My name is Carter!

Jack Russell Terrier/Feist Mix Dog for adoption in Arlington, Virginia - Carter
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Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

Facts about Carter

  • Breed: Jack Russell Terrier/Feist Mix
  • Color: Black - With White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 11265455

Carter was rescued from a high kill rural shelter in SC where his chances of adoption were low.  He had a home and owner at one point, but his owner went to jail and he found himself without a family to love. We plan to fix that, and find him an awesome committed family to bring this boy home.     

Carter has lived with toddlers, other dogs, and a cat too. He is great with kids, and mostly ignores cats. He would love another dog playmate in the home, or would be fine as an only dog too. He is energetic and playful outside, but calm inside the house. Carter quickly bonded to his foster family and is settling in well.  He has learned to sit, come, and shake easily.  He would do best with an owner who knows how to lead, and will commit to his daily exercise and playtime.

Carter is potty trained, crate trained and LOVES to play. He would do great with someone who has a fenced yard and another young dog or kids to play with. He's very friendly and will make a great side kick for family outings.


Carter is currently being fostered with 2 teen girls who adore him, and he has quickly settled into his new foster home. His foster mom, Charlene, describes him as a really good boy, and adds…

“If it wasn't for the fact that I don't want another permanent dog right now, I would think about adopting him. He's chill when you are inside, and if you want to play, he's always up for it. He loves to chase after his toys but hasn't learned to return them so you can throw them again. I'm not sure who's getting more exercise with that, him or me. We've had teens/young adults over almost every night and he just hangs out with them or goes in the other room and goes to sleep. He hasn't had any accidents, he's not a big barker, and has had a chance to get out of the house, but hasn't tried to run. I think he would be happiest with an active, fun family, as he loves to run and play.”

If you are looking for playful companion pup who will be great with your kids..Apply today.   

Estimated Breed: JRT/Feist mix
APPROXIMATE AGE: 3 to 4 years
COAT TYPE: short length
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/neutered/hw negative
LOCATION: Sterling, 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.