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My name is Rufus!

Yorkie, Yorkshire Terrier/Silky Terrier Mix Dog for adoption in Manassas, Virginia - Rufus
Photo 1 - Yorkie, Yorkshire Terrier/Silky Terrier Mix Dog for adoption in Manassas, Virginia - Rufus
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Photo 4 - Yorkie, Yorkshire Terrier/Silky Terrier Mix Dog for adoption in Manassas, Virginia - Rufus
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I'm being cared for by:
Empty Shelter Project

Facts about Rufus

  • Breed: Yorkie, Yorkshire Terrier/Silky Terrier Mix
  • Color: Silver & Tan (Yorkie Colors)
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male

**Special Needs - Experienced adopter required**

Initially found as a stray, Rufus found himself at an animal shelter and when nobody picked him up he was in need of a place to go. Rufus is a sweet little boy who needs someone with understanding and willingness to allow him to set his own boundaries and warm up on his terms. When first placed into foster care, Rufus was extremely fearful to the point of snapping. He has improved tremendously, however, still is wary of being picked up or people getting close to his face. This is something that may continue to improve with time, but given we are unsure of his treatment prior to coming to the rescue there is a possibility he may always be fearful or snappy with these things. Rufus is very loving and snuggly when he is allowed to set the pace and gets along great with other dogs.

Special Needs: heart murmur, Rufus requires an oral medication twice daily which costs less than $20 per month supply.

Love at first sight? Fill out an application at espnova.org/adopt.



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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 (www.espnova.org/adopt). 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.