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We'll also keep you updated on Noel's adoption status with email updates.
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Noel

Pit Bull Terrier Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Female, Adult
Washington, DC
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Not good with kids, Good with dogs, Not good with cats, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Please contact Lowell Nelson (lowelln@luckydoganimalrescue.org) for more information about this pet.sweet mama dog now ready for her own home!NOEL NEEDS A FOREVER HOME!!!!   Name: Noel     Best Guess for Breed: Pit bull and Staffordshire terrier mix     Best Guess for Age: 5 years as of December 2023       Sex:  Female        Approximate Weight:35-40 lbs Noel gives the best kisses! See this cutie loving her foster:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxurMOilB5kAnd see those other cute videos of sweet Noel! https://youtube.com/shorts/7lhj0hHNgYw https://youtube.com/shorts/JKBmbbJ62gs https://youtu.be/8vb8qP7VQqU   https://youtube.com/shorts/-ZBi6Qg4lHY    Gets Along With:  Noel does well with other dogs and must go to a home with a confident and welcoming resident dog.  No cats please!   Currently Living at:  DC area foster   Special adoption considerations:  Noel is shy would do best in a home with another dog!  She isn't recommended for homes with kids under 12 because of her shyness.   Noel's Story:   Noel is looking for a very special home that will share all the love she has in her heart.  Her journey has been long, will you be the one to complete this love story?  Sweet Noel loves to give big face-licks to her foster and she can actually get quite vocal if her foster mom takes too long in getting ready for walks or outings!  She enjoys romps in the woods with her foster brother and especially loves the water;  although baths are not her favorite, give her a stream to play in and you will witness some amazing zoomies!   Noel really shows a spark with her complete love for puppies. In her current foster home, there are often foster puppies for her to meet and play with, and Noel loves to nurture these energetic, silly companions.  Noel has come such a long way in trusting humans, and is eager to have her own now. She is looking for a forever home that’s ready to put her heart at ease. When she first came to Lucky Dog in December 2020, she was heavily pregnant. She was so scared of humans that it was pretty clear someone had mistreated her terribly.  In her maternity foster, she had her puppies, and was happy to see they all went off to their forever homes.  Noel then went to a foster home with several other dogs. Now that she no longer had puppies to tend to, her foster could start helping her build her trust with humans. Over time, she slowly developed a familiarity with her human foster; they bonded during long walks. It took months, but Noel started asking for pets and napping on the couch with her foster. More quickly, she bonded with the other dogs in her foster home. She’d wake up in the morning, eager to leap out of her crate and start playing with her doggie siblings. She became accustomed to her foster home - content even - and time passed.  This family was unable to continue being her foster, so Noel moved to a new foster in May of 2023. Her new fosters instantly fell in love with her, but they realized Noel now had to start developing trust all over again.  At first uncertain, she slowly built trust with her new foster family, with the help of  a wonderful doggie foster brother. He showed her that the people in the home were safe.   She has been watching him and learning that there is love and safety in that home. She has been watching him get snuggles from the humans - and her fosters saw her watch that with such yearning, such uncertainty. They celebrated the day she came to them and asked to be petted - after just three weeks in the home, instead of the months she needed in the previous home! She needs an angel who understands that a traumatized dog needs time to build trust. Who understands that once the bond has been built, once trust has been gained, they will be the lucky recipients of all the love Noel has to offer. This dog who had such a traumatic start deserves her soft landing, her happy ending. If you can help give her the loving home she dreams about, either by reaching out to the adoption coordinator listed here to discuss potential adoption or by passing Noel’s story along to others—thank you!  Lucky Dog cannot guarantee any dog is housebroken.  All of our dogs are working on their crate training.  TO ADOPT:  The adoption fee for Noel 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!           July 16, 2024, 7:03 am
We'll also keep you updated on Mikey's adoption status with email updates.
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Mikey

Labrador Retriever Retriever (Unknown Type)

