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My name is Dillon!

Posted over 2 years ago | Updated 1 week ago

I'm being cared for by
All-American Mutt Rescue, Inc

Facts about me

Tan/Yellow/Fawn - with White
(When grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Pet ID

My info

Checkmark in teal circle Spayed / Neutered

My story

You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

Hi … my name is Dillon! Read my bio to find out everything you need to know about me.  

If you think I might be the perfect pup for you, go to and complete the adoption application online. If you are not able to adopt, please consider donating to AAMR in my name to help with my extended care in rescue.

Special needs pups are just that ... special ... and they just need special heroes to come to their rescue.  Have you tried on your hero cape lately?

We don’t know a lot about Dillon's early life other than a Good Samaritan took him in to keep him safe after he appeared to have been abandoned on a rural road.  His Good Sam said he sat in one spot on the road for several days and appeared to be waiting for his ‘ride’ to come back to get him.  After about 4 days, he gave up and went looking for food and water, which he found in her garage!

We do know that Dillon has some social anxiety issues and he can go from happy to distraught and nippy in situations with multiple people moving around in an area.  He has always done fine in his original foster home, but had a few 'incidents' in an adopting home, and he was returned to AAMR.  It is sad because Dillon is a very sweet and loving little guy ... until his anxiety takes over.  'Stranger Danger' is very real to him and in his mind, he needs to protect himself.

We are not really sure of Dillon’s breed mix.  He has a dachshund-like body (long and low) with the head of a tiny yellow lab!  Dillon really deserves a family who wants to help him develop some confidence and some manners so he can be the lucky dog he is meant to be.  He is very excitable and vocal when left alone for too long and will not be the best apartment resident. 

Dillon's wish list includes 1) a fenced yard, 2) an low-key, settled family willing to spend time with him and accept his limitations and 3) people to cuddle with every day who will teach him how to be the best boy ever.  Could that be you?

Dillon does well with most other dogs, so having another confident, friendly dog in the home may be good for him.  Absolutely no children in the home.  If there are children visiting the home, it will be best to give Dillon a safe, out-of-the-way area to rest in his crate while the children are around.  They make him very anxious.

Please read the rest of Dillon's bio below so you can learn more about him.

Approximate age/birthdate: ~ early 2015

Weight/size:  ~25 lbs

Housebroken:  YES ... as long as you do your part and let him outside often
Crate trained:  YES

Personality:  happy, playful, guarded in new situations, wary of new people and animals, anxious about too much activity around him

Energy level:  medium 
Fenced yard required?:   YES – he definitely needs a safe place to run off excess energy.  A physical fence is required so someone could not just wander in and trigger his anxiety.

Does he/she jump fences?  NO 

Leash walk:  YES
Obedience training:  Yes, a previous owner took him to class and we know he is very smart.

Riding in vehicles:  RIDES OK     

Spayed/neutered:   YES

Up-to-date on routine vaccinations:   YES

Microchipped:   YES

Social with other dogs:  Somewhat ... once properly introduced.  He gets excited when meeting new dogs and does not like dogs getting in his face.  He will growl if a new dog gets in his face.  Once he has time to properly meet a new dog, he generally does fine.   

Social with cats:  Do not know … has not been around cats. We think he would chase them if they ran, but not sure if he would try to harm them.

Good with children:  No Children ... he has nipped at children

Adoption donation:  $175 

We are an all-volunteer group, so please be patient and understand that it takes an average of 7-14 days to process the applications including reference checks, follow-up questions and home visits.  You can expedite the process by providing accurate email addresses for all your references.  Time to make phone calls is limited and we often have multiple applications in process.  We make every effort to move through them as quickly as possible. 

When your application is approved, we will schedule a meet-and-greet to see if Dillon picks you too.

If it seems that the adoption will be a good match for all, there is an adoption fee, and an adoption contract to be signed.

Please email AAMR at if you have additional questions.


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September 26, 2023, 4:03 pm

All-American Mutt Rescue, Inc

Contact info
Pet ID
Huddleston, VA 24104

Their adoption process

Additional adoption info

The adoption process:
Step 1: Complete the appropriate Adoption Application. There are different applications for dogs and cats. You will find the form online Then click on 'Fill Out' and you will be taken directly to the form. Once submitted, it comes directly to us. You should get a message immediately if your application has been successfully submitted
Step 2: Members of the Adoption Committee thoroughly review completed applications and do reference checks. Please remember that adopting a pet is making a commitment of 10-15 years, so we do not take any shortcuts in processing applications. It is our responsibility to place these pets in the very best homes we can possibly find for them. Application processing can usually be done in 7-14 days. Sometimes it may take longer if we have a problem reaching your references or finding another rescue to do a home visit for out-of-town or out-of-state adoptions.
Step 3: After reference checks are completed and your Adoption Application is tentatively approved, we will schedule a home visit and a time for you to meet the pet that just might be the newest member of your family. We will ask that all family members be present for the meet-and-greet ... including all other family pets.

Please be aware that we generally limit adoptions to families within 75 miles of our location in Huddleston, VA. There may be exceptions made, but application processing for remote adoptions usually takes longer because we must find another rescue to help us by conducting a home visit. This is required.

**Please remember that we are an all-volunteer, home-based rescue organization. We do not have a public shelter facility, so all home visits/meet-and-greets for potential adopters and fosters are done after applications are approved and by appointment only. Most of our volunteers work full-time jobs, so the majority of our home visits are scheduled for Saturdays between 10 am and 2 pm and Sundays between 1 pm and 3 pm. You can also meet adoptables at our public events noted on our website. Of course, we will always try to be as flexible as possible when scheduling meet-and-greets.
Step 4: After the home visit, if everything seems to be a perfect match, the final step is the signing of the Adoption Contract, payment of the adoption donation, and welcoming your new family member home.

Please note that completing the online application does not obligate you to adopt a pet, nor does it guarantee that your application will be approved. AAMR reserves the right to decline any application without providing a reason. Please understand, also, that often there are multiple applications for one pet and it is the responsibility of the Committee to find the best fit for each pet.

Go meet their pets

We are an all volunteer, home-based rescue organization. We do not have a public shelter facility, so you can meet our pups at our public events, such as at the Lynchburg VA Petco. Please check our Calendar of Events regularly for other opportunities to meet our pups. Otherwise, we have volunteers bring pups for a home visit after an application has been approved.

More about this rescue

Our motto is "Rescue … rehome … real love” and we try to live it every day. We rescue animals in need of new homes and loving families. We make sure each of them is spayed or neutered and up-to-date on all routine vaccinations. If other medical care or treatment is needed, we get that for them as well.

We welcome these fosters into our homes and our lives and really get to know their personalities and their needs. Then we make it our mission to re-home them - to place them in the forever home that will be perfect for them. Some of them really need to have another dog companion, while others will do well being an 'only pet.' Some love having children to play with, while others prefer being with adult companions. Some do well sharing a home with cats or other small pets, while others .... well ... no so much. And the only way we know this is by living with them!

We also work to educate and encourage other pet owners to spay or neuter their animals to

a) help their pets lead longer, healthier lives, and
b) help reduce the numbers of homeless and unwanted animals in our Central Virgina communities.

It is such an easy thing to do! Not only will it benefit your pet and your family, but it will reduce the numbers of wonderful, adoptable animals that are euthanized every year. Please be part of the solution.