Summer is the perfect time to add a new four-legged friend into your home. Here are three available dogs to adopt from Northern Virginia animal rescue organizations.
Sweet 14-year-old Jasper is a Chihuahua mix who loves family, food, and walks. For being 14, his fitness level is what Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation (where Jasper is available) calls “legendary.” Jasper can cover many miles quickly with a loose leash, so he would appreciate an active family who enjoys lots of walks. Jasper can climb stairs with ease and is comfortable under bad weather conditions (rain, snow, wind — he’s done it)! He is said to be in better shape than most dogs half his age. Jasper is gentle but knows what he wants. He enjoys scratches behind his ears and will lick your hand to express his thanks. He is polite, loyal, and loving and is eager to be a new best friend to a forever family.
Skippy’s most distinct trait is her ears. The floppy wonders seem to have a mind of their own, although most days, one lays flat while the other points straight up. Being just 2 years old, Skippy would be an ideal dog for an adventurer, as she enjoys running, long walks, and hiking. She is social and easygoing and like many younger dogs, Skippy would benefit from some training to learn how to not get too excited when meeting new people.
Skippy knows how to sit like a good girl and responds well to treats for a job well done. She is available through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.
Playful, energetic coonhound River is available through Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. River, who weighs 77 pounds, could use some improvement on his leash skills. He is eagerly awaiting his forever home and with some consistency and guidance, he can learn to walk politely by your side.
River’s previous home included children, so he’s accustomed to the joyful mayhem that comes with little ones. He is wonderful with kids and enjoys their company, but due to his exuberance, it’s recommended he is supervised around very young children. River’s previous family crated him while they were away because River would get bored and become destructive. With the right mental and physical stimulation, these tendencies can be greatly lessened.
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