Male, Adult
Washington, DC
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Not good with kids, Good with dogs, Not good with cats, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Please contact Emily Jadgmann (emilyj@luckydoganimalrescue.org) for more information about this pet.Thank god I'm a country boy!MIKEY NEEDS A FOREVER HOME!!!   Name: Mikey    Best Guess for Breed: Lab and retriever mix   Best Guess for Age: 5 years as of April 2024      SEX:  Male   Approximate Weight: 64 lbs.   Gets Along With:  Mikey lives with other dogs of all sizes and does very well. He would do best in a home with no cats or young kids as he likes to jump to say hello and lives life to smother you with affection -- big smiles and tongue out.   Currently Living at:  DC area foster home.   Check out this video of Mikey's basketball practice: https://youtu.be/j-2r-03pLLM.   Follow Mikey on Instagram at instagram.com/mikeythegoober.   Your Life with Mikey: You get home. His tail goes thump thump thump as he eagerly awaits his favorite thing in the world: You. You open his crate. He jumps out and shows you how happy he is to see you.  You change into your gym shoes and open the door to your fenced backyard. He goes out, sniffs around and does his business, then has a little romp. He sees you walk up with a basketball and he jumps around ecstatically - it’s time to play basketball! He loves basketball! You can see in those videos how much he loves it.  After a game where you think he probably could beat you if he had opposable thumbs, you two go back in. He lumbers over to his crate to chill while you whip up dinner for everyone.  After dinner is the best part. Mikey looks at you with adoring eyes as he galumphs up, turns around, and plops down on your lap. It doesn’t matter that he’s 64 pounds. In his vision of himself, he is a svelte boy no bigger than a Pomeranian, and a human lap is his destiny.  You look down at him - well, maybe up at him when he’s on your lap. And you go “Aw I love you, you big lug.” See, Mikey is one of those awesome dogs with a simple outlook on life. He loves his spot (his crate or lying on a rug at your feet). He loves running around in a fenced yard. And he loves beyond all belief - he completely adores - his humans.  Because he loves people so much and has no clue how big he is, he needs to go to a home where the humans are of an appropriate size and sturdiness to handle him happily plonking down on them. Small children and delicate individuals are not the ideal fit for an onslaught of Mikey-love. He currently lives in a foster home where there are many dogs, including a 12-pound dachshund, so it’s hard to blame him for looking at that one daintily perching on human laps and thinking “me too!” Being a simple dog, he’s also one of those with unshakable dog logic. In his case, Mikey finds wheels scary. So he prefers to run around a nice fenced backyard rather than encounter bicycles, skateboards, and other wheeled items on walks. He rides in a car just fine - it’s just those other wheels. You know. Dog logic.  Mikey is such a sweetie, such an incredibly loyal companion to his humans. Since he thrives running around a big fenced backyard, his family wouldn’t be walking him. He is also terrific in his crate and relishes being in there, so managing him while he’s in the house isn’t complicated. Giving him all the pets and rubs and scratches he demands, that’s definitely work. But the payoff is wonderful. Having a big, super affectionate, simple minded (uncomplicated) dog is an amazing experience - that true unconditional love.   What do you say? Can Mikey give all he has to offer to you? 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!         July 16, 2024, 7:03 am
We'll also keep you updated on Bison's adoption status with email updates.
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Bison

Shepherd (Unknown Type) Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium)

