My name is Ripley!

Dachshund Mix Dog for adoption in Arlington, Virginia - Ripley
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Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

Facts about Ripley

  • Breed: Dachshund Mix
  • Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 11079663

Meet Ripley.  This little guy was recently seized by animal control in a rural part of SC because Ripley and 8 other dogs were living in were horrid conditions.  Even though he did not come from a good home life, he's learning how to be part of a family, and has not let his past limit him. He's sweet guy who gets along with other dogs, and is very affectionate with his people once he has time to get to know them.  H

Ripley is timid when first meeting people, and cautious about new surroundings so he prefers to approach people and new things slowly. He adores his foster parents, and likes to give kisses and sit in his foster mom's lap.  He is currently pee-pad trained and but is still working on being housetrained. 

Ripley would probably prefer a quiet home without young children.  Because he's cautious about trying new things, we think that young kids might scare him.  He will make a good companion for some lucky person though.  Ripley has started going to work with his foster mom to help his socialization and get him used to different experiences and people.   

To learn more about Ripley, please apply today. 

BREED ESTIMATE:  Dachshund mix
COAT TYPE:  medium length
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/neutered/hw negative
LOCATION: foster home in NoVA


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.