My name is Hope!

Labrador Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in Arlington, Virginia - Hope
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Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

Facts about Hope

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Color: Black - With White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10628138

Hope was rescued as a stray after she was dumped in rural part of South Carolina. She was taken in by two Good Samaritans, who are also neighbors, after she appeared running free in their neighborhood. She was very fearful initially and shied away from them for weeks. They saw her almost hit by a car on multiple occasions and living off scraps, and dreaded coming home from work imagining something bad had happened to her. They came up with a plan to catch her, and these two good souls took Hope in, sharing responsibility for her care since July, working together to prepare her to go to her new home. 

Hope has lived as a foster with both families, living with their small and large dogs of varying ages, and she does well with them all. She gets a little anxious when she has to change homes, and is longing for a permanent home and family of her own. Her foster moms describe Hope as a very sweet dog who quickly fits into the pack, and loves people. She's a snuggle bug once she settles in, and loves her squeaky toys. She will make a great family dog and would love to have a pup companion to pal around with.

We believe Hope is about 2 years old, weighs 52lbs, and is some kind of Black Lab mix. She has a medium energy level and needs her daily exercise, and is also learning to walk on a leash. Her foster moms have been practicing, and she matches strides with the other dogs when they walk as a pack. She’s housetrained, crate trained, and will go into the crate when it’s time for her foster mom to go to work. They’ve been sharing the same crate so that Hope has a familiar, safe place to rest, and some continuity when she changes homes. They’ve also been taking her to PetSmart, Home Depot, and a local dog park to make sure she gets plenty of socialization.
This sweet girl has won a place in their hearts and they want what’s best for her. They contacted DDB to help her find her a great loving home, and that's our plan. She will be coming to Northern Virginia very soon.
We are looking for a FOSTER or ADOPTER for this adorable, sweet pup, so apply for her today!

BREED ESTIMATE: Labrador Retriever mix
GENDER: Female
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/spayed/microchipped

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.