My name is Gizmo!

Brussels Griffon Mix Dog for adoption in Arlington, Virginia - Gizmo
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Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

Facts about Gizmo

  • Breed: Brussels Griffon Mix
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10781779

This little bundle of cuteness is quite the charmer. Gizmo was found as a stray almost four years ago, and has been living with the same owner and many other dogs ever since. His owner is a Good Samaritan who takes in strays to help them find a better life. She's become overloaded with too many dogs, and although she loves Gizmo dearly, she's making the tough decision to give him a better life.

Gizmo is a very social, active, playful pup who loves everyone he meets and is always in the middle of the action. He will make an excellent family dog, and do well in a home with kids, dogs, and cats too. He loves his toys and playing with the other dogs in his home, so he’ll make a great companion pup. His owner says he can be an escape artist, so he needs to be kept on leash or in a securely fenced yard until he settles in and knows he’s home. 

This cutie pie will be coming to Northern Virginia after the holidays on 12/3, so we will know more about him soon.

BREED ESTIMATE:  Brussels Griffon mix
APPROXIMATE AGE: 4 to 4.5 years 
COAT TYPE:  Long (low shed)
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/neutered/microchipped
LOCATION: Coming to N. VA 12/3


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.