Best DAWG Rescue Inc.

Bethesda, MD

Our Mission

All-volunteer Best Dawg Rescue, Inc. (DAWG) rescues at-risk dogs in shelters right here in our community. We fully vet our selected dogs and get to know them to ensure a good “match” with their future adopters.

DAWG does not have a facility but holds weekly adoption shows throughout the year! Check out our Saturday adoption show schedule, process, application form, and a full list of our adoptable dogs by going to www.dawg-rescue.org.

Note that not all dogs go to all shows and that applicants must live in the DC metropolitan area for consideration.

Want to meet a specific dog? Please submit a no-obligation, online application before an adoption show you wish to attend. Or write us on any Friday for a list of dogs attending the pending show.

If planning on attending an adoption show, please ensure all adults in your home and the family dog(s) are there. If your dog is shy, we will meet with you in an aisle or outside the store to promote a positive introduction.

Once an application is chosen, we set up a home visit to review housebreaking and behavioral tips prior to adoption. We place dogs within a week or as determined by the adopter’s time table. If an adoption fails, we take our dogs back. We are committed to our dogs for the rest of their lives.

Please donate! New dogs expenses quickly exceed $1,000 or more! Only 3% of donations cover administrative expenses such as insurance; all other funds “go to the dogs.” Please help them! http://www.dawg-rescue.org/donate/

Our next adoption show will be held on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30, at the LAUREL PETSMART, LaureL, MD, from Noon to 2:00 pm. (All weekly adoption shows are listed on www.dawg-rescue.org.)

Dogs at the December 30 adoption show will be posted on the 29th,

Adoption Policy

Our next adoption show will be held on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at the PETCO in BELTSVILLE, MD, from Noon to 2:00 pm. (All weekly adoption shows are listed on www.dawg-rescue.org.)

Dogs at the adoption show will be posted on Friday.

No-obligation applications are encouraged before adoption shows to ensure a specific dog will be there, i.e., not all "DAWG dogs" go to all shows. The application form is located on www.dawg-rescue.org. Or simply write us at dawg@dawg-rescue.org on any Friday for a list of dogs at the next day's show.   

If you go to an adoption show, please bring the entire family including the family dog, and contact us beforehand so we know to expect you!  

Note that we adopt only within the DC metro area.

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All-volunteer Best Dawg Rescue, Inc. (DAWG) rescues at-risk dogs in shelters right here in our community. We fully vet our selected dogs and get to know them to ensure a good “match” with their future adopters.

DAWG does not have a facility but holds adoption shows every Saturday throughout the year! Our two-hour, weekly adoption shows are an easy way for the entire family and dog to meet our dogs. Just keep in mind they may not focus on you when you arrive. They are having fun with their human and dog friends and are often distracted.  Ask a volunteer for a treat to get their attention!  

Note that not all dogs go to all shows and that applicants must live in the DC metropolitan area for consideration.

Once an application is chosen, we set up a home visit to review transitional, housebreaking and behavioral tips prior to adoption. We place dogs within a week or as determined by the adopter’s time table. If an adoption fails, we take our dogs back. We are committed to our dogs for the rest of their lives.

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