Dogs Available for Adoption


Although the Mosby Foundation is not a rescue group in that we do not take and care for dogs ourselves, we do offer any assistance possible to promote communication and advertise dogs in need of placement. The following dogs are located in many different areas. Contact info. is given with each dog.  Please contact them directly. Thanks and please give these dogs a second chance!

The dogs listed below are available for adoption now; our newest dogs are near the top.  If you are interested in any of them you may contact me, BUT if I don’t answer you within a day or two (I may not be available) PLEASE contact our shelter instead at 434-263-7722.  If you’d like me to remove you from my mailing list, please tell me and I will.  Thank you for your interest in helping our homeless animals.  Visit our GREAT website: to learn all about us!  Flower


Hello friends.  I know many of you are still looking for your next doggie family member and/or you know someone who is, so PLEASE review this list below.  Our shelter got 8 new dogs in this week and 14 more are waiting at Animal Control for us to make room for them.  (Keep an eye on our to see three new Yellow Lab/Hound mixes we just got yesterday, as their photos & write-ups will be posted soon.)  We are urgently seeking many good homes for so many good dogs (and cats too) and we truly DO need your help in doing so.  Ed and I are standing by to personally help you too.  Our contact information is at the very bottom of this e-mail.  Flower


TOBY (#17734)

Male – @5 years old (entered shelter 6/14/15)

Our Best Guess:  Beagle


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Toby – #17734:  Toby is a handsome, well-behaved gentleman of a beagle.  He is around 5 years old and he needs to lose a pound or two.  He was surrendered when his owner could no longer take care of him.  He’s quite calm and affectionate, and ready to move in with you.

ZENITH (#17606)

Female – @2 years old (entered shelter 6/14/15)

Our Best Guess:  Labrador Retriever (mix)


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Zenith – #17606:  Zenith is a young lab mix, around 2 years old.  She came to Almost Home as an owner surrender after she was found to be pregnant. She wasn’t in the best of shape, but managed to deliver and take care of all eight of her pups in a nice foster home.  Zenith is now ready for a home of her own where she can be a pampered pet.  She is quite friendly and happy to see people. 


NUTMEG (#17704)

Female – @2 years old – @ 35 pounds (entered shelter 6/14/15)

Our Best Guess:  Red Tick Hound (mix)



Nutmeg – #17704: Nutmeg is a 2 year old Red tick mix. She was found at Crabtree Meadows and turned in to Animal Control.  She is energetic, but very well behaved and kind.  She does well with cats, other dogs and children. She is a great size around 35 lbs.  She does like to "sing the song of her people" when she is left alone, so she may not be well suited to city life.


EMERSON (#17703)

Male – @ 1 ½ years old – ___ pounds (entered shelter 6/11/15)

Our Best Guess:  Boxer/Hound/Labrador (mix)

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Emerson is a happy Boxer/Hound/Labrador (mix) with the cutest ears.  He is about 1 1/2 years old with a handsome fawn and white coat.   He is very affectionate and loves to play!


Emerson was tested with cats at the shelter and was very respectful of their space. While curious, he maintained his distance and did not push his luck with the cats.


HARVEY (#17685) – NEW ARRIVAL 6/10/15

Male – @3 years old – 50 pounds(entered shelter 6/10/15)

Hound (mix)

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Harvey is a very nice, male Hound.  He is about 3 years old and weighs 50 pounds—he needs to gain 10 more.  Harvey is an incredibly sweet hound that really loves people & belly rubs.  He is VERY, VERY CUTE in person and he’s a great age to learn how to be your best boy!  Since he needs to gain weight, you could have a lot of fun training him with MANY delicious treats.  We can imagine he would love some ROASTED CHICKEN!

OSCAR #17687 – NEW arrival 6/1/15

Male – neutered – 8 months old – 20 pounds & growing

Our Best Guess:  Jack Russell Terrier/Bird Dog (mix)

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Oscar was born on 11/7/2014 and is now 8 months old.  He is neutered and weighs 20 pounds, but he is still growing.  His previous owner said he is a Jack Russell Terrier/Bird Dog mix so he probably won’t get very big and he will probably have a pretty high prey drive. 

