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CHANCE

English Springer Spaniel

Male, Adult
Washington, DC
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
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Chance is a rare to find English Springer Spaniel.  You don’t really see them much as an offering in the rescue world. This 70 pound handsome 7 year old hunk is so very sweet was rescued from a puppy  mill where he was “used” as a stud.  His foster mom rescued him from living outside all his life in a small pen with no comforts that he so very much deserved.  He was not a family pet, but a commodity where he was used to produce puppies so the people could sell them.  Chance was not potty trained of course but he is almost there now and belly bands are used to help him stay out of trouble with marking.  He is not neutered yet due to appointments being scarce. He will be soon and that will certainly help the housebreaking.  The woman who owned him said he came inside the house may be a few times over his life and so he was “rescued” from that life by a dear woman who is now working with Critter Cavalry Rescue to find him a home.  Oh my this dog is a dream and he is so much “loving” the inside life with air conditioning or heat on a colder evening or day.  He will be neutered the 24th May! He loves the water and swimming in his foster’s pond! He does have this really precious smile where it kinda looks like he’s growling but he is NOT! He is the best boy! He loves to sleep amongst the pillows on the bed and for once in his life he is living like he should….a King among Dog Kings!  If want to the be envy of your dog friends, then you  must consider making Chance your very own “chance of a lifetime”.   Please consider Critter Cavalry Rescue at ccrnewengland@gmail.com   You won’t regret it. PLEASE NOTE:  Our dogs are transported from Tennessee to meeting places in the states where we have posted.  Further information about us is given on our Adopt-A-Pet site.  The adoption fees vary and will be provided as well as noted on the application you receive.  Contact us at 615-661-5333 or ccrnewengland@gmail.comMay 20, 2024, 4:42 pm
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Currant

Shepherd (Unknown Type)/Retriever (Unknown Type)

Female, Young
Washington, DC
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Good with dogs,
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Please contact Mamie Hall (mamie.hall@luckydoganimalrescue.org) for more information about this pet.Sweet Currant is ready for her forever home! CURRANT NEEDS A FOSTER OR FOREVER HOME!!!! Name:   Currant          Best Guess for Breed:   Shepherd, Retriever   Best Guess for Age:   1 year as of 05/20/2024      SEX:    Female   Approximate Weight:   28 lbs   Gets Along With: Other dogs! We haven’t seen Currant with cats or kids, but she can be tested!   Currently Living at:   Shelter. Currant is looking for a foster or forever home!   Currant is Looking For: Her forever home! Could it be with you? I'm the perfect size for cuddling up on the couch to watch Netflix at the end of the long day, and I'll even let you choose what we watch! I'd also enjoy long sniffy walks and meeting new friends at the local dog park. Will you take me? I'd also love to go to obedience classes so I can show you how smart I am. You can reward me with treats and belly rubs. Do you have room in your heart for a sweet girl like me?   What My Foster Says About Me: Coming Soon - We will update once Currant has spent some time in her foster home. Lucky Dog cannot guarantee any dog is housebroken.  All of our dogs are working on their crate training.  TO ADOPT:      The adoption fee for this dog is $460, which includes the cost of routine vetting, including vaccinations and spay/neuter. If you are interested in adopting, please complete the Adoption Questionnaire online   at   bit.ly/adoptaluckydog  .   Lucky Dog Animal Rescue does our best to provide accurate information about the dogs we have for adoption. That said, we cannot make any guarantees about age, breed or temperament. Thank you for contacting Lucky Dog Animal Rescue and helping to save a life!  Please visit us online at      www.luckydoganimalrescue.org   .    BE A FOSTER!!!     Fosters make it possible for Lucky Dog Animal Rescue to save and care for homeless and abandoned dogs! To learn about fostering, please contact fostering@luckydoganimalrescue.org! BE A SPONSOR!!!!     Sponsors help Lucky Dog support the many dogs we save. To learn more about sponsorship, please contact     info@luckydoganimalrescue.org   ! May 20, 2024, 10:41 pm
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Bell

American Pit Bull Terrier

Female, Young
Washington, DC
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Good with cats, House-trained,
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Carolina

Labrador Retriever/Retriever (Unknown Type)

