My name is Mocha - ADOPTION PENDING!!!

American Staffordshire Terrier Mix Dog for adoption in Arlington, Virginia - Mocha - ADOPTION PENDING!!
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Facts about Mocha - ADOPTION PENDING!!

  • Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier Mix
  • Color: Brown/Chocolate - With White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 11114353

Meet Mocha. This sweet little bully girl lost her home because her family decided to move north, and did not include her in their plans.  Their teen son adopted her initially, but lost interest and the parents were not committed to her. She was clearly bred a few times and we suspect left alone a lot or kept isolated, and did not have the life she deserves. It's sad for any dog to lose their home, but it's also an opportunity for Mocha to have a much better life where she is loved and truly a member of the family.

Mocha is such an affectionate, loving dog...pure sweetness. She's fun, playful, smart, and when given a command, she listens and wants to please you. She has lived with cats, and was fostered with another dog in SC. She's excellent at meeting dogs outside on leash, and will not react even when they bark in her face. Inside the home, she's a little more selective about her doggy pals, and would need a gradual introduction to the right dog. She has a pretty submissive nature, but is more interested in the love and affection of her people than a dog buddy. 

This amazing girl needs a stable, loving home, and a consistent routine, and she will flourish. Initially, she can be a little anxious because she's had a lot of change over the past two months. Once she settles in, a playful, fun dog emerges who connects quickly to her person.  She's housetrained, crate trained (with some intial whining), has learned "sit" and is working on her leash walking skills. She loves to sniff and explore on walks, and will sometimes get excited and want to chase a squirre

For Mocha it's all about trusting her environment and giving her some time to adjust. With the right family, this sweet girl is going to make an excellent family dog or sidekick for road trips, hikes, or just hanging out. Mocha loves to chew and play with her toys, and is always up for a game of fetch, but she also knows how to chill and snuggle when she's inside. She's met her foster mom's grandson who is 6 yo a few times and did great with him, and is very gentle with kids. While she's still can be timid to some men at first meeting, she warms up quickly once she trusts her environment.

We think Mocha would do best in an active home who will give her lots of love and attention, play with her, and work on her basic training. She would do well with a confident leader to show her the ropes. She is very devoted to her person and really wants to please. She is treat motivated, very trainable, and takes correction well.

If you want a lovable, fun companion, who is very smart and learns quickly, Mocha may just be your girl. Apply today!

BREED ESTIMATE:   Staffordshire Terrier mix
GENDER:   Female 
APPROXIMATE AGE:  3.5 - 4 years old 
COAT TYPE:   Short 
OTHER INFO:   UTD on shots/spay/microchip, on monthly preventatives 
LOCATION:   Reston, 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.