Oscar is a very well trained & well-mannered youngster that knows sit, down, stay, walks well on a leash and is crate trained.  He is good with children and horses & okay with cats when he was a puppy but might not be okay with them now.  He HATES chickens…so if you have chickens and/or other birds he is not the dog for you.  He is a happy, wiggly, young dog and he LOVES BELLY RUBS!  He rides calmly in the car.


VINNY (#17688) – NEW arrival

Male – 18 months old – 60 pounds (needs to gain weight)

Our Best Guess:  Black Labrador (mix)

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Arrived our shelter – 5/29/15


Would you like to add 60 pounds of happiness to your life?  Well look no more.  Vinny is a male lab mix full of happiness (now that he doesn’t have to live his life tied up outside)!!!  He is about 18 months old.  He came to us as a stray yesterday—5/29/15.  You can tell by the mark his collar left that he was previously a dog who lived his life “tied out.”  You can tell by his ribs that he needs to gain about 10 pounds.


He is well behaved in a crate and seems to be house broken.  He loves to be walked on a leash, loves to ride in the car, loves other dogs, and LOVES affection.  Basically, Vinny is loving life at our shelter.  If you are looking for a "move in ready" dog, Vinny is your man :)



BUFFY (#17599) – NEW arrival(5/25/15)

Female – @3 years old – 13 pounds

Our Best Guess:  Feist/Rat Terrier/Pug (mix)

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Buffy is approximately 3 years old and she appears to be a Feist/Rat Terrier/Pug mix.  She wears a beautiful, brindle colored short fur (easy maintenance with very little shedding), and her body seems to be in excellent shape.  Don’t let the grey on her face fool you—she has patches on her feet to match. 

Buffy’s right hind foot was injured when she came to us and she is still wearing a little cast, but she doesn’t seem to notice that her foot is injured at all.  Time will tell if there is permanent damage to the foot.

Buffy is a sweetheart of a dog—THAT is for sure.   At a recent adoption event we put a little dress on her and she pranced around like the princess she is—in spite of the cast she was wearing.  She loves belly-rubs and it is clear that she wants and needs someone to cuddle with.  She happily greets everyone she meets as if to ask “Are you the one who is here to ADOPT ME?”  (She can be barky at other dogs at first but then she wants to play.)


SPICE (#17565)

Female (spayed) – @10 years old – 62 pounds

Boxer/Shepherd (mix)

MAY 16, 2015:  Spice is a spayed female boxer/shepherd mix who is just waiting to "spice" up the lives of her new adopters with her winning personality.  Spice lived in one home her whole life but was surrendered to a high kill shelter because the people now have a child and no longer want a dog. She was slated to be put down, but we were able to gain custody of her, and she is now in foster care through our no-kill shelter.  Spice is good with other dogs and cats. 


She likes to play but doesn’t know that she weighs 62 lbs. and may play too boisterously for small children.  She loves to "lean" on people as she looks adoringly into their eyes while showing off her best smile. 


Spice is 10 years old but doesn’t know she is a "senior" dog. She still has energy to play and enjoys a nice walk but is also happy to relax quietly during the day.  Spice knows many fun tricks and several basic obedience commands.  She is happy to sleep in a crate or a dog bed on the floor by your bed. Spice is in good health.  She is up-to-date with all of her shots, has been wormed, and is negative for Heartworm, Lyme, and Ehrlichia.


Spice is currently in foster care in Sterling, VA just outside the Washington D.C. area.  For more information on Spice, please contact Bonnie at or call the shelter.   Good with Dogs, Good with Cats, Good with Kids


MISSY (#16363) – NEW ARRIVAL 5/17/15

Female (spayed) – 9 Years Old – 14 pounds (needs to lose 2 pounds!)