Male, Puppy
Washington, DC
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Good with dogs,
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Please contact Perry Meade (perrym@luckydoganimalrescue.org) for more information about this pet.Sweet boy dreaming of his forever family! CAROLINA NEEDS A FOSTER OR FOREVER HOME!!!!   Name:  Carolina            Best Guess for Breed:  Lab/Retriever Mix      Best Guess for Age: 11 weeks as of 5/20          SEX: Male   Estimated Weight (puppies' weights change quickly!): 10lbs as of 5/20   Gets Along With:  Most puppies are in the prime of their socialization window and will do well with other dogs, cats and kids so long as they receive patience and proper training.   Currently Living at:  South Carolina shelter; needs DC area foster or forever home!   Special Adoption Considerations:  Puppies under 6 months of age need to have multiple potty breaks/exercise throughout the day. Potential adopters with a standard 8-hour workday must be willing to make arrangements to meet the needs of their puppy.  Carolina is Looking For: Hiya! I'm Carolina! I can't wait to find my very own forever home! I'm looking for a home that will let me play with toys and get my puppy zoomies out and give me snuggles in between playtimes. When I'm a little older, I can't wait to explore my new neighborhood on lots of walks, and I'd really like to make a bunch of doggie friends along the way. Oh, and I should probably take a puppy obedience class or two so I can show you how smart I am. What do you say? Do you have room in your heart for me? What My Foster Says About Me: Coming soon! Puppy Vetting Requirements:        Lucky Puppies have had their age appropriate vaccines, but may not yet be “fully” vaccinated. It is the adopter’s responsibility to ensure that the remaining puppy vaccines are given at the appropriate time. Please also keep in mind that, until your puppy is fully vaccinated, they are at greater risk for illness than an adult dog.      Due to this puppy’s young age, she/he has not yet been spayed or neutered.  As part of the adoption contract, it will be your responsibility, as the adopter, to ensure that this is done no later than August 29. 2024. There are NO EXCEPTIONS and NO EXTENSIONS to this date. A non-refundable spay/neuter deposit will be collected if you would like Lucky Dog to pay for this animal to be spayed/neutered at one of our low cost partner vets.   Your new puppy will need to work on their house training and will also need to go to obedience school so they can grow into a well-socialized dog!  TO ADOPT:       The adoption fee for this puppy is $485, which includes the cost of routine vetting and transport from the shelter.    If you are interested in adopting, please complete the Adoption Questionnaire online bit.ly/adoptaluckydog   Lucky Dog Animal Rescue does our best to provide accurate information about the dogs we have for adoption. That said, we cannot make any guarantees about age, breed or temperament.   Thank you for contacting Lucky Dog Animal Rescue and helping to save a life! Please visit us online at        www.luckydoganimalrescue.org       . BE A FOSTER!!!       Fosters make it possible for Lucky Dog Animal Rescue to save and care for homeless and abandoned dogs!  To learn about fostering, please contact fostering@luckydoganimalrescue.org! BE A SPONSOR!!!!       Sponsors help Lucky Dog support the many dogs we save. To learn more about sponsorship, please contact       info@luckydoganimalrescue.org       .   &#226&#128&#139May 20, 2024, 10:41 pm
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Ginger Jean

Poodle (Toy or Tea Cup)

Female, Puppy
Washington, DC
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Not good with cats,
Story
Ginger is very playful. She’s a family dog very good with kids. Ginger love to run back and forth in the house I don’t have enough space for her and can’t provide the attention she needs I work 2 jobs. ginger very spoil she’s 5 months come with cage toys bed etc.
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Atlas

Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua

Female, Adult
Washington, DC
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Good with dogs,
Story
sweet small girl seeking her humans! ATLAS NEEDS A FOSTER OR FOREVER HOME!!!! Name: Atlas       Best Guess for Breed:  Jack Russell and Chihuahua mix   Best Guess for Age:  2 years as of May 2024        SEX: Female   Approximate Weight:   13 lbs   Gets Along With:    Other dogs! We haven't seen her with kids or cats but she can be tested Currently Living at:   South Carolina shelter; needs a foster or forever home in the DC area to get her freedom ride up here!   Atlas is Looking For:  Her forever home! She's gotten awfully tired of having the heavens on her shoulders - she actually started out as a 170-pound mastiff. The weight of the sky (think of all those planets!) pushed her down into a more compact 13 pounds. She finally grabbed a telescoping tent pole from a passing hiker and used it to prop up the heavens, and took off!Now that she finally can run free, she's eager to get her own humans who will take her to explore the neighborhood - the local parks - the world! She's got all that compact energy that she needs to burn off. And make new pup and people pals along the way! And at the end of a fun day together - snuggle up to her humans. Atlas promises adoring gazes and kisses and loyal companionship for all her days. What do you say? Is she the one for your home and your heart? What My Foster Says About Me:  We will update this once she has arrived in the DC area and spent some time with her foster Lucky Dog cannot guarantee any dog is housebroken.  All of our dogs are working on their crate training.  TO ADOPT:      The adoption fee for this dog is $460, which includes the cost of routine vetting, including vaccinations and spay/neuter. If you are interested in adopting, please complete the Adoption Questionnaire online   at   bit.ly/adoptaluckydog  .   Lucky Dog Animal Rescue does our best to provide accurate information about the dogs we have for adoption. That said, we cannot make any guarantees about age, breed or temperament. Thank you for contacting Lucky Dog Animal Rescue and helping to save a life!  Please visit us online at      www.luckydoganimalrescue.org   .    BE A FOSTER!!!     Fosters make it possible for Lucky Dog Animal Rescue to save and care for homeless and abandoned dogs! To learn about fostering, please contact fostering@luckydoganimalrescue.org! BE A SPONSOR!!!!     Sponsors help Lucky Dog support the many dogs we save. To learn more about sponsorship, please contact     info@luckydoganimalrescue.org   ! May 20, 2024, 10:41 pm

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Bright Hope Animal Rescue - D.C. Chapter

Washington DC, DC 20001

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Omani Paws

Washington, DC 20001

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Appalachian SPCA - DC

Washington, DC 20001

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HFH - Washington D.C.

Washington, DC 20500

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Alliance for Stray Animals and People

P.O. Box 65438, Washington, DC 20035

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Dogs On Borrowed Time - Washington, DC

Washington, DC 20009

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Dogs in Harmony - Washington D.C.

Washington, DC 20009

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Dogingham Palace Rescue/Washington DC

Washington, DC 20009

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Critter Cavalry Rescue - DC

Washington, DC 20009

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DC PAWS Rescue

P.O. Box 23439, Washington, DC 20026

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