Albert's Timely Rescue

For: Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia
Arlington, VA
Organizer: Lisa Walthers
Albert's Timely Rescue (Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia)
$1,873
of $5,100 goal.
Raised by 20 donors
36% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Albert is an adorable and resilient Terrier mix who once had a home and someone who loved him, but his life took a tragic turn when his owner passed away. Albert found himself chained to a tree, abandoned in the heat of summer, with no shelter or consistent source of food and water. Covered in ticks, fleas, and matted fur, his teeth were worn down from trying to chew his way off the chain. He was also suffering from heartworm disease, and living in constant pain from an old leg injury that had been left untreated. Despite the hardships he’s endured, Albert remains an incredibly sweet, gentle soul who just wants to be loved and have a person to call his own again.

Albert comes to us from York County, South Carolina, where Dogs Deserve Better has volunteers on the ground who work with Animal Control to respond to dogs in distress in rural and disadvantaged areas. A volunteer named Jennifer noticed Albert chained to a tree in a small, overgrown yard behind a house that looked to be abandoned. She gave him food and fresh water, and made a point to come back the next day to see if anyone was around.

When she returned to the house, a woman was packing some items in her car and Jennifer stopped to talk with her. She learned that Albert had belonged to the woman’s mother, and they inherited him when she passed away. The family wasn’t interested in keeping him, so when they moved out, they left Albert chained to a tree with no intention of caring for him. If Jennifer hadn’t returned to check on him, he would have been left there to die.

The good news is that awful life is behind him now, and Albert is safe and recuperating in his foster home in Arlington. Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia works closely with our South Carolina team, leveraging our local resources, to find foster and adoptive homes for dogs like Albert who deserve a much better life. In just a matter of days, Albert has begun to come out of his shell, and is even reaching out for affection. He loves to snuggle, and will rest his head on his foster mom’s lap, looking up with his big brown eyes wanting love and reassurance. He’s adopted an old recliner as his favorite spot, where he curls up and takes naps with his blanket, enjoying what is probably the first quality sleep he’s had in some time.

Albert still has a ways to go for a full recovery, but he’s only 4 or 5 years old and has a long life ahead of him. He's still weak, and needs to gain some weight after not having regular access to food, but he’ll be close to 30 pounds at his ideal weight. He’s starting his heartworm treatment this week, but will also need dental work, as well as surgery and rehabilitation to address his untreated leg injury.

Albert’s medical costs will be considerable:

  • Leg Surgery & Rehabilitation - $3,500 - 4,000
  • Heartworm Treatment - $600
  • Dental Work (extractions unknown) - $500 - $1,000

For a small operation like ours, that’s a lot of money. Please consider a donation to help Albert get the care he deserves – we know he’d be thankful, and we really need your help. Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, and we can only continue to do this lifesaving work with your support.



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Any excess monies raised for a specific dog listed in a fundraising campaign will be used towards another dog’s medical needs. All DDB-Nova donations are used towards medical care, dog training, or community spay/neuter efforts.

About Dogs Deserve Better:

Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing a better life for abused, neglected, and abandoned dogs, especially those living on chains or in confinement. We work to address the root problems of animal overpopulation, and improve animal welfare by advocating for humane legislation, promoting spay and neuter programs, educating communities on animal welfare, and the rescue and rehabilitation of dogs in distress. Dog Deserve Better is headquartered in Virginia, and has chapters in South Carolina, Tennessee, and Missouri.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 20, 2015

Posted on September 20, 2015

ALBERT UPDATE!! - Albert has finished his heartworm treatment injections and is now on mandatory R&R. He has a nice, quiet foster home with foster parents who are catering to his every need. In 30 days, we hope to get the 'all clear' notice from the Vet so that Albert can return to normal activities again. We can then determine a game plan for his leg surgery and rehab.

Thank you for your continued support and to everyone who has donated to his care.


Posted on August 30, 2015

Posted on August 30, 2015

Albert Update! After 2 weeks in foster care, Albert is feeling much better. He’s on anti-inflammatory medication for his leg to help address the pain, and he’s been put on antibiotics to clean out his system in preparation for his heartworm treatment.


Now that his pain has been addressed, Albert has really embraced his foster dog siblings and enjoys snuggling up with them in bed and hanging out with his pack. He also enjoys his “pretend walks” every day. Because of his leg and heartworm protocol, Albert has activity restrictions, but everyday his foster mom gets Albert suited up in his harness and walks him down the block with the rest of the dogs so he gets the experience of walking with his pack and feels part of the team. His tail wags when it’s walk time and he’s happy to be included in the fun.


Albert will be starting his heartworm treatment soon and will need surgery to fix his leg, so he’s a pretty expensive pup for the rescue. We can only help dogs like Albert with support from our community and folks like you who care about these dogs too. If you able to, please consider a donation towards his care.

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