Our Best Guess:  Chihuahua (mix) 

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About a year ago, Missy’s original owner moved into an apartment and wasn’t allowed to have a dog there, so she surrendered Missy to us.  Missy went into foster care with our resident dog trainer, who fell in love with her.  Missy was adopted soon, but that family returned her to the shelter last week because they were no longer able to keep her.  Missy is as cute as a button and a very polite little dog.  She is 9 years old and weighs 14 pounds—she is 2 pounds overweight—but she is a fun and playful little dog.  She:


         – is house trained & has good house manners

         – likes to play ball

         – loves to receive belly rubs, and

         – likes other dogs, kids, & cats too!


Missy recently had her teeth cleaned and a few extracted.  She treads lightly on one of her hind legs because she has a patella luxation (floating kneecap).  The vet said she doesn’t have any pain and suggested that weight loss of a pound or two would help her enough that she might start using the leg again.


To learn more call the shelter and ask for Sigrid (our dog trainer who once fostered Missy).  Missy is a precious and sweet little dog who is clearly bewildered by life at our shelter.  The sooner a great home finds her, the better!



SOPHIA (#17633)

Female – @2 years old (entered shelter 5/15/15)

Redbone Coonhound

Sophia is beautiful red bone hound mix – about 2 years old and weighs 48 pounds.  She was originally picked up by Animal Control as a stray.  

Her coat is a gorgeous deep red and she has the prettiest eyes. She is a little shy at first with people, but LOVES to play with other dogs.  (She does not like the camera.)  Her eyes can show concern when she is around people, but they light up when she is around other dogs.  She is still settling in at the shelter.   Sophia is GOOD WITH DOGS.


BELLA (#17584)

Female – @5 years old – @53 pounds

Our Best Guess:  Black Labrador Retriever(entered shelter 4/20/15)






Bella is a pretty female black lab.  She is 5 years old and weighs 53 pounds.  She is a sweet playful girl with excellent manners. She knows SIT, SHAKE, and WAIT.  She is a little thin, but will achieve her healthy weight in no time.


She was surrendered with her friend Scooter because their owner could no longer take care of them.  Bella needs her space when meeting new dogs and she can be a little snappy at first as if she feels threatened.  She is getting much better on a leash though.  She is TOO INTERESTED in cats and should not be trusted with them.  GOOD WITH KIDS


GIDEON (#17227) – arrived April 2, 2015

Male – 9 months old – @50 pounds

Our Best Guess: Labrador (mix)

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It only took Gideon 9 months to get this big and this cute!  He is a lab mix covered in spots making him look more like a speckled pony :)  Gideon is very sweet and very active.  Being a super-sized puppy gets him into mischief pretty easily.  He would love nothing better than an active owner who is willing to take him to obedience class so he can become the well behaved dog he is trying so hard to be. He needs things to do that will keep him busy and he is an EXCELLENT AGE to train. 


Gideon was absolutely perfect yesterday at a big adoption event in Bedford.  He walked well on a leash, was friendly with other dogs, loved small children and was very gentle with them—even when accepting treats :) Holie took him in the agility ring and he had so much fun chasing balls and frisbees.  He truly is an entirely different dog away from the shelter.   Come adopt him quickly so he can learn to be the dog of YOUR dreams. (5/19/15)


ACE #17435 (must be adopted with Keida)

American Bulldog (short coat) male

@6 years old – 50 pounds  IMG_20150516_141051_204

How can you not love that face?!  Ace was an owner surrender with his friend Keida – due to no fault of their own. Ace is a 6 year old American Bulldog weighing 50 pounds.  He is a very good boy and is house trained and crate trained.  He knows sit, go nite-nite, inside, outside, bye-bye, go potty, and usually “down”.  He loves to ride, lay in the sun, and cuddle under blankets.  Ace is very healthy, and loves to eat! Ace has never really been around cats, so we don’t know what the temperament would be toward them.  He will do well in a home with someone who has lots of time and attention to give him, as he wants to be “your buddy”.  He stays right at your heels most of the time and wants to be involved in whatever is going on.


