My name is Livvy (formerly Zivvy)!

Maltese Mix Dog for adoption in Manassas, Virginia - Livvy (formerly Zivvy)
Photo 1 - Maltese Mix Dog for adoption in Manassas, Virginia - Livvy (formerly Zivvy)
Photo 2 - Maltese Mix Dog for adoption in Manassas, Virginia - Livvy (formerly Zivvy)
Photo 3 - Maltese Mix Dog for adoption in Manassas, Virginia - Livvy (formerly Zivvy)
Photo 4 - Maltese Mix Dog for adoption in Manassas, Virginia - Livvy (formerly Zivvy)
Pet Video
Add me to your favorites

I'm being cared for by:
Empty Shelter Project

Facts about Livvy (formerly Zivvy)

  • Breed: Maltese Mix
  • Color: White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 5016
Maltese mix
Estimated 5 years old
Estimated 10-15lbs

Livvy is a sweet Maltese Mix who was surrendered by her owners in hopes of her finding a family that was able to care for her better. She is a sweet and playful girl. She is very human oriented and wants nothing more to sit on someone's lap and give them kisses. Livvy gets excited for her walks, loves to play and, of course, can't get enough of being petted and receiving belly rubs. She will perk up as soon as someone mentions a "cookie" and will stand on her two back feet for one. Livvy has a rare but mild condition called Vaginal Hyperplasia where her vulva appears swollen which may have been cause by hormonal spikes after her spay. Livvy is not bothered by this and it does not affect her urination or in any way her medically nor does it require any future care. However, the base of her vulva may never completely swell down to normal size. When she experienced a hormonal spike, Livvy also experienced a psuedo pregnancy. She was nippy when going through the pseudo pregnancy which is a common behavior with dogs experiencing it and her psuedo pregnancy is now over. She has improved greatly with being nippy towards strangers however, she still is weary of some people (doesn't seem to have any specific triggers) and can become defensive if strangers don't respect her boundaries. For example, Livvy would be fine going on a walk and passing people on the street, however, if a stranger on the street bent down and swooped her up in their arms she would likely nip. Her behavior shouldn't be an issue so long as she is placed with someone understanding that she is simply weary of strangers.

Livvy is part of our overlooked program and is available to homes outside of our normal adoption range.

Wanna meet me? I will be attending the following ESP adoption events at the PetValu in Manassas from 11am-3pm located at 10079 Market Circle Drive, 20110 (please email to verify attendance in case of pending adoption):

Sunday 12/11
Sunday 12/18
Sunday 1/8

Check our website for event status changes

Love at first sight? Fill out an application at

FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: empty_shelter_project

Not ready to own a furball just yet? You can still save a life by fostering. Visit our website to learn more about our foster program. We provide food, crate, bowls, leash, collar, you provide a loving temporary home.

About Empty Shelter Project

About Our Rescue Group...

The Empty Shelter Project is a small foster-based animal rescue located in Northern Virginia. We believe that no animal should ever have to deal with the abandonment of being left at an animal shelter, and certainly no animal should ever be euthanized merely because of the lack of space. Every animal shelter should be an empty one. We take in many animals from shelters in danger of being put to sleep and animals on their way to animal shelters.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Please email us and ask when and where our next adoption event is!

Our Adoption Process...

So you've picked out the perfect pet..what do you do next?

1. Fill out an application - our application is available on our website ( This is just to allow us to make sure that the pet you're interested in is a good match for your lifestyle and needs. For example, we do not want to place an elderly Chihuahua with someone looking for a running partner.

2. Meet and Greet - After your application gets the o.k. we like to bring the furry friend you're interested in over to your place so you both can get to know each other. We take pride in the fact that very few animals are returned after adoption.

3. Adopt! if everything goes well and you've found the right match, you just simply sign our adoption contract, pay the adoption fee and ride off into the sunset.