Lucky Dog Animal Rescue

Arlington, Virginia

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About Lucky Dog Animal Rescue

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Arlington, Virginia was founded in 2009. Most “Lucky Dogs” come from high-kill shelters in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico. The rescue works with shelter partners in low-income and rural communities where hundreds of highly-adoptable dogs are euthanized each month due to three main reasons:

  • Overpopulation
  • Lack of spay/neuter education
  • Inadequate funding

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue also helps some international animals in need, including dogs rescued from the meat trades in Thailand and South Korea, dogs from the streets of Kosovo, and dogs displaced by natural disasters in the Caribbean.

Since their establishment, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue has created over 17,000 “lucky dogs and cats!”

As a volunteer-powered, non-profit, foster-based organization, Lucky Dog Rescue wouldn't exist without the hard work and dedication of its volunteers. The number of dogs and cats that can be saved depends on the number of people helping them, so they’re always looking for new volunteers! And there are many ways you can volunteer with Lucky Dog. From the early stages of preparing for an animal’s arrival to meeting them at transport to helping at adoption events to follow-ups after adoption, every step along on the animal’s journey relies on volunteers.

If you’re considering adopting a LUCKY pet from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, keep reading for more information about the adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

5159 Lee Hwy
(703) 237-5327

Hours of Operation

By appointment

Adoption Process

To adopt a pet from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, follow this straightforward process:

  1. Visit the rescue's website to virtually meet all the animals waiting for forever homes.
  2. Complete an adoption questionnaire. If you’re interested in applying for a specific animal you’ve seen on the website, be sure to list their name on your questionnaire. If you don’t have a particular animal in mind, still submit your questionnaire.
  3. After submitting your questionnaire, an adoption coordinator will contact you via email to schedule an initial phone screening. They'll use this time discuss your needs, preferences, and lifestyle as you look for a new family member.
  4. Your adoption coordinator will also conduct any required checks, including a vet check to ensure your pets are up-to-date on their medical needs, a landlord check if you rent, and perform a home visit.
  5. Following steps 2-4, you'll either be approved to adopt the specific animal you’re interested in or pre-approved and matched with several animals to choose from!
  6. Meet the pet at its foster home and spend some time together. If you’re adopting a dog and already have one, arrange a doggie meet-and-greet before you bring your new dog home.
  7. Ready to make things official? Great! Finalize the paperwork and pay the adoption fee.
  8. Head home with your new loyal companion!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Lucky Dog Animal Rescue are as follows:


  • Puppies (6 months and under): $400
  • Adults (7+ months): $350
  • Seniors (9+ years): $250
  • Dogs receiving heartworm treatment: $450


  • Adults/Kittens: $150 for 1, $275 for 2

Your adoption fee helps Lucky Dog Animal Rescue partially cover the costs they incur saving the lives of countless dogs and cats each year.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

But first...

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Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Lucky Dog Animal Rescue
directly using the contact info above.

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