs. Her best friend in foster is a 7-month old Shiba Inu who came up in transport with her the same day. They run and play together in the yard. Aneko would do wonderfully in a multi-dog home!
She is available for adoption to a broad area--find out more when you apply to adopt!.

As stated in Aneko's original profile, body handling has been and continues to be a concern. While we are making exceptional progress with her being touched, we are requiring that she go to a home with a fenced back yard. This is due to the issues with reliably getting on/off harness or even a slip-lead to walk her. Since we can't pick her up, we have been training her to come when called. Aneko is always eager to follow her foster mom and will reliably come when called! Any applicant wanting to adopt Aneko must be aware of her sensitivity to body handling and have the ability to let her in/out of the house without leashing her. Of course, our goal is to be able to pick her up and leash her so working on this would be a long-term goal - see our resources on body-handling in her album!

Aneko hears and sees well but she has a stiff gait which is suspected arthritis as her x-rays showed no structural issues. This has improved since being on a low-inflammatory, nutrient-dense species appropriate raw diet. Her fur is much softer and silkier than when she first came into rescue.

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About DC Shiba Inu Rescue (DCSIR)

About Our Rescue Group...

DC Shiba Inu Rescue (DCSIR) is a group of dedicated volunteers whose mission is to rescue, foster, vet and train neglected, homeless, abandoned and stray Shiba Inus. It also works with owner surrenders to help keep Shibas in their current home or to foster and rehome via its extensive adoption process. DCSIR is committed to prioritizing the intake and placement of Shiba Inus in the immediate DC metropolitan area and may assist in the rescue effort for Shiba Inus and mixed breeds across the east coast as circumstances allow.

DCSIR is a community-oriented rescue which strives to educate pet owners about positive behavior training, healthy nutrition and alternative health care, primitive breed temperament and the importance of spaying/neutering.

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Come Meet Our Pets...

We do not have a centralized location. DCSIR dogs are dispersed across states in loving foster homes. Please follow adoption procedures on our webpage to schedule a meet and greet.

Our Adoption Process...

Please be patient with our adoption process. We are committed to finding the perfect home for each dog that comes through DCSIR. We also ask that, if you did not get a particular dog, please understand that this does not mean you are not a qualified adopter. 99% of applicants won’t get the first dog they apply for. Most of our adopters end up with their perfect dog down the road and are overjoyed that they waited. Please be aware that our adoption donation for adult dogs is $300 and for puppies (less than one year old) is $450. This is what to expect when applying to adopt a dog from DC SIR:

Complete the DCSIR Adoption Application: You can download the Adoption Application at and follow the instructions to submit the application by e-mail. Please be honest and detailed. Make sure that the Adoption Application is submitted in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx extension) only.

Phone Interview: Once we receive a completed Adoption Application, a DC SIR volunteer will e-mail you to schedule a phone interview. This will be a general interview, but we may also discuss the particular dog you are interested in, if time permits.

Reference Checks: If we move forward, DC SIR will contact the references/veterinarians listed on your Adoption Application to obtain additional information.

Home Visit: Two DCSIR volunteers will coordinate this with you. All parties living in the home must be present for the entire home visit. We may bring a ‘test’ dog, and not the specific dog you are interested in adopting, as this may not be an ideal meeting time or convenient location.

Meet and Greet: This involves meeting the particular dog (if any) that you are interested in. This step may be interchanged or combined with a Home Visit, based on timing and location.

All formal notifications regarding approved, finalized adoptions are conducted by DC SIR officers. The individual(s) who conduct the phone interview and/or reference checks may not be the same individual(s) who make the final decisions/notifications regarding adoptions.