UPDATE – 5/17/15 (By Fonda) – At a large adoption event in Bedford today, Ace and Keida proved that they truly are bonded.  Keida started whining when I put them in different crates on the van and she was so happy to see Ace when we got there.  I walked them at the same time and they walked shoulder to shoulder.  Perfectly behaved all day, they charmed folks by sitting in tandem for treats.  Ace would roll over for belly rubs and they were so gentle with children.  When I tried to put them in their crates for a rest, Keida insisted on getting in with Ace, so I left the door open and sat with them.  I had quite a few people come to me and remark on how well behaved they were.  They were friendly with all dogs of all sizes too.  They are as cute as two peas in a pod (or two Boxer mixes in a crate) and because they are so strongly bonded they must be adopted together.



KEIDA  #17436 (must be adopted with Ace)

American Bulldog/Pit Bull (mix)

Female – @6 years old – 53 pounds  IMG_20150516_140229_106  IMG_20150516_140252_446

Keida was owner surrendered with her friend Ace due to no fault of their own.  She is a 6 year old American Bull Dog / pit bull mix weighing 53 pounds.  She is a very good girl, is house trained and crate trained.  She loves to ride, lay in the sun, and give tons of kisses.   She knows sit, go nite-nite, inside, outside, bye-bye, go potty, and usually “down”.  She has lived her whole life with Ace and loves to play with him.  Keida would do wonderful in a home with someone who has lots of love and affection.  She loves to cuddle and kiss and is kind of in a world of her own!  She is pretty self-sufficient and is just as happy hanging out on the couch in front of the TV, as she is being in the middle of family activities.  Keida is a wonderful family pet who would like to be in a forever home soon.


UPDATE – 5/17/15 (By Fonda) – At a large adoption event in Bedford today, Ace and Keida proved that they truly are bonded.  Keida started whining when I put them in different crates on the van and she was so happy to see Ace when we got there.  I walked them at the same time and they walked shoulder to shoulder.  Perfectly behaved all day, they charmed folks by sitting in tandem for treats.  Ace would roll over for belly rubs and they were so gentle with children.  When I tried to put them in their crates for a rest, Keida insisted on getting in with Ace, so I left the door open and sat with them.  I had quite a few people come to me and remark on how well behaved they were.  They were friendly with all dogs of all sizes too.  They are as cute as two peas in a pod (or two Boxer mixes in a crate) and because they are so strongly bonded they must be adopted together.

GOOD WITH DOGS.  GOOD WITH KIDS.       (5/17/15)


BLUE GIRL (#17363)

Female – @4 years old – 53 pounds (entered shelter 12/16/14)

Our Best Guess:  Setter/Blue Tick Hound (mix)

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UPDATE:  1/30/15 – Blue Girl is a pretty Setter/Blue Tick hound mix, about 4 years old and 53 pounds.  She has the most expressive, truly adorable ears and wears a very striking, short and silky coat with a black stripe that runs across her shoulders and down one leg.  She is such an unusual looking girl and so very well behaved too.  She even walks well on a leash.  She learned her good manners somewhere—THAT is for sure!  A tad overweight and very affectionate—she must have been someone’s beloved pet before we got her.  I sat down on her bed with her today and after she gobbled the little cookie I gave her, she cuddled into me, sniffed my face, and gave me a sweet little kiss.  That she did this sweet behavior made me think she must be missing “her person.”  She loved my caresses and instead of trying to escape her room when I opened her door to leave, I told her to “stay” and she stayed! 


