My name is Tinker Bell!

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

Facts about Tinker Bell

  • Breed: Shih Tzu
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10679878

Tinkerbelle was found as a stray on an Indian reservation. She had recently had a litter of puppies that were nowhere to be found, and had been abandoned. We suspect that she was bred, her puppies were taken from her and sold, and when she was no longer needed, discarded to fend for herself.  Thankfully, a Good Samaritan took Tinkerbelle in and kept her safe until a rescue could be found. 

Tinkerbelle is 5 to 6 years old, and very much a social dog. She’s great with dogs and cats, and has gentle, friendly nature that’s ideal for kids. This sweet pup loves everybody, adapts quickly,  and will make an excellent family dog. She enjoys the company of other dogs, but is most interested in being around her people and fancies herself a lap dog. 

She is crate trained, house trained,  walks well on leash, and is a social pup who would be ideal for condo or more social setting.  She arrived in Northern Virginia on 10/15/16 and is settling into her new foster home. More updates to come…

This cute little pup is going to be very popular, apply for her today!

GENDER:  Female
APPROXIMATE AGE: 5 to 6 years
COAT TYPE:  long
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/spayed/hw negative
LOCATION: Arlington, 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.