My name is Maxwell - ADOPTION PENDING!!!

Toy Poodle Dog for adoption in Arlington, Virginia - Maxwell - ADOPTION PENDING!!
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Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

Facts about Maxwell - ADOPTION PENDING!!

  • Breed: Toy Poodle
  • Color: Gray/Blue/Silver/Salt & Pepper
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10618610

Maxwell was rescued from a rural SC shelter after DDB received an urgent message from one of the staff letting us know his time had run out.  Low shed Poodles like Max are very popular family dogs in the DC area, so we knew we could help him, and that he wouldn’t be waiting long to be adopted.  We had the perfect foster home ready for him, and planned to bring him to N. VA right away.

When we picked Max up from the shelter it was clear something was off in with his gait. We took him to the vet and discovered he had a dislocated hip and possibly a cracked pelvis, most likely from being kicked or hit, and he’d been living with this pain for a long time. He’s still a young pup for his breed at 4 to 5 years old and only weight 8lbs, so we committed to having hip surgery done to give him a full and healthy life. On the way to surgery, Max began bleeding, and after x-rays were taken we discovered he had a growth blocking his urinary tract that had to be removed. After the relief of finding out it wasn’t cancerous, the surgeon was able to do an all-in-one procedure and even neuter him at the same time, and he’s on his way to a full recovery.

The most incredible thing is that from the start, Max has remained the sweetest little guy, friendly to all, and just happy to be around people who care for him. The hospital staff all adored him and would send constant updates and pics.  

Maxwell is now back in his SC foster home recuperating and getting lots of TLC. His foster mom, Denise, happily reports that he’s walking well, peeing normally, and is so very lovable even after all he’s been through. He’s being fostered with another larger dog, and would be great in a calm home with another smaller dog, or do well as an only dog too.

Maxwell will be making the trip to Northern Virginia on 10/15 and is ready to start his new life. If you want to make this sweet little pup a part of your life, apply today.

If you are interested in sponsoring Maxwell or helping with some of his medical costs, we would greatly appreciate your support -

APPROXIMATE AGE: 4 to 5 years
COAT TYPE:  Medium
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/neutered/on monthly preventatives.
LOCATION: Coming to N. VA 10/15


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.