Blue Girl came to our shelter (right before Christmas) with a male dog that she LOVED (it may have been her son) but now that he is gone she is choosy about which other dogs she likes, although when she is away from the shelter she seems friendly with everyone.  If you have another dog and want to adopt Blue Girl, we can arrange a meet and greet playdate for you to see if they will like each other.  Blue Girl is a perfect age (she knows who she is) and what you see with her is what you get with her.  This nice “little lady” is a manageable size and sure to be the apple of her Forever Family’s eyes when they finally find her.  Until then, she will “sit” like a “good girl” and patiently “wait” for them to discover her.   (5/17/15)



HAPPY (#17437)

Pit Bull Terrier (short coat)

Female – @ 1 ½ years old (entered shelter February 2015)

Happy came to Almost Home as a stray who showed up on someone’s porch. She did not want to leave, but they did not want her to stay.   She is a very sweet girl, with a lot of energy, but that is not surprising. Her behavior screams "PUPPY."  She is just a year old at most. Happy wants to run and play. She loves toys and will chase a ball – once. Then she runs around with the other dogs, proudly carrying it in her mouth.  If given proper exercise and ability to burn off her energy, Happy is well behaved in the house.  She will need to go to a home with a fenced yard. 

Happy knows sit, and is working on other commands like wait, give, down, come. Happy does not know her name yet, but she does understand when she is called to come.   Happy ignores the old cat in her foster home and chases the young cat that taunts and runs. She gets along fine with the other dogs, but will stand her ground to keep her toys.  Her foster mom has noted no food aggression at all.

Happy is crate-trained, and has not had accidents in the house at her foster home.  She loves to ride in the car.  Happy will be working on leash manners, as she does love to pull.  Happy is a very smart girl, who will make a wonderful companion.  We do not recommend a home with preschool children due to Happy’s abundant energy and desire to make you… happy! 

MICKEY (#17414)

Neutered Male – @3 years old – @    pounds

Pit Bull Terrier (entered shelter 1/20/15)

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Mickey is a neutered male pit bull about 3 years old. He is an absolute love bug and lap dog!  It’s also possible he may be part Shar Pei as he has an unusual amount of skin on his muzzle that is on the verge of being wrinkly.  He was very well behaved during his vetting and getting his nails trimmed.  (HIS WRITE-UP IS BEING REVISED.)


GARY (#17372)

Male – @2 years old – @44 pounds (medium)

Our Best Guess:  Mountain Cur (entered shelter Dec 2014)

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Gary is a 2 year old Mountain Cur mix.  He’s a medium sized boy (44 pounds) and is a very social & active dog.  He needs a little work on his manners but he is a willing student!  He loves to run & would be a great jogging partner.  He knows how to climb most wire fencing (7’ tall fences even!) so an underground electric fence or a lot of leashed walks would work best for him.


OLIVER (#17361)

Male – @18 months old – 52 pounds (entered shelter 12/16/14)

Our Best Guess:  Boxer/Pit Bull (mix)

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UPDATE – 5/19/15:  The first thing you say about Oliver is, “He’s so Cute,” especially when poised at perfect attention with those rare golden, sunshine-eyes that show hope you might pet him. You cannot miss his bright white coat except for where it looks like he wagged his tail in a small puddle of coffee and then sat in it.  And he has irresistible large floppy lips, beneath them a small jutting out chin.  Somehow, he makes having an under-bite look handsome. This guy is so lovable that he finds it difficult to realize he not the size of a Chihuahua, so he might think it is OK to climb into an available lap.  He is very excited about learning and very willing to do what you ask if you explain it to him.  He is learning “wait” and already knows “sit.” He has shown love to all people since he has come to stay with us, but he is not a fan of cats!  Oliver will go out of his way to make you love him forever, if he just has the chance.

DEC 17, 2014: Oliver is a big goofy boxer mix.  He is approximately 18 months old and weighs 52 pounds.  He came in covered with ticks, especially on his face…so he has a few tick bites that are in the process of healing.  He will be so much cuter when they heal.  He is irresistible with his pink nose and floppy ears.  He is so sweet and loving – definitely a lap dog!!!


Good with Dogs, Not Good with Cats



CALLEN #14597 – Border Collie (mix) – Spayed female – @ 38 pounds – @3 years old



Callen is back from foster care & we learned SO MANY GREAT THINGS ABOUT HER!  Because she seems so shy here at the shelter, we made arrangements for a “dog whisperer” type of woman to foster Callen and let us know what kind of forever home would best suit her.  There were eight other dogs in the foster home and Callen spent three weeks there.  GREAT THINGS we learned about her are:


In a few days Callen began trusting her foster mom (who was very patient & kind to her) & Callen wanted to be near her a lot!

