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We have fostered more than 75 dogs and puppies at WOOFS! Dog Training Center.  We take in pregnant momma dogs and we whelp, raise and socialize the puppies until they are old enough to be adoptable.  We have raised litters in cooperation with Lost Dog and Cat Rescue, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and have also fostered for the Washington Humane Society.  We appreciate the hard work that our partner organizations do to save and improve the lives of so many animals.

The Chop Suey Litter

Last Updated (Wednesday, 25 June 2014 15:26)

Arrival Date: May 17, 2014
Birth Date: April 22, 2014
Breed / Breed Type: Pit Bull / Hound Mixes
Organization: Animal Welfare League of Alexandria


Chop Suey (Sue) and her eight pups came to stay with us when the puppies were two and a half weeks old.  Sue was a little confused about motherhood (she kept trying to play with her babies), so they had to be separated a little earlier than usual.  The puppies have been growing up chunky, cheerful and chipper.  



Read more: The Chop Suey Litter


S is for Super Hounds

Last Updated (Monday, 02 June 2014 09:42)

Arrival Date: May 3, 2014
Delivery Date: April 1, 2014
Breed / Breed Type: Hound Mixes
Organization: Animal Welfare League of Arlington

Hound puppies
"Time to play?"
Hound pups sleeping
The pups nap on top of Georgie

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The Border Collie Litter

Last Updated (Wednesday, 04 June 2014 10:49)

Arrival Date: March 29, 2014
Delivery Date: February 21, 2014
Breed / Breed Type: Border Collies
Organization: Animal Welfare League of Arlington

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Sleepy puppies
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The Border Collies lounging
with the Rose Litter

The Border Collies arrived at WOOFS! when they were five weeks old.  They had been seized by the local animal control and transported east to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington where they would have a better chance of adoption.

Read more: The Border Collie Litter


The Rose Litter

Last Updated (Wednesday, 04 June 2014 10:42)

Arrival Date: February 12, 2014
Delivery Date: February 12, 2014
Rose Breed / Breed Type:  Hound / Pit Bull Mix
Puppy Breed / Breed Type: Hound / Pit / Golden Retriever?
Organization: Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation

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Rose and pups soon after birth

Rose came to us very skinny and very pregnant on February 12, 2014.  Michelle V. in Grundy, VA discovered her as a stray and was feeding her, but she became concerned about Rose due to her advanced pregnancy and the record cold temperatures.  She contacted the Buchanan County Animal Shelter, who then worked with Lost Dog and Cat Rescue to bring her to Arlington.  She arrived at WOOFS! on February 12, and went into labor six hours later!  While a snowstorm raged outside, Rose had made it to a safe, warm place to deliver her puppies.

Rose was a sweetheart right from the beginning.  Even though she met us only hours earlier, she let us handle her and the puppies all throughout the delivery.  This allowed us to weigh and examine them as they each arrived.  She delivered ten lovely but very thin puppies, and nine survived and thrived.

Read more: The Rose Litter


Sunshine and Ray

Last Updated (Wednesday, 04 June 2014 10:24)

Arrival Date: March 4, 2014
Sunshine Breed / Breed Type: Dachshund (Mix)
Ray Breed / Breed Type: Dachshund / Chihuahua
Organization: Animal Welfare League of Arlington

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Sunshine and Ray enjoy some cuddles

Sunshine and Ray came to stay with us in March of 2014.  Sunshine and newborn Ray had been discovered under a trailer during the cold winter of 2014.  

Puppies learn critical social skills from their littermates:  sharing space, taking turns, dealing with frustration.  Ray was a singleton puppy, but The Animal Welfare League of Arlington knew that we had another litter of puppies that was the same age as Ray. When Ray was four weeks old, we took him in so that we could integrate him with some foster siblings.  

Ray was frightened of his foster siblings at the beginning.  We brought him in while the other puppies were sleeping, and he would creep slowly over to sniff them -- then run away.  Before long he was romping and playing with all nine of them, and he was as feisty as any of them.  He bonded with Camellia, the largest female in the group, and they were often found curled up together.

Read more: Sunshine and Ray


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