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Puppies and dogs in Alexandria, Virginia

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These adorable dogs are available for adoption in Alexandria, Virginia. To learn more about each adoptable dog, click on the "i" icon for fast facts, or their photo or name for full details.
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Midnight

Mixed Breed (Large)

Male, Adult
Arlington, VA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Hi! My name is Midnight you might say I am a bit of an introvert when you first meet me since I like to keep to myself at first and need my space. But if you're patient and give me plenty of treats you will find that I am actually a bit of a goof-ball.My foster family says:There's nothing dark about Midnight - each time you look at him, his crystal blue eyes transport you back to the bluest waters you've ever seen - bluer even - and, unlike his name, Midnight is truly a bright presence. He is a genuinely gentle soul who has demonstrated patience and knows how to sit and shake, especially when prompted with peanut butter or treats! Although he's clearly a husky, we think he might be part fox because he runs and leaps in a manner that resembles an arctic fox tracking a mouse scurrying beneath the snow. Midnight has a magical aura to his personality that we're sure you'll fall in love with if you give him a chance. While he's a little skittish and shy at first, he has warmed right up in our busy home full of pets and middle school children coming and going.Midnight's favorite things are: Sniffing everything he can! Of course, treats are great too!But he's not so into: Midnight likes to take his time to get to know a new face and is not so into pets from strangers. It takes him a minute to warm up to new faces, but he will definitely warm up after a few hesitant sniffs. Just be patient with him and make sure people give him the space he needs to adjust.His special talents are: Midnight does very well on his leash. In fact, he may have taught our dog some leash manners! While Midnight gets jumpy here and there at noises during walks, he does not pull, bark or lunge on his leash. Midnight also does not appear to be much of a barker, we haven't heard him bark once!His perfect day would be: A big breakfast followed by a nice walk, time to himself outdoors in a yard where he can be curious, and then snuggles at your feet while you read a book.If Midnight was an ice cream flavor, he would be: Saffron honey pistachio - because he is unique and needs time to flourish like saffron, is sweet like honey, and is warm like pistachios! Important facts about (Midnight): While staying in our home, Midnight was exposed to a dog and a cat. Midnight was highly patient and tolerant of the cat, although the cat did not feel the same way! Even at our cat's aggression, Midnight merely retreated from her presence and did not attack her. Midnight played well with our dog and they burned off their youthful energy together doing laps across the yard. We think Midnight would do best in a home with a yard. He has natural youthful energy and likes to keep investigating (mostly because he seems to be so curious and wants to sniff things), so a yard where he could pace back and forth might make him the happiest (or the ability to go on lots of walks!). Midnight enjoys playing with just a handful of toys and we noticed he liked ripping out the squeaky bits from the stuffed animals. We have two Middle School children in our home and Midnight did very well with them. We didn't observe any concerning behaviors with respect to his presence around our children, as he demonstrated a very gentle demeanor. If you are interested in adopting Midnight, please send an email to awla.foster.jp@gmail.com to arrange a virtual meet & greet with the pet's foster parent. You should receive a reply within 24-48 hours.
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Nelly

Mixed Breed (Medium)

Female, Adult
Arlington, VA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Nelly's a really sweet, social, loves everyone kind of pup! She is hearing impaired, but it doesn't slow her down. She loves toys, treats, and petting.She is working hard to work on some manners when seeing new people and dogs, she wants to meet them all! She's a bundle of spunk and kindness that would make any family a happy one!My adoption fee is free thanks to a generous donor. If you are interested in meeting Nelly, please visit the shelter during our adoption hours.
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Rock

Mixed Breed (Large)