She is very good during a bath.

She merged into the entire dog family very well.

She had free run of the home and did not destroy anything. 

She is house-broken and knows how to use a doggie door. 

She has excellent house manners and loves to sit on soft sofas with her mom & dogs.

She’s great at riding in a car. 

She is great on leash (but won’t potty while on leash)—she needs a fenced yard.

She slept on the bed with her foster mom and the other dogs.  

She did well with the other confident male and female dogs but she did not like one of the less confident female dogs.

She barked at appropriate times (when someone was approaching the home).


Callen would be perfect for a patient, adult family who wants a well-behaved, affectionate dog who is good on a leash but needs a fenced yard to potty in.  She loves keeping someone company on a sofa while they watch TV.  She MUST be adopted with Buster Brown—her roommate and “lover” for the past three years. 


Callen’s background:  Callen was homeless at a very young age.  The President of Nelson County Humane Society/SPCA fostered her until she was ten months old & in September 2012, brought her to our shelter so she could be seen & get adopted.  But Callen comes across as very shy here at the shelter and does her best to hide when people seeking dogs approached her.  She will hide behind her roommate and best friend, Buster Brown, when necessary.  She feels he keeps her safe.   J  For more info, please contact Flower and Ed @ 434-361-0190 or  (as of 5/19/15)


Male (neutered) – Labrador Retriever (mix) (he has the face of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever)

@4 years old – 55 pounds (entered shelter March 2012)


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UPDATE:  5/19/15 – Buster is a handsome, stout dog who wears a beautiful, soft brindle coat.  He is about 4 years old & appears to have a lot of Labrador in him.  He loves going on leashed walks, likes most other dogs, & is food motivated.  He loves belly rubs & can’t get enough of them from those he trusts.  He’ll turn upside down in a second if he senses a belly-rub coming his way & he will lay his head on your lap & tap you gently with his paw if you stop petting him.  He’s a very sweet dog!    


A little bit shy when it comes to trusting new people ,if you have some treats in your pocket and sit on the floor of his room (allowing him to come to you), he will eventually come to see what you are offering.  Soon, he will accept the treats with a VERY GENTLE mouth and eventually he will let you pet him. On your next visit with him when he realizes that he remembers you, he’ll probably belly-up to invite you to get more personal with him.


Buster really likes to play with his roommates and he loves to run and explore in the big yard here.  He’s gentle with stuffed toys and really enjoys lying on soft blankets on his bed.  He’s a kind dog who does not seem destructive in any way.  He is VERY CLEAN in his room (indicating he’s probably house trained himself) and he’s good on a leash too.  He loves leashed walks through trails in the woods. 


Buster needs patient, loving, adult people who have known and loved shy dogs before.  A calm home (in a quiet setting) and a securely (visibly) fenced yard would be best for him too.  His new family should probably have at least one other dog and their dogs MUST live inside their home as valued family members.  Buster wants and needs to be someone’s beloved pet and hang out with another dog on a daily basis.  And he’s all set up to be someone’s very best, most loyal friend too.  He loves his roommate Callen and would love to be adopted WITH her…if you are up for adopting two dogs.  Buster is growing old IN our shelter and he is very deserving of a FOREVER HOME because he is such a GOOD BOY!  THREE YEARS HERE IS ENOUGH!!!


Please contact Flower and Ed @ 434-361-0190 or  if you want to know more about Buster and they can even bring him to meet those of you we feel would be a good fit for him!  GOOD WITH DOGS.  GOOD WITH LOBBY CATS.  HE IS IN LOVE WITH CALLEN.