Male, Adult
Washington, DC
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Good with dogs, Good with cats, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Please contact Lowell Nelson (lowelln@luckydoganimalrescue.org) for more information about this pet.sweet boy ISO fresh start and love! BISON NEEDS A FOREVER HOME!!!! Name:   Bison        Best Guess for Breed:  Shepherd and terrier mix   Best Guess for Age: 3 years as of January 2024      SEX:  Male   Approximate Weight:  50 lbs   Gets Along With:  Other dogs! We haven’t seen Bison with kids, but he can be tested. We have tested him with some of the cats at the shelter, and he did not seem particularly interested in chasing or pouncing on the cat. While this is a positive sign that he could live with a cat, he has not done so to our knowledge. If you have cats in your home, we are happy to discuss with you how to best introduce a new pup to your pack!   Currently Living at:  DC foster!   Check out this video of Bison: https://youtu.be/lyWTPRQG4gI    Special adoption considerations: Bison is a truly Lucky Dog! He tested positive for Heartworm disease but has already been treated! Heartworm is not contagious to people or other pets, but results from mosquito bites.  Heartworm, if left untreated, is life threatening, but after treatment, dogs that were heartworm positive should suffer no significant long-term effects so long as they are kept on a monthly heartworm preventative. We are happy to talk more in depth about heartworm disease and treatment during the screening process.   About Bison:   Bison is ready to be part of your adventure!  Bison is always charging ahead looking for the latest exciting thing whether it’s human or canine.  He enjoys walks, especially in cooler weather when he can go longer, and generally walks well with a loose leash. He loves rough and tumble play with doggy playmates, and he’s very excited to make new friends when he’s out and about.  Sometimes he’s a little too excited but he’s responsive to cues, eager to please, and motivated by treats!  He can entertain himself playing with his toys, tossing them in the air just to make sure they keep moving! At home, Bison is all about adoring his humans. He follows people around the house to make sure he doesn’t miss anything. He has a favorite spot where he can sit on a big chair, chin propped up, watching the kitchen when that is where the action is. He got up on the couch and sat with his fosters’ grandchildren, ages 7 and 11, when they visited, and he loves snuggles!  He’s a good boy–he generally knows which items are his and which aren’t, and when he needs to go, he will go to the foster’s patio door or look at them and bark!   Bison has so many smiles, so many adoring gazes and tail wags, so much energy and zest for life, so much love and loyal companionship to give his forever family.  He’s a goofy and amiable companion, enjoying car rides, snuggling on the couch, and generally being a part of whatever you’re doing.  Could Bison be your trusty life companion?    Foster Update 1/24:    Bison is a lot calmer at home. He loves to play and has been enjoying the snow. Loves balls and tough chew toys. We’ve been working on helping him to relax more around his triggers. Meeting and seeing other dogs outside and on walks is still a work in progress for him. He responds well with positive reinforcement and is very food motivated. His recall is getting better under low distraction. He also now can sit and wait to be released to eat his food. He loves to snuggle and likes to sleep on the bed under the covers!      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 $475, which includes the cost of routine vetting, including vaccinations, spay/neuter, and heartworm treatment.  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.   July 16, 2024, 7:03 am
We'll also keep you updated on Dieter's adoption status with email updates.
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Dieter

Labrador Retriever Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium)

Male, Young
Washington, DC
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Not good with dogs, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Sweet boy looking for his forever homeDIETER NEEDS A FOREVER HOME!!!!    Name:   Dieter       Best Guess for Breed:   Lab and terrier mix      Best Guess for Age:   1.5 years as of March 2024 Approximate Weight:   60 lbs   Gets Along With:  We haven't seen Dieter with kids or cats. but he can be tested. Dieter got along well with other dogs in playgroups in the shelter, but we think he would like to shine as the only dog in the home.    Currently Living at:   DC area boarding partner   Check out this video of Dieter: https://youtube.com/shorts/P5VfJmk0WtU?feature=share.   Dieter is Looking For: A forever home - could it be with you?  I enjoy long walks to the park and falling asleep on the couch to re-runs of Friends, Phoebe is my favorite.  Other dogs have told me my German accent is a bit thick, but I am working on my English.  Can't wait to debate the merits of strudel with you over treats, walks, and trips to Starbucks for pup cups! What My Foster Says About Me:  Dieter is such a great pup. He loves belly rubs and cuddling - having him melt into you just makes the day great!  He is still figuring out the rules, but is very easy to correct and doing great with training! He loves his friends at boarding and loves to play all day! Dieter is really good about being chill in the home and expending his youthful energy outside - he loves his walks, and likes his games of catch. He's super food motivated and that helps with training as well. Inside, he's also good in the crate and hasn't had accidents in the house.  He's overall a fun guy to have around, and because he's chill in the home - a great WFH companion as well.  Special Adoption Considerations: Dieter loves his people more than anything and would prefer to be the only dog in the home to soak up all the love! He has so much fun with his friends at boarding and will need to continue to be socialized regularly.  Dieter is thriving with his current training schedule and will need to continue with training with his new family to help him continue being the best pup he can be! Danny Kampf, owner of Atlas Dog House, where Dieter currently resides, is offering a free training session for Dieter and his new family!  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   ! July 16, 2024, 7:03 am
We'll also keep you updated on Nala Jean's adoption status with email updates.
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Nala Jean

Pit Bull Terrier Shepherd (Unknown Type)

