Pet of the Week: 2022 pets

Pet of the Week is a weekly feature that highlights a pet available for adoption from D.C.’s Humane Rescue Alliance.

Take a look back at the pets of 2021.

Meet Marc! He is one big lovable pooch. He was found as a stray and understandably he was quite stressed when he arrived at the Humane Rescue Alliance. But since then he’s mellowed into what HRA staff affectionately call a love muffin.

Marc is a calm but enthusiastic walker. All the volunteers want to take Marc out as walking him is such a pleasure. And he is smart! He already knows “sit” and to patiently wait at crosswalks. He has met other dogs but is much more interested in hanging with people and getting love and attention. Marc is a terrific 2-year-old pup and he can’t wait to meet you! To learn more and to meet Marc, visit

Meet Knucklez! Who could resist his adorable freckled face? This sweet pup came to the Humane Rescue Alliance in rough shape. He was found underweight, cold and alone. Thanks to his new friends at HRA he’s feeling so much better, and now all he needs is a loving, new family to give him the pampering and attention he deserves.

Knucklez is a friendly, fun dog who loves to get outside and sniff around. He’s a smart 3-year-old pup and is happy to do tricks for treats! To learn more and to meet Knucklez, visit

Meet Fiona! Fiona is a sweet, well-mannered, smart pup who already knows several commands and walks nicely on a leash! She recently had a super fun day out of the shelter and her temporary foster let us know she was a total joy to host!

Fiona would like you to know that if you sit down, she will give you full body wiggles, hugs and kisses and proceed to curl up by your side (or directly on top of you)! But when you are ready for some fun Fiona will be by your side ready for any adventure.

This sweet girl would like a home with squeaky toys, comfy places to snooze, and pets and attention multiple times per day. To learn more or to take home your new best friend visit

Dearest adopter! If it’s a sweet, mellow, low-key companion you seek, look no further than Lady Whistledown. This 15-year-old senior pup is as gentle as can be and wags her tail sweetly when she meets new people.

Even though she moves a bit slow and stiff these days, she’s still happy to get up and enjoy the great outdoors. She loves to mosey along and sniff all the interesting scents and after her walk she wants nothing more than to curl up in her soft bed and snooze for the rest of the afternoon.

Lady Whistledown is a smart pup and still very treat motivated! If you want a gentle, peaceful and loving companion, Lady Whistledown is the girl for you.

To learn more visit

Meet Penelope! She will quickly wiggle her way into your heart with her gentle nudges when she wants attention. At seven years old, Penelope is well past her puppy days but enjoys getting outside for walks and exploring.

Penelope loves people and will greet you with a a full body wiggle and tail wag. She’s a smart girl and is very motivated to do tricks for treats.

To learn more about this darling girl, visit

Meet Sailor! This three-year-old pup is ready to be your forever first mate.

She came to the Humane Rescue Alliance as a stray, in rough shape, and understandably fearful and nervous of new people and new environments. Our behavior team has been working closely with Sailor for months, trying to help her feel more comfortable with lots of treats and positive reinforcement.

We discovered Sailor is much more comfortable in the presence of another dog and she really shines when she has a confident pup to show her the ropes. We’d love to help Sailor find a home that has a dog and a family that is willing to give her lots of time to adjust and help her continue to thrive.

To set up a meet and greet and to learn more about Sailor, visit

Get your cozy gear out and get ready for expert couch cuddles with Duchess! Duchess likes a slow and gentle introduction, but once she trusts you, she’ll be ready to show you all the love in the world.

This 4-year-old pup mostly wants to sleep by your side and occasionally take short breaks for walks. She also enjoys head rubs, treats and being told she’s a good girl. Duchess would appreciate a patient family who will introduce her to all the great things in life and continue to let her come out of her shell.

If you’re interested in meeting Duchess, visit

Biscuit is a senior pup who still has a lot of pep in his step! He loves to go on walks, jump around with other dogs and wrestle with his toys. His foster let us know he is very quiet and easily entertains himself by playing with toys or burrowing into his favorite blanket for naps.

Biscuit is a cuddly guy who never turns down a belly rub and loves to give kisses. He is a little shy at first, but if you give him space, he will soon be your best friend and always be by your side.

If you are ready to fall in love with this 12-year-old salt-and-pepper sweetheart visit

Meet Kilo—this sweet pup is truly 1 in a 1,000!

Kilo is a handsome 5-year-old boy with the most soulful eyes. This good boy enjoys car rides and going for fun, long walks with his favorite staff and volunteers. Did we mentioned he walks quite nicely on leash!