‘ADOPT’ SAMSON (#12270)

Neutered Male – Husky/Shepherd (mix) – @5 years old – @50 pounds

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UPDATE 2/8/15:  Samson is a handsome husky/shepherd mix, about 5 years old & has lived in foster care for the past 3 years.  He has a look that will melt you—with one ear up, one ear down & BIG BROWN EYES.  He is full of life & needs to get out of this shelter!  He does not like other dogs & he is beside himself here.  HE LOVES PEOPLE THOUGH…& he loves to play in water, go for walks, & play with his toys & rawhides.  Most of all, he LOVES affection!   He is very smart & loves to learn new tricks too.  He already knows: SIT, DOWN, LEAVE IT, WAIT, and COME. 


If you are looking for a best buddy, perhaps someone to HIKE WITH, look no further than Samson!  Though he is NOT GOOD with other animals, he LOVES people to the moon & back & wants & needs to be someone’s best friend.  He needs an ADULTS only family.

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CHANCE (#17196)

Male (neutered) – @4 years old – @40 pounds

Our Best Guess:  Pit Bull (mix) (entered shelter Nov 2014)

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APR 27, 2015:  Chance is a 4 year, neutered male, medium (~45 lbs), Pit Bull Terrier mix.  Chance is good with kids, cats and dogs.  He was turned in by his owners when they were no longer able to keep him. While initially a bit shy and confused by his new home, he was always very sweet and eager to please.  A great dog who just needs a new family!  He’s not quite sure what to make of cameras.

Chance is no chance at all if you are talking about friendship.  This boy wants to be someone’s best pal in a most desperate way. He is the dog who will cuddle up by your feet, lay his head on your lap and tell you he loves you with his damp eyes.

He has been with Almost Home since October 2014 and easily became a favorite with staff.  Everyone loves his coloring– flashy white background, a blanket of carrot-red brindle over his back and around his left eye.  Oh yes, he is smart looking and smart in mind too–ready and waiting for a lesson to learn and to give it all he’s has.

Chance is respectful of his female hound roommate (even when she barks a little too much), and behaves when she tries to steal treats meant for him.  He seems to understand that he shouldn’t mess with cats, instead, give them their space. Male dogs make him feel a little defensive, so he prefers not to be around them.  And though at first, he may seem a little shy around folks, once he gets to know them his shyness quickly dissolves.  In  Chance’s doggie dreams, he wishes more than anything for someone to come and take him home, to be the truest friend anyone ever imagined. with Dogs, Good with Cats, Good with Kids



Neutered Male – @4 years old – @50 pounds (arrived shelter 7/15/14)

Our Best Guess:  Treeing Walker Coonhound 1 Doggie Howzer IMG_1542

UPDATE:  11/27/14:  Doggie Howzer is a neutered, male Treeing Walker Coonhound (tri color), about 4 years old and 45 pounds.  He is a gentleman of a dog who often stands quietly and surveys his surroundings while other dogs bark and carry on at the shelter.  Doggie is good on a leash and seems to prefer female dogs that are about his own size.  He is a mellow fellow, affectionate (though a little shy at first), and he accepts treats with a very gentle mouth. 


He is a good age and seems comfortable with who he is.  He has a high prey drive and isn’t a fan of cats or small dogs (they must remind him of things he needs to chase like squirrels, rabbits, and other small varmints).  He loves to be outside and run and play in our big yard, and might do best with a big fenced yard and nice female dog to play with.  He does love the comforts of sleeping inside though.


Animal control picked Doggie up as an injured stray on 7/15/14.  He had a deep cut (or tear) all along his backbone from his neck down to his tail base.  (We have no idea what happened to him but as you can see in his photo above, it is all healed up now.)  It was a large wound (see photo) and looked very painful but being a stoic dog like he is, Doggie endured all of the healing treatments our vets and shelter staff gave him.  Not once did he growl and/or try to harm anyone.  He’s a kind soul all around—he doesn’t want trouble.


Doggie may have a scar or three (take a look at the ends of his very silky ears) but he would love to have a home for the holidays and we know from his disposition that he’ll be forever grateful to whoever sees beyond his scars, adopts him, and gives him enough love to enable him to forget all about his injuries.  Please take ONE MORE look into his eyes before you exit his webpage.  See that little bit of sadness there?  You could fix that!  How can you not LOVE this dog and give him a chance to thrive in this lifetime?  GOOD WITH DOGS.  GOOD WITH KIDS.



