My name is Annie!

Shih Tzu Dog for adoption in Arlington, Virginia - Annie
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Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

Facts about Annie

  • Breed: Shih Tzu
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Unknown
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10628549

Meet Annie. This adorable little Shih Tzu was rescued from a neglectful owner by a local animal advocate who was able to negotiate her release. When she came into the rescue she was a matted mess,  her nails had grown into her paw pads, and her former owners were detached from her that they were not even aware of her gender, describing her as a male.  This sweet young pup has a much better life awaiting her and is going to be very popular.

Annie has been in her current foster home for a few weeks now and is living with two other dogs, a cat, and a 14 yo boy who she prefers to sleep with at nights. Her foster mom describes her as quiet, but she’s starting to open up, and has taken a special liking to her foster dad. She’s laid back in the home, potty trained, and prefers to hang out on the couch during the day. She’s probably never had real affection from her family, but is learning that people can be kind to her and home is a good place. She’s  1 to 2 years old, and a tiny pup weighing only 8 lbs. 

She needs a patient owner who has some time and patience to give her time and space to settle in. She would do best in a more calm home and would do well with other dogs or cats to keep her company. She is going to make a great companion pup for some lucky owner.

GENDER:  Female
APPROXIMATE AGE:  2 to 3 years
COAT TYPE:  longer coat, needs regular grooming
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/spayed/microchipped
LOCATION: Coming to N Va on 10/8 to be fostered in Alexandria, VA


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.