Female, Adult
Washington, DC
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Not good with kids, Not good with dogs, Not good with cats, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Please contact Melissa A Aten (melissaa@luckydoganimalrescue.org) for more information about this pet.pretty brindle girl ISO forever home! NALA JEAN NEEDS A FOREVER HOME!!!!     Name: Nala Jean     Best Guess for Breed:  Pit bull terrier and shepherd mix     Best Guess for Age:  3 years as of July 2024     SEX: Female   Estimated Weight (puppies' weights change quickly!):  38 lbs as of 1/29   Gets Along With:  Nala Jean loves her humans, but she shouldn't go to a home with other animals or children.   Currently Living at:  DC area foster home   Nala Jean is Looking For: Sweet Nala Jean had a rough start in life, and, as a result, she's still figuring things out. She loves her adult humans (and boy do they love her!), but the unpredictably of children are a challenge for her. She's looking for a calm, quiet household where she can be treated like the queen she is. What do you say? Do you have room in your heart for this snugglebug? What My Foster Says About Me: Coming soon!   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 dog is $460, which includes the cost of routine vetting and transport from the shelter. If you are interested in adopting, please complete the Adoption Questionnaire online HERE .   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 .      July 16, 2024, 7:03 am
We'll also keep you updated on Kirkz's adoption status with email updates.
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Kirkz

Chihuahua Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium)

Male, Young
Washington, DC
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Good with dogs, Not good with cats, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Please contact Diane Pedulla (dianep@luckydoganimalrescue.org) for more information about this pet.Little Chihuahua with big ears and eyes of gold KIRKZ NEEDS A FOREVER HOME!!!!   Name:   Kirkz          Best Guess for Breed:   Chihuahua and terrier mix     Best Guess for Age:   1 year, 6 months as of 1/12/2024     SEX:    male   Approximate Weight:   17 lbs.   Gets Along With:    Other dogs! We do not recommend Kirkz for a home with cats. Due to his breed and small size, we recommend caution on homes with children under the age of 12.    Currently Living at:   DC area foster home   Check out this video of Kirkz: https://youtu.be/MK5RmRW8vmw.   Kirkz is Looking For:   Kirkz can't wait to see what life in the big city is like. Chihuahuas are energetic little busybodies who keep their pet parents amused with their antics. They aren't meant to be running partners but Chihuahuas are happy to accompany you on frequent walks around the neighborhood to check out the exciting scents and meet new people. This adorable little guy is sure to break hearts with his big ears and soulful golden eyes.   Dog parks with a designated small dog area are best for these little ones. .Doggie daycare would be another great way for him to play and make new canine friends. Chihuahuas are known for having a bold, 'big dog attitude'  start training early with Kirkz. You will both have loads of fun as learns how to show you what a good boy he can be. What My Foster Says About Me: Kirkz is such a sweet, silly little boy! I can’t sit down without jumping onto my lap, and when I come near him in the house he rolls on his back and demands tummy rubs. He gets along beautifully with Gracie, my Chi/MinPin mix, who’s literally twice his size. When I have dinner he will lie down with his head resting on my thigh, patiently waiting for me to share with him. In addition to the usual, he loves broccoli, carrots, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, and pasta.  He loves his crate, and will often rest there during the day; when I pass by it, he’ll follow me around to make sure he doesn’t miss any new adventures in the house. Kirkz is a bit of a puller on walks, but at 17 pounds, it’s no biggie. He greets every human he meets like a long-lost relative, but he can be quite picky when it comes to choosing his doggie friends. He loves car rides, and will usually settle in and curl up after a minute or two. He hasn't had an accident in my house in months. He’s a pup that you have to meet one-on-one to appreciate his many charms and attributes. 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. 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   ! July 16, 2024, 7:03 am

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SPCA of Northern Virginia

P.O. Box 100220, Arlington, VA 22210

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Atascosa Animal Allies - VA Transport Stop

Arlington, VA 22201

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Mid-Atlantic GSP Rescue

Arlington, VA 22201

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Lucky Dog Animal Rescue

Washington, DC 20007

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Alliance for Stray Animals and People

P.O. Box 65438, Washington, DC 20035

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HFH - Washington D.C.

Washington, DC 20500

Pet Types: cats, dogs