SPANKY (#16948)

Neutered Male – @2 years old – 34 pounds (arrived 7/2/14)

Our Best Guess:  Staffordshire Bull Terrier (mix)   1 Spanky BIMG_1584



UPDATED 5/27/15:  Spanky is a 2 year old male Staffordshire Bull Terrier (mix) who strutted into Almost Home on 7/2/14 as only he can do. This is probably the happiest dog you will ever meet!!! He is so darn cute (and small) that when he gets his 34 pounds in true strut mode, people stop to admire him and adoring hearts flutter.  SPANKY LOVES PEOPLE!  He wears a handsome blonde brindle coat that is silky to the touch and he LOVES to be touched.  Spanky is SHORT, SQUAT, and ALL SMILES!!!  (He has a smile that only Alan Auglis of WSLS 10 can compete with!  And his nice brown eyes smile like Alan’s do too!!!)


Spanky walks well on a leash and LOVES to give and receive affection.  He sits for treats, enjoys belly-rubs, and responds to several other commands.  It doesn’t seem possible for Spanky to get enough affection but he is hoping to one day (soon) get a family who will at least try to give him enough.  He is very clean in his room—an indication that he’s most likely house-trained.  He is a great student and so far has learned down and wait, sit and wait, twirl to the right, twirl to the left.  Now he is working on learning catch, and leave-it.


When Spanky met Santa, Spanky wasn’t afraid of him at all.  He kissed Santa several times during attempts to climb up onto Santa’s lap.  In one photo you can see Spanky standing as tall as he can get on his tippy-toes to get himself into the best kissing range.  Spanky wasn’t fortune enough to get a “forever home” for Christmas but he is hoping that his time spent “kissing up to Santa” will make his dreams come true soon.  What he wants more than anything is to be someone’s own personal lap dog.  He would do best with older, respectful kids in a home with no other animals.  NOT GOOD WITH DOGS, CATS, OR OTHER ANIMALS.



Spayed Female – @40 pounds – @3 ½ years old (as of 6/14/15)

Our Best Guess:  TERRIER (mix) (Jack Russell Terrier maybe?) (entered shelter May 2013)

  Snowy (head) CIMG_1067  Snowy CIMG_1065

UPDATE:  6/14/15:  Snowy is a very sweet, smart, long legged Terrier mix, about 3½ years old, who weighs 40 pounds.  She loves to play with other dogs and is more confident around them. She has a great smile and wears a beautiful platinum blond coat that cleans up real well. 


Her sad story:  In May 2013 a man found Snowy and her four little puppies living in an abandoned house and brought them to our shelter.  She was very thin and her puppies were in the process of starving to death because she wasn’t producing enough milk for them.  Snowy was fostered in a loving home until her weaned puppies were transported to another no-kill facility (and quickly adopted) and Snowy moved in to our shelter.  At first, she was suspicious of the motives of new people (you could tell she had always fended for herself) but she soon began to trust people, once she was receiving the consistent love, care our shelter provides. 


Now, if you sit in her room with her, it won’t take long for her to creep up to get to know you.  Within minutes, she will sit next to you and soon she’ll nuzzle up to you for some love too.  She even seems to enjoy belly and her ears now and has been known to kiss a few of us too!  For sure, unconditional love has made a new girl out of this once shy dog.  (One of our dog walkers recently said that Snowy is more than ready for a forever home, because she is such a sweet girl and very good on a leash too.) 


A calm, adult home with another dog would probably work best for her because she is still a bit frightened by sudden movements and loud noises that children often produce.  J  We have no doubt that she’ll make someone a very loyal pet and she’s young enough and smart enough to learn what you’d like to teach her. 



The following animals are all urgent.

They are available at the Augusta County Pound, Lyndhurst, VA.

Please check this link for some wonderful dogs that desperately want a second chance and a new forever home.  They are all at the Orange County Humane Society, in Virginia.