My name is Max - ADOPTION PENDING!!!

Retriever (Unknown Type) Mix Dog for adoption in Arlington, Virginia - Max - ADOPTION PENDING!!
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Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

Facts about Max - ADOPTION PENDING!!

  • Breed: Retriever (Unknown Type) Mix
  • Color: Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10488595

Meet Max.  Max loves people!  This sweet guy is a super sweet, lovable pup. He's being fostered downtown, and took a little time to settle in, but is adjusting well to all the sights and sounds of the city. Max is still working on his leash walking skills, and does have some fear/reactivity on leash around meeting new dogs. His foster mom and dog walker are working to get him more comfortable on leash, and he's improving. He's even doing regular morning jogs with his foster mom, Rebecca, and keeps a good pace without being distracted. 

Max does has lived and been kenneled with other dogs at the shelter, so we know he can live with other dogs, but he's currently an only dog and loves having all the attention. We feel he just needs time to settle in and adjust to his new environment, but would do best in a home in a quiet neighborhood (i.e. one without a lot of dogs that he'd pass on a walk). 

Max's foster mom, Rebecca, adores him, and describes him as an extremely loving and affectionate pup who loves attention and to be near his person. He's laidback inside the home and content to hang out on the couch, or chew on his bones and antlers.  Max is crate trained, housetrained and will make an excellent companion pup, family dog or jogging buddy. He has a more submissive nature and would do well around kids 10+ .Since he's a little nervous on leash, a confident owner who is ready to lead him and help him adjust would be ideal.

If you are looking for a medium sized dog who is both friendly and past the crazy puppy stage, then Max just might be the guy.  Please apply today.  

BREED ESTIMATE:  Retriever mix
COAT TYPE:  medium length
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/neutered/hw negative
LOCATION: Washington, DC


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.