Adoption status: Adopted!

Hi! My name is now Kensei! I am a 3 year old male cream Shiba Inu. I was found roaming the streets. A nice person who works at a shelter in Arlington took me there while they searched for my owners. The staff found my owners but they didn’t want me anymore and told the shelter that I, “needed too much attention.” I just wanted a home where I would be loved. I didn’t do so well at the shelter and growled at people who came to my kennel. The staff was really nice and knowledgeable about behavior and knew I wasn’t a bad dog. I just needed the right environment to show my pawsome personality! So they called DC SIR and told them about my growliness. A nice volunteer came by to assess me. Whatever that means. I ignored her since I figured she just wanted to poke and prod me like the people with the needles. But she was patient and spoke to me in a soft voice. I didn’t feel so scared anymore and showed her my cute side. Oh boy, wait until you see my cute side!

The shelter I stayed at for the past week was really nice! They had nice beds, blankets and toys for all the dogs. We even had classical music playing in our kennel. It was really fancy – kind of like staying at a dog resort instead of a scary shelter. They did a lot to me while I was at the shelter. They vaccinated me, I tested negative for heartworm, I got a microchip from a big needle and then I got neutered. That sucked.

I am about 23 lbs and really handsome! I have already met all the dogs at Shiba HQ and got along with everyone! I even did zoomies around the yard I was so happy to be free! I’ve been sticking to the DC SIR volunteer’s side whenever I get nervous. She always tells me that everything will be ok and that I’m a good boy. I think I can trust her. DC SIR is going to put me in a foster home with other dogs. They’ll be able to tell you more about me after my two week assessment.

Dogs: Friendly females only
Cats: Some
Children: 12 yr +
Location: Local
Other: Training contract may be required upon adoption.

Follow Kensei's progress on Facebook in his album!

See Kensei's snuggle session with foster sister Riza on our Facebook page here.

Kensei cuddling on Instagram:

Kensei meeting other rescues at Shiba HQ:


DC SIR is a non-profit, volunteer-run network of foster homes in the Washington, DC area.

DC SIR does not have a shelter facility. To meet our adoptable dogs, interested adopters can attend one of our monthly adoption events.