Dogs Deserve Better is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing a better life for abused, neglected, and abandoned dogs, especially those living on chains or in confinement. We work to address the root problems of animal overpopulation, and to improve animal welfare by advocating for humane legislation, promoting spay and neuter programs, educating communities on animal welfare, and the rescue and rehabilitation of dogs in distress.
ADOPTION SUCCESS! We suspected from day one that she was never leaving, but we’re happy to announce that Mercedes, now Kaya, has officially been adopted by her foster family! Kaya’s story is a testament to the resiliency and forgiveness of dogs, having spent the first 6 years of her life on a chain, isolated from […]
We received a call last week from a rescue volunteer, Jeanne, who saw Ella posted as a free giveaway on Facebook in an online yard sale in West Virginia. She was clearly a chained dog, living in a bad situation that was about to get worse if she were to fall into the wrong hands. […]
Mercedes spent the first 6 years of her life on a chain, isolated from her family, and was bred repeatedly. Luckily, her life changed when her owners moved and surrendered her to a local boarding facility in West Virginia, and she found her way to rescue. This sweet soul is currently being fostered with 3 […]
Meet Kay Kay, our adorable, loving Corgi mix who’s back in action and ready to start her new life. Kay Kay is a dog who loves people, and is devoted to family, even though family has failed her in the past. She was adopted from a rural shelter, then years later surrendered to a high […]
For such a young dog, Hodge has had an eventful life. He was rescued as an adolescent from a rural shelter that was being closed down, and all the dogs were at risk of being euthanized. Because Dogs Deserve Better (DDB) had previously rescued many dogs in this community, the shelter contacted us for help, […]
Our young, blue-eyed pit bull pup, Marley, went home this week. Her new family shared some adorable video of Marley with her new baby sister and pup companion, Chihiro. Marley is so sweet and respectful with this adorable little girl, and she’s still only a puppy herself. Pit Bulls were once nicknamed “nanny dogs” because […]
Andy was first rescued as a young puppy when the home he was living in was raided as part of a dogfighting bust. Officers discovered Andy and several other dogs chained on the property and took them into custody. Andy was too young to fight, so he escaped a life of violence, but he had […]
Lucy comes to Dogs Deserve Better from Henderson, NC where she was rescued from being penned in a back yard, isolated from people with no shade or shelter, or access to consistent food and water. Lucy’s foster mom, Cindy, first saw Lucy on a Facebook post from someone who found her with another dog who […]
In May of 2014, our Dogs Deserve Better team in South Carolina was contacted by Animal Control to help with a hoarding situation in York County. The hoarder was a disabled Vietnam veteran named Mitchell who was injured in service to his country, lost his hearing, was suffering from PTSD, and was unable to make […]
Back in August, Dogs Deserve Better rescued a senior dog, Mo, who had been living on a chain in isolation for nearly all of his ten years. This sweet dog had never been loved as part of a family, or given a proper diet or veterinary care. When our rescuers found him, Mo was covered […]
Chewy is a gorgeous young Shepherd-Husky mix, and a naturally social dog who is great with kids, other dogs, and cats too. At only eleven months old, he’s still filling out his 60 pound frame, but he is a handsome boy with striking bi-color eyes, a beautiful coat, and an athletic build. Chewy is a […]
Based on the title, you probably thought this article would be about a Labrador or Golden Retriever, but it’s about a group of dogs commonly referred to as “Pit Bulls,” and their fall from grace in our society. In honor of Pit Bull Awareness month, I want to share some information about these misunderstood dogs […]
Bodie is a cute young Basset Hound/Beagle mix who is a happy, playful, and sometimes mischievous little guy with a zest for life. He’s only about a year old and weighs 34 pounds, and is still very puppy like in his ways. He has the cute little face and soulful eyes of a Beagle, and […]
A very warm and special thank you to Virginia Paving Company, a division of the Lane Construction Corporation, for their commitment to dog rescue and support of Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia! Lane Construction encourages its divisions to support local charitable organizations and give back to the community. Virginia Paving has embraced this mission […]
Meet Harper! This sweet, goofy pup is social, smart, and full of joy. He’s a handsome blue American Staffordshire Terrier mix with a beautiful steel-gray coat, and a slight overbite that gives a uniquely adorable look to his big bully smile. He also has the cutest head tilt when something piques his interest, and is […]
Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia is growing, and we’re looking for new people to join our local team. We are an all-volunteer, non-profit dog rescue run by regular people just like you who love animals. Some of us have twenty years of experience working in rescue and some of us are brand new, but […]
Sweet Sara is a Carolina Dog mix who was turned in to a high-kill shelter in rural South Carolina with her eight newborn puppies. Shelters can be a chaotic and stressful environment for most dogs, so you can imagine the fear this poor mom felt having been abandoned in an unfamiliar place when she needed […]
Congratulations to sweet little Sarah Ann, now known as Stella, who was officially adopted by her foster family today. Stella was rescued from a shed with 12 other neglected dogs, locked up most of her life with no windows or access to the outdoors, and repeatedly bred by a backyard breeder. She was terrified of […]
Albert is an adorable and resilient Terrier mix who once had a home and someone who loved him, but his life took a tragic turn when his owner passed away. Albert found himself chained to a tree, abandoned in the heat of summer, with no shelter or consistent source of food and water. Covered in […]
Adoption Update! In late 2012 after the tragic Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newton, CT, Dogs Deserve Better (DDB) partnered with Little Rascals Doggy Daycare and Boarding in effort to remember all 26 victims of the shooting. This senseless tragedy left many people feeling hopeless, and Debbie Gomes, the owner of Little Rascals, was […]
Meet Ozzy, formerly known as Choco-latte. Ozzy came to Dogs Deserve Better from South Carolina after his owner fell on hard times and lost his home, which meant that Ozzy would have returned to life on a chain. It was clear from the scars around Ozzy’s neck, the condition of his legs and teeth, and […]
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