Male, Senior
Arlington, VA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Rock's adoption is FREE and includes 4 weeks of training with the GoodPup app!Rock will be at the shelter April 7th and 8th for our Partial Eclipse of the Heart adoption event - we hope you'll come and meet him!Rock's foster told us: "Rock is a sweet 12-year-old senior with some spunk. Rock likes to sleep in but if you say "walk" and shake the leash, he is down for a walk anytime! Rock enjoys leisurely walks with his human. He is food-motivated and knows "sit" and "touch". He will let you know when it's playtime and that's when he gets spunky! Trotting to get a ball you throw across the room, playing tug of war, and leaping into the air to catch any toy you throw - Rock still has it! He is house-trained, can be left home alone, and is unbothered by loud noises and walking past others and cyclists. Although other dogs may bark at him, he is a cool dog who just walks right past. Rock does communicate with his humans via barking so that is a great way to know when he needs to use the bathroom, wants to play, or (in case you forgot) dinner time! Most of the time, Rock likes to catch up on his beauty sleep. He sleeps through the night but during the day, he will sleep in whatever room you are in. If you are looking for a friend who is your rock - always there for you, Rock is your dog!PS. Fun facts about Rock...-He has a great smile which usually shows off his adorable underbite. -He loves to oversee any yard work his human is doing outside. Although he won't help, he loves to keep you company. -He loves to shred stuffed toys!! -He is a big fan of peanut butter, chicken treats...well any kind of treats! All the treats! -He will sleep through Amazon deliveries, mailman dropping off letters, etc. If a guest comes into our home, he will wake up and greet them with a wiggly butt but no barking."If you are interested in adopting Rock, please send an email to mcewanmb@gmail.com to arrange an initial meet and greet with the pet's foster parent or a staff member. They will reply to you within 24-48 hours.
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Darby

Mixed Breed (Large)

Male, Senior
Arlington, VA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Darby is a charming canine companion who may start off a bit reserved, but once he trusts you, he'll shower you with endless affection. He's the kind of pup who appreciates a little patience and understanding as he adjusts to his new surroundings. Once he feels comfortable, though, get ready for tail wags and cuddle sessions galore!While Darby treasures his personal space and belongings, he's also easily won over by the promise of tasty treats. A smelly treat? That's his ultimate bargaining chip! Simply offer him a delectable snack, and you'll find him more than willing to trade whatever item he's holding onto for something even better.Darby's ideal forever home is one filled with gentle souls who understand that trust takes time to build. A calm and nurturing environment where he can blossom at his own pace would be perfect for this sensitive pup. With a little love and patience, Darby will surely become your most loyal companion, ready to share his love and loyalty with you every step of the way.If you are interested in adopting Darby, please email arlingtonfosterdog@gmail.com to arrange a meet and greet!
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Roxi

Mixed Breed (Small)

Female, Young
Arlington, VA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Roxi may be a bit shy at first, but once she warms up to you, get ready for endless tail wags and paw shakes. With her soft soulful eyes, Roxi has a way of melting hearts wherever she goes. She loves lazy days on the couch watching a good TV Show or movie. Although she may prefer the comfort of familiar faces, Roxi is open to slow introductions to new friends, both human and furry. With a patient and loving family, Roxi is sure to blossom into the confidentIf you are interested in adopting Roxi, please visit the shelter during our adoption hours.
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Ace

Cane Corso American Pit Bull Terrier

Male, Adult
Temple Hills, MD
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Good with cats, Needs experienced adopter, House-trained,
Story
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Doggy Darlings - Alexandria VA transport

Alexandria, VA 22314

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Boston Terrier Rescue Net (BTRN) - VA

Alexandria, VA 22314

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BoxAR - Virginia

320 North Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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Rescue Without Borders- Alexandria VA

Alexandria, VA 22301

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English Cocker Spaniel Club of America Rescue

607 Wayne Street, Alexandria, VA 22301

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Hot Water Rescue

Central Ave, Alexandria, VA 22302

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Training Rescue Dogs, Inc

1626 Belle View Blvd, PO Box 7084, Alexandria, VA 22307

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Paradise Rescue (Alexandria, VA)

Alexandria, VA 22206

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Animal Welfare League of Arlington

2650 S Arlington Mill Dr, Arlington, VA 22206

Pet Types: cats, birds, dogs, rabbits, small animals

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