There isn’t much Kilo enjoys more than attention and getting all the pets and love he can. He’s also an all-star at playing tag, and you can’t not laugh when you watch Kilo get the zoomies at play time.

Kilo was found as a stray but he’s looking forward to a happy future with a family that will love him endlessly.

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Say hello to Peach, who is as sweet as can be! This 2-year old is super friendly and affectionate, and adores cuddles and belly rubs. She’s also super goofy and loves contorting herself into all sorts of shapes while snuggling up in your lap.

Although she’s bursting with energy (and working hard not to express all that joy by pulling on the leash during her walk), she is also happy to lounge quietly with her chew toys or look out the window while her foster parents work.

She’s a very fast learner and she already knows how to “sit” and “stay.” Is this smart girl the one for you? Meet, adopt, and go home with your sweet Peach!

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Charlie is one handsome pup and he knows it! He’s a super-busy active pooch who always seems ready for action. Charlie is just a year old and loves to run and play and his ‘zoomies’ are hilarious to watch.

He has made great progress on his leash-walking skills and would love to keep learning and getting tasty rewards for his efforts.

Charlie is looking for a family that will go slow when first meeting him, who are up for long, exuberant walks and who are ready for 24/7 affection from him!

To learn more and to set up a virtual meet and greet, visit

It was a special reunion for adoptable Princeton and Ella last week! The two came to the Humane Rescue Alliance in January before Princeton was transferred to our friends at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

It became clear to HRA staff quickly that Ella was heartbroken without her best friend Princeton. She became increasingly fearful and shutdown and we knew we had to do whatever we could to reunite this dynamic duo.

Now that Princeton and Ella are reunited they are ready to find their new home, together!

Princeton is an all-white, 13-year-old senior who loves to lean in for pets and he can never get enough attention. Ella is a black and white terrier mix who at just one year old is super wiggly and she cannot give out enough big sloppy kisses.

This odd couple is happiest when they are around each other and they can’t wait to meet you and make you smile.

To learn more and to set up a virtual meet and greet, visit

Roses are red,
My eyes are bright blue,
And I’m so excited to finally meet you!

Make no bones about it, your heart will have the zoomies when you meet Braden — a handsome, drool-worthy 1-year-old pup! Braden came to the Humane Rescue Alliance as a stray and has quickly stolen the hearts of our staff. He’s an affectionate boy who likes to lean in for pets or snuggle all 58-pounds of himself in your lap, if you’ll let him.

As an added bonus, Braden’s adoption fee will be waived this weekend along with all dogs over 40 pounds as part of our single and ready-to-mingle adoption promotion running Friday, Feb. 11, through Sunday, Feb. 13.

Meet Brock! He’s a two-year-old, happy-go-lucky kind of guy. Since he’s been at the shelter a little longer than most, staff and volunteers have gotten to know him and his fun personality really well. He gets regular visits and is usually keeping an eye out for anyone passing by his den so that he can be sure to say hi!

Brock goes on weekly runs with volunteers at Rock Creek Park and rides perfectly in the car. He loves to run and walk at the park and honestly, is just happy to be along for the excitement.

At the shelter play yards, he is a tennis ball chaser extraordinaire. Brock is happy to play games of fetch with two or even three balls at a time. He also specializes in lap lounging. If you sit down, Brock may just lean in and try to sit (partially!) on your lap. He loves to be close and craves human contact and interaction. Does this sweet, affectionate pup sound like the one for you?

To learn more and to set up a virtual meet and greet, visit

Meet Domino! He’s ready to bring constant joy and lots of energy to your life. Domino is a sweet, affectionate nine-month-old puppy that enjoys the company of people and is always up for play time with another active pup.

Domino is a smart dog and is doing well with leash training. Domino would do best in an adults-only home where he can continue to work on training and basic manners. And of course, get lots of cuddles and love. Make a date to meet this darling guy soon.

To learn more and to set up a virtual meet and greet, visit

Meet Goober! This affectionate 11-month-old pup will climb in your lab and cover you in kisses if you let him. Goober is ready to go, go, go. He loves playing tag, chasing toys, and play time with other dogs. He was found in D.C. as a stray before coming to the Humane Rescue Alliance and now he’s ready to meet his match. Could that be you? To learn more and to set up a virtual meet and greet, visit

Meet Bucket! This sweet, 3-year-old boy has come a long way. He was found outside, alone, and fearful. Since he arrived, the Humane Rescue Alliance staff and volunteers have been working hard to build Bucket’s confidence. These days he looks forward to play time and can’t get enough pets and hugs from his new human friends. This big, handsome boy is ready to find a calm home where he can hang out, and enjoy his new family. To learn more or to set up a virtual meet and greet with Bucket, visit

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