My name is Bradley!

American Staffordshire Terrier/Labrador Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in Arlington, Virginia - Bradley
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Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

Facts about Bradley

  • Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier/Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Color: Black - With White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Unknown
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 11542003

There’s no other way to say it: this sweet bully boy has had a tough life, and is long overdue for some good fortune. Bradley was an outdoor penned dog, and victim of abuse by his former owner. After multiple reports of abuse from neighbors, he was seized by animal control and taken into their custody.  One or our local volunteers was contacted, and this gentle boy is now living in a SC foster home, learning what it means to be an inside dog who is loved and cared for.
Bradley bears the scars of a hard life, but still has the sweetest personality. He’s a very submissive and friendly dog, and loves attention. He’s good with other dogs, and won’t initiate drama or respond to it. He’s quiet and not a barker, and has done great with house training and crate training too. He’s still working on his leash skills and likes to pull and has some fear of car rides, but all of this is still very new to him. He’s being fostered with smaller dogs, and is really just a peaceful soul.
Bradley is in the process of healing both inside and out. He’s been treated for heartworm, and is pretty scarred from the abuse he endured (even branded). His hips and knees are fine, but he can display a little stiffness when he first wakes up, so we are starting him on joint supplements. He’s not blind, but may have some minor vision impairment, most likely from being beaten.  We are getting that checked out.  He loves to go for walks and enjoys the freedom of romping around a yard. He also can’t get enough of playing with toys – his foster mom calls him a toy hoarder. He relishes the comforts of a bed and blankets, and snuggling... we believe he’s just happy to have some enjoyment in life and is coming out of his shell now that he feels safe.
This sweet boy has a very laid back demeanor and just wants to love. Even though you wouldn’t blame him if he did, he has never shown any aggression towards people – men, women, or children. He loves to crawl up in your lap and just be present. He’s totally devoted to his person and very eager to learn. He’s good with his bi-weekly baths that help his skin heal, and he’s getting salmon oil. He lets his foster mom bathe him and clean his ears with no issue.   
Bradley is a good boy, and just needs a family to love him and some consistency and security in his life. He will melt your heart when you meet him, and his soulful eyes show that he has a lot of love to give.

We are looking for a FOSTER or ADOPTER for Bradley.
BREED ESTIMATE:  American Staffordshire/Lab mix
APPROXIMATE AGE: 5 years old
COAT TYPE:  short
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/neutered/ treated for heartworm/microchipped
LOCATION: SC, Needs a local DC/N VA based foser


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.